Sapphire Gala

Northern Ballet has announced the names of guest artists invited to participate in the company’s 45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala on 14 March. The list includes Royal Ballet principal dancers Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in a Swan Lake pas de deux; Mariinsky Ballet soloist Xander Parish in Eric Gauthier's Ballet 101; Australian Ballet principal dancers Lara Jones and Adam Bull in a pas de deux from Ratmansky’s Cinderella; and Phoenix Dance Theatre in Shift. Hamburg Ballet's Carolina Agüero and Alexandr Trusch will be partnered by Northern Ballet’s Javier Torres and Lucia Solari respectively in pas de deux from Neumeier’s Othello and Nutcracker. There will also be four world premières - by Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, Daniel de Andrade, Kenneth Tindall and Jonathan Watkins.

Vadim Muntagirov. Photo: Emma Kauldhar.

21 Years/21 Works

As part of a celebration of the work of groundbreaking artistic director and choreographer Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre presents 21 Years/21 Works at Birmingham DanceXchange on 18 March. UnderWorld is described as a powerful, atmospheric ensemble performance drawing on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and VDT’s seminal production Broken Chords. The physically punishing choreography is performed in a loop that visually transforms the space repeatedly through a series of striking cinematographic images and intimate, moving vignettes. Audience members may enter and exit at any time during each session.

Vincent Dance Theatre in Underworld. Photo:Julia Parsons.

Stars of Today Meet
the Stars of Tomorrow

The Stars of Today meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala which concludes the Youth America Grand Prix 2015 will feature guest artists from ABT, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, NYCB, Stuttgart Ballet, Teatro Colon and The Royal Ballet. Dancers scheduled to appear at the David H Koch Theater on 16 April include: Isabella Boylston, Paloma Herrera, Calvin Royal III, Olga Smirnova, Vladislav Lantratov, Windy Sand Ensemble, Kimin Kim, Xander Parish, Kristina Shapran, Teresa Reichlen, Zachary Catazaro, Mikhail Kaniskin, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Juan Pablo Ledo, Melissa Hamilton and Ryochi Hirano.

Xander Parish in The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

in Amsterdam
Dutch National Ballet is presenting George Balanchine's Jewels at the Musiektheater in Amsterdam until 26 February. Balanchine was said to be very fond of jewels and his eye was often drawn to the window of Van Cleef & Appels in Fifth Avenue - he frequently passed the jewellers en route to New York City Ballet's studios. On one particular day, he recorded, he saw "one window with diamonds, one with emeralds and one with rubies, and displayed in the centre of each group was a beautiful tiara." Balanchine was "hypnotised" and so the idea to create the ballet Jewels was conceived. The result was a triptych with the first ballet, Emeralds, set to Faure, the second, Rubies, set to Stravinsky and the third, Diamonds, to Tchaikovsky. Each ballet draws on the French, American and Russians schools of dance respectively.

Dutch National Ballet -Jurgita Dronina and Marijn Rademaker in George Balanchine's Emeralds . Photo: Emma Kauldhar.

Contents March 2015
The March issue of Dance Europe features interviews with Benjamin Millepied, the Paris Opera's new director of dance; Northern Ballet principal dancer Tobias Batley; Mayara Magri, the Royal Ballet's young Brazilian dancer (who won the senior Youth America Grand Prix in 2011); and Singapore Dance Theatre's lively Kitri - and mother of twins. Other highlights include the Paris Opera's latest bill with premieres by Pierre Rigal and Millepied; Marianela Nuñez with Thiago Soares and Natalia Osipova with Matthew Golding (pictured on the front cover) in John Cranko's Onegin; Royal Ballet Flanders in Don Quixote and Dutch National Ballet's sparkling performances in Balanchine's Jewels. Mike Dixon reviews Mikhail Messerer's Flames of Paris for the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Xander Parish's debut as Prince Désiré with the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, while Wendy Perron writes on the Mariinsky's New York season. AVAILABLE ONLINE



Martha Leebolt and Giuliano Contadini GALLERY



Dutch National Ballet in Balanchine's Rubies PHOTO GALLERY



Natalia Osipova and Bennet Gartside in Cranko's Onegin GALLERY



Northern Ballet in The Great Gatsby GALLERY