Jan McNulty Posted December 31, 2013 Share Posted December 31, 2013 Well it's that time of year again when we have a few moments to reflect on the passing year as the new one arrives. I have had a terrific year of dance-watching this year and here are some personal highlights: Funnily enough, the performances I will long remember are ones that I have seen within the last couple of months: NB's Cinderella, specifically the matinees on 19th and 28th December. These were 2 of the most emotionally charged performances I saw all year (19th was led by Martha Leebolt/Toby Batley and 28th by Lucia Solari/Javier Torres). I was totally swept away by both these performances; the whole company was incandescent. RB Jewels matinee on 30th December - simply splendid and utterly breath-taking Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at the Lowry, particularly the evening performance on 16th November. I think this is the best cast overall I can remember for this production. Jonathan Ollivier is truly majestic as The Swan/Stranger. BRB's Sleeping Beauty - in particular Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao at the Lowry and in Birmingham were absolutely scintillating. Momoko Hirata and Joe Caley were utterly magnificent in Sunderland The opening night of ENB's Le Corsaire on 17th October was simply exhilerating I very much enjoyed seeing National Ballet of Canada at Sadler's Wells in April. I don't think it will be my favourite production of R&J but I thought the company were on magnificent form. I was equally enamoured with Stuttgart Ballet in Taming of the Shrew and I just loved the Bolshoi in Flames of Paris. I thought Carlos Acosta did the Royal Ballet proud with his production of Don Quixote. It was a thrill seeing Alex Campbell as Basilio on his debut and Roberta Marquez was the epitome of Kitri for me. I enjoyed the televised version with Nunez and Acosta too. I knew from the minute the production was announced that Acosta was a good choice to mount the production - this ballet is surely in his blood. I am so glad I got to see Edward Watson's powerhouse performance of Rudolf in Mayerling - he was quite overwhelming in the role. Dancers of the year for me: Chi Cao (BRB) is right on top of his game at the moment and gave us some really exciting and memorable performances Toby Batley (NB) who continues to grow in stature by the performance Kenneth Tindall (NB) who is one of the best dance/actors around and is totally subsumed into every character he plays Momoko Hirata (BRB) is sheer brilliance to watch in everything she does Martha Leebolt (NB) who, for me, walks on stage, breathes and is wonderful Pippa Moore (NB) for being such a wonderful and versatile dance/actress OK that's the 2 companies I mostly follow but I have also loved Vadim Muntagirov, Alina Cojocaru, Alex Jones of Stuttgart, Vladislav Lantratov of the Boshoi and it was wonderful to see Jon Renna of NBoC as Mercutio. So that was just a few of my highlights. I'd love to hear everyone else's memories. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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