Old favourites, new challenges: Russian Ballet Icons Gala

A tribute to Diaghilev that looked backward, showcased the contemporary and offered something new

Bayerishes Staatsballett II: The Triadic Ballet and a truly mixed, mixed bill

Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts February 21, 2017 David Mead It opens with Sinthia Liz, a porcelain ballerina with an upturned rainbow saucer for a tutu. That’s the first of a series of weird and wonderful costumes including tutus of golden, hooped wire, concertinaed material and coloured balls. Another dancer looks … Read more

Global dance names and emerging local artists at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017

The dance programme at the 2017 Hong Kong Arts Festival is packed with quality performers. The headlines are naturally taken by the three big visitors: the Bayerisches Staatsballett and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from Germany, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal from Canada. There much more too, though, including plenty of local dance-making talent on … Read more

Ballet leads the way in the National Dance Awards nominations

The nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards (covering the period September 2015-August 2016) are out. Organised by the Dance Section of the Critics Circle, the body of professional dance critics in the UK, they again celebrate the vigour and diversity of Britain’s thriving dance culture. Having said that, ballet featured particularly strongly this year … Read more