They came, we saw, they conquered. Here are five things we loved about Boston Ballet’s residency at the London Coliseum last week:
1) Balanchine at thrilling speed, as it should be.
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2) Shelby Elsbree’s guest blog about Mr. B’s Serenade,Â complete with awesome Russian folk dance video.
3) The lyrical Kathleen Breen Combes, who was recently featured in Macaulay’s article about the excellent current crop of US Ballerinas. Even Mr. Crisp fell for her.
4) Resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s speedy Plan to B, a huge success with audiences and critics.
5) Forsythe!Â The attack, the precision, the awesome Yumiko leotards and the drama of Issey Miyake’s pleated white dress, as worn byÂ Lorna FeijÃ³o’s “wild woman”.
While we cross our fingers that it won’t take another 30 years for the company to return, we leave you with Alice Pennefatherâ€™s gorgeous images of Programme 1:
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All Photos: Â© Alice Pennefather
About Alice Pennefather:
With a twin brother flying high as a star of the Royal Ballet, Alice’s creative talents lie in image making. After studying photography at Falmouth College of Arts, she spent 6 years travelling and working abroad, focusing on scuba diving and filming underwater. She has recently returned to London and rediscovered her love of everything Ballet. Alice now works as a freelance photographer, and is a regular at the Royal Ballet General Rehearsals – photographing for us here at The Ballet Bag.
You can see more of Alice’s work at Alice Pennefather – Dance Photography.
Was fortunate to see both programmes, contemporary and classiscal. They were completely stunning and breathtaking. Amazing virtuosity, energy and artistry.