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ENB’s Nutcracker Returns and Magic is Pretty Much Assured


United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Nutcracker: Dancers of English National Ballet, Students from Tring Park School and the English Ballet School, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor), London Coliseum, 13.12.2018. (JO’D)

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker (c) Laurent Liotardo

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O’Sullivan, Sambé, Nuñez and Muntagirov Transcend the Routine in The Royal Ballet’s Familiar The Nutcracker


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (choreography by Peter Wright): Soloists, corps de ballet, London Oratory Junior Choir, Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Barry Wordsworth (conductor). Recorded at the Royal Opera House on 3 December and screened at Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex, 10.12.2018. (JPr)

Clara (Anna Rose O’Sullivan) and Hans-Peter (Marcelino Sambé)
in The Nutcracker Act I (c) Alistair Muir

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Darcey Bussell Recollects Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia


United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Opera House’s Cinema Festival – The Royal Ballet’s Sylvia (choreography by Sir Frederic Ashton): Soloists, corps de ballet and Royal Opera House Orchestra / Graham Bond (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon. Introduced by Dame Darcey Bussell and screened in the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 7.12.2018. (JPr)

Darcey Bussell as Sylvia (c) ROH

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Bolshoi Ballet’s UK Cinema Season Features a Magical Don Quixote


Russian FederationRussian Federation Bolshoi Ballet 2018/19 UK Cinema Season – Don Quixote: Soloists and corps de ballet of Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Orchestra / Pavel Sorokin (conductor). Screened at the Hospital Club, London, 26.11.2018. (JPr)

Ekaterina Krysanova (Kitri) (c) Damir Yusupov.

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For Only An Hour is Something Rather Memorably ‘Rich and Strange’


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Sardoville’s For Only An Hour with Phil Sanger: The Blue Elephant Theatre, London, 16.11.2018. (JO’D)

Phil Sanger in For Only An Hour

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Primeiro Bailarino Shows Thiago Soares Striving to be Better Than Himself


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Primeiro Bailarino (Principal Dancer): Regent Street Cinema, London, 7.11.2018. (JO’D)

Thiago Soares in Primeiro Bailarino

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Superb Dancing in Alonzo King’s Poetic Sutra


United StatesUnited States Zakir Hussain and Sabir Khan, Sutra: Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Alonzo King (choreographer), Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, 2.11.2018. (JRo)

Adji Cissoko, Alonzo King LINES Ballet © Chris Hardy

Adji Cissoko, Alonzo King LINES Ballet © Chris Hardy

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