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Don Quixote

December 2nd, 2014 by Helen

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

I recently took photos of the Royal Ballet’s beautiful Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House. The ballet is based on an episode from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, and the choreography has been updated by Carlos Acosta, who also stars along with the fantastic Marianela Nunez. The production has received some excellent reviews and runs until 22nd January.

Carlos Acosta as Basilio  in Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet

Don Quixote

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote

Don Quixote

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Ryoichi Hirano as Espada in Don Quixote by the Royal Ballet Don Quixote Marianela Núñez in Don Quixote

Marianela Núñez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote Don Quixote Don Quixote

Don Quixote

 

 

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

March 27th, 2014 by Helen

Christopher Trenfield as The Swan in Swan Lake

In January I took production photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Liam Mower as The Prince, with members the palace staff

Liam Mower was making his debut as The Prince.

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Ashley Shaw with her axe having just slain the troll.

Liam Mower as The Prince Andy Monaghan in Swan Lake Swan Lake Swan Lake - Swans attacking The Prince

Jamie-Emma McDonald and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake The Swans  Iván Delgado del Río PJ Hurst as a swan

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Tom Clark as a swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Tom Clark as one of the swans.

Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield as The Prince and The Swan

Liam Mower with Christopher Trenfield as The Swan

The Prince and The Queen

Sara Cormack and Liam Mower in Swan Lake Graham Kotowich, Sara Cormack, Liam Mower,  Carrie Johnson and Tim Hodges. The male Swans Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake Katrina Lyndon in Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Christopher Trenfield leaps through the air

The Swans

I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough. Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield were superb as doomed lovers and were supported by an excellent cast including a brilliant Sara Cormack as The Queen. The production is currently on tour across the UK and overseas, and is understandably getting rave reviews.  To buy tickets please take a look at the website.

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Swan Lake rehearsal photographs

December 13th, 2013 by Helen

The Swans

In October I was commissioned to take rehearsal photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in East London.

The swans reahersal for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

The ballet famously features male swans. Watching them rehearse felt like a privileged experience, professional dancers always make the performance appear effortless on stage, but in rehearsal you can see the concentration, expertise and sheer physicality the performance requires. The dancers drip with sweat as they are put through their paces, they gasp for breath as they put their heart and soul into every move. I was sitting at the very front and despite having a camera between me and the action I was surprised by how much the emotions affected me. The swans were so fierce, and the scenes towards the end are so emotional, I felt myself welling up in the final few moments.

Jonathan Ollivier (The Swan) protects Sam Archer's Prince Rehearsals for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Luke Jackson rehearsing for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan and Sam Archer as The Prince

Above, Jonathan Ollivier‘s Swan stands over Sam Archer‘s The Prince.

Sam Archer (The Prince) and Michela Meazza (The Queen)

Michela Meazza (the Queen) holds Sam Archer (the Prince).

I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough, it is currently showing at Sadler’s Wells until January 26th when it goes on a national and international tour.

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Romeo and Juliet – National Ballet of Canada

May 31st, 2013 by Helen

Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as Romeo and Juliet

In April I photographed the National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells in London. I haven’t previously had the chance to blog the images, but here are a few from the afternoon.

Piotr Stanczyk, Guillaume Côté and Robert Stephen in Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells

Piotr Stanczyk as Mercutio, Guillaume Côté as Romeo and Robert Stephen as Benvolio

Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as Romeo and Juliet

Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as Romeo and Juliet

Guillaume Côté, Piotr Stanczyk and Robert Stephen in Romeo and Juliet

Heather Ogden and Lorna Geddes Romeo and Juliet - The National Ballet of Canada Romeo and Juliet by the National Ballet of Canada

Sword fighting during a scene from Romeo and Juliet Piotr-Stanczyk is lifted by Guillaume Côté National Ballet of Canada

Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images. The ballet was beautiful and received very good reviews. These photos appeared on the Ballet News website, where you can see more images from the performance. To see more of my ballet work please take a look at the dance area of my website.

Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as Romeo and Juliet

Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden in Romeo and Juliet

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Mikhailovsky Ballet: Multiplicity

April 22nd, 2013 by Helen

Polina Semionova in Multiplicity by the Mikhailovsky Ballet

I blogged recently about Laurencia, which was part of a series of five ballets by the Mikhailovsky Ballet at the London Coliseum. Another of the ballets was Multiplicity: Forms of Silence and Emptiness which was performed a few days later, and here are some photos. There are more on the Ballet News website.

Multiplicity by the Mikhailovsky Ballet at the London Coliseum

Two male dancers performing in Multiplicity

Marat Shemiunov, Sabina-Yapparova and Polina Semionova in Multiplicity Ballet dancers at the London Coliseum A male dancer from the Mikhaiolovsky Ballet

Two dancers move together in the  Nacho Duato ballet Multiplicity Dancers leap through the air Polina Semionova as the Lady in the Mask

The ballet was composed in 1999 by Nacho Duato and combines baroque music with modern choreography. It was dark with stark, directional lighting, which made photography more challenging. But I love modern ballet, it is beautiful to watch and creates striking images. To see large images please click on the thumbnails.

Polina Semionova and Marat Shemiunov in Multiplicity

Polina Semionova
and Marat Shemiunov

The Mikhailovsky Ballet - Multiplicity: Forms of Silence and Emptiness

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Mikhailovsky Ballet: Laurencia

April 9th, 2013 by Helen

Natalia Osipova in Laurencia by The Mikhailovsky Ballet

Last week I photographed The Mikhailovsky Ballet performing Laurencia at the London Coliseum.

Olga Semyonova, Andrey Kasyanenko and Alexander Omar in Laurencia

Olga Semyonova, Andrey Kasyanenko and Alexander Omar dance the flamenco with the ensemble.

Natalia Osipova as Laurencia and Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Natalia Osipova was fantastic as the eponymous heroine Laurencia and Frondoso was played by the dynamic Ivan Vasiliev.

Natalia Osipova as Laurencia and Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso Ivan Vailiev as Frondoso and Mikhail Venshchikov as Don Fernan Gomez de Guzman Ballet star Natalia Osipova

Ivan Vasiliev sails through the air as Frondoso Natalia Osipova in Laurencia An emotional moment for Laurencia surrounded by the villagers Mikhail Venshchikov as Don Fernan Gomez de Guzman

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Laurencia by the Mikhailovsky Ballet at the London Coliseum

Ivan Vasiliev as Frondoso

Natalia Osipova with right arm aloft in the final moments of the ballet

The Mikhailovsky Ballet were in London until the 7th April performing several different works. These photos were used on the Ballet News website where you can read a review of the show. To see more of my images please take a look at the dance photography section of my website.

 

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Beyond Ballets Russes

May 1st, 2012 by Helen

Last month I photographed English National Ballet’s Beyond Ballets Russes Programme 2 at the London Coliseum

Ballet dancer Vadim Muntagirov in Le Train Bleu, part of Beyond Ballet Russes

Vadim Muntagirov, principle dancer at the ENB

English National Ballet's Zdeneck Konvalina at the beginning of Apollo

Beyond Ballets Russes Programme 2 was a collection of four ballets. The first was Apollo, choreographed by George Balanchine.

Daria Klimentova, Anais Chalendard, Begona Cao and Zdenek Konvalina in Apollo part of Beyond Ballet Russes English National Ballet: Zdenek Konvalina, Anais Chalendard and Begona Cao. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2012 English National Ballet's Daria Klimentova and Zdeneck Konvalina

The four dancers in Apollo were Zdenek Konvalina, Daria Klimentová, Anaïs Chalendard and Begoña Cao

Elena Glurdjidze, Dmitri Gruzdyev and Fernanda Oliviera in English National Ballet's Jeux

There was a world premiere of Jeux. It was choreographed by Wayne Eagling who was inspired in part by Vaslav Nijinsky and by Kenneth MacMillan’s work on the Herbert Ross film Nijinsky. L-R Elena Glurdjidze, Dmitri Gruzdyev and Fernanda Oliviera

Jeux, directed by Wayne Eagling Beyond Ballets Russes: Elena Glurdjidze, Dmitri Gruzdyev and Fernanda Oliviera

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Vadim Muntagirov in Le Train Bleu, part of Beyond Ballets Russes

Vadim Muntagoriv in Le Train Bleu

Suite en blanc, part of Beyond Ballets Russes

The final ballet was Suite en blanc, choreographed by Serge Lifar.

Three male dancers on stage the The Coliseum during Suite en blanc Suite en blanc - Laurretta Summerscales and Ken Saruhashi

Elena Glurdjidze in Cigarette, part of Beyond Ballets Russes

Elena Glurdjidze in Cigarette

Yonah Acosta in Mazurka, part of Suite en blanc by English National Ballet Vadim Muntagirov, Laurretta Summerscales and Ken Saruhashi in Pas de Trois

Beyond Ballets Russes: Erina Takahashi and Zdenek Konvalina in Pas de Deux

Erina Takahashi and Zdenek Konvalina in Pas de Deux. These photos are on the Ballet News website, please take a look if you would like to see more images.

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Backstage at the Russian State Ballet of Siberia

January 8th, 2012 by Helen

In December I was asked to photograph the Russian State Ballet of Siberia as they were preparing to go on-stage at the Watford Colosseum.

Two ballerinas from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia warming up on stage at The Colosseum in Watford

I had access to the dancers in afternoon as they warmed up and rehearsed on the stage, and then I went behind the scenes as they prepared for the performance.

A black and white image of ballerinas at the barre on stage at The Colosseum in Watford

The company are largely Russian, they spoke little English and needless to say, I speak no Russian, but it didn’t matter as they were very friendly and welcoming.

A ballerina applying her make-up in the mirror, backstage at The Colosseum in Watford

A ballerina applying her make-up before going on stage

Backstage with male dancers of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at the Watford Colosseum Two dancers from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia rehearsing A ballerina from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia applying her make-up in the mirror

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A black and white photograph of ballet dancers warming up by Helen Maybanks

A ballerina from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia doing up her shoes. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 A balerina checking her pointe shoes before going on stage at the Watford Colosseum Backstage photography of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The company were lovely to work with and the show looked beautiful. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will be on tour in the UK until the 24th March and I would definitely recommend going along to see them. Upcoming dates include Malvern, Oxford, Sunderland and Edinburgh, take a look at the itinerary if you would like to book a ticket.

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Carmen

August 27th, 2011 by Helen

Last month I photographed English National Ballet’s Roland Petit Triple Bill at the London Coliseum. The photographs were published at the time on the Ballet News website.

Begona Cao and Fabian Reimair kiss as Carmen and Don Jose in ENB's Carmen

Begona Cao
and Fabian Reimair as Carmen and Don Jose

Esteban Berlanga and Erina Takahashi in L’Arlésienne, part of ENB's Roland Petit Triple Bill

Esteban Berlanga and Erina Takahashi in L’Arlésienne which was the first of the three ballets.

English National Ballet's Esteban Berlanga and Erina Takahashi at the London Coliseum

English National Ballet's corps du ballet dancing at the London Coliseum

The corps de ballet

English National Ballet's Esteban Berlanga in L’Arlésienne

Esteban Berlanga

English National Ballet's Begona Cao in Roland Petit's Carmen

The third ballet was Carmen. I didn’t get to photograph Roland Petit’s second due to technical problems on the day.

A full stage shot of Roland Petits's Carmen at the London Coliseum. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

Carmen had very different staging and costumes to L’Arlésienne

English National Ballet's Begona Cao in Roland Petit's Carmen. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The set was beautiful, very atmospheric

Fabian Reimair and Begona Cao in Roland Petit's Carmen. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

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From Here to There – Royal New Zealand Ballet

July 18th, 2011 by Helen

Last week the Royal New Zealand Ballet were at the Barbican to perform ‘From Here to There’

Antonia Hewitt in Banderillo by Royal New Zealand Ballet on their British Tour at the Barbican

Antonia Hewitt

'Plan to A' danced by Royal New Zealand Ballet at the Barbican, London

The performance was made up of three ballets, starting with Jorma Elo’s Plan to A

Royal New Zealand Ballet's Qi Huan and Ginny Gan at the Barbican

Qi Huan and Ginny Gan in in the second ballet of the performance, Andrew Simmons’s A Song in the Dark

A dancer performing 'From Here to There' at the Barbican

The stage lighting was quite tricky – the light was low and directional. creating huge shadows on the walls.

Royal New Zealand Ballet's A Song in the Dark. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

Plan to A by Royal New Zealand Ballet, copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 Banderillero, part of 'From Here to There, by Royal New Zealand Ballet Ginny Gan and Qi Huan dancing 'A Song in the Dark', part of 'From Here to There'

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 Jacob Chown and Maree White dancing in RNZB's 'A Song in the Dark'

Jacob Chown and Maree White

Banderillo by the Royal New Zealand Ballet at the Barbican Centre, London. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The third ballet was Banderillero by Javier De Frutos

Lucy Balfour in Banderillero, part of 'From Here to There'

Lucy Balfour with other RNZB dancers

Royal New Zealand Ballet's Abigail Boyle and Brendan Bradshaw dancing Banderillero

Abigail Boyle and Brendan Bradshaw

Banderillero by the Royal New Zealand Ballet on their UK tour

I covered the ballet for Ballet News – and if you take a look at their website you can see more of my images. From Here to There is touring and will be appearing in Bradford, Nottingham and France in the next week, for more details please take a look at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Website.

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