As ballet companies become smooshed into an increasingly globalised product, Northern Ballet have remained determinedly true to their identity, dancing their own repertory of full-length story ballets, created by artistic director, David Nixon.
As a dancer, Israel Galván is touched by the kind of genius that puts him into a category of his own. The Seville-born flamenco artist throws out such a variety of rhythm, shape and imagery with his body that it's hard to believe he's the only dancer on
Ballet Black may struggle against an inexplicable lack of state funding, yet it continues to make a heroic investment in new choreography. This season its adventurous policies pay dividends with Javier de Frutos's new piece, The One Played Twice.
When Tamara Rojo took over English National Ballet last summer, she vowed to make it Britain's "best loved and most creative company". Last month she put an image to that statement, commissioning a rebrand that's a world away from the old tutu-and-tights