Men in Motion, the innovative project of Ukrainian-born former Royal Ballet Principal, Ivan Putrov, returned on 22 and 23 November for two exclusive nights at the ENO Coliseum in London. Grace Jones and Nick Knight were in attendance.
Accompanied by a fantastic live orchestra, the evening was Putrov’s exploration of the male dancer thanks to fourteen tableaux by some of the best classical performers of this generation.
“My interest in the changing role of the man in ballet has taken me on a fascinating journey, re-discovering some ground-breaking pieces of the 20th century, bringing outstanding contemporary works to new audiences and commissioning new ballets from some of today’s finest choreographers.’’ – Ivan Putrov said.
Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward was the only ballerina to join Men in Motion and brilliantly partner Ivan Putrov in a beautiful rendition of Fokine’s ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’, previously made famous by Nijinsky.
Other highlights included Giovanni Princic’s (from the Dutch National Ballet) athletic and funny tour de force of ‘Ballet 101’ – choreographed by Eric Gauthier. The dancer powered through every single ballet position over the voice of a sadistic narrator who introduced the piece by reminding the public that the vocabulary of dance historically originates from France.
Equally funny was Irek Mukhamedov’s incredible and perhaps self-ironic interpretation (?) of a lost performer drinking Smirnoff vodka, frustrated by his tambourines, his dance routine while determined to go until the end of his clumsy show.
More serious performances included Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet Mathieu Ganio’s sublime solo from Nureyev’s Swan Lake and ‘Clair de Lune’ by Alastair Marriott. He beautifully wore a delicate, loose feathered skin-coloured top, specifically designed by Philip Treacy for the show.
To complete the performance Marian Walter, Principal of the Berlin State Ballet, performed Roland Petit’s beautiful Pas de deux from ‘Proust ou les Intermittences du coeur’ together with Timofej Andrijashenko of La Scala Milan who danced Prince’s Act Two extract from Nureyev’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’. A perfect moment.
A beautiful and poly morph night introduced by a sad Daniel Proietto unable to perform a piece titled “The Mockracy” due to public complaints and aggressive reactions the night before. Daniel Proietto later performed over the iconic song ‘Sinnerman’ by Nina Simone and choreographed by Alan Lucien Øyen. Nick Knight had filmed it for SHOWSTUDIO two years ago.
Images: Copyrights Elliott Franks Photography Services.
Giovanni Princic in Men in Motion © Elliott Franks
Alessandro Staiano and Marian Walter in Men in Motion © Elliott Franks
Matthieu Ganio in Men in Motion © Elliott Franks
Matthew Ball and Ivan Putrov in Men in Motion
Irek Mukhamedov in Men in Motion © Elliott Franks