Archive | May, 2009

Ballet NEWS | Swan Lake – A dress to die for

May 30, 2009

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I would just like to highlight this article about a Chanel couture tutu which has been made for Elena Glurdjidze,for her performances of The Dying Swan, in today’s Guardian magazine. Elena is a senior principal dancer with English National Ballet. Performance details are listed at the end of the article by Jess Cartner-Morley.

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Ballet NEWS | Darcey Bussell’s Magic Ballerina books

May 21, 2009

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Darcey Bussell launched the first six books in her Magic Ballerina series last October and since then a quarter of a million copies have been sold worldwide. Now Darcey is back with the next six stories, which feature Rosa (a new character), who has inherited the magic red ballet shoes from Delphine (from the first […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Jewels Masterclass

May 20, 2009

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Royal Ballet dancers on stage

Tonight’s Royal Ballet Masterclass was, as always, an absolute treat. It never ceases to amaze me how generous the dancers are with their time – something picked up tonight by Rozzie Metherell, the Insight Programme Manager, who thanked both the dancers for their time and for the indefatigable way in which they always step up […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Masterclass tonight

May 20, 2009

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Tonight’s Royal Ballet Masterclass at the Royal Opera House will focus on Jewels, an upcoming production, which was hugely popular last year when it was staged for the first time at the Royal Opera House, running from 9 June – 19 June 2009. Unusually, there are a couple of seats left for tonight’s Masterclass (at […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park

May 16, 2009

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Last week The Royal Ballet lower school held a Royal Gala evening in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Gala was a private ‘thankyou’ to the major sponsors of the re-development project, and a celebration for the students. There are a selection of excellent images here.

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet present New Work in the Linbury

May 16, 2009

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Photographs by Johan Persson New Works in the Linbury May 15th 2009 Royal Opera House Imagine looking into a kaleidoscope; what you see refracted back at you is always different in colour, shape, size and texture, and so it is with an evening of new works. Only the colour was missing, of which more later. […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Autumn 2009 Season at Sadler’s Wells includes a premiere for Carlos Acosta and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba

May 11, 2009

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Carlos Acosta

picture credit – Johan Persson The new Autumn Season has some exciting highlights for ballet, especially a new show by Carlos Acosta and also a return visit to the UK by the Nacional Ballet de Cuba, who will feature Acosta as guest artist as part of the Spring Dance at the Coliseum season – a […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet makes first historic visit to Cuba this summer

May 11, 2009

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Today The Royal Ballet has announced details of their summer tour – and their first visit to Cuba. What a thrill for the Habaneros to watch Frederick Ashton’s Voices of Spring and Thaïs pas de deux, among others. Manon will be another highlight, with Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo reprising their roles, but I’m surprised […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School (Lower) at the Richmond May Fair – part 2

May 9, 2009

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Royal ballet school dancers on stage

As before, if you spot yourself please let me know so that I can fill in the details. Just added a couple more photo’s after Brian’s request.

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School (Lower) at the Richmond May Fair – part 1

May 9, 2009

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The quite wonderful Richmond May Fair has been held today on The Green. Some of the pupils from White Lodge, the lower school based in Richmond Park, dazzled and danced their way through morris dancing, Irish dancing, clog dancing, Scottish dancing, a Farandole, the chicken dance from La fille Mal Gardee, an excerpt from Sleeping […]

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Ballet NEWS | New Work in the Linbury – updated details

May 8, 2009

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dancers in the studio

Hi everyone, Just a couple of updates to the information in my earlier post, notably who is choreographing each piece, and the details of Kristen McNally’s piece. Yes we did… Choreography : Kristen McNally Sian Murphy Romany Pajdak Pietra Mello Pittman Akane Takada Tom Whitehead Ryiochi Hirano Ernst Meisner Richard Ramsey Liam Scarlett Andrej Uspenski […]

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Manon Starring Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta

May 8, 2009

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Tonight on BBC4 you can catch a special treat – The Royal Ballet’s Manon with Tamara Rojo as Manon and Carlos Acosta as Des Grieux. I was at the recording of this performance and can vouch for it being a great one ! Duration – 120 minutes. 8062392 BBC4 says : The Royal Ballet perform […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet, NEW CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS

May 7, 2009

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that there are still tickets available for these shows at the Royal Opera House. For anyone not familiar with the Linbury Studio Theatre; it’s a self-contained space within the House, which offers a closer view of the dancers in a different setting than the main stage. […]

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Ballet NEWS | THE Royal Ballet BP SUMMER BIG SCREENS 2009 & competition

May 5, 2009

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The following has been released today (I’ve kept in the Opera sections as I know they are of interest to some as well as the ballet) : FREE live opera and ballet on a record number of big screens around the UK from the Royal Opera House 42 screenings in 20 locations The Royal Opera […]

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