Archive | June, 2009

Cupcakes & Conversation with Sarah Kundi, Ballet Black

June 30, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Sarah Kundi, Dancer, Ballet Black Sarah will be dancing with Ballet Black on Thursday 2nd July, 7.30pm, at the Hackney Empire,and Ballet Black can be seen in the Summer Collection NEW LINES IN DANCE 2009 (Programme B) at the Royal Opera House, on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July at 7pm. […]

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Ballet NEWS | Birmingham Royal Ballet – Natasha Oughtred

June 26, 2009

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Photo : Tamara Oughtred Regular readers will recall that I recently interviewed Natasha Oughtred from Birmingham Royal Ballet. Natasha mentioned that she would be dancing in, amongst other things, Galanteries & The Dream. Here is rehearsal footage of The Dream, where Natasha and the other dancers are being coached by Royal Ballet dancers Dame Antoinette […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet On Tour in Washington

June 25, 2009

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If you’ve been wondering how The Royal Ballet are faring in Washington, the wonderful Alastair Macaulay has reviewed Tuesday night’s performance for The New York Times. Macaulay is very familiar with the Company, having spent many years reviewing them in the UK, which is the reason I have picked out his review for you. It’s […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell – Rose

June 25, 2009

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I’ve been growing this heavenly rose since it was introduced a few years ago. It’s called ….. “Darcey Bussell”, hence the ballet theme ! It’s hard to appreciate through pictures alone just how different this rose is, in both colour and texture. It is literally as though someone has made a rose from velvet and […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Caroline Duprot-Elfar, Corps de ballet, American Ballet Theatre

June 23, 2009

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  Cupcakes & conversation with Caroline Duprot, Corps de Ballet at American Ballet Theater Caroline danced with The Royal Ballet until the end of last year, and as she is much missed in the UK, I am delighted that she agreed to be interviewed for my “Cupcakes & Conversation” series. If you are in the […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet First Soloist Sergei Polunin

June 22, 2009

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Today the Royal Opera House launched a new website featuring their World Stage series. For Autumn 2009 Royal Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin is featured, and this website is a chance to see films, interviews and pictures of him, as well as his ipod playlist. Frank Sinatra gets a look in. The film of the filming […]

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Ballet NEWS | Dancers & Chiropractic

June 21, 2009

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Today I would like to highlight an interview by Susan Swarbrick for the Sunday Herald. It’s called Me and my … chiropractor Susan talks to Scottish Ballet dancer Paul Liburd and his Chiropractor. Liburd was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this month. I’m a huge advocate of Chiropractic treatment, dancer or not. […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School Summer Season 2009

June 17, 2009

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The Royal Ballet School students in a défilé 2007 – Photo Johan Persson Details of the summer season have been announced today. I would recommend booking very quickly if you are thinking of attending ! • The Royal Ballet School announces details of this year’s Summer Season at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden which […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet & The Ballet Russes with Chanel

June 17, 2009

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Apollo, Ballets Russes Thomas Edur and Agnes Oaks wear Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel in performance. Photo by Annabel Moeller.   Dying swan The Dying Swan, Ballets Russes Elena Glurdjidze wears her Chanel tutu. Photo by Annabel Moeller. The red carpet was (literally) rolled out last night.

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet & Chanel

June 16, 2009

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Regular readers will know that Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel‘s creative director, has been busy designing costumes for English National Ballet’s performances at Sadler’s Wells theatre, which mark the centenary of the Ballets Russes. Here is a video clip showing Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur at their final fitting.

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet : Inside Story – From Gory to Gorgeous

June 16, 2009

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The Education department of the Royal Opera House continue their series of insights with this evening dedicated to the work of the wigs and make-up department. The last event on this subject was absolutely fascinating. There were two simultaneous demonstrations, one to turn a ballet dancer into a goat (with yak hair in the wig) […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day report part 3

June 13, 2009

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Year 8 performed an Irish dance – Genevieve Heron, Grace Horne, Rebecca Scanlon, India Thmpson, Benjamin Brown, Henry Dowden, Kilian Smith, Benjamin Thomas. Year 9 danced a Farandole – Mica Bradbury, Olivia Coles, Jessica Fummo, Amelia Jackson, Fay Meadows, Margarita Reeve, Alexander Bird, Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, John Rhys Halliwell, Samuel Percy, Glenn Roberts. Finally, […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day report part 2

June 13, 2009

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ballet students perform outside

Joseph Linkin & Jacob Wye danced Facade – Popular Song. Year 9 performed a Morris dance – “Clog” – Alexander Bird, John Rhys Halliwell, Samuel Percy, followed by “Lads a Buncham” also danced by Year 9 – Reece Clarke, Jonathan Day, Giorgio Garrett, Paul Oliver, Glenn Roberts, Barnaby Rook Bishop. A Ukrainian dance was performed […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day report

June 13, 2009

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Back to the dancing now – many different styles on display. The performances and the dancers varied over the 4 shows and here follows the 1.30pm performance. Please excuse the blue tape in the photo’s – unavoidable crowd control ! First we had Year 8 boys in two Morris dances – “Bean Setting” & “Rigs […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet Lower School Open Day report

June 13, 2009

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This afternooon The Royal Ballet School at White Lodge was packed to capacity – in fact so much so that they had reached their limit of 1500 people at any one time by mid-afternoon. It can’t have hurt that the sun was belting out more than had been forecast, and there were constant queues for […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet School Open Day

June 12, 2009

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The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge Open Day This coming Saturday 13th June, the Royal Ballet Lower School based at White Lodge in Richmond Park hold their annual Open Day. It’s a chance to watch the students dancing outside on the lawn, which they do all afternoon. Also well worth a visit is the historic […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet’s Darcey Bussell & Carlos Acosta

June 11, 2009

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Couple of things to tell you about : First, Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell made a surprise visit to one of the presenters of BBC’s Blue Peter, who was learning a part for English National Ballet’s Angelina Ballerina shows. Darcey was her usual charming self, encouraging Joel and laughing with him at his lack of […]

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Ballet NEWS | The Royal Ballet in Jewels

June 10, 2009

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Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Rubies as part of Jewels – photo Johan Persson Three different stones – Three different phases of life – Three different composers Put them together and what have you got ? An abstract ballet choreographed by George Balanchine in 1967, themed with Emeralds, Rubies & Diamonds, and called, […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Natasha Oughtred, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

June 10, 2009

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Natasha Oughtred, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet

  Cupcakes & conversation with Natasha Oughtred, First Soloist, Birmingham Royal Ballet Please note – Natasha has been promoted to Principal since this interivew was published. Natasha will be dancing in The Two Pigeons at the Birmingham Hippodrome on June 18th at 2pm and 19th at 7.30pm and later in Galanteries, The Dance House and […]

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Ballet NEWS | Royal Gala – Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge

June 3, 2009

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Photo : Hugo Burnand On May 13th, a host of stars joined some of the UK’s foremost philanthropists at a Royal Gala, attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the completion of the four year £22 million redevelopment of White Lodge, which has been home to […]

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