Archive | May, 2010

New Works in the Linbury – 3-5 June 2010, Royal Opera House

May 30, 2010

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dancers on stage in plum costumes

  I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to today’s new readers.  It’s lovely to see you here and I hope you enjoy reading BALLET NEWS.  In a couple of days I will be publishing a feature about English National Ballet and their Swan Lake tutus – as the wardrobe department prepares for the massed ranks […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Toby Mallitt, Corps de ballet, Corella Ballet

May 28, 2010

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headshot of a dancer in hoodie

Cupcakes & Conversation with Toby Mallitt, Corps de Ballet, Corella Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Before, when in London I used to rely on a good nights’ sleep to get me up, and in the summer there is nothing like a very hot sunny day to get you motivated. […]

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Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at The Lowry, Salford and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff during its 2010 summer season

May 28, 2010

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Ambra Vallo and César Morales as Romeo and Juliet Photograph :  Bill Cooper Media release: 27 May 2010 Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at The Lowry, Salford and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff during its 2010 summer season Completing its current 2009/10 season Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to The […]

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Ballet NEWS | BALLET FACTS @ English National Ballet

May 27, 2010

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep a ballet company on it’s toes, how many hours they dance in a year, how many miles of shoe ribbon they use or how many pirouttes there are in The Nutcracker ?  Wonder no more… English National Ballet has 64 dancers from 20 countries The dancers’ day starts at 10.30am […]

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BALLET NEWS | English National Ballet Swan Lake UPDATE

May 26, 2010

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Photograph :  Daria Klimentová (Daria is a Senior Principal Dancer with ENB) Just to let you know that there is currently a £10 reduction in the ticket price for English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in-the-round, which opens at the Royal Albert Hall on June 9th. Photograph :  Daria Klimentová There is more information about the […]

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Ballet NEWS | Big Dance at Westfield with English National Ballet

May 25, 2010

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  Elena Glurdjidze & Zhanat Atymtayev Last weekend, the T-Mobile Big Dance at Westfield took centre stage, with stunning live performances from a host of dance groups and the chance for the public to get involved in dance workshops throughout the weekend. Elena Glurdjidze & Zhanat Atymtayev On Saturday 22 May, English National Ballet performed sequences from Swan […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Tobias Batley, First Soloist, Northern Ballet

May 24, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Tobias Batley, First Soloist, Northern Ballet

Cupcakes & Conversation with Tobias Batley, First Soloist, Northern Ballet Photograph :  Simon Lawson What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I really love my job so motivation isn’t usually a problem, but like anyone Monday mornings can be a struggle, depending on what sort of a weekend I have had. Monday […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Itziar Mendizabal, Principal, Leipzig Ballet

May 21, 2010

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ballet dancer on stage dressed in white

Cupcakes & Conversation with Itziar Mendizabal, Principal, Leipzig Ballet Itziar’s season at Leipzig Ballet finishes on 16th August and after a short holiday, she will join The Royal Ballet as a First Soloist. The Company don’t audition. Itziar’s Ballet Mistress gave a DVD of her work to The Royal Ballet’s Artistic Director – Monica Mason – […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in-the-round – casting announced

May 20, 2010

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two dancers from Black Swan

What better place to spend a warm (let’s hope!) summer’s evening than beside a lake.  Next month, English National Ballet will dance their mesmerizing Swan Lake in-the-round, at the Royal Albert Hall.  They literally triple the number of swans on stage – to 60 – and feathers will fly !  Everyone has been working flat out to […]

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Ballet NEWS | THE CLOCK STARTS FOR THE COUNTDOWN TO THE T-MOBILE BIG DANCE 2010

May 20, 2010

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two dancers in front of a red bus

Dance Champion Arlene Phillips launches the T-Mobile Big Dance Bus at Sadler’s Wells © David Parry/ PA • Programme announced for The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 • The T-Mobile Big Dance Bus launched by Arlene Phillips • Londoners invited to join the biggest street dance in the world The six-week countdown begins today for The […]

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Ballet NEWS | TuTuMuch – 9 girls, 4 weeks, 1 dream. Review of documentary film about the audition process

May 18, 2010

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row of dancers at the barre

  TuTuMuch Directed by Elise Swerhone Co-Produced by Vonnie Von Helmolt & Merit Jensen Carr Anyone thinking that Summer School is another word for a holiday, probably doesn’t do ballet. The brutal truth is that for the nine subjects of this documentary about The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School summer session, they start off being just […]

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Ballet NEWS | Maria Engel receives award in her native Germany

May 17, 2010

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dancer draped over chair

Last year I interviewed Maria Engel, a graduate of Elmhurst School of Dance, a vocational school which is associated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company.  At the time, Maria was performing with Ballet Theatre UK, touring around the UK with a new production of The Nutcracker. I reviewed the show last year and you can read it […]

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Royal Opera House premieres new work in Ipswich

May 17, 2010

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Royal Opera House premieres new work in Ipswich Pleasure’s Progress, created by Will Tuckett A tale of sex! wigs! wags! ‘n’ bawds! Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich: 18 – 19 June Covent Garden Piazza, London: 9 – 10 July (abridged version) Latitude Festival, Southwold, Suffolk: 16 – 18 July Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House: 23 – […]

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Free iPhone Ballet Index app

May 15, 2010

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Ballet Index for the iPhone free offer This weekend I want to offer you another chance to snap up a free ballet iPhone app. Ballet Index is a fast, cross referenced glossary of ballet terms. Version 1.9 has improved the cross referencing and has even more ballet terms. This time, the developer has very generously […]

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The Royal Opera House Student Standby Scheme

May 14, 2010

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Do you love the work of the Royal Opera House but struggle with the ticket prices ? If you are a student, the Royal Opera House Student Standby scheme exists for you.  The scheme offers unsold tickets for The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera to students for just £10. The scheme itself is not new, […]

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Saute On – The Ballet

May 13, 2010

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Saute On – the ballet Saute-On – the ballet is an iPhone app which is usually chargeable to download.  Courtesy of the developers, I have 10 codes to give away to US readers.  Please note – the code only works in the US, so if you are based anywhere else it just won’t work. That’s the […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lia Cirio, Soloist, Boston Ballet

May 11, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lia Cirio, Soloist, Boston Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Coffee and my kitty, Lady:) What are you looking forward to dancing this year ? Right now I am looking forward to dancing Terpsichore in Apollo, the principal role in Theme & Variations, and Kylian’s Black […]

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Corella Ballet tour to New York update with Tracy Jones

May 8, 2010

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Tracy in Times Square, New York

Not long ago I interviewed Tracy Jones, who is a dancer with Corella Ballet in Spain. The Company were about to tour to the US for a week, performing at the New York City Centre. Their Artistic Director, Ángel Corella, was a Principal with American Ballet Theatre, and so very well-known to US audiences. In 2001, Spanish born Corella […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Janie Taylor, Principal, New York City Ballet

May 6, 2010

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dancer in tutu jumping

Cupcakes & Conversation with Janie Taylor, Principal, New York City Ballet Photography throughout :  Paul Kolnik What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? I am usually dead asleep at 8am on a Monday morning. It is our one day off each week. What are you looking forward to dancing this year ? […]

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Cupcakes & Converastion with Ellie Swiatkiwsky, Melbourne Ballet Company

May 4, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ellie Swiatkiwsky, Melbourne Ballet Company What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? The thought of a wonderful week, doing exactly what I love to do… how fortunate! What are you looking forward to dancing this year ? This year I’m looking forward to dancing at The Juilliard School* […]

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