Archive | August, 2010

American Ballet Theatre in London

August 31, 2010

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three male dancers on stage and one female in the air

The great American Ballet Theatre arrive in London in February 2011.  Why am I telling you this now ?  Well, because if you want to see them, you’ll need to snap up some tickets, which are on sale now.    ABT are bringing two programmes to London between Tuesday 1st and Sunday 6th February.    Programe One […]

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Bloch & Backstage on Swan Lake

August 30, 2010

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dancer in Swan Lake tutu backstage

Your recent Backstage Pass to Swan Lake revealed a gallery of images taken backstage at the Royal Albert Hall in June while English National Ballet danced their in-the-round production. Some of the images were featured in YOU magazine on Sunday 22nd August.  Dancer Silvia Aiuvalasit featured inside the cover, wearing her ‘space boots’ to keep her […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Bury, Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet)

August 30, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Laura Bury, Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet)   I carried out this interview while Laura was dancing with the company.  As you read on, you’ll discover that Laura has now left. Unfortunately, I have no images to compliment this feature – save the wonderful cupcakes of course – nevertheless I wanted […]

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Have you just passed a ballet dancer ?

August 28, 2010

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I’m always struck by how unrecognised ballet dancers are once they leave the vacinity of the theatre where they work. Of course, if you hang aound the stage door, you probably know who you want to see and will recognise them, but once those dancers step out into the real world, they largely go about […]

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Darcey Bussell – Magic Ballerina books

August 26, 2010

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Darcey Bussell's book cover

I’ve written before about Darcey’s wonderful children’s books, based on stories from the ballet.  They are enchanting and have followed the fortunes of Delphine and Holly as they learn how to master ballet and those magic red shoes that strangely glitter…. Now it’s the turn of Jade.  I have to tell you, every time I […]

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BREAKING BALLET NEWS

August 26, 2010

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I can now reveal that BBC4 has filmed a documentary about English National Ballet.  The BBC has been following the company behind the scenes as they work and tour all over the UK and beyond. Many of you have expressed to me an interest in seeing ENB’s Swan Lake in-the-round on DVD.  Unfortunately it isn’t available to purchase at […]

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Arlene Phillips announced as head judge on The Dance Show

August 26, 2010

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**MEDIA ALERT**                                                     This December Arlene Phillips takes the lead as she becomes the head judge at this year’s The Dance Show World-renowned choreographer to decide the Young Dancer of the Year award in the search for the UK’s most talented dancer The Dance Show, 3-5 December 2010, Birmingham NEC This year, top […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Madeleine Murray, The Royal New Zealand Ballet

August 26, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Madeleine Murray, The Royal New Zealand Ballet I’ve been saving this interview with Maddy while I waited for some images from the press office.  Unfortunately they haven’t had any to send from recent rehearsals and so I’m going to publish this with a headshot only, before it gets too out of date.  […]

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BALLET SCHOOL

August 24, 2010

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BBC Wales

Last summer, BBC Cymru Wales commissioned a four part documentary, BALLET SCHOOL, based on five Welsh students at Elmhurst School for Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Associate School.  The team followed the students over the course of the academic year 2009/10.  Photography throughout  © BBC Pictures  The series will air weekly from Tuesday 24th August on […]

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Cuban Ballet

August 23, 2010

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An exciting new book, Cuban Ballet, hits the bookshelves later this month. The author, Octavio Roca, is a well-informed and well-placed writer of this subject.  Roca is a former music & dance critic for The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and the Miami New Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Roca studied at Emory and […]

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Backstage Pass

August 22, 2010

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English National Ballet

If this is your first visit to Ballet News, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to you – it’s lovely to see you here and I hope you will find plenty of captivating reading ! THIS IS YOUR BACKSTAGE PASS For more than half of this year I have followed every feathered footstep of the dancers of […]

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Dancers Among Us

August 20, 2010

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Dancers Among Us

Here is  a world exclusive for Ballet NEWS, previewing of one of photographer Jordan Matter‘s unique images of dancers literally, amoung us. I will be writing about Jordan in more depth very soon. Please let me know what you make of this image. How would you like to see dancers photographed ?

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Kaisey Johnston

August 20, 2010

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Cupcakes & Conversations

Cupcakes & Conversation with Kaisey Johnston, former Soloist, Melbourne Ballet Company & with Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Texas, USA Kaisey moved to London a few months ago, as she likes to challenge herself and feels that there are more opportunities in the UK and Europe to do so. What motivates you at 8am on a […]

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The Royal Ballet – new Nutcracker release

August 19, 2010

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I wanted to tell you about a new release of The Nutcracker, by The Royal Ballet.  I know – you might be groaning already – who needs another Nutcracker, right ?  Well, with the wonderful (and now retired) Miyako Yoshida, partnered by the equally wonderful Steven McRae, and also starring Ricardo Cervera & Gary Avis […]

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Scottish Ballet Up Close Tour 2010

August 19, 2010

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Scottish Ballet on tour 2010

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DANCE INPIRES FASHION

August 17, 2010

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Search to find the capital’s hottest young designers who love dance is launched I am a Fashion Designer and I love Dance. Inspired by dance and fashion? The T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 has launched a search to find the capital’s hottest young designers who love dance. Whether your inspiration is fiery salsa shapes, luxurious Bollywood […]

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BALLET NEWS WORLD EXCLUSIVE

August 14, 2010

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Tarzan Dan. I’m sure his name is no accident – it takes a certain amount of daring and dexterity to capture images of dancers in the studio, but to photograph them in inhospitable places, out of context and definately out of everyone’s comfort zone, with the weather against you ?  Well, that takes an intrepid explorer with charm to […]

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The Australian Ballet – Two masterworks and a world premiere make for an exciting triple bill

August 14, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Two generations of Australian ballet talent come together to present Edge of night for The Australian Ballet in 2010. In keeping with the company’s vision of caring for tradition while daring to be different, Edge of night is a triple bill where resident choreographer Stephen Baynes presents two critically acclaimed works alongside […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Cinderella, English National Ballet

August 12, 2010

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Cinderella English National Ballet Coliseum, London 11th August 2010 Cinderella. A broomstick and a glass slipper. The moral of the story ?  Ladies – be a bit more careless with your shoes and you never know who might turn up. Michael Corder’s choreography begins with Cinderella alone at the fireside, missing her dead mother and cherishing […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Sophie Fletcher, Principal, Melbourne Ballet Company

August 3, 2010

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cupcakes courtesy of the Primrose Bakery, supporters of BALLET NEWS Cupcakes & Conversation with Sophie Fletcher, Principal, Melbourne Ballet Company (this month, Sophie moves to The National Theatre in Prague). What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Funnily enough, I have always found Monday’s the best day of the week – I […]

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