Archive | February, 2011

Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet – Swan Lake

February 27, 2011

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet  is a three part documentary series following the dancers and staff of the company through rehearsal and performance of three very different productions – Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and The Nutcracker. I’ve also written an overview of the whole series. This first episode features Senior Principal Daria […]

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet

February 25, 2011

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet For the last year a film crew was given unprecedented access to the dancers & staff of English National Ballet, delving behind the scenes in a never-seen-before documentary series that shows the agony & ecstasy that is ballet company life. The series highlights the turbulence of Swan Lake, the danger & dramatic twists of Romeo & […]

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Sir Paul McCartney & Peter Martins collaborate on world premiere for New York City Ballet

February 25, 2011

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SIR PAUL McCARTNEY AND PETER MARTINS TO COLLABORATE ON WORLD PREMIERE BALLET FOR NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S 2011-2012 SEASON The New McCartney/Martins Ballet to Premiere at NYCB’s Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22, 2011 New York City Ballet announced today that Sir Paul McCartney and NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins will collaborate on […]

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Ballet NEWS | Save The Date Invitation

February 24, 2011

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Perhaps that thick, cream intivation to the Royal Wedding has been delayed in the post ?  It’s fine !  There is still a very special date that I am exclusively revealling to you today and which I’m asking you to save. Lovely Ballet NEWS readers, if you have access to BBC4, please Save The Date – Tuesday, 8th March 2011 […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Contemporary 4

February 24, 2011

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS Featuring works by PAUL GIBSON – MARCO GOECKE – MARK MORRIS – ALEXEI RATMANSKY March 18-27, 2011 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center Seattle, WA 98109 March 18-19 at 7:30 pm Mach 19 at 2:00 pm March 24-26 at 7:30 pm March 27 at 1:00 pm SEATTLE, WA […]

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Queensland Ballet recovers from the floods & announces changes to the season

February 24, 2011

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  Queensland Ballet announces changes to 2011 Season Queensland Ballet has announced some changes to its 2011 Season as a result of the delayed re-opening of the Playhouse at QPAC. CEO of Queensland Ballet Anna Marsden said: “We have been advised by QPAC that our resident theatre, the Playhouse, has suffered significant flood damage to […]

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Scottish Ballet launches an Alice inspired photographic & digital art competition

February 23, 2011

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  In Scottish Ballet’s unique new production of Alice, the heroine falls through the lens of Charles Dodgson’s (Lewis Carroll) camera instead of a rabbit hole, to find herself in the curious world of Wonderland.   To celebrate this, Scottish Ballet is inviting photographers and digital artists to submit images of their own personal embodiment that […]

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GALA 2011 – Royal Ballet principal Mara Galeazzi announces further details

February 23, 2011

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New details are emerging about Royal Ballet principal Mara Galeazzi’s GALA 2011.  As well as the details on the poster, the Gala will include a performance of the Black Swan pas de deux and The Royal Ballet’s Nehemiah Kish and Yuhui Choe will be dancing.

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Black Swan pas de deux added to English National Ballet’s Black & White bill

February 23, 2011

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The Black Swan pas de deux has been added to English National Ballet’s up-coming Black & White bill (Resolution|Men Y Men|Vue de L’Autre|Suite en Blanc).  New details and casting are as follows : Black Swan Casting 16 March at 7.30pm – Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev 17 March at 7.30pm – Erina Takahashi, Dmitri Gruzdyev 18 March […]

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Ballet shoes – Bloch warm ups

February 23, 2011

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Ballet Shoes | Bloch Warm-Up Boots Today I want to highlight the versatility of Bloch’s warm-up boots, worn by professional dancers and dance students the world over. It’s not only dancers who wear them – they are the warmest slippers you can imagine and perfect for lounging at home in. I’m often asked what dancers […]

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Ballet NEWS | Pas de deux secrets unveiled by the professionals

February 22, 2011

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It’s very easy to write about ballet using the terminology, French as it is, talking in a very codified way that mostly exists within the rehearsal studio, which can be hard for newcomers to penetrate.  It’s much harder to knuckle down and focus on the nuts and bolts that you take for granted that everyone will understand […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lauren Ciobanu, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet

February 21, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Lauren Ciobanu, Demi Soloist, Houston Ballet  What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? My husband kicking me out of bed! No, but seriously the idea that I can keep progressing and evolving. Trying to master or more deeply understand whatever role I am working on at the time. […]

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The Royal Ballet : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

February 19, 2011

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The Royal Ballet’s new full length ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, premieres on 28th February 2011 at The Royal Opera House, with a short run of performances in early March.  Later this year the production will premiere in Canada, when the National Ballet of Canada dance the production. With just over a […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ana Sophia Scheller, Soloist, New York City Ballet

February 18, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Ana Sophia Scheller, Soloist, New York City Ballet   What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Well… not much, hahaha!  I am still asleep at that time.  I try to get as much sleep as I can. I don’t wake up till 9am for a 10:30am ballet class. […]

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What the dancers of The Royal Ballet actually do [VIDEO]

February 17, 2011

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This is a brilliant video giving you a slice of life as lived at The Royal Ballet. Starring dancers such as Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Steven McRae, Melissa Hamilton, Eric Underwood, Leanne Benjamin, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares, Jose Martin, Yohei Sasaki, Marianela Nunez, Yuhui Choe, Brian Maloney, Ludovic Ondiviela, Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli, Valeri Hristov, Jonathan […]

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BALLET SAN JOSE ANNOUNCES CARLOS ACOSTA TO GUEST IN SWAN LAKE

February 16, 2011

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BALLET SAN JOSE ANNOUNCES CARLOS ACOSTA TO GUEST IN SWAN LAKE Carlos Acosta, Cuban born ballet star and Principal Guest Artist of the Royal Ballet in London, England, has been signed to appear in the lead role of Prince Siegfried for two performances when Ballet San Jose presents Swan Lake, February 25-27 at San Jose […]

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White Swan ? Black Swan ? Swan Lake.

February 16, 2011

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White Swan ?  Black Swan ?  Swan Lake.

Casting has been announced for English National Ballet’s version of Swan Lake at the London Coliseum next month.  Vadim Muntagirov, the First Soloist who has lead the company for the last few opening nights in a principal role, will not open this run of performances.  I suggested in my review of his last performance that it might […]

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Harlequin floors, Dance UK & National Institute of Dance Medicine & Science

February 16, 2011

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Today I’d like to highlight the importance of dancer’s health, and two of the companies who are working hard in leading the way in this field. Harlequin Floors are acknowledged the world over as leaders in advanced technology flooring for dance, and they recently made a huge donation to Dance UK towards their latest initiative. Dance […]

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Ballet NEWS | Dance Proms – a national celebration of dance

February 16, 2011

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Working Together in Celebration of Dance Announcing a unique dance collaboration at the iconic Royal Albert Hall  Three of the world’s leading dance examination boards, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), have joined forces with the Royal Albert Hall to […]

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Ballet NEWS | Boston Ballet & the Mayor’s office present two ballet performances

February 16, 2011

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BOSTON BALLET AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE PRESENT TWO COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES AT THE STRAND THEATRE Boston Public Schools Students and General Public Invited to See Boston Ballet, BBII, and Boston Ballet School Students Perform Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, and Boston Public Schools, […]

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