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Ballet News Reviews | Ballet Spectacular

October 22, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Ballet Spectacular Ballet Spectacular. Quite a title to live up to, and the good news is that this book is a delight. Beautifully put together without overloading young readers, this book acts as a guide to all things ballet. Its glossy production is perfect for the lavish photography as you begin […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Natalia Osipova Becoming A Swan

September 30, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Natalia Osipova Becoming A Swan Photographs by Andrej Uspenski What makes you return to a photography book ? Reviewing countless such books, I find myself asking this question often, and only this time, reviewing this book, have I found an answer. Some photography books are coffee table tomes to be displayed […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Taking Flight – Michaela & Elaine DePrince

September 14, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Taking Flight – Michaela & Elaine DePrince You probably won’t recognise the name Mabinty Bangura. You may have heard of Michaela DePrince, the extraordinarily flexible dancer from Sierra Leone whose story has been published for young adults. DePrince lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa, during the civil war, and the horrors […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet

August 11, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet Essentially  a guide to some of the classical ballet’s you’re most likely to see in company rep, this small book has been updated to include new ballets by Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. First published in 2004, it’s aim has always been to […]

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Coppelia

July 25, 2014

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Tamara Rojo as Swanhilde and Alban Lendorf performing as Franz in English National Ballet's Coppelia rehearsal at The Coliseum Theatre, London on July 23, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Coppélia English National Ballet Coppelia London Coliseum Thursday 24th July 2014 Coppelia is a light-hearted, sweet & charming ballet with plenty of laughter along the way. English National Ballet’s production is now entering its 30th year, and is still going strong despite it being short on today’s reality. The Principal […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Steven McRae | The Royal Ballet’s Dancer In The Fast Lane

June 30, 2014

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Steven McRae | Dancer In The Fast Lane With photographs by Andrej Uspenski Andrej Uspenski, a dancer with The Royal Ballet, fills the gaps in his schedule by using his unique position to photograph his colleagues. For most dancers, looking at one photograph of themselves, let alone of book of them, is a task to be avoided, but the dancers of […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Lest We Forget | English National Ballet

April 3, 2014

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Artistic Director and principle dancer Tamara Rojo & Fabian Reimair from English National Ballet rehearse Akram Khan 's new work: Dust, as part of a program entitled 'Lest We Forget' in commemoration of the start of World War I, at The Barbican Centre, London on March 15, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Ballet News Reviews | Lest We Forget | English National Ballet Lest We Forget English National Ballet The Barbican, 2nd April 2014 Many evenings spent in the theatre are forgettable; either the music grates or the choreography is so-so. Not this one. Rarely, if ever, have I seen English National Ballet so together and, well, […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Prince Of The Pagodas

March 26, 2014

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Tyrone Singleton as the King of the South; photo: Phil Hitchman

Ballet News Reviews | The Prince Of The Pagodas | Birmingham Royal Ballet The Prince of The Pagodas Birmingham Royal Ballet London Coliseum, 26th March 2014 David Bintley’s The Prince Of The Pagodas was funded by philanthropic support from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s audience. Touring, the support is harder to see. Tonight’s opening might have been […]

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Fonteyn ’59: Sleeping Beauty

March 6, 2014

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former principal ballerina for the Royal Ballet in rehearsal for La Bayadere - taken circa 1998. Darcey Bussell - (C) BBC - Photographer: Stephen Vaughan

Fonteyn ’59 : Sleeping Beauty As part of the BBC Ballet Season, Darcey Bussell, sitting by the fireside, introduces edited highlights of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, created especially for television by producer/director Margaret Dale in 1959 and featuring the then stars of the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. Fonteyn’s Rose Adage is performed with a […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina

February 27, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland Unlike many books of the genre, which are akin to digesting dust, Misty Copeland’s story, written with Charisse Jones, is an engaging read. Lightly written, with dark corners that punctuate her life, she tells it like it is, in a balanced […]

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Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet

February 26, 2014

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(L-R) in Les Sylphides, circa 1939. Robert Helpmann, Margot Fonteyn - (C)

Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet     As part of the BBC’s Short Ballet Season, Dancing in the Blitz : How WW2 made British Ballet describes how the onset of war isolated Britain and its small ballet companies, which were then given the chance to shine through adversity. From 1939 […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Good Swan, Bad Swan : Dancing Swan Lake

February 25, 2014

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Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer of English National Ballet, in her dressing room preparing to dance the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Tamara Rojo - (C) BBC - Photographer: Arnaud Stephenson

Good Swan, Bad Swan : Dancing Swan Lake Why is Swan Lake still being danced more than 100 years after it was created ? What is its appeal for audiences and for dancers of today ? These are some of the questions that Tamara Rojo, Principal dancer and Artisitc Director of English National Ballet, attempts to […]

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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines

February 24, 2014

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Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines As courtesans, fashion icons, political pawns and international celebrities, the great ballerinas have played a multitude of roles both on and off the stage. They have moved from the courts of kings to stages around the globe, from the highs of public adoration to the lows of injury and scandal. But few […]

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire

January 10, 2014

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire As stories go, Le Corsaire isn’t one you’d want to dwell on. At its core, the message isn’t a pleasant one to dwell on, even if it is supposed to be make-believe. However, staging this new production by Anna-Marie Holmes for English National Ballet has its […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot

October 18, 2013

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Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez in Scheherazade. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ballet News Reviews | Carlos Acosta – Pig’s Foot Carlos Acosta’s autobiography, Now Way Home : A Cuban Dancer’s Story, sold around 6,500 copies in hardback. Acosta’s debut novel, Pig’s Foot, has been picked as one of the most important literary debuts of the year by Waterstones.  For the third year running, Waterstones’ “debut literary stars of 2013″ includes Pig’s Foot and they […]

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Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Performance

July 15, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Performance The Royal Ballet School Annual Matinee Performance Royal Opera House, London 14th July 2013 This isn’t what I expected to be writing, but the stand-out piece from the Annual Matinee was a contemporary one – Seven Greek Dances (excerpts) by Maurice Béjart. It was the stand-out […]

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in the round

June 13, 2013

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Tamara Rojo and Matthew Golding

Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in the round Swan Lake English National Ballet Royal Albert Hall 12th June 2013 An arena production such as this one can never deliver the intimacy and story-telling that you get in a traditional theatre, but that’s not to say that it is without merit. It’s […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Aulterra Mobile Phone EMF / RF Neutralizer

May 30, 2013

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Ballet News Reviews | Aulterra Mobile Phone EMF / RF Neutralizer Do you spend a lot of time keeping up with the ballet while you’re on the move, or via a tablet or laptop when you get some free time? I hope you do, because digital media is the fastest way to get the latest […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby

May 15, 2013

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Ballet News exclusive illustration inspired by Martha Leebolt as Diasy and Tobias Batley as Gatsby

Ballet News Reviews | Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby Northern Ballet Sadlers Wells, London 14th May 2013 The Great Gatsby isn’t, at first sight, a story that lends itself easily to ballet. The complex characters make it difficult to get the whole story over to an audience with no words. However, the […]

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Ecstasy & Death

April 19, 2013

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Petite Mort, photograph by David Jensen

Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Ecstasy & Death Ecstasy & Death Petite Mort | Le Jeune Homme et la Mort | Etudes English National Ballet London Coliseum 18th April 2013 Opening in silence, with six men partnering six foils, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort premiered with aplomb. Marize Fumero and Vadim Muntagirov mastered everything. The choreography is demanding and requires […]

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