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Northern Ballet | Sky Arts 2 HD | Beauty and the Beast

January 14, 2012

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Northern Ballet | Sky Arts goes behind the scenes as the company creates Beauty and the Beast How many times have you heard cries of “we’re not ready yet” or, “it’s not finished” when opening night looms for a new ballet ?  We saw it in Agony & Ecstasy : A Year with English National […]

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Ballet apprenticeships | What you need to know

June 20, 2011

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Is a ballet apprenticeship for you ? As a bridge linking graduation to professional company life, an apprenticeship should offer a chance for young dancers to develop performance experience, adapt to company life and touring, and lead to an independent life, learning to work for themselves. At a time when budget cuts mean that substantial savings have to be made […]

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Arts Council Funding Announcement and English National Ballet announces new fundraising initiatives.

March 30, 2011

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30 March 2011 Arts Council Funding Announcement and English National Ballet announces new fundraising initiatives. ACE’s assessment of English National Ballet is excellent noting that “the organisation would contribute well to a national picture of funded organisations which is balanced across size, type, artform, geographical spread, diversity and contribution to our goals”. Arts Council England […]

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Rachel Ware is Ballet News’ Paris Ballerine

March 29, 2011

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Bourjois has launched a Paris Ballerine make-up range for Spring 2011 which is due to be launched shortly.  Hot on the trail of new trends, Ballet News invited a crack team of professionals (Bex Singleton – photographer & Laura Tucker – make-up artist) to create two new looks using Paris Ballerine products, with a twist.  I wanted to show […]

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How much do you love English National Ballet ?

March 26, 2011

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Following the popular documentary series on BBC Four, Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet, the question has to be asked – just how much do you love the company ? The three programmes covered Swan Lake (Daria Klimentová, Vadim Muntagirov and Rachel Ware), Romeo & Juliet (Max Westwell and Daniel Jones) & […]

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet – The Nutcracker diaries

March 20, 2011

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The last episode of Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet airs this Tuesday on BBC Four at 9pm.  This week the film focuses on preparations for The Nutcracker, their 10th production. 75% of this version was created by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling for the Dutch National Ballet, with the remaining 25% to be […]

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English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová & Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal

March 15, 2011

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If you’ve been entranced by Agony & Ecstasy, the three-part documentary series following English National Ballet over the course of 2010, you might be surprised to discover that neither Romeo & Juliet nor The Nutcracker are currently being performed.  Instead they have innovatively scheduled, among others, a hint of Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deux) and […]

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Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet episode 2

March 10, 2011

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English National Ballet This is where ballet starts to get tough. Tough to dance. Tough to watch. In fact, just watching is likely to leave you feeling banjaxed.  The second episode in BBC Four’s behind-the-scenes documentary following English National Ballet over the course of a year focuses on Romeo & Juliet, and within that context the lives of two company dancers who have been cast together, […]

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Ballet NEWS | interviews English National Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov

March 9, 2011

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If you tuned in to see Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet recently, you might want to know more about one of the stars of the film, Vadim Muntagirov.  Last year in interviewed English National Ballet’s young First Soloist, Vadim Muntagirov for The Stage.  He talks about his tough Russian ballet training, and […]

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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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