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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 Backstage | First hand account of the Olympics Closing Ceremony

August 14, 2012

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Backstage at the Olympics Closing Ceremony & rehearsals with the ballet dancers So, what does it feel like to dance in front of an audience of 26 million people ? Last year one of the Olympics casting directors asked me to help them find hundreds of ballet dancers who could dance very strongly en pointe, and in October […]

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Darcey Bussell flies in to the Olympics Closing Ceremony on a flaming phoenix

August 13, 2012

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Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell flies in to the Olympics Closing Ceremony Retired Royal Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell spectacularly flew into the Olympic Stadium last night on a flaming phoenix to dance to a piece created by Christopher Wheeldon. As Bussell lands on the centre stage, she’s met by four male dancers – Gary Avis, Jonathan Cope, Edward Watson and Nehemiah Kish – […]

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Ashanti Ballet Gala

September 16, 2011

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 Ballet Gala in aid of Ashanti Development – A Dream of Africa A Dream of Africa is an annual charity gala in aid of Ashanti Development.  Please find below a gallery of images from the gala, held on Sunday evening in London. Photography throughout © Fotini Christofilopoulou. All Rights Reserved. No unauthorized reproduction. [nggallery id=17]

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Ballet Gala – Ashanti Development

September 8, 2011

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Ballet Gala – Ashanti Development The programme for Sunday’s Ballet Gala in aid of Ashanti Developoment is : Welcome by William Carslake Carnaval de Venise Pas de deux – Venus Villa & Fernando Montano                                 Still Moving Pas de Deux by Simon Rice – Hubert Essakow & Paul Liburd             Violin & Piano – Saint-Saens Havanaise                                                                      Frozen  Vanessa […]

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English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentova & Vadim Muntagirov in Swan Lake

March 27, 2011

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Swan Lake

I had so many photographs to choose from when writing my review of English National Ballet’s Swan Lake that I decided to split them into two.  Here is the second feature with 40 photographs of the company dancers. Daria Klimentova     Daria & Vadim    James Forbat & Max Westwell

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Swan Lake : English National Ballet

March 24, 2011

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Swan Lake

Laurretta Summerscales Swan Lake English National Ballet London Coliseum Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 Photography throughout : Helen Maybanks English National Ballet’s Swan Lake choreographed by Derek Deane (the ninth Swan Lake mounted by the company) begins with a Prologue telling the story of Princess Odette, who is kidnapped by Rothbart (half-man, half-bird) who turns her […]

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English National Ballet : Black & White

March 17, 2011

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Resolution Photography throughout : Helen Maybanks Black & White English National Ballet London Coliseum 16th March 2011 Five ballets in one hit make quite an impact – first-timers to the ballet will find something to love in this programme. Wayne Eagling’s Resolution, based on Mahler’s Rückert Lieder is a collection of five songs, beautifully and clearly […]

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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 | English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

January 13, 2011

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Romeo & Juliet   English National Ballet  London Coliseum  January 13th 2011 matinee Regular readers of Ballet NEWS will know that I have been writing about English National Ballet First Artist Max Westwell, as he prepares for the principal role in Romeo & Juliet. I interviewed Max last year, and since then I have watched a couple […]

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Ballet NEWS exclusive | Behind the scenes at English National Ballet as they rehearse Romeo & Juliet

January 9, 2011

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On-stage the ballet dancers you see have, if everything goes according to plan, perfected the art of concealment.  That is, hiding from you, the audience, the effort needed to make ballet look beautiful and, well, effortless. Especially when it comes to wearing pointe shoes. That effort begins and is perfected in the rehearsal studio.  At English National Ballet, the […]

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Ballet NEWS | English National Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet @ The London Coliseum

January 6, 2011

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Romeo & Juliet English National Ballet London Coliseum 5th January 2011 Watching Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Romeo & Juliet is the balletic equivalent of a dusty fist of wind in your face – life and death is summarily dealt with just as it was in the Italian Renaissance era. Try not to blink.  As I […]

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