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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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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake

August 4, 2012

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Ballet News Reviews | English National Ballet’s Swan Lake Swan Lake English National Ballet London Coliseum Friday, August 3rd 2012 The Visa delays that led to Vadim Muntagirov and Daria Klimentová partnering each other on opening night in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake (in the round, at the Royal Albert Hall, when Polina Semionova couldn’t get her Visa in time), […]

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The Hong Kong Ballet announces three extra performances of Swan Lake

December 9, 2011

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The Hong Kong Ballet announces THREE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES of Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake <Hong Kong – 9 December 2011> In response to overwhelming demand for tickets to Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake, The Hong Kong Ballet has announced THREE ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES: Saturday 14 January at 7.30PM – conducted in Cantonese Sunday 15 […]

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Hong Kong Ballet launches educational performances for children | Swan Lake

November 14, 2011

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The Hong Kong Ballet launches a new series of educational performances for children: Ballet Classics for Children — Your First Step to the Magical World of Ballet! See in the New Year with a retelling of Swan Lake especially for little ones! <Hong Kong – 14 November 2011> Welcome to the magical world of ballet! […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Hannah Grennell, Aspirant, Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet)

November 11, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Hannah Grennell, Aspirant, Dutch National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? What motivates me is basically class. I enjoy the physicality of ballet and how focused it is. I find that in a company, class isn’t just class; it is the warm up at the start […]

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The Norwegian Ballet on Swan Lake

October 31, 2011

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The Norwegian Ballet on Swan Lake The Norwegian Ballet opened Swan Lake recently, and here is a gallery of photographs. Swan Lake Event listing October 29—November 12 Swan Lake This audience favorite is also perhaps the greatest challenge for a dancer. The double role of the good swan princess Odette and the evil magician’s daughter […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Anu Viheriäranta, First Soloist, Dutch National Ballet

October 16, 2011

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Anu Viheriäranta, First Soloist, Dutch National Ballet What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? Having rehearsals with people who inspire me. With repetiteurs who have a lot of knowledge, experience and a good eye to help to build a role and the technique as well as with choreographers […]

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From Student to Star – The Royal Ballet’s Claudia Dean

August 2, 2011

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For a few months and across continents I’ve been catching up with Claudia Dean, one of this years graduates of The Royal Ballet School.  Dean begins work this month with The Royal Ballet, one of only three students in her year to be awarded contracts with the company. I mentioned Dean in both my reviews of […]

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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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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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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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English National Ballet | The story of a Swan Lake tutu

June 2, 2010

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Swan Lake and its iconic tutus Think of a traditional Swan Lake and then magnify the spectacle. English National Ballet’s in-the-round version has 60 swans gliding across the stage together – a traditional production might have only 20. For the busy wardrobe department, this makes a lot of work, and is one of the elements of […]

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Crystal Costa, First Soloist, English National Ballet

September 18, 2009

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Cupcakes & conversation with Crystal Costa, First Soloist, English National Ballet   What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? To be honest, it’s the prospect of my first morning coffee… Who would you most like to dance with ? Fred Astaire by far. How do you prepare your pointe shoes ? I […]

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