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

March 10, 2011


two ballet danceres appearing on TV

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


two dancers in the reherasal studio

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


dancers rehearsing

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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English National Ballet cast changes for Romeo & Juliet

October 18, 2010

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Ballet NEWS, Tybalt, Daniel Jones

Last week English National Ballet announced changes to Max Westwell’s casting.  You can read the full interview with Max, who debuts as Romeo this coming Thursday (it was Saturday) in Southampton.  Sarah Mcllroy is his Juliet and she too has a debut. Further cast changes have been announced as follows : SOUTHAMPTON WEDS eve THURS mat THURS eve FRIDAY […]

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Discover today’s Romeo

October 8, 2010


two dancers laughing

Picture the scene.  There you are, in a costume fitting, just one of many and nothing out of the ordinary; part of ballet company life as a First Artist.  And then, Wham !  The costume you are being fitted for quite clearly belongs with the Principal role.  What a way to find out your casting […]

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