From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Les Patineurs

by Linda on November 27, 2009

Is this ballet for you? Go if: For the past few years you have overdosed on too many Nutcrackers and would like to see something different. You are dreaming of a White Christmas, sleigh bells in the snow, etc. Skip if: Cute and/or nostalgic Edwardian Christmases are not your thing. Background British ballet owes a [...]

The Nutcracker

by Emilia on November 24, 2009

Is this ballet for you? Go if: you want to treat your kids, godchildren, nieces and nephews or even perhaps the kid in you. Skip if: Bah humbug! Dream Cast Sugar Plum Fairy: any ballerina who can do proper gargouillades Background The Nutcracker is a major example of a balletic twist of fate. The very [...]

Kenneth MacMillan Symposium

by Linda on November 18, 2009

Earlier this month we attended the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Imagination and Psychological Insight Symposium at Imperial College London. Celebrating the choreographer who would have been 80 this year, this full day event was held in association with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Institute of Psychoanalysis and drew on psychoanalysts, scholars and dancers [...]

Mr. Moonlight

by Emilia on November 15, 2009

For a while we have been meaning to write something here about “ballet myth busters”, to address certain preconceptions about this art form often seen as inaccessible, stuffy and niche. David Bintley’s Cyrano might be just what we needed to illustrate how ballet can be demystified. Created two years ago for Birmingham Royal Ballet, it [...]

Amazing Journey

by Linda on November 12, 2009

As long as there are choreographers like Alexei Ratmansky around our hopes for the future of classical ballet as an art form are renewed. Now one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, Ratmansky started his career as a ballet dancer with the Kiev Ballet in the Ukraine. Dancing soon took him out of Eastern Europe [...]

An Interview with Daniil Simkin

by Emilia on November 9, 2009

If you follow dance on the internet chances are you will have heard of Daniil Simkin.  He is the whiz kid (not just dance-wise but also tech-wise) who arrived last year from Vienna State Opera to stir some fresh buzz into American Ballet Theatre’s soloist ranks. His virtuoso dancing and various gala appearances, including the [...]