From the monthly archives:

August 2010

Time Has Told Me: Reconstructing Ballet

by Linda on August 27, 2010

Last month I attended the opening night of Laurencia by the Mikhailovsky Ballet. This Chabukiani ballet, very popular with audiences in the Soviet era and a vehicle for Russian virtuoso performers, had been dropped out of repertory somewhere around the seventies. For a while all that was left of it were selected extracts performed in [...]

Cult Blog Post of the Week

by Emilia & Linda on August 23, 2010

Hot on the heels of the ballet reconstruction trend which hit London this summer (thanks to the Bolshoi and the Mikhailovsky Ballet), You Dance Funny’s Steve Ha brainstorms about authenticity in ballet. He illustrates his point with Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and the changes this piece has undergone throughout the years: …what exactly does [...]

5 Things We Can Expect from Black Swan

by Emilia on August 20, 2010

The Black Swan trailer has finally been unveiled (it has featured in our video of the week box since Tuesday) and the internet is awash with commentary and dissection. While NY Magazine’s Vulture blog thinks the movie looks like a chic version of “Single White Female” with a bit of “Mommie Dearest” thrown in, Natalie [...]

Russian Doll: Katya Krysanova

by Emilia & Linda on August 17, 2010

The many displays of audience appreciation for the last Bolshoi performances in London included a flower throw for two of the company’s most gifted leading soloists, Andrei Merkuriev and Ekaterina Krysanova. Having just captivated us with their chemistry as Basilio and Kitri, they acknowledged the sunflowers that poured from the Royal Opera House’s upper slips [...]

The Bolshoi Ballet

by Linda on August 12, 2010

New chapter in our ongoing series of Ballet History articles, Linda looks at what the Bolshoi is made of: Bolshoi means big, an adjective that perfectly describes this ballet company. As the recent London season proves, they are bold, stylish and know how to put on a show.  They are also resilient, having lived through [...]

The Ballet Bag in Time Out London

by Emilia & Linda on August 9, 2010

We were recently featured in Time Out London (issue No. 2085) where they report on the best blogs and social media channels for ballet. Time Out interviewed us and said we are: “a chic webzine” & “best of the new bunch” of sites dedicated to dance. Check it out! (Click on the image for higher [...]