From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Stages On Life’s Way: An Interview With Evan McKie

by Emilia & Linda on October 30, 2010

Anyone who follows Canadian-born Stuttgart Ballet Principal Evan McKie on Twitter will know him as an eclectic and upbeat social media presence: he digs from Kierkegaard to Philip Roth, from Lady Gaga to Esa-Pekka Salonen. Besides connecting with ballet audiences worldwide, Evan juggles his busy dancing career with various side projects like freelance writing (for [...]

Rambert Dance Company: Awakenings in Images

by Emilia & Linda on October 27, 2010

We recently wrote about Rambert Dance Company and the making of their brand new piece Awakenings. Based on true life stories of catatonic medical patients treated with the drug L-Dopa and inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks’s book of the same name, the work premiered last month at The Lowry (in Salford) to raving reviews, with [...]

Meet the Men in Black: the Outtakes

by Emilia & Linda on October 22, 2010

Our idea for a feature to coincide with the Royal Ballet revival of John Cranko’s Onegin involved producing group shots and individual portraits of the four principal dancers cast as “the Man in Black”. Arriving at the Floral Hall one morning in September, it dawned on us how focused we would need to be in [...]

Ready to Start

by Emilia & Linda on October 20, 2010

Last week we attended Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s week-long season at Sadler’s Wells. They brought to London two different autumn bills: Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Pointes of View, with works by MacMillan, Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Each Bag Lady caught up with one program. Linda on Romeo & Juliet: Having seen Romeo and Juliet [...]

Royal Ballet Portraits in London

by Emilia on October 16, 2010

We recently wrote a guest blog post for the Royal Opera House on The Royal Ballet Portaits exhibition, currently on display at Paul Smith’s No. 9 Shop in London: A meeting between Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae and iconic fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is what set the scene for a novelty project, The Royal [...]

Black Swan: Interview with Costume Designer Amy Westcott

by Emilia & Linda on October 12, 2010

Darren Aronofsky’s new psychological thriller Black Swan centers around the world of New York City Ballet and their opening production of Swan Lake, where two rival ballerinas – the ideal White Swan, Nina, and the seductive Black Swan, Lily – develop a twisted relationship. One of the challenges for Aronofsky collaborator Amy Westcott was to [...]