From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Black Swan Fan Art

by Emilia & Linda on January 31, 2011

Black Swan continues to give ballet a much needed boost, with reports of increased box office demand for Swan Lake performances around the globe (we can almost hear the sound of artistic directors who have not scheduled the ballet this season kicking themselves) and stories of audience members calling the Royal Opera House to see [...]

Maurice Béjart: Ballet for Life

by kriskosaka on January 29, 2011

With The Tokyo Ballet’s premiere of Dances in the Mirror next week (Béjart Ballet Lausanne AD Gil Roman is in town rehearsing the company)  followed by Bolero at the Stuttgart Ballet (Cranko, Van Manen & Béjart triple bill) it is a good time to recap on the Béjart canon. From Tokyo, Kris Kosaka guest blogs: [...]

Bag of Steps: Connections

by Linda on January 27, 2011

It has been over a year since we last added to our Bag of Steps library and we recently discovered – via survey feedback – that some readers missed this series. We now return with a post dedicated to “connecting steps”. These are employed by a dancer much in the same way as we would [...]

TenduTV released earlier this week the first-ever concert dance performances on iTunes. Critically acclaimed programs like  Entity from Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and the Hans van Manen Festival from Dutch National Ballet are now available for download to own and rent on iTunes in the United States and Canada. Also available is the award-winning documentary 40 [...]


by Emilia on January 20, 2011

Hot on the heels of recent Twitter memes like #lessambitiousfilms and #lessambitiousoperas, members of the online dance community revealed their inner ballet nerds earlier this month, joining in the meme fun. Many of us spent hours not doing any work, thinking instead of #lessambitiousballets. A few of you asked us to collate these tweets for [...]

The Hazards of Love – Giselle Review

by Linda on January 17, 2011

Giselle is a ballet that perfectly balances dance and narrative. Audiences are captivated in particular by its timeless second act, a living and breathing example of the Romantic ideal: on one side the revengeful, supernatural Wilis and on the other the ethereal Giselle whose love for Albrecht transcends heartbreak and death. The leading role has [...]