Boston Ballet: London Tour Roundup & Photo Gallery

They came, we saw, they conquered. Here are five things we loved about Boston Ballet’s residency at the London Coliseum last week:

1) Balanchine at thrilling speed, as it should be.

2) Shelby Elsbree’s guest blog about Mr. B’s Serenadecomplete with awesome Russian folk dance video.

3) The lyrical Kathleen Breen Combes, who was recently featured in Macaulay’s article about the excellent current crop of US Ballerinas. Even Mr. Crisp fell for her.

4) Resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s speedy Plan to B, a huge success with audiences and critics.

5) Forsythe! The attack, the precision, the awesome Yumiko leotards and the drama of Issey Miyake’s pleated white dress, as worn by Lorna Feijóo’s “wild woman”.

While we cross our fingers that it won’t take another 30 years for the company to return, we leave you with Alice Pennefather’s gorgeous images of Programme 1:

(Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow)

All Photos: © Alice Pennefather


About Alice Pennefather:

With a twin brother flying high as a star of the Royal Ballet, Alice’s creative talents lie in image making. After studying photography at Falmouth College of Arts, she spent 6 years travelling and working abroad, focusing on scuba diving and filming underwater. She has recently returned to London and rediscovered her love of everything Ballet. Alice now works as a freelance photographer, and is a regular at the Royal Ballet General Rehearsals – photographing for us here at The Ballet Bag.

You can see more of Alice’s work at Alice Pennefather – Dance Photography.

We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).

1 Comment

  • July 11, 2013

    Maggie Lawrance

    Was fortunate to see both programmes, contemporary and classiscal. They were completely stunning and breathtaking. Amazing virtuosity, energy and artistry.