Yumiko Easter Promo

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Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with a brand new Yumiko promo!

We are giving away three gift certificates, one per winner. They can be used towards the purchase of any Yumiko item (anything you fancy!), in the following amounts:

  • Euro 100 (redeemable at the Berlin boutique)
  • USD 100 (redeemable at the New York boutique)
  • ¥ 11,800 (redeemable at the Tokyo boutique)

International readers, don’t worry! These certificates can also be redeemed on international orders over email/phone.

How to enter:

This time we’d like you to think about your favorite choreographers. Over the years, we have featured here many different names, from 19th and 20th century geniuses, to modern masters. Without people like Petipa, Balanchine, Bournonville, Ashton and MacMillan – to name but a few – ballet would be a much poorer art form. Just as we now look up to choreographers like Ratmansky, Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett, Justin Peck, and their contemporaries to take the art form further, to continue to expand the repertory of ballet companies around the world and create new opportunities and exciting roles for dancers.

All you have to do then is tell us:

Who is your favourite ballet choreographer ever, classical or modern?

 

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If you need inspiration, feel free to browse some of our features on:

Use the comment form below or email us ( theballetbag [at] gmail.com ) by 22 April 2015.

Entries from all over the globe are welcome.

Happy Easter everyone!

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!).

112 Comments

  • April 13, 2015

    Aliza

    My favourite ballet choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon due to his stunning ballet, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” I love how much beauty and clarity there is in every movement he choreographed. His pricipals are gorgeous and amazing at what they do. I just love everything about him and his ballets.❤️

  • April 13, 2015

    paige

    Christopher wheeldon hands down! Alice’s adventures in wonderland and the winter’s tale are so magical i could watch 10 times and still watch again.

  • April 13, 2015

    Lauren

    Petipa is my favorite choreographer. He created ballets that are still inspiring people today. They are timeless.

  • April 13, 2015

    Jillian V

    My all-time favorite choreographer would have to be George Balanchine (I know, not very original – but he is still my favorite). I absolutely love his pieces. One minute a dancer could be slowly, gracefully making her way across the stage with grand allegro, then the next second she is performing so many petite jumps and fast footwork. His work is absolutely stunning. I love watching renditions of his work and being able to perform his choreography as well. He was truly a genius.

  • April 13, 2015

    Agnieszka

    Definitely Marius Petipa…
    I admire his career as a dancer in general but mostly the fact that he is the choreographer of so many ballets, which I can watch forever without getting bored at any time! (I’ve watched them all a million times already) Although it was a long time ago, his masterpieces survived, are still known as the most famous ballets ever and are the biggest milestones in the classical repertoire. I will always be so thankful for a genius like Petipa to be born. I can’t even imagine how a man is able to do such amazing things! (But that’s what we have the word ‘genius’ for right?;))

  • April 13, 2015

    Frances Clendenon

    My Favorite choreographer is Dee Caspery 💙

  • April 13, 2015

    Yael Blumenreich

    Pina Bausch. She was a true genius. Her beautiful and meaningful movements were truly revolutionary.

  • April 13, 2015

    Hannah Fischer

    My favourite classical choreographer is Kenneth Macmillan!:)

  • April 13, 2015

    Liesl

    I am a true lover of Balanchine! I love how his work is sharp and intricate, yet still very delicate and beautiful. I really love Serenade, Jewels, and Tarantella, just to name a few. Forever a Balanchine ballerina!

  • April 13, 2015

    Eliza

    I’ve really enjoyed Justin Peck’s works, because of the shapes he uses. Not just in the dancers bodies, but with the dancers themselves– weaving them in and out of each other, creating dynamic geometric shapes on the stage. I love how he’s able to use the dancers to create visual art greater than just the steps of the choreography.

  • April 13, 2015

    Mackenzie

    I would have to say Balanchine is one of my favorite choreographers because of his musicality expertise. However, I enjoy Loyce Houlton’ s work also. Both extraordinary choreographers, even though there are so many other amazing choreographers.

  • April 11, 2015

    Mary María

    Nacho Duato of course. He’s spanish as me and very talented.

  • April 11, 2015

    Reni

    Mine is Balanchine as well! :)

  • April 7, 2015

    Diana

    My favourite choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon. I think his Alice (in Wonderland) ballet performed by the Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada is pure genius. I’m looking forward to more creations! 😃

  • April 5, 2015

    Debra

    My daughter ( age 12) just loves the classic Balanchine style, Her dream is to one day go to the School of American ballet so that she can practice the precise, graceful, perfectly timed movements of Balanchine Eventually, she hopes to perform a Balanchine piece at Lincoln Center with the NYCB!

  • April 4, 2015

    Mel W

    Ooooh, what a tough question to answer!!!

    But personally my favourite ever choreographer simply has to be Kenneth Tindall. He possesses a really unique vision, and his movement vocab is just so engaging…it really connects with me on that soul-level. He knows how to transform an idea into an all-absorbing experience, never over-indulges musically and pushes the bodies he makes dance with to reach new levels of physical communication. I can’t wait to see his work and vision fly now that he is moving into making dance full-time!

    Although I have a sneaky suspicion that Tindall has been just as impressed if not a teeny bit influenced by my other fave MALE choreographers Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian and Mr B ;)

  • April 4, 2015

    Georgia

    My favorite choreographer has to be Balanchine. All of his ballets are absolutely amazing, especially Serenade. However Nureyev’s work for the Paris Opera Ballet is amazing as well.

  • April 3, 2015

    Julie

    Without hesitation, Edwaard Liang.
    My first exposure to his work was a piece commissioned by Houston Ballet in 2013 titled Murmuration. The music was a gorgeously intricate violin concerto with notes seemingly weaving in and out of each other, embodied perfectly by the choreography. To complete the picture, each dancer wore simple chiffon costumes (which he assisted design) that echoed the graceful movements. All in all, the resulting effect was a magical, breath-taking experience I will never forget.
    After seeing Murmuration, I researched his work online and found a beautiful pas de deux that I cannot remember the name of that I believe was set for Joffrey. It was equally as moving, despite being only a rehearsal video.
    I also discovered he is Artistic Director of BalletMet!
    So I would say he not only excells at choreography but creating the whole picture; directing, choosing appropriate costumes, and creating the whole experience. This is why he is a stand-out choreographer to me.

  • April 3, 2015

    Rachael Appold

    Wayne McGregor is my favorite! Chroma is beautiful and intriguing. It literally rejuvenated my soul the first time I saw it and I love the Ailey adaption. McGregor is a genious!

  • April 3, 2015

    Meredith

    Ma Cong of Tulsa Ballet is my favorite choreographer!!! The music is perfectly matched with the dance and with each ballet he creates, I leave feeling inspired. My favorite recenty is Lift the Fallen!

  • April 3, 2015

    camille

    Marius Petipa! I think he was a great classical choreographer!

  • April 3, 2015

    Shelby

    This is a hard decision to make! A luxurious problem nevertheless… Of course George Balanchine takes the reigns on masterful choreography in my book… his clever patterns, intricate partnering and brilliant collaborations with composers, costume/set designers and dancers alike… I do just love MacMillan’s story ballets, and Jerome Robbins is certainly among such creative geniuses of this time.
    As for modern day masters, Christopher Wheeldon! What a multi-faceted gem he is!! I just love his consistently innovative work. Wayne McGregor is brilliantly out of the box and naturally, Forsythe remains untouched.
    What a great challenge to pose! Great post Girls!

  • April 3, 2015

    Brianna Leary

    Balanchine!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • April 3, 2015

    Lexie Marx

    A Haiku for Mr. Bournonville:

    What a joy to dance,
    Feet are light though calves are tight,
    Bournonville’s Ballet.

    Love Mr. August Bournonville!

  • April 3, 2015

    Gina Eslinger

    Frederick Ashton is my favorite, the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet is just exquisite.

  • April 3, 2015

    Joy

    This is a very tough question decision, there were and still are so many amazing individuals who defined and continue to further the art if dance. If I had to pick a favorite I would have to pick Petipa. He created the crown jewels of ballet that continue to be timeless and inspiring even to this day.

  • April 3, 2015

    Tiffany

    Lar Lubovitch is my favorite choreographer. Love “My Funny Valentine”. It has such a different type of partnering and great depth of emotion. So beautiful.

  • April 3, 2015

    Joey

    Sir Kenneth MacMillan… he’s a genius! Look at Manon’s third act pdd. It’s so clever.

  • April 2, 2015

    Maria Bravo

    Merce Cunningham blazed the trail for modern dance that could attract a wider audience despite its avant garde proposition. Plus, he created art with his partner, such an amazing accomplishment of connection and collaboration!

  • April 2, 2015

    ricob

    Twyla Tharp’s work got me interested in dance back when I was a teen. It’s very inspiring to see her still hard at work and as engaging as ever.

  • April 2, 2015

    Stephen

    I currently like the work Azure Barton is creating. ‘Lift’ with the Alvin Ailey company and ‘Awaa’ with her company.

  • April 2, 2015

    Dare law

    Love Christopher Wheeldon. Just superb.

  • April 2, 2015

    Risako Nozaki

    Lately I’ve been in love with Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room”. After watching Balle San Jose perform it, I thought, ” This is why I dance”. Twyla Tharp’s works leave you in amazement.

  • April 2, 2015

    Joyce Fu

    Judith Jamison

  • April 2, 2015

    Lucia

    Oh! this is a tough one, but let’s go for the fun of it…
    I think I’d have to go for Forsythe, I love his choreographies, but funnily enough, it’s not as much for the actual choreographies than for the fact that he breaks out of the established (even the established by himself!!) so often, and he’s always surprising. And also because he does this but always referring to a sense of classicism, even in his contemporary choreography, and a systematic (in the best sense of the term) way of studying and making dance.
    I think he is a true genius of dance!!

  • April 2, 2015

    Monica W

    My current favourite is Christopher Wheeldon, mainly for Alice in Wonderland. ; )

  • April 2, 2015

    smd

    Balanchine for clean lines and graceful form. wonderful

  • April 2, 2015

    Jennifer Bezaire

    Definitely John Cranko! What’s not to love about Romeo & Juliet, and Onegin?!?! I especially love the complex character development and story advancement through his movement, the variety of dance styles in his work, and the deep emotional expression dancers can convey doing these ballets. I can watch these ballets over and over and over again without ever losing interest and certainly never falling asleep!

  • April 2, 2015

    Chiara

    Absolutely Wheeldon!

  • April 1, 2015

    Katharina

    One of my favorite contemporary choreographers is Hans van Manen. I saw Große Fuge last year and loved the combination of classical steps and patterns and humorous aspects.

  • April 1, 2015

    Arman

    My favourite choreographer is John Neumeier. I really really love Balanchine as well.

  • April 1, 2015

    David Wilson

    Personally, I don’t think it gets any better than Sir Kenneth MacMillan. As I’ve seen more of his ballets I’ve realized how diverse (and prolific!) a choreographer he was, but more importantly how much depth each of his works has. Picking a favorite work by him is near impossible, but certainly Concerto, Romeo & Juliet, Mayerling, Manon, and Requiem are all in contention.

  • April 1, 2015

    Laura

    I love especially Balanchine’s, Bournonville’s and Forsythe’s works, but a real stand-out choreographer right now for me is the Swedish Alexander Ekman with his Mats Ek- inspired pieces.

  • April 1, 2015

    Chrissy May

    my favourite choreographer didn’t actually create my fav ballet! Fav choreographer – Matthew Bourne – I love the fresh ideas, how he uses line and impressions of ideas. Brilliant! However – the best ballet ever is the Royal Ballet version of Manon. Sublime, decadent and heartbreaking.

  • April 1, 2015

    Pauline

    One fave? Seriously?? Since that’s not actually possible :) , I’ll mention a fave that is not on your list. Mark Morris is the choreographer that I find best translates music to movement and his L’allegro etc is a pure dance masterpiece and so full of joy.

  • April 1, 2015

    Sophie Arbuckle

    My favourite choreographer without a doubt is Balanchine!! I love that his works are so timeless, they are just as innovative and incrediable as they were back when they were first danced. I had the pleasure of working with Victoria Simon from the Balanchine trust late year, who came to my school in New Zealand to stage ‘Concerto Barocco’. I loved every second of learning and performing this masterpiece, and hope to get the chance to perform more of Balanchines works in the future!

  • April 1, 2015

    Kristen

    My favorite choreographer is Justin Peck!

  • April 1, 2015

    Megan Streiff

    My favourite choreographer is John Neumeier! My favourite ballet is Onegin, I think he managed to create such a beautiful masterpiece. It’s my dream I dance tatiana one day. The pas de deuxs are so breathtaking and emotional.

  • April 1, 2015

    Natalie

    Filippo Taglioni is my favourite choreographer!

  • April 1, 2015

    Alice

    Although I love seeing modern updates and tweaks to all sorts of ballets, I really enjoy the work that Jules-Joseph Perrot did.