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 19, 2015

    Viola Belkin

    My Favorite choreographer…. Hmmmm….this is a very hard question but since I have seen his work in the studio And on stage and I know just how amazing he really is, im going with William Forsythe. Every ballet he does better than the last. He makes Amazing contemporary ballet yet still keeping all the lines of Classical ballet. Also his attention to detail is incredible, he works with the music as much as the dancers.

  • April 18, 2015

    Arianne Mae C Capaciete

    Christopher Wheeldon

  • April 18, 2015

    YT

    Love Russell Maliphant’s work!

  • April 18, 2015

    MJ Moore

    How can you go wrong with Balanchine? His contributions are just so strong.

  • April 17, 2015

    Mary Beth

    While it’s difficult to choose just one favorite, my heart goes out to Pina Bausch, whose creativity seemed boundless, genuine and pure. Her work came from such an honest place, and beauty was only one of the results. After seeing her work live, I always left feeling alive and inspired.

  • April 17, 2015

    Libby Flunker

    My favorite choreographer would have to be the amazing August Bournonville. He has always been such an inspiration to me! First off he revolutionized the pas de deus, giving both male and female equal opportunity to dance. He also really captures and cultivates your emotions with just the right step at just the right time. But I think the best thing about Bournonville are his amazing works! He has writen many of my favorite ballets such as La Sylphide and Don Quixote. August Bournonville is truly an amazing human being. I also love the Bournonville style leap! It’s so beautiful!

  • April 17, 2015

    Daria Samway

    Hi, I’m Daria and I am a student at Miami City Ballet. Currently, my favorite ballet choreographer is Justin Peck! Having danced with New York City Ballet, he incorporates the exciting and lively aesthetic of Balanchine technique with many new neo-classical elements. I also love the way that he includes other art forms within his ballets like how he collaborated with a famous street artist in his new ballet, Heatscape, for Miami City Ballet. In that ballet, he incorporates elements, like mandala formations, from the set (created by Shepard Fairey) into his choreography. For me, his ballets are the perfect mix of Balanchine and his own personal take on choreography.

  • April 17, 2015

    Juliet

    Of course my favorite choreographer is
    Marius Petipa! He choreographed two of my favorite ballets; The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere. Being a ballet dancer would not be the same without his distinct and beautiful choreography.

  • April 17, 2015

    Margie

    William Forsythe is my favorite choreographer. I am a huge fan of his pieces, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and the Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.

  • April 16, 2015

    Carlie Miles

    Frederick Ashton is my favorite ballet choreographer. I love his Cinderella, humor in other pieces, and Ondine.

  • April 16, 2015

    Macyn Vogt

    This was such a hard decision to make, but my favorite choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon. His incredible Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is genius. I love how he integrates all styles of dance into his works, for example the tapping Mad Hatter! Not to mention his impeccable musicality in his choreography.

  • April 15, 2015

    Lucy K.

    My favorite choreographer would have to be William Forsythe, who created my all-time favorite ballet, “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”. The movement of the piece is so crisp and sharp, and the costume of the female dancers makes the ballet very recognizable. Forsythe must have such a creative mind to create what some people have called “the most challenging ballet to perform ever”.

  • April 15, 2015

    Elizabeth

    There are many amazing choreographers in the classical and contemporary worlds, but the one choreographer that inspires me the most is Alvin Ailey. He has choregraphed numerous master pieces such as “Revelations”. His amazing story still lives with the Alvin Ailey School today.

  • April 15, 2015

    Veanna

    I really love the method of George Balanchine’s choreography. His style is widely used around the world and he placed a new perspective on the style of ballet, a more contemporary style. I’ve watched several videos on YouTube by Balanchine and find that they are very light and flowy I love his work very much

  • April 15, 2015

    Julia

    My favorite choreographer would have to be George Balanchine because his works are timeless and he uses the music brilliantly! Another favorite of mine would be Crystal Pite though, Emergence is to die for!

  • April 14, 2015

    Gabby dean

    The choreographer that has inspired me the most would be the world renowned Petipa! He had created such a vast repertoire of beautiful ballets, all very different but exquisite in their own way. Out of all of his works, I love sleeping beauty and don Quixote. It is one of my aspirations to dance as aurora and kitri, they contrast in many ways but I am very fond of both characters. Petipa created almost all of ballets classics, and his work remains prominent today. Another choreographer I have recently taken affection for would be Balanchine. He changed the way ballet originally was. Balanchine created a vast majority of very unique and gorgeous ballets. I also find it very intriguing that he puts so much emphasis on musicality. The passion he had for ballet gives me motivation to work hard everyday. I am excited to learn more about him this summer at Miami city ballet. Petipa and Balanchine are my favorite choreographers because of their astonishing work and how they have greatly changed the ballet world.

  • April 14, 2015

    Abigail

    My favorite choreographer ever is Christopher Wheeldon. Just by looking at Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland you can see how talented he is. In that ballet, he brought together many different dance styles other than ballet ( like tap ), and created something completely original, that is the future of ballet.

  • April 14, 2015

    Leslie

    Without a doubt, my ALL TIME favorite choreographer is Mr. B!!!!!

  • April 14, 2015

    Lucy Cox

    My favorite would have to be Petipa because he has done so many beautiful ballets like Paquita which I performed in Youth America Grand Prix this year and fell in love with it at first sight. I also love traditional ones like the Nutcracker which we do every year at the Inland Pacific Ballet. He is a classical choreographer that inspires many.

  • April 14, 2015

    matilda kokora

    Marius Petipa is my fave and has always been because he did amazing ballets that are timeless and will always be as amazing that they are right now.

  • April 14, 2015

    Meagan

    I really love George Balanchine’s work. I feel like ballet would be so different without him, he brought such a new perspective to all choreographers everywhere. His method and style is used all over the world! He brought a more contemporary style to ballet, not long ago I watched the NYCB perform rubies and it really showed how it can still be ballet but with more of a contemporary style.

  • April 14, 2015

    Carolyn

    My favorite choreographer at the moment is Wayne McGregor. I recently watched a clip of Chroma by the Royal Ballet and was hooked by the movement, I couldn’t stop replaying it. The choreography was at first glance, quite random, but in reality fit perfectly with the music. He is truly a brilliant choreographer and I would love to see one of his works live.

  • April 14, 2015

    Debbie

    Romeo and Juliet is my favorite ballet. Naturally John Cranko is favorite choreographer. I love how he set the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet in an elegant movement that portrays the characters of Shakespeare’s play beautifully and accurately. My favorite part is the balcony scene when the two lovers meet secretly and dance the gorgeous pas together.

  • April 14, 2015

    Polina D

    My favorite choreographer is a constantly changing opinion because when I see new works my taste changes, but currently I am very inspired by Nacho Duato. After seeing his work “Rassamblemant” performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet I truly understood what dance meant to me. The powerful messages he uses to drive his works brings into perspective the fact that no matter how technically perfect a dancer is, if they cannot tell a story and connect with the audience it is not truly dance. Nacho’s work was the first time I truly felt touched by choreography and gave me incredible motivation to push myself, not only technically but also artistically, to be able to perform in one of his pieces!

  • April 14, 2015

    Charly

    My favorite choreographer would have to be Jerome Robbins, particularly his piece “The Concert.” Everything about it flows together- the abstract story meshes with the simple costumes, and he creates funny moments to mix into gentle songs. The “Mistake Waltz” is absolutely beautiful, too. The music is wonderful, and his choreography shows off the nuances perfectly. Each hand movement has a purpose, and the simple dance steps allow the acting to be performed seamlessly. Wherever he choreographed- Broadway or Ballet- you can practically see the love and adoration that he has for dance.

  • April 14, 2015

    Claire Bechard

    When I first saw Polyphonia when I was 12, I was shocked. The music was so baroque I couldn’t understand how this choreography was translating to the audience. But it was a beautiful, idyllic piece. This was the work of the genius Christopher Wheeldon, whose Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland swept the world by storm. It was a avant-garde dream world. His ballet, After the Rain,being performed by Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour after 911 left the world in tears. His movement is so scintillating, everything falls into place and transforms into movements that are pleasing to the eyes and to the heart. Christopher Wheeldon is one of the most quintessential choreographers of the 21st century. His works leave me loving my craft even more.

  • April 14, 2015

    Ludvina Theodor

    My favorite choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon. I love how he uses degas as his inspiration to make full length Swan Lake that had been performed recently by The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. It was so interesting to watch because it’s different than any other Swan Lake. I really love his choreographies and I’m so excited to watch his famous piece ‘Liturgy’ this May :)

  • April 14, 2015

    Madi

    My favorite choreographer is Agrippina Vaganova. She is spectacular in every way. One main thing I love abut her is that through her beginning years ballet did not come easily to her, but she was dedicated and determined and that is what made her an amazing ballerina and choreographer. I look up to that so much in my dancing.

  • April 14, 2015

    Camille

    Definitely Marius Petipa. The classics are my thing. I absolutely love all of his ballets!

  • April 14, 2015

    Rachel Silverman

    Sir Fredrick Ashton is my favorite choreographer. I attend a ballet school, whose company performs a large number of Ashton pieces. Ashton emphasizes on the body and artistry of a dancer, which I think is so important, and really makes a dancer unique and special. My favorite piece by Ashton is “Jazz Calender” because it has slow and beautiful pieces, and fast and sharp pieces. Ashton is an inspiring and amazing choreographer and I hope to dance his pieces in the future.

  • April 13, 2015

    Ashley

    Marius Petipa is my favorite, because I love classical stories ballets and he choreographed so many, like Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, etc. that are still performed by all companies around the world. While I respect and admire all the new contemporary choreographers, it’s hard to say whether their popularity will die out over time. I’m confident that Petipa’s work will stand the test of time. It already has. :)

  • April 13, 2015

    Megan

    My favorite choreographer of all time would be Petipa because of how he shaped classical ballet. Petipa has influenced the ballet world so much with all the ballets he created. Students and teachers now still remember the same variations that were all choreographed by Petipa. I think that he is one of the most influential people in the ballet world.

  • April 13, 2015

    Ashley Neff

    I love Balanchine. I love his pieces, so unique, yet so beautiful!

  • April 13, 2015

    Tara

    My favorite choreography would have to be Wayne McGregor. I am obsessed with his piece “Chroma.” I watched him on a ted talk about his movement process and it’s brilliant!

  • April 13, 2015

    Halley

    My favorite choreographer is Petipa because of how he shaped classical ballet into what we know it as today. Petipa classics remain important and widely performed in repertoire today, which is a true testament to this choreographer’s incredible genius.

  • April 13, 2015

    Diane Saller

    My favorite choregrapher is Rudolpf Noureev, he rehabilitated the great classical ballets by bringing a new technique , combining virtuosity and artistic, it’s been a real revolution. Since then, excellent dancers have been revealed by performing those ballets (Margot Fonteyn, Sylvie Guillem, Isabelle Ciaravola, Dorothée Gilbert,…), including men whose Noureev has considerably complexed the roles. This is sort through them that we have the eyes full of stars after attending our favorite ballets …

  • April 13, 2015

    Marie

    Christopher Wheeldon is my favorite!!

  • April 13, 2015

    Naomi corti

    My favorite choreographer is by far Balanchine. He changed the face of ballet. All his ballets are all different and unique and I love them so much! He inspires me every day!

  • April 13, 2015

    Ocean

    I really enjoy the work of George Balanchine and his method. His method and style is widely used around the word. He placed a new perspective on the style of ballet. He brought a more contemporary style to ballet. I’ve watched several videos on YouTube of choreography by Balanchine. One of my favorites is called Apollo and it was performed by the Houston Ballet. The dance is beautiful and has meaning behind it. The dance consists of four Houston Ballet dancers: Andrew Murphy, Mireille Hassenboehler, Kelly Myernick, and Bridgett Zehr. I think that when Balanchine was choreographing this piece he chose the perfect dancers to perform it. I loved the fact that the costuming was simple and elegant, while the choreography was very light, airy, and clean.

  • April 13, 2015

    Olivia Kerr

    My favorite is Christopher Wheeldon because his pieces are choreographed so well and they go perfectly with the music. He has been my favorite for a while now and he is a well known artist. Royal Ballet has always been my favorite and he adds an amazing touch to all of the pieces.

  • April 13, 2015

    Esme

    Balanchine has to be my all time favorite. His works are always so unique and carry a traditional yet modern feel to them.

  • April 13, 2015

    Madeline Lalevee

    My favorite choreographer is George Balanchine! He is a genius at choreographing anything and I just love his works. We wouldn’t have half of the pieces we have today without him- I am a huge fan!!

  • April 13, 2015

    Amy

    My favorite choregrapgher is Geogre Balanchine! Without him, ballet would be such a different world. He brought a new prespective to all choreggraphers everywhere. The plots of each performence enchances the show and the dancers really get to shine!

  • April 13, 2015

    Sofia

    Alexei Ratmansky.. He allows each person show their individuality. All of his ballets seem so pure. With his high expectations his ballets are successful and reach their fullest potential. :))

  • April 13, 2015

    Talia

    Christopher Wheeldon :).. He has a great vocabulary, he is very dynamic and artistic. All of his ballets are very unique. He makes the most out of the little things. I am looking forward to see his new creations!!

  • April 13, 2015

    Emily Hogan

    My favourite choreographer is Joshua Beamish. I love all his work and how it flows from one thing to another. His music selections are also always very beautiful and moving. I was so lucky to work with him in the past summer.

  • April 13, 2015

    Yumiko K

    Vaslav Nijinsky. Astonishing!

  • April 13, 2015

    MAYU ODAKA

    My favorite choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. I love his full length ballets like Alice in the Wonderland and Cinderella. His pas de deux After the Rain is a beautiful piece too!

  • April 13, 2015

    Lilja

    My favourite is George Balanchine.

  • April 13, 2015

    liza

    my favorite choreographer is william forsythe! His pieces are choreographed insanely well and In each of his pieces you really see that the music is there to guide the dancer, but it’s not the most important thing. He choses his music wisely, every piece underlines his choreographies perfectly.