Royal Ballet founder Ninette de Valois once said “Classical Ballet will NEVER die”. To that we might add: Ballet ROCKS! We think it is the ultimate art form: it is music, movement and meaning rolled into one. It gives its audience the chance to draw personal interpretations and reflect on subconscious themes which lie beyond the surface of fairytales and tutus.
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!).
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The Bag Ladies
Ballet: likes ballets that taste like 85% cocoa: pure, extra bitter, dark or intense. Her favorites are La Sylphide, Manon, Mayerling, Dances at a Gathering, Ondine, Symphonic Variations, plenty by Balanchine, quite a few by Alexei Ratmansky and some of Wayne McGregor’s pieces for the Royal Ballet.
Non ballet: literature, theatre, opera, rock, art, food, travel, fashion
Ballet: her favorite ballets feel like good books – one can see them 1,000 times and they always feel fresh. Linda loves Giselle, all full-length MacMillan plus Song of the Earth, Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, Balanchine’s Serenade and Agon, Ashton’s Scènes de Ballet and Symphonic Variations.
Non ballet: books, music and podcasts, science and maths, travel and photography.