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Ballet & Culture

Storified: English National Ballet’s Summer Party

by Emilia & Linda on July 5, 2012

Last week English National Ballet took over Kensington Palace’s Orangery for its annual summer party. In addition to exclusive dance and music performances, guests were invited to place their bids for swan-inspired works by artists like Ronnie Wood, Pixie Lott, Sam Taylor-Wood, Julien Macdonald and – the company’s newly-appointed AD – Tamara Rojo. Our collaborator [...]

Ballet Next in Rehearsal

by Brian on February 14, 2012

Ballet Next, one of the most interesting independent dance companies to emerge recently, was founded by former ABT principal Michele Wiles and ex-NYCB Charles Askegard. Together they aim to make ballet more accessible, investing in new works and audience engagement. One of the company’s projects is the Ballet Next Exhibitions Series, where audience members are encouraged [...]

Ballet Black in Rehearsal for Storyville

by Emilia & Linda on January 24, 2012

Ballet Black returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre this February with Short Dance Works, a mixed bill combining plotless pieces with a brand new 30-minute narrative ballet (their longest yet) choreographed by Christopher Hampson. Storyville takes us back to the famous red-light district in 20th century New Orleans, Louisiana to tell the “rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags” tale of [...]

Water Dancers

by Emilia & Linda on January 16, 2012

We’ve often said that surfers are to waves what dancers are to music (or was it the other way round?), so we were extremely interested to read, on sports & lifestyle webzine Lupita, about surf brand Quiksilver’s new project, The Water Dancer. The Water Dancer is a series of short films where Quiksilver ambassador and world champion Stephanie [...]

Home for the Holidays: Ballet Siblings

by Brian on December 21, 2011

Here’s a holiday special from our fab US-based guest blogger Brian Mengini: Christmas is a time for families to get together and celebrate; to enjoy each other and share in the love. But for most in ballet, it’s slightly different. Christmas means seemingly unending Nutcracker runs, accompanied by seemingly unending rehearsals and shows, maybe 30 [...]

Sylvie Guillem in Japan: Eonnagata

by kriskosaka on December 7, 2011

Sylvie Guillem was in Japan over a month ago for her Hope Japan tour. Over three weeks of sold-out performances across the nation, including stops in Fukushima and Iwate, two of the most devastated areas from last year’s tragedy.  She ended the tour with one of her newest works, Eonnagata, her collaboration with choreographer Russell [...]