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Ballet History

Tatiana Leskova: A Ballerina At Large

by Emilia & Linda on December 4, 2012

In the same way as Alicia Markova in England, Tatiana Leskova is considered an instrumental figure in the development of classical ballet in Brazil. Leskova, who celebrates her 90th birthday this December, is also one of the few surviving direct links to the Ballets Russes era and well-known for her stagings of ballets by Léonide Massine. Born in Paris [...]

The Golden Cockerel: A New Ratmansky at RDB

by shelbyelsbree on September 18, 2012

One of the highlights in the autumn ballet calendar is a brand new version of vintage ballet classic The Golden Cockerel at the Royal Danish Ballet. We were delighted when company dancer Shelby Elsbree – who blogs at Tutus & Tea – agreed to guest blog for us about her experience of working with the [...]

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

by Emilia & Linda on September 26, 2011

If you are in London this autumn, you should plan a visit to Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement currently on display at the Royal Academy. This wonderful exhibition, curated by Richard Kendall, Jill DeVonyar and Ann Dumas, focuses on the Impressionist painter and sculptor Edgar Degas’s interest in movement and his dedication to classical [...]

René Blum & The Ballets Russes

by Emilia & Linda on September 8, 2011

In her newest book, RENÉ BLUM AND THE BALLETS RUSSES: In Search of a Lost Life, dance historian Judith Chazin-Bennahum looks at the tragic story of the theatre producer who was responsible for resurrecting the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo after his friend Sergei Diaghilev’s death, but who was arrested in 1941 during a roundup [...]

A catalogue of film and video materials held by the archives and collections of BFI, Arts Council England, LUX, Central St Martins British Artists Film & Video Study Collection is now available as a free downloadable pdf from the British Film Institute website. Aimed at encouraging engagement between the arts and the moving image, the [...]

Ballet in Peril: A Conversation With Jennifer Homans

by Emilia & Linda on December 23, 2010

Is ballet ready for its close-up? Is it indeed bursting with vitality; the art form to watch in 2011? We reach the end of 2010 with mixed messages. On one hand, some positive signs: NYCB’s Architecture of Dance Festival and its seven premieres (four of which “narrative” ballets), Alexei Ratmansky’s new works for ABT and [...]