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Dancers & their Ballet Bags: A Visit to Ballet Black

by Emilia & Linda on June 5, 2013

“Always be knolling”, says American sculptor Tom Sachs. Knolling is the art of sorting out objects in an organized way, recently made famous by such digital projects as The Burning House and Things Organized Neatly. Over here we like things neat, so we could not pass up the opportunity to try our hand at knolling with [...]

In Costume Wonderland, plus Alice DVD Promo!

by Emilia & Linda on March 1, 2012

We’ve written before about the key role stage design and costumes play in giving dance works an extra dimension. Costumes help set the tone, create a mood and build characters. From the iconic tutus that emerged from Imperial Russia to colorful modern designs (we particularly love the funky unitards in MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations) or minimalist [...]

Shopaholic & Chacott

by Linda on June 17, 2010

After catching up with ballet rehearsals and performances it was time for me to explore another Tokyo balletic landmark. Chacott is Japan’s main dance fashion company. Although they are manufacturers and retailers of goods for ballet, dance, yoga,  figure skating and gymnastics they also cater to the balletomane  – selling posters, magazines, T-shirts, etc. The [...]

Dancing Cheek to Cheek: the Outtakes

by Emilia & Linda on June 10, 2010

A long time ago (well… a few years back) in a galaxy not-so-far away Royal Ballet Principal Roberta Marquez suddenly found herself without a partner to dance well-known party piece Don Quixote in a Paris gala. Only a knight in shining ballet gear could rescue her. Cue mighty Steven McRae with whom she had been [...]

The Costumes of Elite Syncopations

by Linda on April 15, 2010

The Royal Ballet’s current revival of MacMillan’s Concerto, The Judas Tree and ragtime ballet Elite Syncopations closes tonight. We send it off with this quick look at Ian Spurling’s stylish lycra costumes which decorate Elite Syncopations with equal doses of psychedelia and 20s dance hall glitz. Background & Context 1974 had been a particularly challenging [...]

Dancing Shoes

by Linda on December 28, 2009

A small miracle took place when Italian ballerina Marie Taglioni first rose en pointe. She elevated a simple shoe into a tool for conveying sublime artistry. While it takes a ballerina endless hours and many years of training to be able to perform such miracles, let us not forget that her shoes will have also [...]