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Yumiko Takeshima’s Farewell Performance in Dresden

by Emilia & Linda on April 21, 2014

Tomorrow, principal dancer Yumiko Takeshima says farewell to Semperoper Ballett dancing the Giselle choreographer David Dawson created on her. You might already know Yumiko from her legendary brand of leotards, but she is also an established costume designer, having collaborated with choreographers like David Dawson, Jorma Elo and William Forsythe. Yumiko chatted to us about the emotions she is experiencing [...]

An Interview with Alban Lendorf

by MetteWindberg on April 7, 2014

It’s the first interval at Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, hauntingly performed by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. I’m queuing for a drink, and so is a young couple right in front of me. It seems to be a classic situation: she is a ballet-lover and has brought her boyfriend/date/crush along. And just like the rest [...]

Kings of the Dance, a programme that seeks to showcase the artistry, style and power of some of today’s most celebrated male dancers – think Marcelo Gomes, Leonid Sarafanov and Ivan Vasiliev - has been on the road since 2006. Yet, surprisingly, this is its London debut. Ahead of performances at the Coliseum this week, we caught up [...]

Steven McRae, Ballet Manga Hero

by Emilia & Linda on August 26, 2013

During one of his recent trips to Japan, Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae met with Manga Artist Takafumi Adachi. This meeting would eventually lead to a collaboration on a new ballet manga that aims to be cool while conveying an inspirational message. In Japan, Ballet Manga is very much part of the cultural mainstream, a pop [...]

Ida Praetorius: Danish Ballet Star in the Making

by MetteWindberg on July 18, 2013

Towards the end of Act 1 in John Neumeier’s Romeo & Juliet there is a scene where the star-crossed lovers meet properly – alone and unmasked – for the first time. It is always a lovely scene but, with Ida Praetorius’ Juliet and Gregory Dean’s Romeo earlier this year it was more than that. It was an exceptional [...]

From Munich, our collaborator Wiebke catches up with The Royal Ballet School-trained Sebastian Goffin, who is presenting a new work, Astres Errants, this Sunday 28 April at The Bavarian State Ballet II / Junior Company matinee program, part of Ballet Festival Week 2013. Having seen a lovely piece (Papillon) by Seb at Bob Lockyer’s 80th Birthday Gala in London, we were very keen [...]