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Ratmansky & Welch in Berlin

by Emilia on April 14, 2014

At the start of the Ratmansky/Welch double bill at Staatsballett Berlin last week, Linda and I did our maths while enjoying a drink at the Schiller Theatre: together, we have now seen 22 Ratmansky works, having travelled over 9,000 miles (excluding the miles on the way back!) for them. Namouna, a Grand Divertissement, originally made for [...]

A little under two years ago, English National Ballet seemed a stagnant company: not only had Wayne Eagling suddenly departed as Artistic Director, but faced with a 15% reduction in its funding, the company seemed overly dependent on long runs of The Nutcracker and Hollywood-inspired extravaganza Strictly Gershwin, attracting criticism along the way. Leaving aside [...]

It’s a great time for Petipa here in the UK, as last week’s crop of ballets shows: The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote was broadcast to cinemas, English National Ballet’s brand new Le Corsaire premiered at Milton Keynes (stay tuned for our review soon), while Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of 19th century balletic blockbuster, The Sleeping Beauty, made a welcome [...]

New Movement Collective in NEST

by MetteWindberg on July 21, 2013

Site-specific performances can be frustrating: if they’re not well constructed or if they give audiences too many paths to navigate, they can leave us feeling like we have taken a wrong turn somewhere and are consequently missing out on the single best thing of the entire evening. But that is happily not the case with New [...]

Bringing ballet to larger audiences and reaching out to people who are either unfamiliar or have pre-conceived ideas about the art form has been the holy grail of more than one ballet company. There have been many approaches to tackling the issue, one of the most popular being ballet at the cinema, with the Bolshoi Ballet, [...]

If you have followed our balletic adventures over here for a while, then you know we try to catch the works of American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky as often as we can. Having seen over 15 of Mr. Ratmansky’s ballets, we can safely say that for as long as he keeps creating, [...]