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Anna Karenina

Ballets by Ratmansky

by Emilia & Linda on May 31, 2013

A case of incurable Ratmansky Fever means we continue to chase the choreographer’s new works around the globe, so make sure to check back in with us next week for our thoughts on his new trilogy set to Shostakovich and premiering during ABT’s Met season tonight. We’ll be there. Meanwhile, taking our cue from assorted [...]

Eifman Ballet in London

by Emilia & Linda on October 7, 2011

Via Press Release: Saint-Petersburg-based Eifman Ballet is to present two UK premieres by choreographer Boris Eifman at the London Coliseum in April 2012. Anna Karenina – Eifman’s dance drama adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic questions whether it is more important to preserve an illusion of harmony between duties and emotions, or yield to true passions: [...]

Mariinsky in London Roundup

by Emilia & Linda on August 26, 2011

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first visit to London, the Mariinsky Ballet left a trail of brilliancy following its three-week residency at Covent Garden. The company brought a selection of works that played to its strengths: from big classical works like Swan Lake and La Bayadère (which showed off a flawless corps de ballet) [...]

The Little Humpbacked Horse Roundup

by Emilia on July 21, 2011

I arrived in New York last week just in time to catch the Mariinsky Ballet‘s last performance of The Little Humpbacked Horse, as well as an evening programme of Symphony in C paired with Alonso’s Carmen (but more on that later). The Little Humpbacked Horse combines a delightful (even hummable) score by Rodion Shchedrin with a captivating [...]

Ratmansky Fever

by Emilia & Linda on March 10, 2011

Is Alexei Ratmansky the busiest ballet choreographer in the world? ABT has just announced he is undertaking a new version of The Firebird, while the Paris Opera Ballet has also confirmed a brand new Ratmansky of its own: Psyché, with music by Cesar Franck (well-known to ballet lovers from his Symphonic Variations). This short work [...]

The Royal Danish Ballet

by Linda on March 5, 2010

Tradition and heritage are strong words but they fit The Royal Danish Ballet like a glove. They are one of the oldest classical dance troupes in Europe and direct descendants of the Bournonville lineage. With a repertoire that also includes the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century, the Danes have much to be proud [...]