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Dramatic & Intense

Paris Opera Ballet étoile Nicolas Le Riche is currently in London for guest performances with ENB in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort opposite Tamara Rojo (they appear tonight and tomorrow matinee). We could not pass up the opportunity to chat to Nicolas about the much-missed Petit, with whom he worked closely on many [...]

Ratmansky in Copenhagen: The Golden Cockerel

by Emilia on October 8, 2012

Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets should come with a health warning: they may prove addictive. Having followed his career closely for the past 3 years, we confess to having become quite obsessed with Ratmansky works, with this choreographer’s unique way of honouring the past, while adding on postmodern layers to narrative ballet, his keen eye on the [...]

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 [...]

ENB Swan Lake: A Photo Gallery

by alicepennefather on August 10, 2012

While we have been busy discussing whether only a perfect series of 32 fouettés will do for the character of Odile, the Black Swan, Alice Pennefather dropped by the general rehearsal of ENB’s Swan Lake and took these beautiful shots: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather About [...]

Ballet Black in Rehearsal for Storyville

by Emilia & Linda on January 24, 2012

Ballet Black returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre this February with Short Dance Works, a mixed bill combining plotless pieces with a brand new 30-minute narrative ballet (their longest yet) choreographed by Christopher Hampson. Storyville takes us back to the famous red-light district in 20th century New Orleans, Louisiana to tell the “rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags” tale of [...]

A Better Man: Liliom review

by Linda on December 15, 2011

With so many great stories lending themselves to ballet adaptations, one does wonder what has stopped the major ballet companies from putting out more narrative work? Is it Balanchine’s ghost? Lack of appetite for risk? Recently a panel organised by The Arts Desk discussed how companies with public funding ought to be doing more in that regard. At [...]