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Le Corsaire

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 [...]

Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg: an Interactive Timeline

by Emilia & Linda on August 7, 2013

We have been playing around with interactive timelines for a while. Here is the first one for everyone’s browsing pleasure: Tweet Share

A Dancer’s Journey – Prix de Lausanne Edition, Part 1

by HarperWatters on January 27, 2013

As the 41st edition of Prix de Lausanne kicks off, Prix finalist & contemporary prize winner Harper Watters recalls his experiences taking part in the competition in this new series of guest blogs: Although it was December 31, 2012 when I wrote this entry, I will start off by wishing everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope all of you [...]

We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Graham Watts – or @GWDanceWriter as he is known on Twitter – as this week’s guest blogger. Graham chronicles below a very special weekend among ballet royalty in Tbilisi, Georgia. Reflections on a weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia: March 2012 Having missed the midnight plane to Georgia, my long [...]

Time Has Told Me: Reconstructing Ballet

by Linda on August 27, 2010

Last month I attended the opening night of Laurencia by the Mikhailovsky Ballet. This Chabukiani ballet, very popular with audiences in the Soviet era and a vehicle for Russian virtuoso performers, had been dropped out of repertory somewhere around the seventies. For a while all that was left of it were selected extracts performed in [...]

The Bolshoi Ballet

by Linda on August 12, 2010

New chapter in our ongoing series of Ballet History articles, Linda looks at what the Bolshoi is made of: Bolshoi means big, an adjective that perfectly describes this ballet company. As the recent London season proves, they are bold, stylish and know how to put on a show.  They are also resilient, having lived through [...]