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Live-tweeting the Royal Ballet’s New DonQ!

by Emilia & Linda on September 29, 2013

Tomorrow’s gala performance of Carlos Acosta’s new Royal Ballet production of Don Quixote officially opens the Royal Ballet’s 2013/14 Season. It will be the first staging of this new Don Q. and we’ll be on site bringing you all the action: we’re teaming up with one of our favorite contributors, Dave Tries Ballet, to take [...]

With Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland about to close its third successful run at the Royal Opera House, we feature below Alice Pennefather’s second gallery set dedicated to Wheeldon’s colourful ballet, including snaps of leads Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Rupert Pennefather in the studio: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, [...]

Birmingham Royal Ballet Presents Aladdin

by Emilia & Linda on March 20, 2013

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new Aladdin has its London premiere this evening. The newest family-friendly ballet to hit town, David Bintley’s new production aims to attract audiences of all ages by working with a well-known story, high production values, catchy tunes and the full company on display. A co-production with Houston Ballet, Aladdin has designs by Dick Bird and costumes [...]


by GermaineCheng on March 16, 2013

Is this ballet for you? Go if:  You like John Hughes’s rom-com meets troubled teenager movies à la Sixteen Candles and Weird Science. Skip if: You prefer ballets with a stronger male role. The poor Franz doesn’t have much dancing to do until his big variation in the last act. Dream Cast: With her great technique and perfect [...]

The Prince of the Pagodas: A Photo Gallery

by alicepennefather on June 19, 2012

Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale homage to Petipa, Cranko, Ashton and De Valois, The Prince of the Pagodas, as captured by photographer Alice Pennefather during the current revival at the Royal Opera House: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH About Alice Pennefather: With a twin [...]

The Prince of the Pagodas

by Linda on June 13, 2012

Is this ballet for you? Go If: You are team MacMillan. You are into post-Freudian themes, juicy dramas and pashmina pas de deux and would love to see how this choreographer approached the 19th century fairy tale ballet genre. Skip If: You are expecting Manon and/or Romeo and Juliet reloaded. Here we are in a [...]