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Lady of the Camellias

by Linda on October 29, 2011

Is this ballet for you? Go If: You like soapy dramas complete with beautiful costumes and designs. One for opera lovers too, even if Verdi is not directly involved. Skip If: You have seen both Cranko’s Onegin and MacMillan’s Manon and remain unmoved. Dream Casts This is more a case for dream companies: both Hamburg [...]

The Sleeping Beauty

by Linda on October 22, 2011

Is this ballet for you? Go If: You love classical ballet complete with fairy tale theme, tiaras, tutus, lavish décors and variations for almost every single dancer (and featuring every single ballet step in the syllabus). The Sleeping Beauty is also ideal for: classical music fans who want to live Tchaikovsky’s vision of the story, [...]

A catalogue of film and video materials held by the archives and collections of BFI, Arts Council England, LUX, Central St Martins British Artists Film & Video Study Collection is now available as a free downloadable pdf from the British Film Institute website. Aimed at encouraging engagement between the arts and the moving image, the [...]

Best of British: Royal Ballet 2011/12 Season Picks

by Emilia & Linda on April 13, 2011

While details for POB, BRB, Dutch National Ballet and Hamburg Ballet‘s upcoming seasons have been out for a while, the Royal Ballet have just confirmed theirs via press conference this afternoon. AD Monica Mason’s farewell season presents a well-balanced lineup that pays homage to the company’s solid repertory and showcases the best of new British dance making talent (Wheeldon, McGregor, [...]

Sylvia

by Emilia on November 24, 2010

Is this ballet for you? Go if/Skip if: Whether you should see Sylvia or not heavily depends on which version you are looking at. If you’re a “ballet newbie” we’d recommend you skip the Ashton version for the reasons explained in our recent review. We hope the notes below can help you decide which version [...]

One Step Closer

by Linda on March 29, 2010

As the Royal Ballet’s founder choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton is to them what Bournonville represents to the Royal Danish Ballet. He nurtured Ninette de Valois‘s young company and gave it an identity through pieces created to help develop its dancers. Ashton’s creations for the Royal Ballet shaped the English style of ballet, combining classical purity [...]