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Brian Mengini: London Calling

by Brian on May 31, 2012

As the UK prepares to celebrate the Jubilee, guest blogger Brian Mengini reflects on how crowdfunding via Kickstarter – and quite a bit of networking – helped turn his dream photo trip to London into a reality. Lookout for an exclusive photo print giveaway at the end of this feature As we entered 2011, I [...]

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, [...]

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) [...]

US-based dance photographer Brian Mengini is currently in London, working on a photo project with dancers from English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Brian lives in Pennsylvania and often works with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Boston Ballet. He recently shared with us his experiences shooting the Boston Ballet in rehearsal. In this new guest [...]

A Tale of Two Carmens

by Emilia & Linda on August 5, 2011

Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas of all time and its popularity has led the way to many choreographic interpretations, deriving more or less directly from Mérimée’s libretto. Two of the most often performed ballet versions are Roland Petit’s for Ballets de Paris – created in 1949 and using Bizet’s original score [...]

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 [...]