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Roland Petit

Kings of the Dance, a programme that seeks to showcase the artistry, style and power of some of today’s most celebrated male dancers – think Marcelo Gomes, Leonid Sarafanov and Ivan Vasiliev - has been on the road since 2006. Yet, surprisingly, this is its London debut. Ahead of performances at the Coliseum this week, we caught up [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Carmen

by Linda on May 8, 2010

Is this ballet for you? Go if: Red Hot Chili Carmen Skip if: Faux French or Pastiche Spanish are not your thing Dream Cast For Carmen Tamara Rojo because she is Spanish and fiery, plus her surname matches Carmen’s legendary red dress. Background Carmen goes back to 1845 when Prosper Mérimée‘s torrid novella used to [...]

Amazing Journey

by Linda on November 12, 2009

As long as there are choreographers like Alexei Ratmansky around our hopes for the future of classical ballet as an art form are renewed. Now one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, Ratmansky started his career as a ballet dancer with the Kiev Ballet in the Ukraine. Dancing soon took him out of Eastern Europe [...]

An Interview with Igor Kolb

by Emilia on August 17, 2009

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook or if you have been reading our posts here you will know that, ballet-wise, the past two weeks have been “all about the Mariinsky in London”, their stylish dancing and the impressive array of performers they have fielded to wow us in the classics Swan Lake, The [...]