Thoughts on Marianela Núñez’s life-affirming performance in Romeo and Juliet

Marianela Nunez and Gabriele Corrado

Marianela Núñez is an extraordinary dancer who seems to possess an inner light which not only makes her glow, but illuminates everyone around her. There is a pure, almost spiritual quality to her apparent happiness on stage, as though there there is nowhere else she would rather be. It is an extremely rare quality: many sparkle, many dazzle, but few communicate heart to … [Read more...]

La Scala complete Ballet casts and dates: 2014 — 2015


17 December (Preview for young people) 18, 19 (2 perfs), 28, 30, 31 December 2014 4, 10, 16, 18 January 2015Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Choreography: Nacho Duato Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev Sets and Costumes: Jérôme KaplanÉtoile: Roberto Bolle Guest Artist: Maria Eichwald Corpo di Ballo e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala Coro di Voci Bianche e … [Read more...]

Tonight Roberto Bolle and Friends alight at the 15,000-seater Roman Arena in Verona


Tonight Verona's famous Arena is sold out. All 15,000 seats will be full to watch Roberto Bolle and his 'friends' dance in the open air. It is a magical place.Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore (the equivalent of the Financial Times, and the same colour) spoke to him. Unfortunately half of these interviews are always taken up with the same questions, but as we know that dancers don't … [Read more...]

Why are Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés wearing green pointe shoes?

What have Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés got in common? Well yes, they are all ballet dancers. And yes, they have all danced Giselle. But think more deeply... They've all got dark hair? Now you're just being silly. I'll have to tell you. They all have shoes made with solar power! But I expect you'd already guessed that.America's Cardinal Shoe Corp, … [Read more...]

Critics round-up: Mariinsky at Covent Garden, Scotch Symphony / Ballet Imperial / In The Night


The fourth Mariinsky programme to grace the Royal Opera stage was another triple bill: Scotch Symphony and Ballet Imperial by George Balanchine, and In The Night by Jerome Robbins. Although this was an evening of American choreography, New York City Ballet territory, the roots are here with this company. Balanchine, one of its favourite sons, and his disciple Robbins, built on … [Read more...]