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...] about Why are Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés wearing green pointe shoes?
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...] about Critics round-up: Mariinsky at Covent Garden, Scotch Symphony / Ballet Imperial / In The Night
The third ballet programme brought to London by the Marrinsky Ballet was Don Quixote, the perennial crowd-pleaser with which the Bolshoi scored such a success a year ago. Strangely only two days of their three-week stay was devoted to this classic, but they scored another hit nevertheless. As The Times noted, What a shame there were just two performances of this greatest of … [Read more...] about Critics round-up: Mariinsky at Covent Garden, Don Quixote
PART I Errand into the Maze one-act ballet Music: Gian Carlo Menotti Choreography: Martha Graham Staging at the Mariinsky Theatre: Miki Orihara Sets: Isamu Noguchi Costumes: Edythe Gilfond Lighting: Jean Rosenthal Performed by Diana Vishneva and Ben Schultz PART II Melody (performed to a recording) Music: Antonín Dvořák Choreography: Asaf Messerer Performed … [Read more...] about Diana Vishneva Gala Performance programme – Mariinsky Theatre, 23rd June 2011