This Cinderella combines intimacy and spectacle. In a space as vast as the Albert Hall it would be easy to lose focus, and for the action and visuals to wax muddy or arid. That rarely happens. The second act is especially expertly judged, rich in motion and emotion as the venue becomes a palatial ballroom for two dozen couples swirling round Cinders and the Prince. – Donald … [Read more...] about Photo Album: Wheeldon’s Cinderella – English National Ballet
It was a strange feeling that all the work a person can do in their lifetime, seven days a week of dedicating your life, goes out the window and is not even mentioned, is put aside for a headline. It was shocking. Is that how quickly it goes? English National Ballet Lead Principal Isaac Hernandez is talking about recent suggestions that his romantic involvement with the … [Read more...] about Interview with ENB Principal Isaac Hernandez : I’m dreaming of seeing real change
Today’s The Times has dedicated an article to ballet, and featured it not in the Culture section but on its front pages. Good news? Not really. “English National Ballet has lost a third of its dancers in two years amid claims of verbal abuse and a hostile working environment.” The newspaper has had “confidential discussions with more than ten sources” so it seems not to be … [Read more...] about Tamara Rojo and Isaac Hernández: “a possible conflict of interest”?
Dasa Wharton took her camera to the London Coliseum to capture the English National Ballet's latest double bill: Song of the Earth and La Sylphide Song of the Earth Choreography – Kenneth MacMillan Staging – Grant Coyle Designs – Nicholas Georgiadis Lighting – John B. Read Dancers included: Tamara Rojo (The Woman), Joseph Caley (The Man) & Fernando Carratalá Coloma … [Read more...] about Photo Album: English National Ballet dances Song of the Earth and La Sylphide
Youth America Grand Prix celebrates Julio Bocca on his 50th Birthday, as part of its Legends in Dance series, this Friday, 14 April. An exciting programme sees Luciana Paris and Marcelo Gomes in My Way from Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, and Maria Noel Riccetto (who now dances with Bocca’s Ballet Nacional SODRE in Uruguay) who will dance with Gomes in the MacMillan’s Romeo and … [Read more...] about Julio Bocca talks about his emotional 50th Birthday Gala in New York this Friday
Wayne McGregor's 'Chroma', created for The Royal Ballet in 2006, has crossed the Atlantic thanks to San Francisco Ballet. In London the work was an instant triumph. Debra Craine for The Times wrote: McGregor’s Chroma is ravishing on all fronts, choreography, music and design. The latter is what hits you first, an enormous light box brilliantly designed by John Pawson. Stark … [Read more...] about McGregor’s ‘Chroma’ arrives in San Francisco: “a series of astonishing lifts, upturning bodies like saltshakers”