Q&AWhen did you start dancing? I started dancing at 8 years old and then I joined the Royal Ballet School full time at 14Why did you start dancing? I’m not sure why… I was probably influenced through films and TV.Which dancer inspired you most as a child? As a child Carlos Acosta and Michael Flatley. I love Irish dancing!Which dancer do you most … [Read more...] about Introducing… Brandon Lawrence, Birmingham Royal Ballet
La fille mal gardée
Italian dancer Valentino Zucchetti is one of a large number of Italian dancers who go abroad to find work and realise their dreams.Italy has few ballet companies, and La Scala is the only one with an international profile, the others - Rome, Palermo, San Carlo - have few permanent dancers, drafting in extras to do repertoire pieces. Italian dancers are virtually forced to … [Read more...] about From Lombardy to London: Interview with the Royal Ballet’s Valentino Zucchetti
Forget the Royal Ballet School or the The School of American Ballet, Nikolai Tsiskaridze says there are only three real ballet schools in the world: the Paris Opera Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Ballet Academy, which he is currently running. I always said there are only three schools in the world: if you want to be a real ballet artist, you must … [Read more...] about Tsiskaridze: Real ballet dancers are trained in Paris, Moscow or St Petersburg
Milan's newspaper, the most influential Italian paper, Il Corriere della Sera, almost ignored La Raymonda at La Scala last week, with Valeria Crippa's short article dismissing it quickly. Here the past is preserved in mothballs, the brilliant Marius Petipa's choreographic style appears decrepit, and dull scenery frames an ageing corps, despite the freshness of the students of … [Read more...] about The Times celebrates Milan’s Raymonda… but why?
The Birmingham Royal Ballet are at London's Sadler's Wells this week with two programmes.The triple bill, which kicked off the mini-season last night, consists of Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Pineapple Poll. From Thursday they will perform Frederick Ashton's comedy La Fille mal gardée.The ballet goes way back to 1789, but has undergone so many changes that it's … [Read more...] about Ashton takes the ribbon theme to extreme: Birmingham Royal Ballet with La Fille in London
The Paris Opera Ballet have announced their 2011-2012 season. It's good to see Ashton's "La Fille mal Gardée" again in the programming - let's hope it will be broadcast this time round. Narrative ballets dominate the season. Nureyev's "Cendrillon" and "La Bayadère" are back, with Cranko's "Onegin" and Macmillan's "Manon". There is also the world première of a new ballet, "La … [Read more...] about Narrative ballets and an American tour for the Paris Opera Ballet in 2011-12
The National Ballet of Canada’s 2011-12 season, which celebrates the company’s 60th anniversary, is full of surprises. Not only are the production choices unusual, but the time-honoured format of one full-length ballet and one mixed concert per fall, winter and summer season has also been overturned.To kick off the anniversary year, artistic director Karen Kain announced … [Read more...] about National Ballet of Canada announces it’s 60th anniversary season: 2011-2012