Merle Park, the engine driver’s daughter from Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe), ended up being one of The Royal Ballet’s brightest stars. She says that she first realised she’d become famous when she heard a question on a quiz game on the radio: “Which is the odd name out: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?” I thought, Goodness, I must have arrived! In 1979, she was contemplating … [Read more...] about Interview with The Royal Ballet’s Merle Park in 1979: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?
Dressed as Crown Prince Rudolf, after a performance of MacMillan's Mayerling, Ballet de Santiago's Principal Dancer Luis Ortigoza gave his last bows to the packed house at the Municipal Theatre. Ortigoza will continue to direct the company alongside Marcia Haydée, but 18 April 2016 saw his last performance.The video below shows how much this elegant artist is loved by … [Read more...] about Ballet de Santiago’s Principal Dancer Luis Ortigoza gives his farewell performance
After 40 years with the Royal Ballet, Genesia Rosato is to retire. I've had a wonderful career and loved every minute of it! she said this afternoon. She’s had a lot to love.Genesia joined the company in 1976, invited by Kenneth MacMillan, and became a soloist in 1982. She became a Principal Character Artist in 1993 and has dominated the stage ever since with her … [Read more...] about Genesia Rosato and Gary Avis on her retirement from The Royal Ballet
Q&AWhen did you start dancing? When I was 5 years old.Why did you start dancing? I saw a ballet class and enjoyed watching it, so I said to my mother, "That's what I want to do!"Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Nureyev always.Which dancer do you most admire? Nureyev.What’s your favourite role? Prince Rudolph in Mayerling.What role … [Read more...] about Luis Ortigoza answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Sarah Lamb, Marianela Nuñez, Gary Avis, Steven McRae, Thiago Soares and Edward Watson celebrate Mara GaleazziAs Royal Ballet dancers arrived in Verona to share the stage with Mara Galeazzi for the last time, they talked about their Italian colleague who has danced with the Royal Ballet from more than 20 years.Long-time partner Edward Watson, who joined the Royal Ballet … [Read more...] about Mara Galeazzi by her Royal Ballet friends and colleagues