Dame Darcey Bussell talks about loves and dislikes from Astaire to Jane Fonda, from Chorus Line to Romeo & Juliet, from dyslexia to diamond earrings.
May 2020 was to have been a special month for the American Ballet Theatre – the time to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
American Ballet Theatre – known as Ballet Theatre from 1939 until 1957 – was founded in 1939 by Lucia Chase and Richard Pleasant and its first performance was on 11 January 1940.
Chase was its director, together with Oliver Smith, from 1945 to 1980. Mikhail Baryshnikov took over until 1989. Smith returned with Jane Hermann from 1990 to 1992, when Kevin McKenzie took over as artistic director, a position her still holds.
ABT will present American Ballet Theatre: Together Tonight, a virtual celebration in support of the ABT Crisis Relief Fund on its YouTube Channel…
Q&A in italiano When did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was four. Why did you start dancing? My uncle was a dancer and ran a ballet school, so I’m sure that I began dancing because I was curious about his world. Also, I had slight scoliosis and was told I should try […]
In 1959, Rudolf Nureyev, with Ninel Kourgapkina as Kitri, danced Basilio for the first time at the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. He was 20. After he defected to the West in 1961, the role became his calling card around the world, the character suiting his comic talents and mischievous nature. He restaged the ballet, based […]
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 […]
Maurice Béjart’s Boléro returns to La Scala in March, with Roberto Bolle dancing the La Mélodie for the first time. The 15-minute work was last seen in the theatre in 2003 when Sylvie Guillem danced the central role. Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s ‘experts’ Elisabet Ros and Julien Favreau will be featured too, as well as three […]
Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell are quickly becoming The Royal Ballet’s ‘couple to see’. After recent successes dancing Clara and the Nutcracker, as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, over the Christmas season, they have just debuted in Giselle. An important moment in the career of any dancer. The Guardian said that […]
Q&A When did you start singing? As a child in Upstate New York, every Sunday I was taken to Mass. I loved hearing the songs in Latin, and hearing the choir. I wanted so badly to sing along, but was told by the organist I’d have to wait until my voice changed! At school I […]
Karen Kain announced today that Mikhail Baryshnikov will attend this year’s annual fundraising gala, MAD HOT BALLET: Northern Lights as its special guest on 6 June 2017 which celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, said, Mikhail has always been a truly supportive friend to myself as well as to […]
Q&A [на русском языке] When did you start dancing? I’ve suffered since childhood — my Mum wanted me to do it. Why did you start dancing? Because I was forced to… I didn’t want to! Which performers inspired you most as a child? Soviet cinema performers Yuri Nikulin and Andrei Mironov. Which dancer do you most […]