The magnificent Italian ballerina Elisabetta Terabust died in Rome this morning, 5 February, at her home near the Campo de’ Fiori, after a long illness. She was just 71.She became a Principal Dancer at the Rome Opera ballet in 1966 and an Etoile in 1972. She worked extensively with the Royal Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) and with Roland Petit at the Ballet … [Read more...] about Italian ballerina Elisabetta Terabust has died in Rome at 71
The Dancing Times reports that Sergei Polunin and Igor Zelensky have settled out of court after walking out of Peter Schaufuss' production of Midnight Express at the London Coliseum at the last minute.Schaufuss' company was suing them both for £400,000 to compensate for lost ticket sales. The producers said at the time that £14,000 had to be handed over in ticket refunds … [Read more...] about Polunin, Zelensky and Schaufuss settle out of court
Ivan Vasiliev is a powerful performer, both physically and emotionally. His prowess in ballet pyrotechnics - the leaps, the turns - has brought him fame throughout the world. But he's no circus performer as his Quasimodo in Roland Petit's Notre Dame de Paris in Milan or his Romeo in Frederick Ashton's production of Romeo and Juliet in London demonstrated; he has a fierce and … [Read more...] about Vasiliev is still a jeune homme… careful Ivan!
23-year-old Sergei Polunin is being sued for failing to show for Peter Schaufuss' production of Midnight Express in April. The box office was forced to give refunds, bookings slumped because the star name had dropped out, and publicity material had to be reprinted.According to the Daily Mail, although Polunin and his mentor Igor Zelensky, who also withdrew, provided medical … [Read more...] about Sergei Polunin and Igor Zelensky are sued for £400,000 by Peter Schaufuss Ballet
Certainly quicker than it takes to escape from a Turkish prison, ballet's bad boy Sergei Polunin has disappeared from Peter Schaufuss' production of Midnight Express. The show is due to open on Tuesday in London but according the the London Evening Standard he has not shown up for rehearsals, is not answering his phone, and is not in his hotel. The official statement simply … [Read more...] about The Houdini of dance: Sergei Polunin disappears again
This promises to be the most fun critics round-up yet. Rarely have reviews been so unanimously foul. Being that there was so little to save, the critics left their stars in the drawer, and polished their metaphors with seeming glee. No amount of special pleading, of aesthetic jiggery-pokery, can excuse Schaufuss’s weird libretto as it plays its fatuous game by way of crass … [Read more...] about Critics round-up: Peter Schaufuss’ Tchaikovsky Trilogy
In 1987 a two-part television programme called The Ballerinas featured Carla Fracci, with some of the top male dancers of the period, in a series of reconstructions putting various ballets and their interpretors in an historical context. Fracci was an amazingly youthful 51 when she danced these extracts.Dance Magazine critic John Gruen wrote: The nineteenth … [Read more...] about Carla Fracci with Schaufuss, Vasiliev, Cragun, Jude and others on YouTube
Peter Schaufuss is rehearsing his company's Romeo & Juliet for London. It marks the 40th anniversary of Schaufuss’s first appearance with London Festival Ballet, now English National Ballet. More than a decade later, in 1984, he took over as the company's artistic director. He has been running the Peter Schaufuss Ballet for the last 15 years, which is at the London Coliseum … [Read more...] about Sneak peek: Peter Schaufuss working with Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev for London’s next R&J