English National Ballet's new season contains new exciting projects from Tamara Rojo, who keeps her magic wand carefully hidden or has a genius sense of what will stimulate and satisfy not just ENB's existing audience, but the new audiences which it seems to be successfully attracting. Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s La Sylphide will be performed … [Read more...] about English National Ballet 2017 – 2018 Autumn/Winter Season
Q&A When did you start dancing? I started when I was 12. Why did you start dancing? I had severe heart rhythm problems and my doctor suggested me to dance as therapy for my disease. He was right, and my heart problem disappeared with ballet. Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Zoltán Solymosi, former Hungarian principal dancer of Royal Ballet. Which … [Read more...] about István Simon answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
in italiano Francesco Ventriglia, Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, has decided to step down in 2017 after almost three years with the company. He took up his appointment as the company's 11th Artistic Director in November 2014. His contract will end in mid-June, though he will remain with the company as Guest Choreographer to complete the creation of his … [Read more...] about Francesco Ventriglia to leave Royal New Zealand Ballet
Though this is ‘just a blog’, I decided to leave out backstage gossip from the report of Mauro Bigonzetti’s addio to La Scala. However, as one of Italy’s top newspaper’s has done just that… why not! Bigonzetti handed in his resignation because of the impossibility to continue: he has a slipped disc and his doctors have told him to rest. So after just eight months at the helm … [Read more...] about The real reason Mauro Bigonzetti has left La Scala Ballet?
20 November 2015 would have been Maya Plisetskaya's 90th birthday. The great Russian ballerina, who died on 2 May this year, will be remembered in a series of events in Moscow and St Petersburg. On 18 November her friend, and musical director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev gave a concert at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in her memory, with a programme that … [Read more...] about Maya Plisetskaya’s 90th birthday celebrated in concerts and exhibitions
The 28th of October 2015 marked the end of Nikolay Tsiskaridze’s first two years as head of the Vaganova Academy and the staff celebrated the occasion with a small get together. His appointment was controversial at the time, and many high ranking dancers and administrators spoke out against the Bolshoi dancer being given the top job at the Mariinsky school, a school that he … [Read more...] about Nikolay Tsiskaridze’s first two years at the helm of the Vaganova
Today Carla Fracci turns 79∗ and during August, she has been performing once again. Roberto Bolle is half her age and at 40 shows no sign of ending his career on stage. In 2007 Bolle famously criticised Fracci – at the time she was the director of the Rome Opera Ballet – saying that it was time for her to retire and leave space for younger dancers. She counter-attacked, saying … [Read more...] about Carla Fracci 79 (today) to Roberto Bolle 40
CHOREOGRAPHERS: ALEXANDER EKMAN - A Swan Lake, Mikael Karlsson. The Norwegian National Ballet. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAILLOT - The Taming of the Shrew, Dmitry Shostakovich. Bolshoi Ballet. DWIGHT RHODEN - Verse Us, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nils Frahm, Claude Debussy, Philip Glass, Sven Helbig, Kristian Jarvi. Ballet Nice Mediterrannee. MARTIN SCHLÄPFER - Deep Field, Adriana … [Read more...] about Nominees of Benois de la Danse 2015
We tend to gloss over the negative aspects of colleagues who are no longer with us, and are usually discreet about their shortcomings when they are still alive. It is left to the gutter press to dig up unsavoury titbits. However ballet dancer Massimo Murru bucked the trend and gave a very frank opinion of choreographer Roland Petit in a radio interview last week. Roland Petit … [Read more...] about Massimo Murru on Roland Petit: he was a great s*****o!
First the good news… The La Scala ballet company is in formidable shape. Makhar Vaziev and his team have nurtured many interesting talents and a piece to show off some of their qualities is surely Heinz Spoerli’s Cello Suites, wherefourteen dancers can showcase their abilities. It is choreographed to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 2, 3, and 6, so it is divided into three parts … [Read more...] about Cello Suites at La Scala: the good news and the bad news…