Marquee TV has been called “the new Netflix for the arts” with its global streaming TV service for dance, opera and theatre. It has a pleasing interface and, more importantly, some great content collaborating with The Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company and many others. As part of a collaborative response […]
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There have been many film montages of dancers, musicians and others from the performing arts, celebrating their art in lockdown, reconnecting with their audience and colleagues via solo performances edited together to form a piece. Many have been upbeat, some funny, but a new video adds a mood that feels truthful after three months of lockdown.
Where We Are is a beautifully produced dance piece coming in at just under three minutes. Anguish dominates, and even if the English National Ballet’s Jeffrey Cirio says, “I’m so hopeful,” he only looks it for a split second. The final utterance of “I’m so…” by The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward leaves the cast of five without words as they wander away from the camera, downcast and perplexed.
The Royal Opera House has announced its ‘Live from Covent Garden’ project: a series of three unique performances to be broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook from Covent Garden.
The first concert, on 13 June at 7.30 pm, will be hosted by the BBC’s Anita Rani and the Royal Opera House’s Director of Music, Antonio Pappano. A select group of musicians, artists and performers will be part of the first live concerts since the theatre closed its doors to the public on 17 March.
Dancing Times has opened up the last 20 years of its archives to all until 7 April. The monthly magazine has its think pieces, reviews, articles about technique, dance’s past and present, but I always head first to the interviews. Here are some tidbits I’ve come across…
First photos of tonight’s opening of a new double bill at The Royal Opera House with Jerome Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering and Cathy Marston’s The Cellist. Dances at a Gathering Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the first part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music […]
John Cranko became acquainted with Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel Eugene Onegin when he choreographed the dances for Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name in 1952. He created his own distinctive version of Pushkin’s work in 1965 for the Stuttgart Ballet. Onegin displays all of Cranko’s genius as a narrative choreographer, featuring finely drawn characters who are transformed by […]
Francesca Hayward, Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, has a leading role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl). The much-criticised film – both positively and negatively, though mostly the latter – has seen praise poured on Hayward who […]
Coppélia 28 November 2019 – 7 January 2020 The performance lasts about 2 hours and 35 minutes, including two intervals. Cast (opening night, 28 November 2019) Swanilda: Francesca Hayward Franz: Alexander Campbell Dr Coppélius: Gary Avis Coppélia was a landmark production when it first hit the stage in 1870. Its positive mood marked a break with the rather […]
The photoshoot for Citizens of Humanity was a brilliant experience. says Royal Ballet principal dancer Marianela Nuñez who is featured in the 13th issue of the denim label’s magazine, Humanity. It is edited by celebrated photographer Paola Kudacki who has shot celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Elton John… it’s a long list. […]
Tonight, 22 October 2019, is opening night at The Royal Opera House for a Petipa/Ashton/MacMillan triple bill. The Royal Ballet will be dancing Concerto, Enigma Variations and Raymonda Act III until 20 December. From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world […]