What have Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés got in common? Well yes, they are all ballet dancers. And yes, they have all danced Giselle. But think more deeply... They've all got dark hair? Now you're just being silly. I'll have to tell you. They all have shoes made with solar power! But I expect you'd already guessed that. America's Cardinal Shoe Corp, … [Read more...] about Why are Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés wearing green pointe shoes?
Nikolay Grishko runs the company he founded by in the late 1980s after accompanying his professional dancer-wife Tamara during a French tour: Russian dancers were bringing ballet shoes from theatre workshops at home to sell to European dancers. Grishko resolved to exploit this market by organising the Russian workshops to make ballet shoes for export, and in doing so gave … [Read more...] about Battle of the pointes: Grishko and the threat of plastic
The Times asked writers to choose their favourite romantic film, and explain the reasons for that choice. This is drastically edited look at the list; to read in full go here: Philip Collins on Brief Encounter (1945) If the joy of romance is contained in the contrast with the accompanying sadness, which it must be, then the essential romantic film is Brief Encounter. … [Read more...] about The Times asks writers to choose their top romantic films
Vanity Fair's James Wolcott's blog as late has become a tribute page for the American Ballet Theatre's Veronika Part. And why not? She's wonderful. Others think the same way, as Wolcott reports in his latest blog entry: Unscripted drama at the ballet last night as a man strode a little too purposely down the aisle after Veronika Part's first solo in act one only to be … [Read more...] about Passion for Part – skirmishes in the aisle during ABT’s Sleeping Beauty