On 23 September, La Scala opened its doors for dance for the first time since February. It was a gala which had four showings, the last being yesterday. Social distancing in the auditorium was respected, as with the concerts which experimented with live theatre before the summer, by limiting the public to 800 – usually, 2,000 seats are available. Some boxes had just one … [Read more...] about [Review and Photos] La Scala’s Ballet Gala sees dance return to its stage, with Ferri, Bonelli, Zakharova and Bolle
La Scala has announced the programme, though not with full casting, of its Ballet Gala which marks the return of the company to the stage after the cancellation of the theatre's programming in March due to the coronavirus. The four-evening run begins on 23 September and stars the company’s étoiles Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle, guests Alessandra Ferri and Federico … [Read more...] about La Scala announces its opening gala programme
Merle Park, the engine driver’s daughter from Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe), ended up being one of The Royal Ballet’s brightest stars. She says that she first realised she’d become famous when she heard a question on a quiz game on the radio: “Which is the odd name out: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?” I thought, Goodness, I must have arrived! In 1979, she was contemplating … [Read more...] about Interview with The Royal Ballet’s Merle Park in 1979: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?
Bolshoi Ballet’s Ivan Vasiliev will dance Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort with English National Ballet tomorrow evening, July 22. He is partnered with English National Ballet First Artist Jia Zhang. Vasiliev wanted to offer the performance as his personal tribute to Roland Petit. Following Roland Petit’s death on 9 July, Vasiliev contacted Zizi Jeanmaire, Petit’s … [Read more...] about Ivan Vasiliev to guest with English National Ballet as a tribute to Roland Petit
Roland Petit with his wife Zizi Jeanmaire after a performance of Carmen New York, October 1949 … [Read more...] about Roland Petit: 1924 – 2011