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Backstage with the Dryads

13 hours agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Last week, Alice Pennefather dropped by the Royal Ballet’s general rehearsal of Don Quixote to photograph Carlos Acosta’s production from front and backstage. While we have... The post Backstage with the Dryads appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Simone Messmer & Adrian Danchig-Waring in New Haven Ballet's Nutcracker!

Simone Messmer has surfaced! Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks be to Terpsichore. Simone and NYCB Principal Adrian Danchig-Waring will be the guest principals with the New Haven Ballet in its production of The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater, so says this report....

observations 11/27

Roddy Doble will dance the principal role of the Snow King opposite Ashley Ellis' Snow Queen in Boston Ballet's December 4th performance of The Nutcracker. Roddy was a standout performer in everything he danced at ABT, but never got the...

Giselle: the characters

3 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Giselle, which premiered in 1841, has stood the test of time – not only because of the otherworldly beauty of its “white” act, but because of the universal passion and drama of its storyline. First love, betrayal, jealousy, hurt and … Continue reading ?

Miss "I will what I want" gets sued for doing what she wants

Misty Copeland, her manager, Gilda Squire, and Harpo, Inc. (that's Oprah Winfrey's Harpo) were sued today in Connecticut District Court by legendary photographer Harvey Edwards for copyright infringement (17:101). (Court case number 3:14-cv-01762; RFC case number C-H14-1762M) The complaint centers...

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Don Quixote 11/21

While sitting in the midst of a mostly Russian-speaking audience at Friday night’s Don Quixote by the Mikhailovsky Ballet, it occurred to Haglund that perhaps, just perhaps, this company didn’t travel all the way from St. Petersburg for his personal...

observations 11/18

The fix is in. ABT has rigged the press coverage of its Nutcracker performances this year. Other than the opening night performance, they are presently offering only two press nights: Misty Copeland's second performance on December 18th and Hee Seo's...

observations 11/14

Excellent all around casting for New York City Ballet's first week of The Nutcracker. First week's rotation: Sterling Hyltin & Andrew Veyette with Sara Mearns as DD Rebecca Krohn & Amar Ramasar with Abi Stafford as DD Ashley Bouder ...

Winter Dance in London: a Photo Gallery

London’s thriving dance scene has given Alice Pennefather lots of opportunities for amazing shots this season, and here we feature a special selection of her contemporary dance... The post Winter Dance in London: a Photo Gallery appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Behind the Tutu

Tutu, n. A very short skirt worn by a ballerina, made of projecting layers of stiffened sheer material (Collins English Dictionary) … and ‘coveted by all... The post Behind the Tutu appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Against-the-odds heroines

Nikiya the temple dancer, the heroine of La Bayadère, has to battle the odds to win her true love Solor. Her rival Gamzatti is a rich, spoilt princess who’s determined by fair means or foul to steal the handsome warrior … Continue reading ?

5 reasons you need to see Giselle

Maina Gielgud says it: “There’s everything in Giselle. Love, heartbreak, madness … and a lot of pure dance.” Maina’s sublime production of this great Romantic ballet is coming to our stages in 2015. Here are five reasons not to miss … Continue reading ?

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