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Boston Ballet: In Rehearsal

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Next week US-based dance photographer Brian Mengini arrives in London to work on a photo project with dancers from English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Brian lives in Pennsylvania and often works with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Boston Ballet. He has been photographing ballet ever since he had the opportunity of shooting The Royal [...]

The Little Humpbacked Horse Roundup

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

I arrived in New York last week just in time to catch the Mariinsky Ballet‘s last performance of The Little Humpbacked Horse, as well as an evening programme of Symphony in C paired with Alonso’s Carmen (but more on that later). The Little Humpbacked Horse combines a delightful (even hummable) score by Rodion Shchedrin with a captivating [...]

Prix de Lausanne Master Classes

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: To celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, the Prix de Lausanne, for the first time, is offering a series of classical Master classes across six continents, each one taught by a distinguished Prix de Lausanne prize winner, offering participants a rare opportunity to take class with some of the world’s most celebrated [...]

Cloud Dance Festival: Kristen McNally and Tommy Franzén in Rehearsal

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The Royal Ballet’s Kristen McNally continues to prove that semi-narrative ballet can evolve by cross communicating with dance forms like hip hop. Having showcased some of her “ballet fusion” works earlier this year in special events at the “Move It Show” and at Covent Garden’s Apple Store, Kristen is now getting ready to present her [...]

Dance Futures: Freya Thomas Creates for The Royal Ballet

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Yesterday we dropped by the Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House to catch the first dress rehearsal of “Umbra” by young choreographer Freya Thomas. Freya’s work is part of Dance Futures, a new project from ROH Education which will see over 120 young people take to the Covent Garden main stage this Sunday to [...]

DNB’s Don Quichot (Don Quixote) Now Available on iTunes

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: As announced last week by TenduTV, Dutch National Ballet’s new full-length production of  Don Quichot (Don Quixote), created for the company by Alexei Ratmansky, will be available for digital download and streaming from today. Filmed in September 2010 at Het Muziektheater (the Amsterdam Music Theater), the production was recorded in High Definition [...]

Bavarian State Ballet – Ballet Extra Series

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In our recent Royal Ballet season roundup we touched on the topic of ballet in unusual places. We were amazed at the scale and the buzz generated by Romeo and Juliet at the O2 arena, but smaller venues can be just as effective as a means to lure in new dance audiences. Events like ballet [...]

The Royal Ballet 2010/11 Season Roundup

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In one of their riskiest and most exciting ventures, The Royal Ballet wrapped up for summer with MacMillan’s blockbuster Romeo & Juliet staged for an audience of 40,000 (split over 4 performances). The so-hashtagged #RomeO2 event was the surprise hit in a season more memorable for the hasty return of works like Ashton’s Cinderella (4 [...]

Dance Rarities Curated in a New Performing Arts Catalogue

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A catalogue of film and video materials held by the archives and collections of BFI, Arts Council England, LUX, Central St Martins British Artists Film & Video Study Collection is now available as a free downloadable pdf from the British Film Institute website. Aimed at encouraging engagement between the arts and the moving image, the [...]

Sébastien Galtier: Beautiful Friends

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Stuttgart Ballet’s Sébastien Galtier started to take ballet pictures about four years ago as a hobby. He soon realised he could cross over photography with other media he liked, more specifically fashion and the visual arts. That allowed him to give a different context to his dance photos, taking well-known ballet characters into shots staged [...]

Getting Ready for #RomeO2

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Tonight The Royal Ballet begins its three-day residency at London’s O2. This is the first time the Company has set foot on a UK arena and, to mark the occasion, they are fielding an all-star cast to perform in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Taking turns as the famous star-crossed lovers are Carlos Acosta and [...]

Ballet Cross Collaborations

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Heads up on three very original cross collaborations between ballet and other art forms taking place across different parts of the globe this week: 1) Ballet & Graphic Design: Pointe Blank A collection of original images inspired by the story of Coppélia. In a first-of-its-kind collaborative project for Birmingham Royal Ballet, 27 artists and designers [...]

Social Media and the Arts

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Last month we took part in B.Hive Club’s “Live in the Lounge” series, talking about how ballet and the arts in general can benefit from a presence in social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.), as well as the latest that the ballet blogosphere has to offer to enrich one’s personal experience of the art [...]

Kevin O’Hare Appointed new Royal Ballet Artistic Director

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Simon Robey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House, announced today the appointment of Kevin O’Hare as Director of The Royal Ballet following the retirement of Dame Monica Mason in July 2012. Kevin O’Hare has been Administrative Director of the Company since 2009. On his appointment Kevin O’Hare [...]

Musicality

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A few months ago we wrote about what makes a dancer graceful. When looking at elements of Grace, we mentioned  musicality as a quality in dancers that “will trick you into forgetting about the orchestra pit and thinking that his or her movement is creating the music.” Musicality is a common discussion theme between balletomanes [...]

Gary Avis & Friends Gala

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Ipswich-born Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Gary Avis is bringing dancers from the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet to his home town this September to take part in a unique charity gala event in support of The Hunger Project. After a 40-year gap, East Anglian audiences will once again have the [...]

Rite of Spring: The Chosen Ones

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Steven McRae and Edward Watson are the two principal dancers who have been chosen to “dance to their deaths” in the current revival of MacMillan’s Rite of Spring. Read below an extract of our interview with the pair, as originally posted on the Royal Opera House blog. When Kenneth MacMillan choreographed the first British Rite of [...]

The Royal Ballet’s Manon at BP Summer Big Screen

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: The Royal Opera House is delighted to announce that this summer’s free BP Summer Big Screen performances are The Royal Ballet’s Manon and The Royal Opera’s Madam Butterfly and Cinderella (aka Cendrillon). These productions will be beamed live from Covent Garden to 21 locations up and down the country (Bradford, Bristol, Derby, [...]

It’s Friday, Friday!

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The world has dubbed it the “worst song ever”, but it has gathered more than 150 million views and a staggering 2.9 million “dislikes” on YouTube. It seems we all love to hate Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” and its trail of brilliant spoofs - check out Stephen Colbert’s hilarious rendition here and, our favorite, the Death [...]

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