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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

The Wanting Comes in Waves – Manon Review

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

If you are lucky, in ballets with characters as complex as Manon and Des Grieux, a particular performance might become – as Bag Lady E calls it – your personal “swell of 1969?: that defining evening at the ballet against which all others will be measured. To create this perfect dance memory many components have [...]

Editorial: Happy Anniversary to Us

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

How time flies! It seems like yesterday that we kicked off The Ballet Bag (then in WordPress.com) with a totally fangirly post about Alina Cojocaru’s return to the stage in Giselle. We had no idea anyone would pay attention to our dance musings, but soon after, we started tweeting and discovered many other like-minded ballet [...]

10 Reasons Why We Love Manon

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A big helping of MacMillan is finally coming our way after a very Ashton-heavy season. Manon, one of his most famous full-length ballets, opens at Covent Garden on Thursday for a run of 15 performances and is to return during the autumn season. Having shortlisted it as one of our new season favorites we were [...]

Birmingham Royal Ballet to Tour Japan – May 2011

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: BRB Japan Tour 2011 Two years in the planning, the second International tour during the current 2010/11 season will see BRB perform in four cities across the southern region of Japan.  From May 14 – 29 2011, the tour will include dates in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, plus performances in Kamakura, [...]

Best of British

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

While details for POB, BRB, Dutch National Ballet and Hamburg Ballet‘s upcoming seasons have been out for a while, the Royal Ballet has just confirmed theirs via official press conference this afternoon. AD Monica Mason’s farewell season presents a well-balanced line up that pays homage to the company’s solid repertory and showcases the best of new British dance making talent [...]

The Royal Ballet Creates: Kristen McNally & Thomas Whitehead in Rehearsal

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Kristen McNally and Thomas Whitehead who recently led “Ballet Rocks” at the Move It Show are preparing to take over Covent Garden’s Apple Store this Saturday 9 April. The event is free and visitors will have the opportunity to collaborate with Kristen as she works with four Royal Ballet dancers (Thom, Jonathan Watkins, Yasmine Naghdi [...]

Dark Fantasy

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In reviewing Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella, Luke Jennings of the Observer said of the recent string of fairy tale ballets in the UK over the last few months: “in tough economic times, you can sell more tickets if you offer family entertainment”. Yet, he added, “there’s nothing wrong with fairy stories, but if they are [...]

Dancing for the Children – Mara Galeazzi In Rehearsal

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Royal Ballet Principal dancer Mara Galeazzi is staging her second gala in London this Sunday. Proceeds from the gala will go towards Mara’s charity, Dancing for the Children, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital. Yesterday we had the opportunity to drop in on Mara as she worked, together with her partner Gary Avis, on brand new pieces by choreographers [...]

Designing for the Stage: an Interview with Yumiko Takeshima

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Ballet costumes play a key role in the evolution of the art form. From the early days in the lavish court of Louis XIV – the Sun King – to the highly individual designs created by artists like Chanel, De Chirico and Bakst in the golden age of Ballets Russes, costumes have transitioned from bulky [...]

A Folk Tale

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Go If: You like fairy tales and fantasy RPGs filled with elfin creatures, cheeky trolls, a feisty heroine and a hero who triumphs against the odds. You are well-versed in Giselle, La Sylphide, Ondine and would like to try a different supernatural ballet. Skip If: You like your ballets with less plot development, more dancing [...]

Ballet in Print

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

When it comes to ballet marketing, nothing more cliché and tired than the figure of a pink tutu-ed ballerina. True, many ballet fans enjoy the odd amount of tulle and glitter and there is nothing wrong with that. But these are images that propagate ballet as an art stuck in its own fluffy and pink [...]

Giselle & Pina in 3D

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Two upcoming “dance in 3D” releases for the UK: Giselle The Mariinsky Ballet’s Giselle, the first ballet production to be filmed in 3D, will be screening across the UK on 29 March, 3 and 5 April. The filming in 3D is designed to create a pixel-perfect production which captures the movement of a world-class performance [...]

Miyako Yoshida – Japan Tsunami Appeal Concert at ROH

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

When: Sunday 20 March 4pm Where: Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House A special concert performance in aid of the Japan Tsunami Appeal, with former Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet Miyako Yoshida and friends, including Royal Ballet dancers Yuhui Choe, Valeri Hristov, Hikaru Kobayashi, Ryoichi Hirano, Kenta Kura, Akane Takada, and students from [...]

Move It Show 2011 – Ballet Rocks

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The 6th edition of the Move It Show, the UK’s biggest dance event, took place last week. For the first time, the show included a segment called Ballet Rocks, designed to showcase ballet under a different light, away from the preconceived ideas of tutus, tiaras and pink. We had the opportunity to be involved in [...]

The Red Shoes at Secret Cinema

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Lucía Piquero is the founder choreographer of Diciembre Dance Group, a project started in 2008 to bring together artists from different backgrounds and disciplines. In her previous guest blog for us she considered the challenges and rewards of wearing the hats of dancer and choreographer. Here Lu reports on her collaboration with Secret Cinema for [...]

Ballet Rocks at Move It Show

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The Move It show is the UK’s biggest dance event featuring live performances, dance classes, competitions, exhibition stands and interviews. The show attracts over 20,000 dance fans over three days and offers you the opportunity to create “your ideal day of dance“. Move It’s 6th edition opened yesterday in London. This year we are participating [...]

Ratmansky Fever

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Is Alexei Ratmansky the busiest ballet choreographer in the world? ABT has just announced he is undertaking a new version of The Firebird, while the Paris Opera Ballet has also confirmed a brand new Ratmansky of its own: Psyché, with music by Cesar Franck (well-known to ballet lovers from his Symphonic Variations). This short work [...]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Notes from the World Premiere

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We had promised you more Alice-related backstage goodies and here we are. While our guest tweeting of #AliceinTwitterland continues to make waves, we also wrote a full gala report that was published in the ROH blog earlier this week. In addition, we have here exclusive video snippets from our chat with Royal Ballet principals Edward [...]

Works & Process Series at the Guggenheim – Upcoming Programs

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Two upcoming programs in the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series, both to be streamed live via ustream. How Judges Judge – Youth America Grand Prix – 6 and 7 March at 7:30pm Join Youth America Grand Prix jury members Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School; Franco de Vita, Director of [...]

#AliceinTwitterland: Live tweeting from the World Premiere

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

This evening we had the honour of taking over the @RoyalOperaHouse feed as their first ever Twitter guests. Early bird reviews for Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland are already starting to pop up while over here we have red carpet and backstage goodies from tonight’s gala coming up. While we work on the material we leave [...]

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