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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Autumn Glory

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

At the heart of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s autumn season is a fabulous new triple bill celebrating British classical dance heritage, or what BRB principal Matthew Lawrence calls, in his latest blog for Balletco, a “workout harder than Zumba”: Nearly 75 years old, Ninette de Valois’s Checkmate is a prime example of vintage English ballet. Its [...]

Eifman Ballet in London

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Saint-Petersburg-based Eifman Ballet is to present two UK premieres by choreographer Boris Eifman at the London Coliseum in April 2012. Anna Karenina – Eifman’s dance drama adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic questions whether it is more important to preserve an illusion of harmony between duties and emotions, or yield to true passions: [...]

Jewels

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Balanchine’s three-act ballet Jewels has become a global phenomenon. This autumn the ballet returns to New York City Ballet, the company for whom it was originally created (don’t miss this recent video where NYCB dancers Jenifer Ringer, Sterling Hyltin and Sara Mearns discuss each act), while the Royal Ballet presents this season’s final performance on [...]

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

If you are in London this autumn, you should plan a visit to Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement currently on display at the Royal Academy. This wonderful exhibition, curated by Richard Kendall, Jill DeVonyar and Ann Dumas, focuses on the Impressionist painter and sculptor Edgar Degas’s interest in movement and his dedication to classical [...]

ZooNation Dance Company: Some Like it Hip Hop

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

World Premiere at the Peacock Theatre Award-winning dance company ZooNation presents Some Like it Hip Hop at The Peacock Theatre from 20 October to 19 November, following their critically acclaimed 2006 production, Into the Hoods, which became the longest running dance show in the West End. Some Like it Hip Hop is a comical tale [...]

Arthur Pita & Edward Watson: On Metamorphosis

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The Royal Opera House starts its 2011 – 2012 dance season with an unexpected new dance work: The Metamorphosis is the first collaboration between award-winning director and choreographer Arthur Pita and Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson. After last year’s critically acclaimed God’s Garden at the Linbury, Pita now brings Kafka’s surreal and dark tale to [...]

Upcoming Talk: The Future of Books

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

If you are in town this Saturday 17 September, we would love to see you at University College London. As part of The London Design Festival 2011, our friends at Sojournposse will be hosting the seminar “Whatever Is to Become of Books?” and we are one of the guest speakers. More information: Five Minutes With: [...]

René Blum & The Ballets Russes

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In her newest book, RENÉ BLUM AND THE BALLETS RUSSES: In Search of a Lost Life, dance historian Judith Chazin-Bennahum looks at the tragic story of the theatre producer who was responsible for resurrecting the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo after his friend Sergei Diaghilev’s death, but who was arrested in 1941 during a roundup [...]

The Royal Ballet 2011-2012 Season at a Glance

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

European summer is almost over (although here in Britain it never really began) and ballet companies around the world are getting ready to kick off their new seasons. The Royal Ballet is set to return to Covent Garden in a few weeks with Balanchine’s Jewels. Taking inspiration from one of our favorite magazines, Wired, we [...]

Mariinsky in London Roundup

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first visit to London, the Mariinsky Ballet left a trail of brilliancy following its three-week residency at Covent Garden. The company brought a selection of works that played to its strengths: from big classical works like Swan Lake and La Bayadère (which showed off a flawless corps de ballet) [...]

Edward Watson in Kafka’s Metamorphosis – World Premiere

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson plays Gregor Samsa in the world premiere of this innovative dance-theatre adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella of the absurd. Commissioned by ROH2, the story follows a travelling salesman who awakes to discover that he has been transformed into a giant insect. Gregor Samsa’s horrifying nightmare is brought [...]

Mariinsky in London: Balanchine & Robbins Dress Rehearsal

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

US-based dance photographer Brian Mengini is currently in London, working 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 recently shared with us his experiences shooting the Boston Ballet in rehearsal. In this new guest [...]

A Tale of Two Carmens

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most successful operas of all time and its popularity has led the way to many choreographic interpretations, deriving more or less directly from Mérimée’s libretto. Two of the most often performed ballet versions are Roland Petit’s for Ballets de Paris – created in 1949 and using Bizet’s original score [...]

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The O2

4 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Ballet will be returning to The O2 arena this December. From Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December 2011 Victor Hochhauser, in association with The O2 and Universal Music Arts and Entertainment, will present six performances of Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s world acclaimed interpretation of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker, after its regular Christmas [...]

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 [...]

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