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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Let England Shake – Dutch National Ballet in London

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Earlier this month Dutch National Ballet’s Artistic Director Ted Bransen wrote a guest blog for “All About Art” expressing his concerns over the Dutch Council of Culture’s proposed funding cuts to his company. If the proposal goes ahead, says Bransen, DNB will not only have to scale down staging full-length classics, it might also have [...]

Ballo della regina: Merrill Ashley

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Merrill Ashley, one of Balanchine’s great ballerinas, was renowned for her amazing speed, attack and musicality, gifts that she brought to the central role in  Ballo della regina. Below is a photo gallery with selected shots from Merrill in rehearsal with dancers of the Royal Ballet, as well as an extract of our recent interview with [...]

Think Globally, Dance Locally

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A roundup of some interesting, off the beaten track, dance events in London this month: Madame Galina’s Silver Jubilee: Madame Galina, created by variety performer and writer Iestyn Edwards, is an interactive set that bridges a gap between the glory days of Variety and the modern daring of the contemporary scene.  Her show “Ballet Star [...]

Best of Costumes – Our Readers Pick Their Favorites

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We recently wrote about how many different elements have to come together for one of THOSE perfect evenings at the ballet. Designs and, in particular, costumes, play a big part in creating a mood, helping dancers express themselves and inhabit their roles. They come in all shapes, colours and fabrics: from vaporous Romantic skirts to [...]

10 Things We Love About British Ballet

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Below is an extract of our first guest post for Behind Ballet, with our pick of the best in British ballet right now. In case you didn’t know, Behind Ballet is the official blog of The Australian Ballet. They are one of our very favorites amongst company blogs. We have said of them before: “from [...]

Alban Lendorf – New Principal Dancer at RDB

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The Royal Danish Ballet has announced that Alban Lendorf has been promoted by AD Nikolaj Hübbe to Principal Dancer, following Lendorf’s performance in Harald Lander’s Études on Saturday 30 April. Alban Lendorf was trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School. He became an apprentice in 2006 and in 2008 he joined the corps de ballet [...]

Five Ballet Weddings From Hell

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We hear you. You can’t stand the buzz about a “certain wedding” anymore. Everywhere you look, it’s all about fairy-tale endings, cheese and romance. You don’t care whether the bride will be wearing vintage McQueen, nor about who made it to the Queen’s private party. You refuse to watch the populist media coverage or to collect [...]

Alexei Ratmansky to Extend Contract with ABT to 2023

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Via Press Release: Alexei Ratmansky, Artist in Residence with American Ballet Theatre since 2009, has extended his contract with the Company through 2023, as announced by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Ratmansky previously signed a five-year agreement as Artist in Residence with American Ballet Theatre.  His new contract extends his role for another ten years [...]

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 [...]

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