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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Bag a New Yumiko!

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As ballet companies around the world kick off their new seasons (over here The Royal Ballet is ready to go, with their revival of Swan Lake), the wonderfully creative Yumiko Takeshima - whose chic leotards can be easily spotted in the studio at ballet companies everywhere – has been busy designing a brand new Yumi. We’re [...]

San Francisco Ballet in London

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

“Attack it! Attack it!” says fictional AD Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) to young dancer Nina Sayers in Black Swan. No doubt he would have been pleased with San Francisco Ballet. Every work they presented during their 2-week residency at Sadler’s Wells showed an eager company that devoured space and radiated attack and joy, performance after [...]

The Golden Cockerel: A New Ratmansky at RDB

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

One of the highlights in the autumn ballet calendar is a brand new version of vintage ballet classic The Golden Cockerel at the Royal Danish Ballet. We were delighted when company dancer Shelby Elsbree – who blogs at Tutus & Tea – agreed to report to us on her experience of working with the amazingly [...]

Postcards from San Francisco

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As San Francisco Ballet takes residence at Sadler’s Wells this Friday, we caught up with principals Davit Karapetyan, Vanessa Zahorian and Yuan Yuan Tan who gave us a flavour of what we can expect from the company’s first London visit since 2004: Davit Karapetyan & Vanessa Zahorian: Davit proposed to fellow principal – and his [...]

Lyric Pieces

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

“My creative process is the same no matter the genre of dancer I am working with, but the outcome of what I make and the movement I make is very different because ballet dancers and modern dancers are still very far apart in their esthetics”. From the use of both ballet and modern dance as [...]

Birthday Offering / A Month in the Country / Les Noces: A Photo Gallery

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The one that almost got away: before the new Royal Ballet season kicks off, a previously unpublished gallery of the summer triple bill that marked the debut of Alina Cojocaru as Natalia Petrovna, by photographer Alice Pennefather. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH About [...]

San Francisco Ballet in Hamburg

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As we prepare to welcome San Francisco Ballet to London, we have below – thanks to dance writer Laura Cappelle (aka @bellafigural on Twitter) – a report on the Company’s recent Hamburg tour, where some of the works to be showcased at Sadler’s Wells next month were on offer: Is it the sea air? Together [...]

ENB Swan Lake: A Photo Gallery

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

While we have been busy discussing whether only a perfect series of 32 fouettés will do for the character of Odile, the Black Swan, Alice Pennefather dropped by the general rehearsal of ENB’s Swan Lake and took these beautiful shots: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather About [...]

Titian 2012: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Monica Mason‘s last commission as the Royal Ballet’s Artistic Director, a jumbo season closer of three ballets by three different creative teams, as captured by photographer Alice Pennefather. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH About Alice Pennefather: With a twin brother flying high as [...]

New English Ballet Theatre: Synergies

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

New English Ballet Theatre or NEBT is the brainchild of Karen Pilkington-Miksa. This young company works as a pick-up troupe, hiring dancers for a period of 3 months and commissioning new works for an annual programme. With a patron list that includes Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, Mara Galeazzi, Darcey Bussell and Wayne Eagling, plus support [...]

Storified: ENB’s Summer Party at Kensington Palace

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Last week English National Ballet took over Kensington Palace’s Orangery for its annual summer party. In addition to exclusive dance and music performances, guests were invited to place their bids for swan-inspired works by artists like Ronnie Wood, Pixie Lott, Sam Taylor-Wood, Julien Macdonald and – the company’s newly-appointed AD – Tamara Rojo. Our collaborator [...]

A Dancer’s Journey: Lessons Learned

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Our new guest blogger, Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters, picks up from where he had left off on his journey from summer intensive student to professional dancer: I truly enjoy writing for this blog. It allows be to go back in time and see things in a different perspective. It can be difficult though, to find [...]

BRB in Rehearsal for David Bintley’s Faster

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We recently dropped by Birmingham to catch Director David Bintley in action, rehearsing the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet for his new Olympics-inspired ballet Faster. David’s piece is being unveiled as part of Summer Celebration, a mixed bill that also includes The Grand Tour and Ashton’s The Dream. Faster features a brand new score by [...]

The Prince of the Pagodas: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale homage to Petipa, Cranko, Ashton and De Valois, The Prince of the Pagodas, as captured by photographer Alice Pennefather during the current revival at the Royal Opera House: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy of ROH About Alice Pennefather: With a twin [...]

The Prince of the Pagodas

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Is this ballet for you? Go If: You are team MacMillan. You are into post-Freudian themes, juicy dramas and pashmina pas de deux and would love to see how this choreographer approached the 19th century fairy tale ballet genre. Skip If: You are expecting Manon and/or Romeo and Juliet reloaded. Here we are in a [...]

Ballo della Regina & La Sylphide: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

One of our 100 Ballets to See Before You Die, La Sylphide, as seen by the lenses of photographer Alice Pennefather, who also captured Balanchine’s hors d’oeuvre Ballo della Regina in this current revival at the Royal Opera House: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather About Alice [...]

Brian Mengini: London Calling

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As the UK prepares to celebrate the Jubilee, guest blogger Brian Mengini reflects on how crowdfunding via Kickstarter – and quite a bit of networking – helped turn his dream photo trip to London into a reality. Lookout for an exclusive photo print giveaway at the end of this feature As we entered 2011, I [...]

L’Après-midi d’un Faune & What Wild Ecstasy: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Photographer Alice Pennefather attended the Rambert’s general rehearsal last week and snapped the company in Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune and Balwdin’s ferosh new work What Wild Ecstasy, both presented as part of the spring season at Sadler’s Wells: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather About Alice [...]

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