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A Dancer’s Journey – Prix de Lausanne Edition, Part 2

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

When I left for Lausanne I felt a combination of excitement, nerves, and anxiousness. Most importantly, I felt thoroughly prepared and confident that we had addressed any issues that had arisen while training. The last issue I had to conquer was the 10-hour plane ride to Lausanne. With Houston Ballet II I had toured to locations in [...]

A Dancer’s Journey – Prix de Lausanne Edition, Part 1

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

As the 41st edition of Prix de Lausanne kicks off, Prix finalist & contemporary prize winner Harper Watters recalls his experiences taking part in the competition in guest blog series, “A Dancer’s Journey”: Although it was December 31, 2012 when I wrote this entry, I will start off by wishing everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope all of you [...]

The Firebird, In the Night & Raymonda Act III: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The awesome Alice Pennefather shares with us her latest batch of images, taken at the general rehearsal for the Royal Ballet’s most recent triple bill, which marked principal dancer – and new mom! – Mara Galeazzi‘s return to the stage. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice Pennefather, courtesy [...]

Countdown to #Prix2013

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The 41st edition of the Prix de Lausanne, the renowned international competition for young dancers, will take place from 27 January to 2 February, 2013 at the Théâtre de Beaulieu in Lausanne. Team Ballet Bag will be returning to Lausanne to officially blog and live tweet for the Prix. We can’t wait to share with you [...]

Nutcracker for the People

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Ballet and popular culture have been enjoying an unusually close relationship in recent times. Following on the success of Natalie Portman’s highly neurotic and nail-biting ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, shows like Breaking Pointe and The Secret Lives of Dancers portray daily life at, respectively, Salt Lake City’s Ballet West and The Royal New Zealand [...]

The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Here’s a holiday special from the always sharp lenses of photographer Alice Pennefather. Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a very balletic 2013! (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 a star of the [...]

The Singapore Scene: “One @ the Ballet” with SDT

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In his regular series of journal entries, guest blogger Harper Watters, who recently joined the Houston Ballet corps, has been looking at a dancer’s transition from student to professional. On the other side of the globe, two young dancers – Chua Bi Ru and Kwok Min Yi – are also taking the first steps in their professional [...]

MacMillan Triple Bill: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Better late than never, here are some images from the MacMillan triple bill that ends tonight: a gallery by photographer Alice Pennefather featuring Concerto, Las Hermanas and Requiem. (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 [...]

Tatiana Leskova: A Ballerina At Large

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In the same way as Alicia Markova in England, Tatiana Leskova is considered an instrumental figure in the development of classical ballet in Brazil. Leskova, who celebrates her 90th birthday this December, is also one of the few surviving direct links to the Ballets Russes era and well-known for her stagings of ballets by Léonide Massine. Born in Paris [...]

Swan Lake in Rehearsal

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The Royal Ballet ends its current revival of Swan Lake with double performances tomorrow and we send it off with a gallery of rehearsal images by photographer Alice Pennefather, who has also previously shot these beautiful images of English National Ballet’s production. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow) All Photos: © Alice [...]

Light & Shape: Q&A with Alexander Whitley

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Ten years ago choreographer Wayne McGregor created an evening of work for ROH2 which marked his own company’s first collaboration with The Royal Ballet. This season, McGregor & Random Dance are returning to the Linbury Studio Theatre with three world premieres from young choreographic talents Robert Binet, Paolo Mangiola and Alexander Whitley. We recently had the [...]

A Dancer’s Journey: Keeping Focus

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The last time I wrote, I was sitting watching rehearsals for the season’s two final programmes. Once again, I write while watching rehearsals. This time as a corps de ballet member instead of an apprentice. With two repertories under our belt, the company is in full swing with no intention of slowing down anytime soon. [...]

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Autumn Celebration Reviewed

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

The autumn dance season is always a welcome opportunity to catch up with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells. In the past couple of years the company has brought us well-rounded mixed bills, typically offering us a taste of ballets that are unique or rare in these shores. Last year BRB literally answered our prayers, [...]

RDB’s Thomas Lund: Bournonville Forever

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Gudrun Bojesen was crying so hard her entire body was shaking. Minutes before, her breathtaking Sylph had died a painful death and her James, Thomas Lund, had taken his last steps as a principal dancer of The Royal Danish Ballet in front of a packed theatre. It was one of those nights. Lund had chosen [...]

Rambert Dance Company: Labyrinth of Love in Images

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In time for the London premiere of Labyrinth of Love at Sadler’s Wells tonight, we have below a selection of images – by the great Chris Nash – of the Rambert Dance Company in Marguerite Donlon’s hypnotic new piece, which is inspired by the prose and love poems of women like Mary Shelley and Elizabeth [...]

Code Share Principals: A Chat With Svetlana Zakharova

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

A recent trend among top dancers, accumulating guesting contracts with companies around the world is becoming increasingly popular as ballet becomes more globalised. Initially championed by ABT, these types of contracts allow big stars to add “guest principal” titles to their resumes. But while this brings them certain perks, the deal also comes with a [...]

Ratmansky in Copenhagen: The Golden Cockerel

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets should come with a health warning: they may prove addictive. Having followed his career closely for the past 3 years, we confess to having become quite obsessed with Ratmansky‘s work, with his unique way of honouring the past, while adding on postmodern layers to narrative ballet, his keen eye on the collision [...]

Bag a New Yumiko!

3 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

3 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

3 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 [...]

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