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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

A Dancer’s Journey: Lessons Learned

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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 [...]

Rambert Dance Company: L’Après-midi d’un Faune & What Wild Ecstasy

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

In time for the company’s last performances at Sadler’s Wells tonight, we have below a selection of images taken at the general rehearsal by Alice Pennefather. We also chatted to Mark Baldwin, who is celebrating 10 years as Rambert’s Artistic Director. Mark told us about the diversity of styles being presented in this current bill, [...]

30 Years on Stage – A Festival of Nina Ananiashvili

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Graham Watts – or @GWDanceWriter as he is known on Twitter – as this week’s guest blogger. Graham chronicles below a very special weekend among ballet royalty in Tbilisi, Georgia. Reflections on a weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia: March 2012 Having missed the midnight plane to Georgia, my long [...]

Béjart’s Kabuki: A Preview

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Honor and revenge in the samurai code culminating in a stunning mass suicide:  in the aftermath of that bloody night in 1703, the facts of the actual 47 ronin incident became clouded by creative conjecture. Bunraku, Kabuki, and Noh theatre offered their own versions, collectively called the Chushingura. This collection of fictional interpretations leading up [...]

La Fille Mal Gardée: A Photo Gallery

2 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Alice Pennefather has shared with us these lovely candy-coloured images of the general rehearsal cast at the Royal Ballet’s current revival of La Fille Mal Gardée, with Laura Morera and Ricardo Cervera in the leading roles. A date for your diaries: Ashton’s shiny-happy-people ballet is to be live streamed to cinemas worldwide on 16 May. [...]

Ten Years of Yumiko: Anniversary Giveaway

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Heads up girls AND boys! Yumiko is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary this month and have recently unveiled a shiny new website where any leotard can be fully customised, from colour and fabric type, to lining and sleeve options. We’re whooping it up and teaming up with the company to give away TWO pairs of the [...]

Artifact: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Is classical ballet “rock” or “dust”? Yesterday, the Royal Ballet of Flanders invited us to reflect on the past and the future of this art form, on its roots and evolution, via a mesmerising performance of William Forsythe’s Artifact. Fab photographer Alice Pennefather stepped into the general rehearsal at Sadler’s Wells and shares below her images [...]

Artifact

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Is this ballet for you? Go if: You love contemporary art and think ballet is a tired old art form destined to die very soon. Also, one for those who seek the thrill of stunning dance performances. Skip if: You are a 19th century story-ballet junkie. Dream Casts Artifact is not performed in its entirety [...]

Polyphonia / Sweet Violets / Carbon Life: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Our lovely new collaborator Alice Pennefather was at the general rehearsal of the Royal Ballet’s new triple bill. Dark and moody, the program combines a revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s neoclassical landmark Polyphonia, with two new pieces: Liam Scarlett’s murder mystery ballet, Sweet Violets, and Wayne McGregor‘s all singing, all dancing Carbon Life. (Click on thumbnails [...]

English National Ballet Goes Beyond Ballets Russes

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

One of the highlights so far in this year’s ballet calendar was English National Ballet’s Coliseum season with “Beyond Ballets Russes”: two programs, great value for seasoned ballet-goers and new audiences alike. We were delighted when Dave Wilson – who blogs at Dave Tries Ballet – agreed to report back to us on both programs. [...]

A Dancer’s Journey – From Summer Intensive to Professional

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Meet our newest guest blogger, Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters, who will be posting regularly about his journey from summer intensive student to professional dancer: Growing up in a small town in New Hampshire where dance was as common as a winter without snow, I never would have believed anyone if they told me in just a [...]

Nederlands Dans Theater 2: Q&A With Paul Lightfoot

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 – aka NDT2 – was founded in 1978 for dancers aged between 17 and 23 as their gateway into the main NDT company. The troupe is currently in the UK presenting a mix of classics and new, with Cacti – a humorous work by its associate artist Alexander Ekman – showcased [...]

Live Blogging #RBLive

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Join our fabulous guest blogger Wiebke Schuster (@wiebela on Twitter) as she live blogs #RBLive, a full working day at The Royal Ballet streamed live on The Royal Opera House YouTube channel and the Guardian website. From 10 a.m. today Wiebke will be jotting down below her thoughts on the day’s activities – from the Company’s live [...]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Photo Gallery

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Today we are delighted to feature a new collaborator: Alice Pennefather, sister of Royal Ballet principal dancer Rupert Pennefather. Alice will be regularly showcasing her dance photos over here and her first gallery features the full general rehearsal of Christopher Wheeldon’s colourful production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which has just returned to the Royal [...]

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