Rachel Jackson

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Margot Fonteyn: a reminder of why she was a ballerina to cherish

The BBC has discovered lost footage of Margot Fonteyn dancing in The Sleeping Beauty. It is wonderful, says Sarah Crompton<p>Watching Margot Fonteyn dance is not at all like watching the current generation of ballerinas. In comparison to them, her legs are shorter, her extensions less extreme, her …

Margot Fonteyn dancing as you've never seen her before

YouTube does deliver – here with some rare shots of Margot Fonteyn. Could it be the earliest dance footage the BBC ever recorded?

Conservationists and marksmen of Malta battle over annual bird hunt

Hunters try to block referendum on traditional spring shoot, while British volunteers help patrol countryside to protect birds<p>As dawn breaks over the sea and ancient stone churches turn pink, the morning's stillness is broken by volleys of gunfire. Tucked behind walls, sitting on armchairs in …

Endangered butterfly defies climate change with new diet and habitat

A butterfly species whose population collapsed because of climate change and habitat loss has defied predictions of extinction to rapidly move to cooler climes and change its food plant.<p>The quino checkerspot (<i>Euphydryas editha quino</i>), found in Mexico and California, has shifted to higher altitudes …

British butterflies make fluttering recovery thanks to hot summer

Butterflies returned to the skies last year with four-fifths of British species increasing after the worst summer on record, but overall numbers were still well below average.<p>An unusually sunny midsummer gave respite to rare species threatened with extinction following a disastrous 2012, in which …

10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies

People love watching colorful butterflies float from flower to flower. From the tiniest blues to the largest swallowtails, how much do you really …

This Is What 100 Calories Looks Like

Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten — we don't know about …

Tamara Rojo's all-star war dance for English National Ballet

English National Ballet's new mixed bill, Lest We Forget, is themed around the first world war. Director Tamara Rojo has commissioned works from Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan to be performed alongside George Williamson's setting of the 1910 Stravinsky ballet The Firebird.<p>The …

Open thread: which choreographers should the Royal Ballet bring in?

The Royal Ballet will shortly be announcing details of its 2014-15 season. Already, director Kevin O'Hare has promised us a new work from Liam Scarlett, and there's possibly a new Wayne McGregor in the mix too. But there are no smoke signals yet about any works from outside choreographers.<p>The Royal …

Arts for everyone on the BBC? Not with opera, ballet and still more Shakespeare

Tony Hall came in to the BBC as a new broom saying all the right things – the new director general wanted more access for consumers, creating "some of the greatest, boldest, most imaginative work of our lives", and promising a "bonfire of the boards".<p>Today we heard what that bold and important work …

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget review – Compelling quartet on war

In the new mixed bill that Tamara Rojo has programmed for ENB , she has not only given her dancers their most challenging work in years, but also thrown down the gauntlet to every other repertory company in Britain.<p>Lest We Forget is key to Rojo's mission to revitalise ENB's image. Yet, while she's …

Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale review – 'A game-changer for Wheeldon'

There are good reasons why The Winter's Tale hasn't been choreographed before. One of Shakespeare's most elusive plays, it shuttles freely between past and present, tragedy and comedy, realism and fantasy; and, fatally for a choreographer, its action is conveyed as much through reminiscence and …

Which Shakespeare plays make the best ballets?

The Winter's Tale has traditionally been considered one of Shakespeare's undanceable plays, with its switchback handling of time and place, and the complicated interrelations of its characters, thought to be beyond the scope of a wordless medium.<p>But Christopher Wheeldon may just have brought this …

Birmingham Royal Ballet review – small is beautiful in a foxy triple bill

Small spaces have proved the saving of British theatre – think of the Donmar and the Almeida – and they may yet do the same for ballet. The International dance festival Birmingham kicked off with Birmingham Royal Ballet's foxy triple bill – Quatrain, Kin. and Façade – in the snug Crescent theatre. …

Chris Packham: Malta is a bird hell

The BBC presenter talks of confrontations with hunters and police while making films to highlight the cruelty of the annual bird shoot<p>When Chris Packham announced he was heading to Malta to report on the island's annual spring bird shoot as if he was a war correspondent covering a conflict, even …