Ballet News and Views

By Linda Bernstein | Articles and photos showcasing premiere and up-and-coming dancers and companies. Soundtrack on mobile.

Of Women, Men and Ballet in the 21st Century

My mind returns to one of the three heroines in Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Winter’s Tale” (Royal Ballet, 2014). Hermione, the maligned wife of the neurotically jealous ruler Leontes, is tried for adultery. Repeatedly, at her moment of greatest anguish, she rises onto point as she turns through …

Performing Arts

Inside Boston Ballet’s record-smashing season

What happens when big data meets classical dance? Judging from Boston Ballet’s record-breaking 2015-16 season, you get a high-tech pas de deux in …

The Arts

At the Paris Opera Ballet, Changing the Shape of Couture

<i>Continue following our fashion and lifestyle coverage on Facebook (Styles and Modern Love), Twitter (Styles, Fashion and Weddings) and Instagram.</i><p>PARIS — Couture, the handcrafted, made-to-measure clothing that regularly sells in the six figures, is fashion’s top stratum for the uber rich. Aside from …

Fashion

Bolshoi Ballet: the first Soviet invasion

The drama that surrounded the Moscow troupe’s first visit to the west 60 years ago

Ballet superstar Misty Copeland gets her own Barbie doll

Misty Copeland Barbie Doll. Photographer Dennis Di Laura<p>Pinning their buns in place and slipping on their pink shoes, dancers at the San Pedro Ballet …

Boston Ballet casts a spell with latest ‘Swan Lake’

It’s no surprise that after more than 100 years, “Swan Lake” is still considered one of the most beloved of all classical ballets. It is set to a …

Performing Arts

Ballet companies must stop wrecking our bodies, warns Russian star

Irina Kolesnikova, who performs at London’s Coliseum in August, says dancers should be nurtured, not pushed to the limits<p>A world-renowned Russian prima ballerina has become the latest star to condemn ballet companies worldwide for putting their dancers through unnecessarily brutal regimes.<p>Irina …

Romania’s Culture Minister Steps Down as Ballet Dispute Continues

In his resignation letter, Mr. Alexandrescu, a scholar of early modern Europe, said he was stepping down “in the face of resistance to structural change” that he had been trying to implement at Romanian cultural institutions, including its opera, museums and national film fund, to bring them in …

Romania

Prince loved ballet. Here’s why Misty Copeland, the Joffrey Ballet & their fans love him back.

The ballet world has had no better superstar friend than Prince, who gave the art form money, celebrity and irresistibly danceable music–and treated it with respect.<p>Years before she became famous for her commercials and her top-rank status at American Ballet Theatre, ballerina Misty Copeland caught …

Performing Arts

Ballet School Where Joffrey Dancers Teach Neighborhood Kids Is A Hidden Gem

WEST RIDGE — When dancers scurry into the basement studio underneath UNO Charter School in West Ridge, they know the rules: Hair in a bun, don't be …

Dance

Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale review – Wheeldon's Shakespeare has classic potential

Royal Opera House, London This revival of Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet looks more impressive than on its 2014 debut, with its original cast returning for the opening<p>When Kevin O’Hare became director of the Royal Ballet, he declared his ambition to create the classics of the future with a new …

Is Justin Peck Making Ballet Cool Again?

The 28-year-old choreographer is making waves for his experimental collaborations with indie rockers and street artists—all while still dancing professionally with the New York City Ballet.<p>In 2009, Justin Peck choreographed his first work for Columbia University’s student ballet troupe. It was four …

Ballet

Matthew Bourne takes risk on ballet version of The Red Shoes

Choreographer says show based on 1948 film – a Broadway version of which flopped – will be his love letter to the theatre<p>It is some people’s favourite movie but the stage version was one of the biggest disasters in Broadway history. So the choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne admitted he was taking a …

WestEnd Closes Raft of Deals on Ballet Documentary ‘Dancer’

Film follows Sergei Polunin, who was the youngest principal dancer ever at the British Royal Ballet<p>LONDON — WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals …

Documentaries

WATCH: On A Tough News Day, A Remarkable Moment Of Grace

On a tough news day, we wanted to point you to a remarkable moment of grace that happened just before President Obama addressed the Cuban people at the Gran Teatro de la Havana.<p>Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso walked onto the balcony to great applause and she thanked the crowd with her …

Ballet star Acosta returns to Cuban roots with dance company

HAVANA (Reuters) - Global ballet star Carlos Acosta returns to his Cuban roots when his new dance company takes to the stage next month.<p>Since retiring last year from London's Royal Ballet where he was principal guest artist, the 42-year-old has gone back to his native Havana to found Acosta …

Dance

Boston Ballet showcases dance by little-known Russian master

Leonid Yakobson may be the most influential 20th-century ballet choreographer most people have never heard of. A Russian contemporary of George …

Performing Arts

ABT star Julie Kent is Washington Ballet’s new artistic director

Julie Kent, one of the most celebrated American ballerinas of her generation, who retired from the stage last summer after a 29-year career at American Ballet Theatre, has been appointed the Washington Ballet’s new artistic director, the company announced Monday.<p>Kent’s position is effective July 1. …

Performing Arts

New York City Ballet injects incredible zing into new Peck ballet and other works

Super Tuesday took on new meaning at the Kennedy Center Opera House, where the New York City Ballet spun its opening-night performance into a whirlwind of exhilaration.<p>The arts center’s ballet series has become a parade of familiar full-length productions. So kudos to NYCB for launching its …

Performing Arts

Angel Corella and Pennsylvania Ballet: Pumping up the 'Spanishness' of gala 'Don Quixote'

What's Spanish about the Pennsylvania Ballet's new production of the full-length <i>Don Quixote</i>, premiering Thursday at the Academy of Music? Most …

Spain