Ballet News and Views

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

Behind The Tutus, Ballet Is A Boys' Club. This Ballerina Wants To Fix That.

The ballerina may be the visual symbol of the art form, but men wield most of the creative control.<p>Ballerina Ashley Bouder is crying. She’s standing alone in a rehearsal studio in front of 20 or so dance journalists and several funders of her small self-titled ballet company, and she’s crying. And …

Gender

Anthony Huxley, the Anti-Jock of City Ballet

In dance, “voice” can refer to the way a body moves, not just the words that come from it. It has taken Anthony Huxley, shy by nature, time to find both. For years, he rarely spoke. He could hide behind his impeccable technique. It’s almost as if a classical step, beautifully executed, became a …

New York City Ballet

This City Ballet Dancer Has a New Role: Being Bad

Fairies can be so fickle. One night, all you want to do is break a spell. The next, with ice in your veins and a malicious flourish, you put a curse into action.<p>On Thursday, Sara Mearns, the glamorous New York City Ballet principal, made an unlikely debut: the evil Fairy Carabosse in “The Sleeping …

New York City Ballet

Of Women, Men and Ballet in the 21st Century

Can ballet express a modern view of the sexes? In the Western contemporary world, women and men often hold equal status at work, as leaders, as voters, as breadwinners. This kind of equality, however, is precisely what ballet cannot show.<p>Instead, it creates an either-or dualism from the difference …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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Romania’s Culture Minister Steps Down as Ballet Dispute Continues

PARIS — The culture minister of Romania tendered his resignation on Wednesday amid a crisis at the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera involving its artistic director, Johan Kobborg, and the star ballerina Alina Cojocaru, which had led to the cancellation of several performances.<p>In a …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Film (UK)

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …