Royal Ballet

Who Are the Bosses? 2 Friends, 1 New Festival, 1 New Ballet

Isabella Boylston doesn’t remember the time, years ago, when she and Gemma Bond tried to choreograph a ballet together. Ms. Bond does, though.<p>“I got so bossy,” Ms. Bond recalled. “I was like, ‘Isabella, this isn’t going to work.’”<p>But now they’ve found a way to be creative together — and …

The Arts

Review: In ‘+/- Human,’ Just Us and Our Orblike Shadows

LONDON — “How do you know that something is alive?” That question is posed in the program for Wayne McGregor’s new “+/- Human” about the seven white computer-programmed orbs that float above 15 dancers, moving in ever-changing swarmlike patterns. The giant spheres are by the experimental art …

The Arts

The Creators of Rain Room Bring an Eerie New Installation to London

The artistic company behind the world-renowned <i>Rain Room</i> has designed a new installation that brings visitors face-to-face with a swarm of spherical …

Entertainment

Magpie programme with some soaring moments - Mariinsky's Contrasts, Covent Garden, review

There’s more than a hint of both the magpie and the mission statement about the Mariinsky’s Contrasts mixed bill. Alberto Alonso’s expressionist Carmen Suite, created in 1967 for its Moscow-based rival the Bolshoi, is followed by Wayne McGregor’s contemporary Infra, made in 2008 for our very own …

Ballet

5 things I can't miss before class

Up until early teenage, I used to get to the ballet school just in time to start right away. I never knew the importance of warming up and getting …

Dance

Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties

VAIL, Colo. — Since the two galalike signature events of the annual Vail Dance Festival were star-studded, it’s tempting to survey them just by dropping names. After all, on Friday here, Misty Copeland (never more mettlesome) and Marcelo Gomes (richly smoldering) danced Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra …

Performing Arts

Sergei Polunin says ballet must shake off ‘elitist image’ or die

Controversial Ukrainian star says classical dance must seek out talented directors from the worlds of films and musicals<p>Ballet must get rid of its elitist image, seek larger audiences and woo the best directors from films and musicals, according to Sergei Polunin, one of classical dance’s biggest …

Ballet

Photographer Tristram Kenton: ‘I never take a camera on holiday’

Nearly 30 years ago, The Stage’s former editor took a chance on an inexperienced, 24-year-old photographer. Nick Smurthwaite finds out about his

Royal Opera House

The Winter's Tale review: Old-fashioned theatre magic

<b>The Winter's Tale</b><br>★★★★★ <b><br>Royal Ballet<br>Queensland Performing Arts Centre, July 5<br>Until July 9</b><p><i>The Winter's Tale</i> is wonderful old-fashioned theatre magic, a …

Australian News

Voices of the Amazon review: It’s painfully well meant

Who knew the rainforest contained this much cheese? <i>Voices of the Amazon</i>, a new dance musical by Sisters Grimm, is a mystical folk tale in a …

Ballet

Teen ballerina with international dreams

Philippa Crawley is pirouetting all the way from Ballarat to Italy.<p>At just 14 the Ballarat Ballet Centre dancer has won a prestigious Cecchetti …

Ballet

The Royal Ballet: Woolf Works on BBC Four, 9 July

BBC Four presents Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s multi award-winning ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, performed by The Royal …

Ballet

A Woolf at the door: The best events in and around Brisbane this weekend

<b>Mary Poppins in the Park</b><p>Mary Poppins In the Park - Maryborough's riverside parks and heritage streetscapes came to life just like scenes from Mary …

Australian News

Dancing with the Royal Ballet: bringing world-class dance to marginalised Australia

Acclaimed British company runs workshops with Queensland groups ‘to show people the wonderful form of self-expression dance can be’<p>For the first time in its 85-plus year history, Britain’s internationally acclaimed Royal Ballet is heading to Cairns.<p>More than 160 company members, including 85 …

Ballet

Boys of The Royal Ballet talk bodies, boyfriends and hitting the big time

<i>This article was first published in the Attitude Body issue, March 2017.</i>Watching ballet dancers perform, there’s no doubting their gracefulness, …

Ballet

My Winter Bucket List - Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

I’ve heard of the Bucket List where we make a list of all the things we want to do before we die. However, my friend Leslie from Once Upon A Time & …

List-Worthy

Hackett Marks Royal Henley Sponsorship With Boat Party

The men's style set celebrated the deal and capsule collection on the Thames.<p><b>BOOZE CRUISE —</b> Jeremy Hackett celebrated becoming the first-ever apparel …

Rowing

Frederick Ashton Triple Bill review – time’s up for these fairy kings

Royal Opera House, London Music, choreography and dancing were superb at the Royal Ballet’s celebration of Frederick Ashton. But, oh, the costumes…<p>In <i>Marguerite and Armand</i>, which closed the Royal Ballet’s triple bill of works by Frederick Ashton (the final performance was on Saturday), it was …

A passionate tribute to an all-time genius - Ashton Mixed Programme, Royal Ballet, review

The Royal Ballet is bringing this season – and its 70th-birthday celebrations – to a close with a perfectly chosen trio of works by its founder choreographer Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), works that remind us just how brightly and variously his genius blazed.<p>There’s the impeccable romantic comedy …

Ballet

Meet London's ballet boys

Modelling this season's hottest trends, London's top male ballet dancers talk to Dipal Acharya about power breakfasts, Netflix addictions and the …

Ballet

Ashton’s Dream is a must-see: Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill reviewed

Vadim Muntagirov struck a note of Olympian serenity, while Marguerite and Armand’s three casts were by turns fresh, fragile and devastating<p>Thrilling debuts, starry guests and a tear-stained farewell at Covent Garden this week as the Royal Ballet closed the season with a triple bill of works by Sir …

Ballet

Ashton at the Royal Ballet review – miraculous moves and romantic rapture

Royal Opera House, London The company’s founder choreographer Frederick Ashton is celebrated in a sensational triple bill that captures his spirit and style<p>Shortly before his death in 1988, Frederick Ashton grew fretful about the future of his ballets. He worried that he was falling out of fashion, …

Ballet

Genée International Ballet Competition heads to Lisbon

<b>Genée International Ballet Competition is heading to Lisbon, Portugal this year for the first time in the competition’s 86 year history.</b><p>In addition …

Dance

Frederick Ashton/Royal Ballet review: Yanowsky shows her star quality

Hail and farewell: The Royal Ballet ends its season with gorgeous triple bill of works by Frederick Ashton, including superb debuts and goodbye to a …

Ballet

No time to bow out

A popular misconception finds that dancers, like athletes, peak in their 20s. But as the National Ballet of Canada’s most senior ballerinas prove, <b>Martha Schabas</b> writes, there are benefits that come with age<p>It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the …

Ballet

BBC Radio 3 - Sound of Dance, Sir Frederick Ashton, What made Frederick Ashton the "most musical" of choreographers?

Royal Ballet director Kevin O'Hare and Katie Derham explain Ashton's genius for music and movement, ahead of a revival of The Dream at Covent Garden.<p>Image (courtesy of the Royal Ballet) shows Ashton with Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes in rehearsal for the Royal Ballet's Ondine (1958).

Dance

Royal Ballet’s mixed bill is a mixed bag

An exhilarating two-martini opening, and a meaty, devastating finale, were let down by Christopher Wheeldon’s stodgy ponderings<p>A Covent Garden barfly was scanning her programme during the first interval: ‘Oh yes, the one about the gynaecologist.’ She meant <i>Strapless</i>, of course, an attempt to tell …

Ballet

My Luxe: Lauren Cuthbertson, principal, The Royal Ballet

<i>Lauren Cuthbertson may be disciplined in her quest for dance perfection, but the Royal Ballet principal ballerina has no boundaries when it comes to</i> …

Ballet

A Ballet Renaissance in Bordeaux

A city famous for its wine, Bordeaux has long held the attention of the elite. Once among the most celebrated operatic cities in Europe, it has …

Ballet

BBC Radio 3 - Sound of Dance, Sir Frederick Ashton

Katie Derham presents a new series combining her passions for music and dance in a variety of genres, exploring how music expresses movement, and how the movement expresses the music. She begins with the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, founder choreographer of the Royal Ballet and a hugely …

Ballet