Royal Ballet

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

A night at the ballet under the stars plus champagne, dinner, wine and B&B for just £145

Country Life readers can take advantage of a wonderful offer to go the Covent Garden Dance Company's Hatch House ballet in July.<p>Marsha Rodriguez at …

Lifestyle (UK)

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><p>Watching ballet dancers perform, there’s no doubting their gracefulness, …

Ballet

The Best Plays Transferring To London From Broadway

Liisi La Fontaine and the cast of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre<p>The NY-Lon “commute” has been the subject of practically every art form – from TV to film to literature. It also lends itself well to the transfer of art and ideas – exhibitions and plays migrating over the Atlantic. Although the …

The Theatre

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 …

Ballet

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 …

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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

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

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

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 …

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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 …

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Symphonic Dances, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: The choreography is full of activity but lacks weight

The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill starts with two showstoppers, then wanders into aimlessness. Worse, it’s the company’s own new and recent …

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Review: Liam Scarlett’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ Celebrates a Ballerina

LONDON — A vast, cavernous space, dominated by a smoky cone of light. That’s the first image of Liam Scarlett’s new “Symphonic Dances,” an ambitious, large-scale work for the Royal Ballet that opened at the Royal Opera House here on Thursday, sharing a program with William Forsythe’s “The …

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Royal Ballet mixed bill; Rambert review – Liam Scarlett's new ballet was worth the wait

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, London Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances is a fitting centrepiece to a top night at the Royal. And Aletta Collins makes a virtue of repetition<p>A fine and confident <b>Royal Ballet</b> quadruple bill crowned a resonant week of dance in London. The evening opens with William …

Ballet

Royal Ballet mixed bill review – Scarlett and Yanowsky deliver a mesmerising melodrama

Royal Opera House, London A magnificent performance by Zenaida Yanowsky in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances crowns a programme including Balanchine, Forsythe and Wheeldon<p>When Zenaida Yanowsky retires at the end of this season, the Royal Ballet will lose one of its most profoundly intelligent and …

Ballet

Royal Ballet mixed bill review at Royal Opera House, London

This rousing mixed bill from the Royal Ballet opens with William Forsythe’s notoriously demanding work The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.<p>From the …

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Pictures of the Day: 19 May 2017

A craftsmanlike but chilly exercise in diva worship - Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

After a string of <b>narrative misfires</b>, it’s good to see that talented young choreographer <b>Liam Scarlett</b> is at least back on safer, abstract territory. Which is not, however, to say that his new piece isn’t a strange beast.<p>Set to and named after Rachmaninov’s soaring Symphonic Dances, and following …

Ballet

Meet the taxi driver returning to his ballet roots

A Brisbane taxi driver will have the opportunity to return to his ballet roots thanks to a unique community dance workshop.<p>Paul Morewood is one of a …

Ballet

Jewels in the crown of London’s Royal Ballet

Balanchine’s 1967 three-act Jewels is regarded as the first abstract full-length ballet. Emeralds set to Faure pays tribute to France, the birthplace …

Ballet

Mayerling; Material Men Redux – review

Royal Opera House; the Place, London MacMillan’s unsparing story of mayhem and murder at the Austro-Hungarian court is taken to another level by Natalia Osipova<p>The role of Crown Prince Rudolf in <b>Mayerling</b> offers its interpreters one of the greatest dramatic challenges in ballet. The heir to the …

Royal Opera House

Intelligence, nuance and white-hot energy: Royal Ballet’s Mayerling reviewed

Few three-act ballets offer such a wealth of secondary roles and few companies have the strength in depth to cast them<p>A tragic flaw is one thing — every hero should have one — but <i>Mayerling</i>’s Rudolf, a syphilitic drug addict with a mother fixation and a death wish, is a very hard man to love.<p>Kenneth …

Ballet

Alexander Campbell

Inheriting abilities from one’s parents is one of the happy accidents of birth. A remarkable example of inheritance of exceptional abilities from both sides is Alexander Campbell, an Australian principal dancer with the Royal Ballet who will be appearing with that company in Brisbane between 29 …

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