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Ballerina and choreographer Irina Lerman created her new dance film Exiled Hope in response to the covid pandemic. Currently a lead soloist with Atlantic Ballet of Canada, Irina is originally from Russia where she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, before working for seven years at the Mariinsky Ballet with renowned ballet coach Irina Chistyakova…
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The Joffrey Ballet has launched the Joffrey Studio Series, a comprehensive roster of virtual programming — from livestream performances and company rehearsals to pre-recorded conversations — curated by Joffrey artists during the COVID-19 era. Highlights include the world premiere of Bolero, a new 30-minute work by Joffrey Artist Yoshihisa Arai, performed and streamed live from the Joffrey’s Gerald…
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Dutch National Ballet has announced the talented young choreographers Milena Sidorova, Sedrig Verwoert and Wubkje Kuindersma appointed as the new Young Creative Associates. Dutch National Ballet started this initiative in 2017, where talented young choreographers are given the chance to develop, through a three-year association with the company. The Young Creative Associates receive artistic and…
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This Christmas The Royal Ballet will stream its spectacular production of The Nutcracker Reworked on Tuesday 22 December at 7pm (GMT) priced at £16 per household and will be available to view on demand for 30 days until 21 January. What better way to celebrate the festive period than with this much-loved production, streamed into homes around the world for the first time. Royal Ballet Principal…
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The Ritual, created by American Ballet Theatre Soloist Gabe Stone Shayer, will premiere on Sunday, December 13 at 7:30pm, as part of Lincoln Center at Home. Set to Góða Tungl recorded by Samaris, The Ritual represents the last movement of a larger work Shayer choreographed over the summer of 2020. Describing the work, Shayer explained: “The Ritual …
Howdy folks. Just wanted to say a few words from a person who’s never done ballet but has always adored it. You guys, for those who dance, bring that thrill in my life that I’ve always wanted. My dream was to always be a ballet dancer but I never got to accomplish that dream. I love watching performances and I can truly see the passion ballet dancers have on stage. I can go all day listening to classical music used in performances and can envision myself dancing, moving my arms gracefully and other movements. Of course, no one ever talks about the struggles you guys face and the harsh criticism that can bruise you. I thank you all for always bringing a smile to my face and note that your work will never go unnoticed. Keep on dancing and doing what makes you happy and cheering us with your eloquence and passion.submitted by /u/Thin-Resolution832 [link] [comments]
In ballet, choreographic voices typically develop slowly, often following a dancing career. Not so with Liam Scarlett, whose rise was prodigious. At 24 his first Royal Ballet success, Asphodel Meadows, propelled him to international attention. “I’m trying to be the youngest choreographer to do everything,” he said in a 2012 interview, “before it runs out and I’m just – normal.”
He has died aged 35 of undisclosed causes, following the Royal Danish Ballet’s announcement that it had cancelled plans to stage his work on grounds of offensive behaviour. In August 2019 he was suspended by the Royal Ballet following allegations of sexual misconduct with his students, though without any specific circumstances being disclosed, and in March last year the company said that it would no longer work with him.Continue reading...
Profile: The former Royal Ballet artist in residence had a prolific career in British dance and beyond
For a decade Liam Scarlett, who has died aged 35, was a major figure in British and international ballet, in demand by companies around the world. He created a full-length Frankenstein production for the Royal Ballet and was given the great responsibility of mounting its new version of Swan Lake. After allegations of sexual misconduct at the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School, the company severed ties with him; an independent investigation found there were “no matters to pursue” in relation to students.Continue reading...
Tributes paid to choreographer who left Royal Ballet a year ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct
Liam Scarlett, the internationally renowned choreographer, has died at the age of 35, a year after leaving the Royal Ballet amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The cause of death has not been disclosed.Continue reading...
Juggling babies and a job is always difficult – what are the particular pressures for performers and how is the industry taking steps to improve?
Followers of Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson cheer ardently for her Juliet, Manon and Sugar Plum Fairy, but are in raptures about her latest role, as mum to baby Peggy, born in December and already the toast of Instagram. Cuthbertson is one of a flurry of dancers at the Royal who are about to give or have recently given birth, in a serendipitously timed lockdown baby boom.
It’s a long way from the early days of the company, when founder Ninette de Valois set the tone. “‘You’re pregnant darling, goodbye!’ That’s how it was,” says Jeanetta Laurence, a dancer in its touring company in the 1960s and 70s. Even now, she says: “It’s hard to think of another industry where having a baby is so intrusive to the work. I’m in awe and wonder at how they manage it.”
It makes me want to say more, speak more clearly, because time is preciousContinue reading...
Our critic chooses her highlights, recalling inventive lockdown venues and the emotional return of the Royal BalletFilm: Mark Kermode’s 10 best of 2020The Observer critics’ review of 2020 in full
1. RevisorSadler’s Wells, London, March; broadcast on BBC Four in May; available on iPlayerAn astonishing assertion from Crystal Pite and her Kidd Pivot company of the interpretative power of dance; a sinuous version of Gogol that combined lip-syncing to a text and visceral movement that articulated every word. Riveting.
2. Maliphantworks3Coronet, London; FebruaryA reminder, just as theatres closed, of the atmospherics of live action, as Russell Maliphant and his dancers, including his wife, Dana Fouras, in her final performance with the company, wove magical movement under rippling light.Continue reading...
It isn’t unusual to feel reflective at the start of a new year, but as winter 2020 turns into spring 2021, I’m feeling more pensive than I have in recent years. I’ve written before in the pages of Dancing Times about how lucky I am to be living a dancing life that, though adapted, is […]
What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. Could our dance show, which has been an escapist haven during a grim, dark winter, […]
Can we believe we’ve only got one show to go? Sob! Anyhow, this was – understandably – not a vintage semi-final. It feels like the celebs have barely begun, and yet here we are asking them to learn two dances. Overall, this… did not go well. It was basically the weakest outing for everyone except […]
Well, that was a jolly Musicals Week. Although very strange to think it’s already the quarter-finals, when it feels like we’ve only just begun the series. Product of both a shorter Strictly, and time losing all meaning in 2020. I’m both relieved we’re nearly at the end of this year and sad that our sparkly […]
A rather mediocre performance week, with some improvement in scoring, and alas still some glaring biases. However, poor Clara Amfo really doomed herself with an error-strewn jive that was actually marked quite kindly, yet cemented her place in the dance-off. Though I still think she got a raw deal overall this series, we never really […]