The Everyday Dancer

In the Everyday Dancer, former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Deborah Bull describes in detail the daily routine of the dance career which is often unknown by the general public. Although the book is not a biography of the dancer, it was written from a personal viewpoint in which she reports her experiences during... Continue Reading →

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Ballo della Regina

 “Ballo” is a very classical ballet at high speed. Virtuosic steps at full throttle; it’s a very joyful happy, uplifting ballet. The music is so full of energy, it gives you oxygen. It’s a wonderful example of Balanchine being more neoclassical and expanding his dance vocabulary." - Merrill Ashley   On 12 June last, the dancers did... Continue Reading →

Johan Kobborg’s Sylphide

"... La Sylphide choreographed by  August Bournoville is one of the most famous ballets of the Romantic era. Johan Kobborg's production is steeped in the greatest traditions of the  Bournonville style and training of which he himself is an expert exponent." - Monica Mason The  Royal Ballet  of London has included one more gem in its repertory this season: La Sylphide. As part... Continue Reading →

Something Essentially English

"There exists in my imagination a life in the country of eternally late spring, a leafy pastorale of perpetual sunshine and the humming of bees—the suspended stillness of a Constable`s landscape of my beloved Suffolk, luminous and calm." - Sir Frederick Ashton This spring, the Royal Opera House has included in its program the unforgettable La Fille Mal... Continue Reading →

This Girl Dances…

"A menina dança sozinha por um momento A menina dança sozinha com o vento, com o ar, com o sonho de olhos imensos… A forma grácil de suas pernas ele é que as plasma, o seu par de ar, de vento, o seu par fantasma… Menina de olhos imensos, tu, agora, paras, mas a mão ainda erguida segura ainda no ar o hástil invisível deste poema!" - Mario... Continue Reading →

When Arts and Politics Meet – The Companhia de Ballet da Cidade de Niterói Close-down

"An artist must bear in mind that he or she is part of his or her country's life. And it is his or her job to provide examples that inspire new vocations"  - Ana Botafogo As usual, I came back home from work and switched my computer on to read the news of the day. I had... Continue Reading →

Off Pointe – An Essay Way Beyond Reality

In 2004, photographer Mary McCartney, held her first public photography exhibition with the Royal Ballet members off the stage entitled“Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of The Royal Ballet After Hours” I had heard about this essay before, but only now I have managed to have access to the photographs and could not resist putting them here. In black and white photography series, Mary's magic lenses managed to capture intimate images capable of portraying the harsh... Continue Reading →

Maria Kochetkova on the Big Screen

Maria Kochetkova, principal dancer of the  San Francisco Ballet, has shot the "Masha, a portrait of Maria Kochetkova" documentary on the progress of her career and her life as a dancer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdfbWErwk0Y The filming team has managed to raise the funds for the completion of the project through the Kickstarter website. According to the amount given, donors... Continue Reading →