"Rudolf Nureyev" tag
Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio in Cinderella.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

Boston Ballet – Cinderella – Boston

Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is one of the great ballets of the 20th century and a triumph of his career.

John Craxton, 1997.Photograph by Matthew Thomas, © estate of John Craxton.

John Craxton Exhibition – Cambridge

John Craxton, the celebrated designer of Frederick Ashton’s Daphnis and Chloe, is the subject of an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge…

Junor Souza as Ali in Le Corsaire.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Le Corsaire – London

Anna-Marie Holmes’s latest staging of Le Corsaire has proved to be a triumph for English National Ballet…

Never Far from Dancing book cover.© Routledge. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Never Far from Dancing, Ballet artists in new roles by Barbara Newman

While some of the views expressed may not chime with your own, the fascination of this book is to understand how contentious maintaining and developing ballet as vibrant theatre often is.

Robert Helpmann offstage. Courtesy and © The Royal Ballet School Collections, White Lodge Museum. (Click image for larger version)

The Many Faces of Robert Helpmann Symposium – London

Eighty years after Robert Helpmann left Australia and joined the Sadler’s Wells Ballet company, a Royal Ballet School symposium celebrated his achievements as a man of the theatre.

Rudolf Nureyev, La Bayadère, Kingdom of the Shades Act, Palais Garnier, 1974.© André Chino. (Click image for larger version)

The Nureyev Collection – Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie – Moulins

The triumph of the Nureyev collection at CNCS Moulins is to make the many facets of his profligately talented, maddening personality so vividly alive still.

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (Acosta production) – London

It’s especially challenging for the Royal Ballet, whose repertoire and style are built on the subtle understatement of Frederick Ashton and the deep psychological explorations of Kenneth MacMillan: hot-blooded Latin exuberance is not really their thing…

Luke Ahmet in Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire for Scottish Ballet’s Dance Odysseys.© Andrew Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Pierrot Lunaire (part of Dance Odysseys) – Edinburgh

In my book nobody has ever truly rivalled Christopher Bruce in the role, either for pathos or style, but Luke Ahmet came close.

Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev together with Angelina Vorontsova and the company in The Flames of Paris.© Stas Levshin, courtesy the Mikhailovsky Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – The Flames of Paris – St. Petersburg

There is a lack of egotism to Messerer’s work that is immensely appealing, too: unlike Nureyev or Grigorovitch, he never appears to be coercing the music or the steps into fitting his idiosyncratic vision.

Shevelle Dynott and Nancy Osbaldeston in Petrushka.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev – London

The Tribute bill is a well-chosen one… The season has been so short that the dancers haven’t had time to grow into their roles. They look as though they’re remembering instructions rather than relishing the ballets.

Tamara Rojo in Raymonda act3.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev (Rojo lead)

20 pictures by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Esteban Berlanga and Vadim Muntagirov in Maurice Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer.© Dave Morgan (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet – Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev (Klimentova/Muntagirov)

20 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Noureev & Friends Gala poster.© Noureev & Friends. (Click image for larger version)

Noureev & Friends Gala – Paris

Graham Watts was at the Palais Des Congres for us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s birth…

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PRESS RELEASE: New Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet School announced

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Powney to the new post of Artistic Director Designate. Christopher will take up his position in April 2014.

Slava Samodurov, surrounded by his company after their Five Tangos premiere.© Sergei Gutnik. (Click image for larger version)

Slava Samodurov: bringing Yekaterinburg Ballet in from the cold

Graham Watts braved 21 hours of flights and missed connections just to spend a night at the Yekaterinburg Opera House followed by a meeting with its new(ish) Director of Ballet, Slava Samodurov, a former Principal at The Royal Ballet…

Book cover - Daria Klimentova: Agony and Ecstasy My Life in Dance.© Metro Books. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Daria Klimentova – Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance

“Vadim was the first partner to make me feel like I was 16, even though I was approaching 40 when we first danced together.”

Nicolas Le Riche and Tamara Rojo in Le jeune homme et la mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Ecstasy and Death bill – London

Rojo has declared that her ambition as artistic director of ENB is to make audiences hold their breath. I certainly did during Le Jeune Homme et la Mort…

Nadia Nerina as The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty (1951) and Isabel Rawsthorne.© Roger Wood (NN), courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Nadia Nerina and Isabel Rawsthorne exhibitions at the Royal Opera House

Rawsthorne was painted by André Derain and Pablo Picasso, and later by Francis Bacon. She was the inspiration for Alberto Giacometti’s etiolated sculptures of walking figures…

Natalia Osipova in Laurencia (from her 2012 Mikhailovsky debut).© The Mikhailovsky Theatre. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhailovsky Ballet – Laurencia with Osipova and Vasiliev – London

When the Mikhailovsky Ballet first brought this production to London in 2010, Laurencia seemed a creakily old-fashioned Soviet drambalet. Now, with Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev as the leads, it sparkles with fun, melodrama and commitment…

ENB logo (©) and cover for the piano reduction of excerpts from Adolphe Adam's Le Corsaire score from 1856. (From Wikipedia)

English National Ballet to Premiere Le Corsaire – Autumn 2013

English National Ballet will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013. English National Ballet will be the first UK company to perform the complete work…

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