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Araminta Wraith and Nick Shoesmith in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet’s Crucible – From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. The third blog is titled “From scrap board to stage, a dancers perspective” and all about the creation and premiere of Helen Pickett’s “The Crucible”.

The Dancing Under The Southern Skies book cover, featuring Leanne Benjamin, in a photo © Jason Bell.© Australian Scholarly Publishing. (Click image for larger version)

Book – Dancing Under The Southern Skies: A History of Ballet in Australia – by Valerie Lawson

Although Valerie Lawson’s context is wide-ranging, she brings individuals into focus with personal details, shining a spotlight onto their roles in Australian dance history. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from Australian archives, her book gives vivid life to long-gone personalities.

Lucie Mirkova.© Dani Bower Photography. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham’s DanceXchange Launches Ambitious Plans to Support New Artists

Diane Parkes talks to Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at Birmingham’s DanceXchange, about their forward thinking new approaches to artist development including linking with others across the UK to do better for new artists…

Olga Smirnova in Swan Lake.© Damir Yusupov. (Click image for larger version)

The Bolshoi Ballet in London, Summer 2019 – All you need to know (and more!)

The Bolshoi Ballet are in London this summer with Spartacus, Swan Lake, The Bright Stream and Don Quixote. One of the world’s greatest companies, here are Jann Parry’s thoughts on an important visit…

Flyer image, including picture of Theresa Ruth Howard, based on a MoBBallet Instagram post. (Click image for larger version)

ROH Young Talent Festival Symposium on Exposure, Access and Opportunity

The Young Talent Festival at London’s Royal Opera House included an important Symposium, hosted by Theresa Ruth Howard, under the title “Exposure, Access and Opportunity: Exploring the Cultural Barriers to Ballet.” Deborah Weiss with a comprehensive report on a stimulating event…

Bobbi Jene Smith in Mari.© Andrew Ogilvy. (Click image for larger version)

Mari – a film by Georgia Parris, Bobbi Jene Smith and Maxine Doyle

★★★✰✰   Mari sets out to examine the complex relationship between different generations of a family and uses contemporary dance in a sort of parallel world to express an emotional history.

Jelly at the ready for TREMBLE.© Rimbaud Patron. (Click image for larger version)

Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet

Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist, is a DanceTabs guest blogger during the companies 50th anniversary season. This second blog is titled “Scene on Screen: Life behind the lens at Scottish Ballet”

Natalia Osipova in the film Force of Nature Natalia.© Justine Waddell, Asterisk Films. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova Film – A Force of Nature Natalia

★★★★★   This is a superbly made film… It draws a portrait of a supreme artist, a woman with exceptional humility, all sensitively handled with warmth and humour.

Carlos Acosta CBE with Dance Section Charirman Graham Watts (left) and Mark Shenton, President of the Critics Circle.© Peter Hogan. (Click image for larger version)

Carlos Acosta splendidly summed up as he collects his Critics’ Circle Services to the Arts award

I was at the recent Critics’ Circle lunch when Carlos Acosta won his latest award and was struck by Graham Watts citation – it seemed to splendidly sum up Carlos, both the man and his illustrious career… and why exactly we all admire him. BM, Ed.

Feeling the sass on opening night in Glasgow.© Rimbaud Patron. (Click image for larger version)

Blue lips, blue shoes, and toi toi toi’s

A huge welcome to Araminta Wraith, Scottish Ballet soloist and DanceTabs guest blogger during this, the companies 50th anniversary season.

Annette Page in Cinderella.© Roy Round, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Annette Page: Tribute to a Ballerina

This programme celebrated Annette Page’s career with the Royal Ballet and supported the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She died at the age of 84 of MND, a cruel disease for a former dancer and an articulate, witty woman…

Christopher Wheeldon and the BalletBoyz in the studio working on Us.© George Piper. (Click image for larger version)

Pictures Feature – BalletBoyz latest double bill, Them/Us, in the studio & on tour

The BalletBoyz latest double bill features new work by Christopher Wheeldon and a piece devised by the company dancers themselves. We have pictures from the studio and, hot off the press, some final production shots…

Rosas in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s The Six Brandenburg Concertos.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Some Memorable Performances of 2018 – New York

Other years have been more exciting, I think, but this one has had its share of remarkable performances, including a few thrilling ones. Here, in no particular order, are the ones that really stood out, for one reason or another.

Thomas Bieszka in In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2018 – London

Semperoper Ballett Dresden were another new visitor in the summer, with a programme of Forsythe works, some not seen here before. But Forsythe is a theme this year in himself.

Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle in Sylvia on Opus Arte video from Amazon.© Opus Arte. (Click image for larger version)

Close up with Darcey Bussell and Ashton’s Sylvia at the Royal Opera House Cinema Festival

To celebrate 10 year of live relays the Royal Opera House is hosting a Cinema Festival of past works in the newly rebuilt Linbury Studio Theatre. Jann Parry was there for the screening of Ashton’s Sylvia (recorded in 2005) and which included Darcey Bussell reminiscing about dancing the lead role…

Julian Warner and Oliver Zahn in Situation With Doppelganger: Essay Performance.© Nicole Wytyczak. (Click image for larger version)

Hauptaktion at London’s Collisions Festival 2018 – Examing cultural appropriation and Minstrel shows

Thoughtful report about thoughtful work that probes and presents how the dance of yesterday and today borrows and distorts the culture of others. Makes you think!

World Ballet Live - 2 October 2018.

World Ballet Day, 2 October 2018 – an insight into what The Royal Ballet will be doing

Jann Parry talks to The Royal Ballet about what’s happening on World Ballet Day this year and just what it means for some of those involved… Kristen McNally, James Hay and Assistant director Anthoula Syndica-Drummond.

Ariel Fung of the House of Krip.© Fotocad. (Click image for larger version)

Voguing at the Southbank’s Ulimited festival – “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip”

Part lecture and panel discussion, part documentary screening and part performance “Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip” was a good introduction to voguing culture, presented as part of the Southbank’s Unlimited festival and built around the deaf and disabled dancers that form the House of Krip.

Daniel McCormick, Emerging Dancer Competition winner, performing Le Corsaire.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

2018 English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition – performance and results

For the first time, English National Ballet’s competition for its junior members was held in the capacious London Coliseum, where the company has been performing The Sleeping Beauty…

"An Evening with Namron" stage backdrop.© Graham Watts. (Click image for larger version)

An Evening with Namron – From Asphalt to Maple Wood

For around 80 minutes, Namron entertained his audience, largely comprising past and present luminaries of London contemporary dance, with stories and reminiscences, often breaking into movement, before finishing with a brief question & answer session…

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