2013 marks 75 years since the birth of Rudolf Nureyev, twenty since his death. English National Ballet’s new triple bill pays tribute to one of ballet’s greatest stars, and to the range of his career, which stretched from classicism of his Russian schooling to the new and older ballets he discovered on defecting to the west. ENB’s tribute is wide in scope but patchy in execution.
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Tamara Rojo: The ballet-dancer-turned-artistic-director on her burst appendix, the Bolshoi acid attack and elitism
Sunday 21 July 2013
I was hooked on ballet from an early age I was five, watching a class all dressed in pale-pink led by a thin, beautiful teacher dressed in burgundy. She was so different from the other teachers at my school, who were nuns. My parents didn't want me to do ballet, so I insisted until they gave up: I used crying and all the manipulative tricks little kids have.
Wednesday 13 February 2013
Return of the prodigals: The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill is a celebration of choreographer Frederick Ashton, but the news of the evening is Sergei Polunin with Tamara Rojo in Marguerite and Armand.
Saturday 10 November 2012
"It’s about finding your own identity.” It can’t be easy living in the shadow of his famous uncle, Carlos, who helped get him into the Cuban National Ballet School, aged 10, and with whom he shares a striking resemblance.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Children will be denied the chance to pursue careers in dance, music and theatre because Michael Gove's new English Baccalaureate Certificate will exclude arts courses, the head of Sadler's Wells has warned.
Thursday 05 July 2012
New English Ballet Theatre is an idealistic venture, a showcase company for young dancers and aspiring choreographers. It has influential patrons, including ballerinas Darcey Bussell and Marianela Nuñez, and a commitment to live music and new design. Synergies, NEBT’s debut programme, had some lively dancing and good music, but too much thin choreography.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Is ballet a sport? Of course it’s not, in the competitive sense, although the physicality and athleticism on the bill for Dance GB, a three-way collaboration between Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics, would surely impress any national selectors.
Monday 04 June 2012
The baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud was remarkably versatile, encompassing lieder and opera from Gilbert and Sullivan to Wagner and Richard Strauss.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
Ivan Putrov’s Men In Motion suffers from the law of diminishing returns.
Tuesday 28 February 2012
A floating opera written by Monty Python star Terry Jones and impromptu Shakespeare recitals on the Tube by award-winning actor Mark Rylance are among the cultural events that will run alongside the Olympics in London this summer.
Thursday 02 February 2012
Ukrainian who quit Royal Ballet faces uncertain future after losing right to dance in Britain
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