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Friday 13 April 2012
Tamara Rojo is to make the grand jeté fromleading lady to artistic director with the announcement that the Spanish ballerina has been appointed to turn around the fortunes of the under pressure English National Ballet (ENB).
Friday 30 March 2012
Mark Ronson, most famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, has co-created a new dance piece at the Royal Opera. He tells Elisa Bray what attracted him to it
Thursday 15 March 2012
The author of the bestselling novel The Time Traveller's Wife is to write a new work for the Royal Ballet next season.
Monday 12 March 2012
From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell
Sunday 05 February 2012
With dazzling effects, the show goes on without Polunin the wonder boy
Wednesday 11 January 2012
Juliet is one of the most coveted roles at the Royal Ballet. Melissa Hamilton, a light, fleet soloist with a sweeping sense of movement, made a promising debut. She's still feeling her way into the drama of Kenneth MacMillan's ballet, with her most touching moments coming through the dancing. When Hamilton arches back over her Romeo's arm, her lavish backbend gives the moment eagerness and ardour.
Thursday 30 June 2011
One can only hope that the ill wind which strips away the cherry blossom at the close of Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s feeble 2003 production of Madama Butterfly might soon carry off the entire staging.
Friday 03 June 2011
The final programme of the Royal Ballet season goes from the tutu'd geometries of Ashton's Scènes de Ballet to MacMillan's stomping The Rite of Spring. Glen Tetley's Voluntaries sits heavily in the middle of this Stravinsky sandwich.
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Less is more: in James MacMillan's music, every note counts. And never more so than in Clemency, the Scottish composer's brand-new chamber opera, which packs questions powerful, emotional, philosophical and religious into just 45 minutes. With his regular librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and the director Katie Mitchell, MacMillan has created a terrifically intense, focused and inspired musical work on a thought-provoking parable, updated to the present day.
Monday 25 April 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
With The Royal Ballet Creates..., choreographer Kristen McNally held choreographic workshops in the middle of a busy shop. She, and five dancers from The Royal Ballet, worked on a dance to a Kanye West song, incorporating suggestions from the audience at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. It's a nice way of drawing a new audience into the creative process, even if the attempts to include the sponsor Apple's technology seem a bit strained.
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