History rarely supplies plots for full-evening ballets, and with good reason. Dance tends to be strong on feeling, weak on facts. As George Balanchine once drolly observed, ballet has no way of saying “this is my mother-in-law”.
Tony Hall, the new BBC Director-General, has pledged to end a culture of excessive redundancy payments for executives and promised that he will not accept a pay-off if he fails in the post.
The Russian dancer Andrej Uspenski who is a First Artist at the Royal Ballet began taking photographs of his colleagues about two years ago. Now his coffee-table book of photographs, Dancers: Behind the Scenes with the Royal Ballet, which is published next month, gives an insider's view of the Royal Ballet.
Striding on in stilettos or falling out of their clothes, Pina Bausch's women are daring and reckless – until the married couples' waltz
The Pollard review, which is examining a shelved Newsnight report into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations, is to take about a month longer to report than expected.
The BBC has appointed Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - as the new Director General of the corporation.
Recycling is for rubbish. Thrilling new ballet like this is a great leap forward
The Royal Ballet's outgoing director leaves a surprisingly short – and white – company
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.
Classic tale could do with a polish
My parents were... willing to sacrifice a great deal to help me realise my ambition. Obviously there was the financial sacrifice, but it was also to do with being sent to boarding school, the Royal Ballet School, from 11 to 16. From my perspective now, as a parent, I understand how much you have to give up to have a child away from you at that time.
For the Royal Ballet's latest production, the oldest dancer on stage – by several years – is just 20. Rob Sharp reports
Set against a deep ocean blue backdrop, these two dancers from the Royal Ballet look suspended in thin air as they leap in synch to George Balanchine's Symphony in C.
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A dim view of humanity
To those who saw her, Georgina Parkinson was unforgettable in the role of La Garçonne, the enigmatic, androgynous figure who drifts into Bronislava Nijinska's sly and witty modernist classic Les Biches. Nijinska (sister of Vaslav Nijinsky), who created her ballet of manners for Diaghilev, revived it in 1964 for the Royal Ballet. She spent hours patiently coaching Parkinson who, 30 years later, remembered that the ballet was technically hard for her, very stylised, and she didn't have "a burningly great technique".