Roslyn Sulcas wrote for the New York Times, Arts Beat:
- National Ballet of Canada part of World Ballet Day (thestar.com)
In a news release, the National Ballet said the streaming for each company will begin with morning classes and move on to rehearsals for upcoming performances in “a celebration of dance, the athleticism and unparalleled dedication of all those involved in creating a world-class ballet company.”
- “I’ve worked on a building site all day, and it’s nothing to this job.” (metafilter.com)
How pointe shoes get made, at Freed’s of London (official shoe makers of the Royal Ballet). Has that whet your appetite? You can try your hand at the Royal Ballet’s company class (or the Bolshoi’s, if that is more your speed). If you never got a chance to take ballet as a kid, be inspired by the adult beginner ballet students of Kathy Mata.The Royal Ballet has put together a history of ballet – from its origins in baroque dance to modern ballet though historical ballerinas Marie Taglioni, Fanny Elssler, Anna Pavolva, Alicia Markova, and Pierina Legnani; and historical choreographers at the court of Louis XIV, Carlo Blasis, Auguste Vestris, August Bournonville, Marius Petipa, and Enrico Cecchetti.
- Two Royal Ballet Dancers to Skip Russian Tour in Protest (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
Two Royal Ballet dancers have decided not to join the Royal Ballet’s upcoming tour to Russia, as a protest against the antigay legislation supported by President Vladimir V. Putin. The company would not name the dancers or give their rank, although The Independent described them as “senior” company members.
But Ashley Woodfield, a spokesman for the Ballet, said that any detail about the dancers was “speculation from The Independent.” The dancers, he said, had talked to the Royal Ballet’s director, Kevin O’Hare, who had agreed to respect their decision.
- San Diego teen off to Royal Ballet School in London (utsandiego.com)
- The Mariinsky Ballet: ‘as exciting as the World Cup’ (telegraph.co.uk)
Last week, I was sitting with a gang of dance lovers in a restaurant late at night, happily discussing different dancers and performance styles; companies in France, the United States and England; works we liked and works we didn’t, when suddenly I realised how much we balletomanes had in common with football fans rating players at the end of the World Cup.
Thanks to Victor and Lilian Hochhauser (about whom you can read in today’s Magazine), the month of August has become Russian dance month in the capital. Last year they brought the Bolshoi to Covent Garden; this year the Mariinsky arrive.
Seeing the Mariinsky, in particular, is like going to the root of ballet. This is the company, formed in the 18th century, where what we now think of as classical ballet was forged. The Paris Opera Ballet may be older, but it was in St Petersburg, not Paris, where Petipa made Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty the cornerstones of the traditional repertory.
- News: Royal Ballet to link up with dance companies for worldwide backstage live stream (thelondonuniversity.com)
- Live Streaming of World Class Ballet on October 1st (dancingwords.typepad.com)
- Tokyo – The Royal Ballet Portraits (paulsmith.co.uk)
- Five Ballet Companies Join for Live Streaming ‘World Ballet Day’ (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)