By Ronnie Rocket, Berlin Inspired by this article in The New York Times, I have compiled a handful of ballet clips featuring some late works by choreographer Merce Cunningham from his “computer” period. Rondo (1996) This dance is in two parts. The first part consists of eight dances: two solos (one for a woman, one… Continue reading A brief video introduction to the late works of Merce Cunningham
Interview with John Neumeier
A wonderful interview with the director of the Hamburg Ballett where he reveals that he actually choreographed all the Mahler symphonies, not only the third!
The Bullfighter and the Ballerina
Curtis Wenzel in Minneapolis just tipped us on this wonderful Kickstarter project: An edition of hand-made books about a ballerina who fell in love with the bullfighter-comedian Cantinflas in Mexico City. “El Toreador y La Bailarina” is a hand-typed, hand-built, hand-bound love story. It’s an artist’s book about the romance between my ballerina mother and… Continue reading The Bullfighter and the Ballerina
The Zurich Ballet’s New Artistic Director Christian Spuck
It’s big news in the ballet world. Christian Spuck, formerly resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet, is the new artistic director of Ballet Zurich. The expectations of his debut production of “Romeo and Juliet” were sky high.
Russian Bolshoi arts director Filin hurt by acid attack
The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, Sergei Filin, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns to his face after a masked man threw acid in his face, police say. The attack happened late on Thursday as Mr Filin, an award-winning ballet star, was walking home in central Moscow. Doctors are now… Continue reading Russian Bolshoi arts director Filin hurt by acid attack
La Péri – Ballet in two acts
Vladimir Malakhov has drawn inspiration from historic lithographs to create a new staging of the romantic ballet LA PÉRI for the Staatsballett Berlin. Like the sylphids, the wilis and all the other unattainable fairy and elfin beings that populated the 19th century ballet stage in great numbers and in many new interpretations, the péris are… Continue reading La Péri – Ballet in two acts
The Open Square by Itzik Galili
Itzik Galili is one of the most active choreographers of his generation. Ever happy to try out new things, he is forever searching for new links to different art forms and intellectual worlds in his projects. One elementary characteristic of his work is the impartiality of style, eluding all definition. In one work he utilises… Continue reading The Open Square by Itzik Galili
2013 Prix de Lausanne Trailer
The 41st annual Prix de Lausanne English trailer.
The Royal Ballet: Leaping beauties caught on camera
The Royal Ballet’s top dancers wear quirky accessories and clothes by young British fashion designers in a new series of unconventional portraits. Marianela Nuñez, who makes her debut in Onegin this month, has been captured as if in a Biba advert, wearing a head-piece and bejewelled outfit. And Sergei Polunin who dramatically walked out of… Continue reading The Royal Ballet: Leaping beauties caught on camera
Rudolf Nureyev gala at the Paris Opera
Twenty years after his death, Rudolf Nureyev’s legacy still lights up the world of ballet as brilliantly as the flamboyant performances which once illuminated the greatest stages. “As long as they are putting on my ballets, I will live on,” Brigitte Lefevre, dance director of the Paris Opera, recalls Nureyev saying in the years before… Continue reading Rudolf Nureyev gala at the Paris Opera