Shobana Jeyasingh
Bayadère - The Ninth Life
Created by Shobana Jeyasingh, Bayadère - The Ninth Life is inspired by Petipa’s 1877 ballet La Bayadère. Drawing on the original story of the ballet, as well as the first visit of Indian dancers to Europe in 1838, Jeyasingh weaves a many-layered narrative that moves from fact to fantasy.

Performed by Avatâra Ayuso, Richard Causer, Nathan Goodman, Sunbee Han, Noora Kela, Davin King, Emily Pottage, Sooraj Subramaniam and Teerachai Thobumrung, Bayadère - The Ninth Life is at the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH, from 25 - 28 March prior to touring.

Sooraj Subramaniam in Bayadère - The Ninth Life. Photo: Emma Kauldhar.

Stars of Today Meet
the Stars of Tomorrow

The Stars of Today meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala which concludes the Youth America Grand Prix 2015 will feature guest artists from ABT, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, NYCB, Stuttgart Ballet, Teatro Colon and The Royal Ballet. Dancers scheduled to appear at the David H Koch Theater on 16 April include: Isabella Boylston, Paloma Herrera, Calvin Royal III, Olga Smirnova, Vladislav Lantratov, Windy Sand Ensemble, Kimin Kim, Xander Parish, Kristina Shapran, Teresa Reichlen, Zachary Catazaro, Mikhail Kaniskin, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Juan Pablo Ledo, Melissa Hamilton and Ryochi Hirano.

Xander Parish in The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

ENB Emerging Dancer
Jinhao Zhang has been named as the winner of English National Ballet’s 2015 Emerging Dancer Award. Zhang joined ENB last year after graduating from English National Ballet School. The young dancer performed his own choreography, Dying Swan, and also a pas de deux from Don Quixote with fellow nominee Isabelle Brouwers. The competition, held at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall 0n 23 March was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky. The judges were Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, Michael Nunn OBE and William Trevitt OBE (BalletBoyz), Wayne Sleep OBE, Didy Veldman and ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo. Laurretta Summerscales named as the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. The other finalists were: Isabelle Brouwers, Anjuli Hudson, Jeanette Kakareka, Katja Khaniukova, Vitor Menezes and Max Westwell. Before the winners were announced, last year’s joint Emerging Dancer Award winners, Junor Souza and Alison McWhinney, performed a pas de deux from Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land.

Jinhao Zhang in Don Quixote. Photo: Emma Kauldhar.

Contents March 2015
The March issue of Dance Europe features interviews with Benjamin Millepied, the Paris Opera's new director of dance; Northern Ballet principal dancer Tobias Batley; Mayara Magri, the Royal Ballet's young Brazilian dancer (who won the senior Youth America Grand Prix in 2011); and Singapore Dance Theatre's lively Kitri - and mother of twins. Other highlights include the Paris Opera's latest bill with premieres by Pierre Rigal and Millepied; Marianela Nuñez with Thiago Soares and Natalia Osipova with Matthew Golding (pictured on the front cover) in John Cranko's Onegin; Royal Ballet Flanders in Don Quixote and Dutch National Ballet's sparkling performances in Balanchine's Jewels. Mike Dixon reviews Mikhail Messerer's Flames of Paris for the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Xander Parish's debut as Prince Désiré with the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg, while Wendy Perron writes on the Mariinsky's New York season. AVAILABLE ONLINE
Xander Parish
Russian Prince

Xander Parish – Russian Prince tells the extraordinary story of the former Royal Ballet dancer whose exceptional talent was spotted by Yuri Fateyev, artistic director of the legendary St Petersburg company. The publication records Parish’s debut performances in key roles, including Albrecht, Romeo, Apollo, Siegfried and Aminta in St Petersburg. The new publication is a collaboration by Mike Dixon and Emma Kauldhar. Available from the ROH Shop, Paris Opera Boutique, Amazon or online at


Martha Leebolt and Giuliano Contadini GALLERY



Dutch National Ballet in Balanchine's Rubies PHOTO GALLERY



Natalia Osipova and Bennet Gartside in Cranko's Onegin GALLERY



Northern Ballet in The Great Gatsby GALLERY