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The Chief Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Ballett am Rhein, Martin Schläpfer, has been appointed as the new Director of the Wiener Staatsballett, succeeding Manuel Legris. He will take up this new post in the season 2020/21, with the beginning of Bogdan Roščić's directorship at the Vienna State Opera. Until his move, Martin Schläpfer will continue to lead the Ballett am Rhein together with ballet director Remus Şucheană.
Semperoper Ballett in London
Polarity & Proximity
Following its successful run at Sadler's Wells, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Polarity & Proximity triple bill opens at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 20 June. The programme features revivals of Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Alexander Whitley's Kin., plus a new ballet by George Williamson, Embrace, set to music by Sarah Kirkland Snider. GALLERY of photos from the general rehearsal. More info on tickets HERE.
ENB - Promotions, Joiners and Leavers
English National Ballet has announced promotions, joiners and leavers for the 2018/2019 season
Promotions: James Streeter is promoted to First Soloist: Rina Kanehara (pictured) is promoted to Soloist; Henry Dowden, Sarah Kundi, and Jia Zhang are promoted to First Artist; Fernando Carratalá Coloma is promoted to 4th Year Artist of the Company.
Joiners: Jeffrey Cirio, currently Principal at American Ballet Theater, joins English National Ballet as Lead Principal; from The National Ballet of Canada, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Emma Hawes join the Company as Principal and First Soloist respectively, while remaining as members of The National Ballet of Canada; three Prix de Lausanne prize winners as Artists of the Company this year, Shale Wagman joins from Princess Grace Academy, Miguel Angel Maidana joins from Brussels International Ballet School and Carolyne Galval joins from Itego in Artes Basileu Francal oining as Artists from English National Ballet School are Breanna Foad, Josue Moreno Lagarda, Rentaro Nakaaki and Maria Del Mar Bonet Sans; also joining as Artists are Rebecca Blenkinsopp from the Royal Ballet Schooland Ivana Bueno from Academy Princess Grace.
Leavers: following her sabbatical last season Laurretta Summerscales leaves English National Ballet, remaining Principal at Bayerisches Staatsballett; Junior Soloist Guilherme Menezes leaves to join Royal Danish Ballet following his twin brother, Vitor Menezes, who joined last year; Artist of the Company, Laurent Liotardo, retires at the end of the current season after 15 years with the Company. Laurent will continue to work at English National Ballet as the Company’s Staff Photographer and Filmmaker, and will train as a Pilates teacher.
As previously announced Principal Cesar Corrales leaves to join The Royal Ballet.
Romeo and Juliet
Kathryn Bradney has been elected unanimously as full-time Executive and Artistic Director of the Prix de Lausanne. “We are delighted to appoint Kathryn Bradney and are very happy that we will have her skills, perception and energy to lead this outstanding and much-loved competition into its 48th year of existence. We have every confidence that her vision and leadership will ensure a vibrant future for the Prix,” said Stephane Lagonico, President of the Board. Kathryn Bradney, who has served as interim director since Shelly Power stepped down earlier this year, is a former principal dancer and ballet master from the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and co-founder, with her husband Igor Piovano, of the Igokat Dance Academy. Kathryn Bradney has been a Prix de Lausanne media producer, production manager and a member of the competition’s preselection jury for over 11 years. The next Prix de Lausanne will take place in February 2019.
We are very sad to report that the former Royal Ballet principal dancer Errol Pickford died after a short and sudden illness on 13 June. He was aged 51.
ENB Emerging Dancer 2018
The winner of ENB Emerging Dancer 2018 is Daniel McCormick who performed Le Corsaire pas de deux with Francesca Velicu and also a contemporary solo, Leatherwing Bat choreographed by Trey McIntyre at the competition.
The Sleeping Beauty
English National Ballet is currently performing Kenneth MacMillan's production of The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum until 16 June. GALLERY of photos from the dress rehearsal with Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley.
La Fille mal gardée in Paris
Frederick Ashton’s classic La Fille mal gardée is being revived this summer by the Paris Opera at Palais Garnier from 25 June – 13 July. The role of Lise will be danced by Alice Renavand, Dorothée Gilbert, Léonore Baulac and Myriam Ould-Braham, and Colas by Hugo Marchand, François Alu, Paul Marque and Mathias Heymann