DANCE EUROPE NO. 255 - JUNE/JULY 2021                                                                         SUBSCRIBER LOG IN


ISSUE No. 255




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Sintra Festival

After being absent for a number of years, two ballet galas were included in this year's Sintra Music Festival, held in the gardens of the Palácio de Seteais. This video includes a short interview with artistic director Fernando Duarte, who explains how he and his partner Solange Melo made it happen!

Aya Okumura

The Japanese ballerina, currently dancing with Staatsballett Berlin, shares her story and talks about her recent performances at the Sintra Festival - and how she only arrived just in time...

Making Anemoi

This film by Dancersdiary follows Valentino Zucchetti as he creates his first ballet, Anemoi, for the Royal Opera House main stage and includes a short interview with director Kevin O'Hare. Featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet, the ballet is set to music by Sergey Rachmaninoff and has designs by Jean-Marc Puissant. Anemoi will be streamed live from 9 July - 8 August as part of the Beauty Mixed Programme on

Isaac Hernández

English National Ballet's Mexican lead principal shares his journey from Guadalajara to London via New York, San Francisco and Amsterdam. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar. Complementary article in June/July issue of Dance Europe. 

The Portuguese choreographer shares his story, which began with disco-dancing as a child in South Africa. Developing his choreography alongside his dancing career, he has created over 70 pieces for companies around the world including The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera and San Francisco Ballet. He also runs his own company, Ballo Arthur Pita. 

Emily Suzuki tells her story from her early training, both in Japan and at the English National Ballet School in London, to her career to date with English National Ballet. She has danced the role of the Chosen One in Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring and was an Emerging Dancer finalist in 2020. See  
ダンスヨーロッパ・ジャパン for the Japanese version.

From his dance training at the Conservatoire in Paris, Benoit Swan Pouffer's career as a dancer, choreographer and director has taken him around the world. Currently artistic director of Rambert in London, he tells his story, from Paris to London via New York.

Royal Ballet principal dancer Marcelino Sambé shares his story about his incredible journey from Lisbon to Covent Garden. 

António Casalinho & Margarita Fernandes in the Black Swan coda. Production by Maina Gielgud for Conservatório Internacional de Ballet e Dança Annarella Sanchez.