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Royal Ballet first artist Ashley Dean shares her inspiring story with Dancersdiary in a video interview.
At the Mikhailovsky Theatre with
This film goes behind the scenes at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg with Principal Guest Ballet Master Mikhail Messerer, and follows the company's dancers in class and in rehearsal for Messerer's staging of Laurencia. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.
A short film featuring choreographer Sophie Laplane and Ballet Central dancers Holly Moon-Griffith and Erin King, who talk about Sophie's new ballet, George(ette). Filmed at the Central School of Ballet in London. Music by Philip Feeney.
AMANDA JENNINGS reviews last night's live broadcast from the Mariinsky Theatre with choreography by Ilya Zhivoi, Polina Mitryashina, Maxim Petro, Alina Krasovskaya, Dmitry Pimonov, Maxim Petrov and Alexander Sergeyev. READ HERE This is the last performance the theatre was able to give before announcing its closure due to COVID-19 this morning.
Chloë in St Petersburg
Prix de Lausanne
Gold medal winner Marco Masciari interviewed by Deborah Bull at the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux. Marco studies at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco. A full report on the international ballet competition is published in the March issue.
10 Years in St Petersburg
In January 2010, Xander Parish arrived in St Petersburg having left his secure job with The Royal Ballet for an unknown future with the Mariinsky Ballet. Ten years later, with a honorary doctorate and an OBE, he is a principal dancer with the esteemed Russian ballet company - the first and only British dancer to have achieved this position. In this short film, he shares his thoughts about his amazing journey over the last decade.
Dutch National Ballet
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa talks about her new full-length ballet, Frida, inspired by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The creation will be premiered by Dutch National Ballet on 6 February in Amsterdam. Rehearsal clips feature Maia Makhateli as Frida and Erica Horwood as the Deer. Music by Peter Salem.
Polish National Ballet
A film featuring Poland's leading ballet company, which is based at the magnificent Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa in Warsaw. The company's artistic director, Krzysztof Pastor, talks about his own career as a dancer, choreographer and director, and the film includes short clips of the dancers in class and rehearsal. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar.
A short film featuring some of the talented young dancers who participated in the YAGP semi-finals held at the Teatro Auditori de Sant Cugat in December. A report on the competition will be published in the January 2020 issue of Dance Europe. For more information and list of winners please visit YAGP
Born in Leiria, Portugal, Antonio Casalinho is an outstanding young dancer who has trained at the Academia Annarella since he was 8 years old. This short film includes clips of him in class and also performing James' variations in Maina Gielgud's production of La Sylphide Act II, which the school, under the direction of Annarella Roura Sanchez, presented in October.
Originally entitled Forme et Ligne, Squeaky Door (as it has become known) was created on Maina Gielgud by Maurice Béjart in 1970. The choreography is set to four sections from Pierre Henry’s Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir. Filmed at the National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam, this video shows Gielgud coaching Mariinsky Ballet first soloist Maria Khoreva in the solo.
Bolshoi Ballet first soloist Igor Tsvirko, who impressed audiences with his performances in Spartacus, Don Quixote and The Bright Stream in London this summer, is the subject of Dance Europe's latest video filmed and produced by Emma Kauldhar and Andrej Uspenski.