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Men at the Barre
Inside the Royal Ballet

Mike Dixon reviews a new documentary filmed and directed by Richard Macer. Currently on BBC iPlayer. REVIEW

Performances 
in Norway

An innovative project by the Norwegian National Ballet is enabling small groups of dancers to get back on stage. READ THE STORY


Nikisha Fogo

Video interview with Wiener Staatsballett principal Nikisha Fogo, who talks about her training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and subsequently in London at the Royal Ballet School; her career to date working with artistic director Manuel Legris in Vienna; her stress coach diploma; how she copes with dyslexia; and her move to San Francisco Ballet at the start of the new season.


Ballett Zürich

Another good news story - Ballett Zürich is also back in class. Artistic director Christian Spuck shares the positive news in an interview. Read the story HERE.


Dutch National Ballet
Back in Class

Dutch National Ballet has just started to welcome its dancers back in the studio for carefully managed, socially distanced classes. This is been made possible by thanks to the determination of its artistic director to overcome the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic regulations. TED BRANDSEN explains how this has been make possible by likening the needs of professional dancers to Olympic athletes. Read the story HERE


Dancing under Lockdown

Dance students Gregoire Duchevet, Tessa Karle, Elizaveta Kiriakova, Kate Hester, Arianna Crosato Neumann, Eden Kew, Sara McGovern, Eva Sergeenkova, Elizaveta Chertikhina and Mila Nicolussi Caviglia share their stories


May Nagahisa

The Mariinsky Ballet second soloist joined the company in St Petersburg shortly after graduating from the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco in 2017. Since joining the Mariinsky, May has already danced many principal roles including La Sylphide, Giselle, Juliet and Shirin in The Legend of Love. Dance Europe caught up with the young Japanese ballerina at her home near Osaka. Click the photo to read the interview


Ballet under
Lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on dancers, choreographers and directors around the world. This film is a compilation of excerpts from videos made by 26 dancers, choreographers and directors around the world.



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Nationale Opera and Ballet video created by filmmaker Sasho Pramatarov, featuring Marc Daniel van Biemen and dancer Floor Eimers, with new music from Bob Zimmerman.


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At the Mikhailovsky Theatre with
Mikhail Messerer

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.


Xander Parish
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.


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.