Maria Khoreva

Mariinsky Ballet first soloist Maria Khoreva, who is interviewed in the February issue, made her debut in The Nutcracker, partnered by Kimin Kim, on 13 January, and a second debut as the leading ballerina in Balanchine's Diamonds on 26 January, partnered by Xander Parish.


Carlos Acosta. © Johan Persson


Carlos Acosta has been named as the new artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The former Royal Ballet principal dancer will succeed David Bintley, who has directed the company for 24 years, in January 2020. Marion Tait will hold the post of interim director between 31 July 2019, when Bintley leaves, until Acosta takes the helm.


Paris Opera - Léonore Baulac in John Neumeier's La Dame aux camélias. © Emma Kauldhar


John Neumeier’s timeless ballet La Dame aux camélias was first premiered on 4 November 1978 with Marcia Haydée in the title role. Forty years on, the ballet remains highly popular and has already been performed by the Dutch National Ballet and the Paris Opera (reviewed in the January issue) this season, with other performances by Bayerisches Staatsballett (from 10 January), Stuttgart Ballet (from 16 January) and Polish National Ballet (from 27 January) scheduled.