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Mike Dixon talks with Northern Ballet's premier dancer about his early career in Cuba, his move to Leeds and his future plans. Filmed and produced by Andrej Uspenski and Emma Kauldhar
Maina Gielgud just managed to finish setting her new production of Swan Lake for Cape Town City Ballet before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In this film, she talks about her lifetime connection with the ballet and about the rationale behind her new staging.
A coaching video with Maina Gielgud and Maria Khoreva. Originally entitled Forme et Ligne, Squeaky Door (as it has become known) was created on Maina Gielgud by Maurice Béjart in 1970.
In January 2010, Xander Parish arrived in St Petersburg. Ten years later, with an 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.
Videos by: Gregoire Duchevet, Tessa Karle, Elizaveta Kiriakova, Kate Hester, Arianna Crosato Neumann, Eden Kew, Sara McGovern, Eva Sergeenkova, Elizaveta Chertikhina, Mila Nicolussi Caviglia.
At the Mikhailovsky Theatre
This film goes behind the scenes at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg with Guest Principal 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.
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.
Shale Wagman made history in July 2019 when he performed James in La Sylphide with the Mariinsky Ballet in St Petersburg - the youngest dancer to be invited to dance a principal role as a guest artist with the company.
Video interview with Bolshoi Ballet first soloist Igor Tsvirko shot during the company's season at the Royal Opera House in London in 2019. Filmed and produced by Emma Kauldhar and Andrej Uspenski.
Who is Siegfried?
Mariinsky Ballet principal Xander Parish talks about his interpretation of the princely role in Swan Lake.
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 Ksenia Ovsyanick, Valentino Zucchetti, Eireen Evrard, Liam Morris, Agnes Su, Brandon Lawrence, Hannah Bateman, Ernst Meisner, Mara Galeazzi, Victor Caixeta, Amy Hollingsworth, Shale Wagman, Tamas Detrich, Javier Torres, Daria Klimentová, Maria Khoreva, Aiden O’Brien, Katherine Higgins, Linnar Looris, Jan Spunda, Madeleine Onne, Andrew Peasgood, Carlos Pons Guerra, Xander Parish, Thiago Soares and Emma Mardegan.
Mario Sergio Elías
A short film featuring the Cuban dancer, Mario Sergio Elías, who dances with Acosta Danza and performed with the company at Sadler's Wells last summer.
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.
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 and her move to San Francisco Ballet at the start of the new season.