REVIEW: English National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ – London Coliseum, December 2013

 

Christmas is a time for magic and nothing is more magical than a trip to the ballet so I seized the opportunity to see English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.

 

With a plethora of pantomimes on offer at the moment, those seeking alternative festive fare should pirouette their way to the capital to see English National Ballet’s stylish Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Currently captivating audience members of all ages, this is the perfect seasonal show for the whole family.

Former Artistic Director Wayne Eagling’s interpretation of the timeless classic is set in a frost-covered Edwardian London winter, on an enchanted Christmas Eve.

Anticipation is in the air as Clara and her brother Freddie prepare for their family’s Christmas party. The Christmassy scene is set with some clever ice skating and the children attending the matinee performance are transfixed from this point on.

 

English National Ballet's Nutcracker at the London Coliseum (photo by Guy Farrow and Patrick Baldwin)

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum (photography by Guy Farrow and Patrick Baldwin)

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REVIEW: Lights, camera, action: Dancing from stage to screen as Royal Opera House brings Royal Ballet LIVE: ‘The Nutcracker’ to cinemas all over the world – Thursday 12th December 2013

 

The Royal Ballet perform The Nutcracker.

Part of the Royal Opera House LIVE Season 2013/14 – Cineworld, Milton Keynes, Thursday 12th December 2013

 

Festive favourite The Nutcracker is a traditional part of the repertoire of The Royal Ballet, performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. This enchanting and enduring ballet epitomises the spirit and imagination of Christmas and is the ideal introduction to classical ballet (for children and adults alike).

Choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet was first seen in Covent Garden in 1984 and, after some tweaking in 1999, remains a must-see version. Set on Christmas Eve, the ballet features a big family party, toys that magically come to life, glittering snowflakes and a kingdom of sweets – making it the perfect seasonal story.

Unsurprisingly, tickets for this season’s run of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House have long sold out. However, veteran balletomanes and curious newcomers alike were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmassy ballet last night at cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema series.

 

The Royal Ballet. The Nutcracker. Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli (as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) in 'The Nutcracker' (photo by Tristram Kenton, ROH, 2013).

STUNNING: Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli (as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) in ‘The Nutcracker’ (photo by Tristram Kenton, ROH, 2013)

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REVIEW: Panto Perfection with ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2013

 

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, off to Panto-land we go with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

 

Seven diamond-mining dwarfs and a handsome prince battle to save a beautiful princess from the tyranny of her jealous stepmother in this year’s seasonal spectacular at Milton Keynes Theatre. The timeless fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is brought to life with charismatic characters, toe-tapping song and dance numbers and stunning sets – plus plenty of comedy.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2013 pantomime. The Magical Book of Panto and a Magic Wand.

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REVIEW: The Perfect Gift – charming products from Ballet Papier will delight dance devotees of all ages, whatever the occasion

 

Ballet Papier: From one dancer to another…

Georgina Butler introduces ballet fans to an exquisite e-boutique

 

Ballet Papier is the brand ballet lovers have been waiting for.

Unique and beautiful ballet-themed products can be difficult to find – particularly if the intended recipient is not a child. Insufficient attention to detail can render an otherwise attractive image or ornament undesirable to ballet fans with a keen eye for technique and an unwavering demand for positions to be illustrated in the correct way.

To be a great dancer takes knowledge, dedication, passion and immeasurable talent – and great artists require the same traits. Fortunately, the Ballet Papier range by Berenice Bercelli incorporates artistic flair and careful consideration of dance context to ensure charming, distinctive pieces.

 

Ballet Papier. Swan Lake outlet package. Ballet-themed products from Barcelona.

Ballet Papier goodies: My Swan Lake Outlet Package (T-Shirt of my choosing with a surprise notebook and surprise greeting card)

 

Berenice Bercelli is a Barcelona-based decorative arts brand created by artist María La Placa (an Italian artist now living in Spain).

The trade name encompasses several collections, including Ballet Papier’s beautiful ballerinas, magical fairies (Friendly Fairy), divine angels (Angel Dorado) and much more.

Having discovered the Ballet Papier range, I was drawn to the intricately detailed characters, which take inspiration from the best-loved narrative ballets (including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty). Pieces also feature designs showing characters in dance class (complete with uplifting messages of encouragement) and The Dance Kingdom drawings capture iconic routines from the current series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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REVIEW: Cloud Dance Festival: “Showtime” – Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, Friday 15th November 2013

 

SHOWTIME: AN INSPIRING EVENING SHOWCASING EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS.

 

Fresh. New. Talented. Evolving. Emerging. Whatever buzzword you opt for, Cloud Dance Festival’s opening Showtime line-up encompassed the most innovative up-and-coming new works from the world of contemporary dance.

Cloud Dance Festival (CDF) was founded in 2007 by Chantal Guevara to provide a platform for the ground-breaking choreographers and dance companies of the future. Showtime, held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, North London, is CDF’s first festival funded by Arts Council England.

Themes of the festival centred on striving to improve, finding your own path and being true to yourself. All while also developing as a young creative (whether a dancer, choreographer, dance writer, photographer or videographer).

 

Cloud Dance Festival: Showtime. Jo Meredith photographed by Mikah Smillie.

Choreographer Jo Meredith (publicity shot by Mikah Smillie).

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