NEWS: World Ballet Day 2023, 1 November 2023

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2023!

 

Today is World Ballet Day 2023 so it is time to enjoy watching a full day of dance, live-streamed for free from six continents.

The world’s most exciting online ballet event is back for its tenth year! Let’s devote twenty-four hours to being grateful for the art form we love and the fact that leading ballet companies have been providing us with behind-the-scenes access to companies around the globe for a whole decade.

Organised by The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, World Ballet Day 2023 promises to be the biggest celebration yet. The 10-year anniversary programme will give audiences the opportunity to see classes, rehearsals and exclusive footage from more than 60 companies.

 

World Ballet Day 2023. Royal Ballet artist Sumina Sasaki at the barre in ballet class. She is standing on her right leg, with her left leg extended behind in arabesque.

 

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REVIEW: London Children’s Ballet’s ‘Snow White’ – Peacock Theatre, April 2023

 

London Children’s Ballet’s Snow White gives talented young dancers an opportunity to shine and provides enchanting entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

What better way to round off the Easter holidays than to join a 50-strong cast of girls and boys (aged 9 to 16) at London’s Peacock Theatre for a fresh interpretation of a much-loved fairy tale? Performers and audience members alike are delighting in this treat of a production, which incorporates joyous dancing, original music played live by an orchestra, stunning sets and colourful costumes.

Yes, the show is performed by children, with families in mind. But it really is a West End worthy offering. These dancers are sweetly professional to the core. Furthermore, some of the most accomplished and ambitious creatives in the land have teamed up to showcase the youngsters’ skills and enthuse the next generation of dance lovers.

 

Scarlett Monahan as Snow White, Taylor Ticehurst as the King and Harriet Mears as the Queen in London Children's Ballet's Snow White.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2022, 2 November 2022

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2022!

 

Today is World Ballet Day 2022 so it is time to enjoy watching a full day of dance, live-streamed for free from six continents.

The world’s most exciting online ballet event is back for its ninth year! This is going to be the biggest celebration yet as over 60 ballet companies from all over the world will provide rare access to their classes and rehearsals. There will also be engaging discussions, interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives.

Organised by The Australian Ballet and The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day 2022 follows on from the success of last year, which saw over 50 companies take part. The line-up of participating companies includes 14 that are joining in for the very first time this year. As always, the day promises to showcase the very best of ballet by honouring its long history and looking forward to its vibrant future.

Expect to be wowed by ballet’s biggest stars, inspired by the dedication of up-and-coming performers and motivated to get dancing yourself.

 

World Ballet Day 2022. Dancer Anna Rose O'Sullivan captured mid-leap, with her legs stretching in a split. A camera on a tripod is recording the action from the foreground of the photo.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Nureyev Legend and Legacy’ – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, September 2022

 

Ballet superstars light up the stage in Nureyev Legend and Legacy, a tribute gala being performed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London this month.

Soviet-born dancer, choreographer and director Rudolf Nureyev is one of the most recognisable names in ballet. His life story is well known and he has inspired countless male dancers.

He trained at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Leningrad before joining the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet in 1958. His career highlights included a long stint as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet from 1962 until the mid-1970s, as well as famed performances with renowned ballerinas, such as Margot Fonteyn. His televised appearances introduced ballet to millions of people and he established a foundation that still supports promising young dancers today. He also set a new standard as artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, where he nurtured the likes of Sylvie Guillem and commissioned innovative works by visionary choreographers, including William Forsythe.

Nureyev danced with infectious joy and wild abandon, showcasing rapid turns and an explosive jump. He radiated personality and spontaneity, which made him a celebrity beyond dance. He is a legend who left behind a legacy and this gala, which is not associated with any particular anniversary, passionately expresses that dance fans do not need an excuse to celebrate him. We simply must.

 

Francesco Gabriele Frola and Ida Praetorius dancing Flower Festival In Genzano as part of Nureyev Legend and Legacy.

 

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NEWS: Ballet stars will dazzle at ‘Nureyev Legend and Legacy’ gala – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, September 2022

 

A dazzling array of ballet stars will celebrate one of the most influential dancers of all time in Nureyev Legend and Legacy, a glittering gala at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, this month.

Rudolf Nureyev was the virtuoso Soviet-born dancer and choreographer who rebelled against an oppressive regime and fundamentally changed public perception of both ballet and the male ballet dancer. Here in the UK he was best known for his partnership with The Royal Ballet’s Margot Fonteyn. He made his UK debut when she invited him to dance at the 1961 Royal Academy of Dance fundraising gala, which was also held at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

An international cast of 22 world-class dancers will pay homage to Nureyev with five special performances, spread over the 5, 6 and 12 September. The gala programme features nine classical ballet excerpts that represent highlights from his career, all accompanied by live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Essentially, audiences are being given the chance to experience the magic and mastery of Nureyev through a new generation of spectacular dancers. It promises to be an unmissable treat for ballet fans.

 

A black-and-white portrait photograph of legendary ballet dancer and global celebrity Rudolf Nureyev.

 

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