Monthly Archives: February 2011

Exhibition Review: Colin Jones – Fifty Years at the Ballet; Proud Gallery, Chelsea

Keeping up with the Jones’ Colin Jones, one of Britain’s greatest post-war photojournalists and famous for his pictures of a young unknown band in the Sixties called The Who, actually began his professional career as a dancer with the Royal … Continue reading

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Mixed Bill (Programme One) – American Ballet Theatre: Sadler’s Wells, 3 Feb 2011

If only every night at the ballet was as well thought out as this A very impressive Mixed Bill from one of America’s finest companies including no less than two UK premieres. The first of these, from ABT’s resident choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, … Continue reading

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The Talent – BalletBoyz: Richmond Theatre, 1 Feb 2011

Published 4 Feb 2011: Richmond & Twickenham Times Making dance accessible is the driving force behind Michael Nunn and William Trevitt’s latest BalletBoyz project. Take an open audition, choose 9 young male dancers of different backgrounds and experience, give … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Swan

Down the Swanny Not sure why the BAFTA and Oscar nominations are pouring in; this is a poor movie. Not because it doesn’t show a realistic portrayal of the world of ballet or the life of a dancer (I suspect … Continue reading

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Romeo & Juliet – Moscow City Ballet: Richmond Theatre, 19 Jan 2011

Published 24 Jan 2011: Richmond & Twickenham Times Romeo and Juliet, Moscow City Ballet On January 19th 2011 Richmond Theatre welcomed back the Moscow City Ballet for the first of seven performances, opening with Romeo and Juliet. Renowned for … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Flames of Paris; Bolshoi Ballet, 2010

Who’ll pay for the Flames of Paris? I would. Ignore the first hour or so of this 2010 recording of the updated Soviet propaganda piece (it was one of Stalin’s favourite ballets apparently) unless you like watching lots of people running around in lousy costumes … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty – Vienna Festival Ballet: Chequer Mead, 3 November 2010

PUBLISHED 11 NOV 2010 : EAST GRINSTEAD COURIER & OBSERVER Beauty awoken by ballet troupe On November 3rd  Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, played host to the inexhaustible Vienna Festival Ballet for the first of two performances of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’. The story … Continue reading

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