KENNETH MACMILLAN’S MANON: LESCAUT’S MISTRESS
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1w ago
Why does Lescaut’s Mistress not have a name? Katja Khaniukova and Jeffrey Cirio in Manon. Photo: Laurent Liotardo Since we first started watching Kenneth MacMillan’s 1974 Manon in the late ’70s we have found the role of Lescaut’s Mistress to be an increasingly engaging and fascinating character.     As you will likely know, the Mistress is one of four protagonists, the other three being Manon herself, her Lover Des Grieux, and her Brother Lescaut.  Famously, to aid her preparation for creating the role of the Mistress, Monica Mason read the whole of Abb ..read more
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The 19th Century Canon Now & Then
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8M ago
The 19th Century Canon Now Last summer Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) brought their new production of Marius Petipa’s 1869 Don Quixote to London, after it had premiered four months earlier at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  With the exception of The Nutcracker, which is pretty much obligatory fare for any major ballet company (as discussed in our very first British Ballet Now & Then post, this was the first work from the 19th century ballet canon to have been performed by BRB since Carlos Acosta took over as Artistic Director in January 2020.  The premiere had originally been planned ..read more
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Spotlight on Ukrainian Ballet in the UK
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1y ago
In September 2021 we attended a gala at Sadler’s Wells organised by Putrov Productions to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence and its country’s “rich cultural heritage” (“7 SEP: Ukrainian Ballet Gala”).  Despite the fact that the National Company dates back to the 19th century, this was their very first appearance in the UK, and a spirit of comradeship reigned over the evening as dancers from British ballet companies, international Ukrainian stars, and the Kyiv company shared the stage.  Integral to the notion of independence was the eagerness to innovate: so in ..read more
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Romeo and Juliet On Screen Now & Then
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by britishballetnowandthen
1y ago
Like many of you, no doubt, we were perplexed when the BBC announced at the start of this year that the Royal Ballet would be staging a brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet. For one thing, we had already booked tickets for what we understood to be Kenneth MacMillan’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s 1597 play; for another, why on earth would the Company want to stage a different production? At the premiere in 1965, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev evidently received forty-three curtain calls (“The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet”).  Since then the work has been staged regularly, f ..read more
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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET’S EMERGING DANCER 2022: IN CONVERSATION
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by britishballetnowandthen
1y ago
At British Ballet Now & Then we have been writing posts on English National Ballet’s annual Emerging Dancer Competition since 2018.  To us it seems a really important event.  So often we have enjoyed watching the contestants participate in the competition and then seen them develop into versatile artists.  Winners that come to mind are Aitor Arieta, Dani Mccormick and Julia Conway.  But even participants who do not win any prize seem to gain from the experience.  One dancer who fits this description and shines in so many roles is ..read more
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Spotlight on Tamara Rojo’s Raymonda (2022)
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2y ago
Despite its sumptuous score by Alexander Glazunov, and Marius Petipa’s glorious choreography, the 1898 Raymonda is one of the 19th century classics that has rarely been performed in its entirety by British ballet companies.  Although there is a tradition of staging excerpts from the ballet, generally from the final act wedding celebrations of the eponymous Raymonda, English National Ballet’s announcement of a new full-length production of the ballet came as a surprise to us.   RAYMONDA ( Act III ) ; Donald MacLeary and Svetlana Beriosova ( as Jean de Brienne ..read more
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Watching with British Ballet Now and Then: Akram Khan’s Creature
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by britishballetnowandthen
2y ago
It’s been a long time coming.  After being cancelled in both the spring and the autumn of 2020, Akram Khan’s Creature for English National Ballet has finally arrived on the stage.  In preparation for watching Creature we have familiarised ourselves with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and wracked our brains for memories of studying Georg Bűchner’s 1837 Woyzeck at university.  To our consternation we have discovered that our image of Frankenstein’s Creature was totally askew, being associated in our minds with the horror genre ..read more
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In Conversation: English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2021
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by britishballetnowandthen
2y ago
Emerging Dancer: a celebration This year’s Emerging Dancer was a bit different to the usual event, in that it was a celebration of the competition, performed by past winners of both the Emerging Dancer Award and the People’s Choice Award. The programme was diverse, spanning the Romantic era to new commissions, and produced by James Streeter, First Soloist of English National Ballet, as part of the Dance Leaders of the Future programme. Julia and Rosie watched it on English National Ballet’s YouTube channel. For us it’s really important that Emerging Dancer continues to give opportunities to ch ..read more
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Watching with British Ballet Now & Then: ENB’s Reunion
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by britishballetnowandthen
2y ago
The day has come at last! Monday 17 May 2021, and theatres are reopening, so we are off to Sadler’s Wells to watch English National Ballet’s Reunion—the live performances of the five films created last autumn: Take Five Blues, Senseless Kindness, Laid in Earth, Echoes, and Jolly Folly. And it’s Tamara Rojo’s birthday.  What could be more serendipitous? The day has come at last, and we are excited, but also a bit apprehensive, as if we’re emerging from a bunker where we’ve been sheltering, and we’re not sure of the damage that might await us. Twitter is a ..read more
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Watching with British Ballet Now and Then: English National Ballet’s New Dance Films
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by britishballetnowandthen
2y ago
We are excited.  This year has seen so many performances cancelled, new productions put on hold, new choreographies postponed. And now, over the weeks leading up to Christmas, English National Ballet are releasing five brand new dance films … Take Five Blues Photos: English National Ballet in Take Five Blues, a film by Shaun James Grant, choreographed by Stina Quagebeur © English National Ballet Choreography: Stina Quagebeur Filmmaker: Shaun James Grant On a gloomy, overhung Thursday afternoon we are eager to see some positive signs of hope, even if only on our screens ..read more
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