The London Coliseum will have a busy spring season for dance, with stars and companies including Ivan Putrov, the Kings of the Dance, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Eifman Ballet.
The Art of Displacement is a new exhibition by dance photographer Simon Tomkinson, running at London’s Silverprint Gallery until December 12.
STOP PRESS - Sergei Polunin will also be appearing at the Gala
Anthony Dowell and actor Derek Jacobi will host a gala marking the 40th anniversary of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School (YBSS), held at Sadler’s Wells on September 29.
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Birmingham Royal Ballet, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – May 21, 2013
Birmingham Royal Ballet's "split-tour" nomenclature suggests a glass half empty. Its notion of "south west" is misleading too, extending to the doorstep of London – to High Wycombe. The company – well this half of it – looked fresh and danced with typical verve. In cash tight times, this half-pint tour delves into BRB's back catalogue and economically creates more outings for ballets recently performed. Pint glass full, there were no short measures for the Wycombe audience.
Tamara Nijinsky, the 93-year-old daughter of Vaslav and Romola Nijinsky, is to receive legal recognition for her father’s celebrated ballet, The Rite of Spring, at the centenary performance in Paris this month.
Victoria Marr, first soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be dancing her very last performance with the company, as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, at Birmingham Hippodrome in June.
Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced plans for the 2013–14 season, including the UK premiere of David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas (pictured), rare Frederick Ashton revivals and works by Bintley, John Cranko, George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan. Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome and some tour dates have been confirmed, with more performances to be announced.
After 21 years with The Royal Ballet, Leanne Benjamin will retire in July 2013, at the end of the current season. Her last performance will be on July 10, in A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet at the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo as part of the company’s summer tour. Her final UK performance will be in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, at the Royal Opera House on June 15. She will dance Mary Vetsera – the role in which she made her debut with the company.
The Royal Ballet’s 2013-14 season was announced today. Kevin O’Hare (pictured), the company’s artistic director, introduces the season in conversation with Zoë Anderson. For more from this interview, see the April issue of Dancing Times.
The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2012 were held at The Place on Monday, January 28. Hosted by Gary Avis of The Royal Ballet and KennethTharp of The Place, the awards celebrated a broad spread of dance performances in Britain, from hip hop to narrative ballet. Tharp and Avis opened with a touch of showbiz, dancing on with a flourish. This year’s awards were dedicated to the memory of critics John Percival, Charles Hedges and Freda Pitt.