Tony Hall, the BBC Director-General, has announced a new strand of arts programming, promising “the strongest commitment to the arts that we’ve made in a generation.” Plans include new arts leadership, coverage of major events, new commissions, collaborations and landmark series.
Dance and Movement Theatre ROZBARK, which performs in Bytom, Poland, will be holding a supplementary audition for male and female dancers with a minimum of three years experience for its production of This is not a love song, choreographed by Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben (pictured).
Tonight, March 19, The Sleeping Beauty will be live screened from the Royal Opera House; Nicola Rayner recalls the live screening of Giselle earlier in the year The Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova joined the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer last year and to say she is loved by critics and audiences is to state […]
A final fitting informal cap to the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival is the Peña Flamenca de Londres‘ celebration of the life and works of Lorca by Sam Quy (who is about to start a new bata de cola course with La Escuela de Baile). Visiting London’s oldest peña feels like coming home and many of the London […]
I jaleo with the best of them and don’t seem to be able stop myself. I even find myself saying “ole” while I’m photographing dancers on the stage. But I surprised even myself when I heard the phrase “tan guapo” (too good-looking) from my own mouth at the end of the photocall with Farruquito (pictured).
It’s about 6pm and while Gala Flamenca enthusiasts meeting friends early are mingling with people in the queue to see the BBC’s Frank Spencer (at the Lilian Baylis Theatre next door) I’ve managed to catch up with Belén Castres (pictured). She’s the person responsible for co-ordination and liaison between the troupes and the host organisations.
Always a safe bet, the Gala attracts those who love flamenco but are hedging their bets, and aficionados who are attracted to the people performing. This year the calibre and variety of styles of dancers and musicians was well balanced. Each performer shared their joy in flamenco, creating a sunny seamless whole.
Featuring a spectacular demonstration from World Professional Ballroom champions Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova (pictured), the Riverside Ball will take place at the Riverside Suite Venue 360 (formerly Vauxhall Recreation Club), Luton, on May 15, from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Given the interesting (but slightly overexposed) picture of Belén Maya and Manuel Liñán (pictured) mirroring each other while wearing bata de colas on the central pages of the Flamenco Festival brochure, I was disappointed that our photocall was two pieces with them dancing separately. I had looked forward to a collaboration: rumour has it that […]
Hosted by same-sex ballroom champions the Sugar Dandies (pictured), a Spanish-themed high tea will take place at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on April 6.
A visceral electronic heartbeat sets the mood as, within writhing mists at the back of the stage a single hand twists and turns as if capturing gossamer wings. The rest of the body emerges, as Ángel Muñoz dressed in black converses in dance with the electrical embodiment of jondo.
Carole Edrich blogs from Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival Back in the early days of the Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, each artist was responsible for his or her own flamenco floor. A few years ago, I learned that the floor belonging to Eva Yerbabuena had been used for the duration of the festival.