The Royal Ballet

Say what you will about Nutcracker, but there's something magical about the ballet. The snowflakes falling on the stage, the little girls in the audience falling for tutus and pointe shoes.

 

What's Kevin O'Hare planning to do with The Royal Ballet? A video feature published today by online magazine Crane.tv interviews the new artistic director about his vision for the company. Get a peek inside the Royal's studios, hear O'Hare's plans for the future and watch footage of the dancers performing a number of ballets, including a new Wayne McGregor work. It's like a 3-minute trip to Covent Garden.

The Royal Ballet just announced today that Liam Scarlett has been appointed the company's first-ever artist in residence. The position will allow him to focus solely on creating work for The Royal (his last appearance as a dancer will be in the current run of Swan Lake). He joins resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon as one of three dancemakers who will now be making work on regular basis for The Royal. It's a sign of the company's serious commitment to new ballet choreography.

For an art form dominated by women, there sure are very few female in top positions in ballet. Actually, Richmond Ballet is hosting "The Glass Slipper Ceiling" focusing on the rarity of female artistic directors just this morning. Panelists include Ballet Memphis' Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Cincinnati Ballet's Victoria Morgan, Smuin Ballet's Celia Fushille and Richmond's own Stoner Winslett along with special guest Suzanne Farrell.

Published December 11, 2009
Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in TightsHigh-profile photographer Bruce Weber turns his camera on ballet stud Roberto Bolle in this new book of images. The collection showcases the Italian-born dancer’s stunning facility and captivating presence. Bolle, who has performed with The Royal Ballet, La Scala…more »
Published December 2, 2009
The Royal Ballet's Johan Kobborg on life after Bournonville, his first major staging, and why ballet's darker characters are so appealing.more »
Published November 24, 2009
Sarah Lamb, principal at London’s Royal Ballet, on working hard, striving for greatness and taking a demotion to get there.more »
Published November 23, 2009
Alexandra Ansanelli puts her heart into her quest for artistry at The Royal Ballet.more »
Published November 23, 2009
For Tamara Rojo, artistry and effort go hand in hand.more »
Published November 20, 2009
We’ve all experienced it—a performance so striking that you leave the theater entranced, wishing it didn’t have to end. Each year, dancers all over the country wow us. It might be their dazzling technique, a surprising interpretation or their moving artistry. To wrap up the year, Pointe looked…more »