Category: royal ballet

The Mariinsky Ballet has an understanding buil…

The Mariinsky Ballet has an understanding built into its history that to turn a young dancer into a leading dancer, one has to give that dancer stage experience and a lot of coaching.  Of course, not every dancer in the Mariinsky’s corps becomes a principal, but from joining the company, on day one, the artistic staff have already evaluated which dancers have the necessary potential.  Those dancers are assigned to a coach whose job it is to develop that potential and bring them up to the next level.  This doesn’t happen overnight, but with experience and correction the results are honed in on.

During the time I was with the Royal Ballet, dancers were employed to fill a position that needed filling there and then, not so much with a view towards future development.  Young dancers, usually from the Royal Ballet School, were employed for the corps and experienced dancers, often from other companies, as soloists.  There is nothing wrong with that, except that the company became top heavy with more principals and soloists than corps de ballet which meant opportunities were not available.  In the Mariinsky you dance the rep to earn the promotion; in the Royal you got promoted to dance the rep.  I was once told, ‘We can’t promote you because you haven’t danced anything,’ but I wasn’t cast for anything because I was in the corps.

kingdomoftheballerino:

kingdomoftheballerino:

Eric Underwood and Laura Morera in Chroma

mortizjano:

mortizjano:

Matthew Ball in an audition photo, 3rd Year the Royal Ballet Upper School, in 2012 aged 18 – photo by Johan Persson

The Royal Ballet promotions

Matthew Ball to principal!

Thierney Heap, Mayara Magri, Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell to first soloist.

Calvin Richardson to soloist!

Téo Dubreiul and Joseph Sissens to first artist.

aka yay for Matthew, yay for Tierney and Fumi and fucking YES for Calvin!

(However the fact Melissa Hamilton is still not a principal is kind of ridiculous… Not even mentioning Yuhui.)

Wayne Sleep and Lesley Collier performing Tara…

Wayne Sleep and Lesley Collier performing Tarantella (Royal Ballet)

Remembering former Royal Ballet dancer Dame Gi…

Remembering former Royal Ballet dancer Dame Gillian Lynne (1926-2018) — News — Royal Opera House:

The Royal Ballet is deeply saddened at the news of the death of former Royal Ballet dancer Dame Gillian Lynne, at the age of 92.

Iana Salenko – Royal Opera House, London

Iana Salenko – Royal Opera House, London

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thehappyhypocrite: Moira Shearer in Swan Lake,…

thehappyhypocrite:

Moira Shearer in Swan Lake, 1946

Photo by Baron.

intimesgonebyblog:

intimesgonebyblog:

1st March 1949: Princess Elizabeth congratulates Scottish ballerina Moira Shearer after a performance in Edinburgh. Earlier that day the freedom of the city was given to the Duke.

Who’s Going Where (Update #2)

tsiskaridze:

  • Maria Bulanova: Mariinsky
  • Daria Ionova: Mariinsky
  • Anastasia Nuykina: Mariinsky
  • Maria Khoreva: Mariinsky
  • Peter Attikov: Bolshoi (rumoured)
  • Anita Voroshilova: Mariinsky
  • Ervin Zagidullin: Mariinsky
  • Lada Ivanova: Mariinsky
  • Orina Anzai: Mariinsky
  • Davide Loricchio: Royal Ballet
  • Vakhtang Kherheulidze: Mariinsky
  • llya Mogilnikov: Mariinsky
  • Anastasia Demidova: Mariinsky