Monthly Archives: May 2011

The joys and horrors of naked dancing

There’s a very funny story in The Guardian this week by Judith Mackrell on naked dancing. The hook for the

A Pirouette to Eternity

One of the pleasures of being in London this spring was meeting Trader Faulkner, the Australian actor, author, former flamenco

When Fonteyn and BQ called on E.O. Hoppé

Margot Fonteyn was 16 when she visited the London studio of Emil Otto Hoppé. The year was 1935, and by

Diaghilev and death in Venice

Diaghilev found the right city for his death. Venice is theatre with its palazzi along the Grand Canal representing the

A gala for Galina

London’s Russian community was out in force on Sunday night at the Coliseum for the sixth annual gala under the

Fireworks and a fast ride

On paper, the highlight of the Royal Ballet’s new triple bill seemed sure to be Wayne McGregor’s premiere for the

Power play at the Dutch National Ballet

For the opening night of the Dutch National Ballet’s brief London season at Sadlers Wells, the artistic director, Ted Brandsen

Olga Spessivtseva – new light on her tragic life

Of all the 20th century ballerinas, the Russian dancer, Olga Spessivtseva intrigues and interests me the most. She followed in

British ballet at its best – and one from the museum

Two out of three fizzed like flutes of the best champagne. The third was, well, vintage of another kind. The

New York City Ballet update

The dispute between the dancers and management at New York City Ballet has been resolved with a compromise. Under a