Author Archives: valerie

The dancer as brand ambassador, then and now

“So famous she has no time to eat”. Could the ballerina, Alicia Markova really have given her blessing to an

Vale Bryan Lawrence, the English dancer handpicked for the Australian Ballet by Peggy van Praagh and Robert Helpmann

When Bryan Lawrence was a ballet student training in London, he once jumped so high that he felt “wonderful –

The Royal Ballet in Brisbane

The much-anticipated Royal Ballet tour to Australia has ended after an 11-day season in Brisbane. The two ballets received rapturous

Kevin O’Hare on the first Royal Ballet tour to Australia in 15 years and his own mantra: “Creating the classics of the 21st century”

At the end of this month the Royal Ballet will take up residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in

From Warsaw to Dunedin, the unfortunate life of Thadee Slavinsky

Maybe it’s because he died in Dunedin, New Zealand – where I was born – or maybe it’s because he

“Isn’t this the most fantastic thing?” How Kristian Fredrikson’s greatest wish came true

Kristian Fredrikson fell in love with the ballet, Nutcracker, and the music of Tchaikovsky when the Borovansky Ballet toured to

Life on the moon and down in the underground

The double ‘o’ in the titles of Full Moon and Ocho is the only element that unites Sydney Dance Company’s

Marie Taglioni: The private and public life of a ballet legend, told in the words of the dancer, Jodi Rose

The tag line of The Sylph says it all: “Immortality has a price tag”. This new play written by Jodi

Three tales of endurance: Inside stories, luxurious squandering & the Aussie Ballet braves

If Wayne McGregor’s mind could be tracked by GPS, the route might take us from a science lab, to a

Anna Pavlova springs to life once more in her only performance on film

Thanks to the Library of Congress, audiences can see clear footage of Anna Pavlova on film. Last year the library