Tag Archives: Frederick Ashton

The family tree of dancing dolls from de Valois de Ashton to van Praagh

Madame Auriole as Columbine

With news that the Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer, Liam Scarlett, is working on a new production of Swan Lake, I’ve

World Ballet Day companies throw open their studio doors

Sarah Thompson and  Benedicte Bemet, Australian Ballet class

The big difference between World Ballet Day 2015 and the inaugural event last year was the way the five main

Symphonic Variations as seen through the eyes of Wendy Ellis Somes

Ako Kondo, Cristiano Martino, Robyn Hendricks and Amber Scott, Symphonic Variations, the Australian Ballet, photo © Daniel Boud

This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald. With its bomb sites, rubble and rationing, London in 1946

A magic carpet ride through 2015

2015

I would, if I could, take a magic carpet ride to several continents and at least a dozen theatres to

If there’s mice and mirlitons and memories of our first ballet concert, it has to be Christmas

A Christmas Carol, Royal New Zealand Ballet, photographer unknown

At Christmas, we yearn for home or at least the memory of home as it was when we were children.

World Ballet Day: October 1

World Ballet Day

Tomorrow five ballet companies around the world will be live streaming from their studios, first from Australia, then Russia, the

The Australian Ballet’s 2015 season

Amber Scott, The Sleeping Beauty, photo © Justin Ridler

The centerpiece of the Australian Ballet’s 2015 season is a new Sleeping Beauty, directed by the artistic director, David McAllister

Cinderella: a tale best told at a time of war

Tatiana Riabouchinska, Cendrillon, photo © Gordon Anthony

Cinderella’s story can take place in any country and at any time, but in ballet terms, the tale will always

David Wall, the first Lescaut and Rudolf

Lynn Seymour and David Wall in Mayerling, Royal Ballet, 1978, photo © Leslie E. Spatt

David Wall, one of the Royal Ballet’s most acclaimed principal dancers, has died at the age of 67. Born in

Everything old is new again as Li Cunxin launches his artistic directorship with Stevenson’s Cinderella

Meng Ningning as Cinderella arrives at the ball, Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, photo © David Kelly

The Queensland Ballet’s new production of Cinderella begins and ends with two powerful images, the first representing oppression and grief,