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Royal Ballet dancer to auction world’s first ballet NFTs

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She is one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, dazzling audiences with performances at the Bolshoi and the Royal Ballet. Now Natalia Osipova is fusing her centuries-old art form with the latest digital technology. ...

Flouncing out: Australian Ballet stows away the tutu in 2022

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Flipping through the Australian Ballet 2022 season program, you could be forgiven for thinking something was missing. Where are the tutus? Beloved by the many little girls who dream of becoming ballerinas, the great ...

Ex-principal dancer at English National Ballet jailed for abusing students

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A former English National Ballet (ENB) principal dancer who used his “fame and prestige” to sexually abuse young dance students in his care has been jailed for nine years. Yat-Sen Chang, 49, a leading figure on the Br...

Poussin and the Dance review – the greatest frozen ballet in all art

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The scene: a chain of dancers in a glade, Roman tunics fluttering beneath a sky torn between sunlight and fierce darkness. A man leaps, two women twirl, a third opens her arms in elegant arabesque. There is ballet, un...

Northern Ballet: Merlin review – all-action take on the boy wizard

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Drew McOnie’s first full-length ballet, Merlin, is a likable stab at a fantasy drama for a family audience, based on the story of the legendary wizard, with warring kingdoms, spear-fighting, stage magic, a smoke-breat...

Birds of Paradise review – Amazon’s ballet drama is no Black Swan

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Two beautiful, lithe, painfully thin dancers compete for a coveted spot in a ruthless ballet program, come together and apart as two halves of a whole amid drugs, hallucinations and sex until one breaks. You’d be righ...

Leeds mother pleads for help with autistic daughter’s ballet school fees

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Before she was even accepted into one of the country’s most prestigious ballet schools, Constance Bailey’s audition immediately made her feel different. “Everyone else arrived in these really fancy cars – there were a...

Royal Ballet Beauty Mixed Programme review – in the theatre, I would have been sobbing

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As dance shakes out its post-lockdown limbs, one thing is clear: the online sharing of performance is here to stay. It gives companies an opportunity to reach a much wider public than could cram into the theatre on an...

‘It’s about a triumph in the face of struggle’: the enduring power of Bill T Jones’s Aids-era ballet

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The movements in D-Man in the Waters are big and sweeping. Dentro, dancers run, slide or find other graceful ways to hurl themselves across the stage. Il 1989 ballet produced by the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane company dur...

Royal Ballet: Beauty Mixed Programme review – rose petals and a lust for water

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Much as happens with real-life weddings, thanks to Covid, the guest list at Princess Aurora’s nuptials has shrunk. A bubble of dancers went into self isolation in the run-up to the Royal Ballet’s latest opening, meani...

English National Ballet: Solstice review – smitten swans, chiseled abs and thumping techno

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For dance post-lockdown, the gala is in. It’s a Covid-compliant format, uses small groups that can be rehearsed in bubbles, no sets, and is easily digestible for anyone whose attention span has been obliterated by wal...

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Curated by Carlos review – a kick and a promise from Acosta

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“Could we trade tradition for transformation?” asks poet Casey Bailey in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest premiere, City of a Thousand Trades. BRB’s artistic director Carlos Acosta is not about to trash tradition but ...

Northern Ballet: Dangerous Liaisons review – more sedate than seductive

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Name recognition is important for ballet companies: make a ballet of a familiar story, get bums on seats, stay afloat. But that doesn’t mean a known title always makes a good ballet. Northern Ballet’s David Nixon firs...

Royal Ballet: Balanchine and Robbins review – Vadim Muntagirov’s Apollo is simply divine

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George Balanchine’s Apollo is one of the great male roles in ballet. When Balanchine taught it he was apparently more specific than in any other ballet, yet there are still so many ways to play the young god coming of...

British Ballet Charity Gala review – an eye-opening dance extravaganza

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The arts are in a Covid crisis and here’s Darcey Bussell to the rescue, masterminding a fundraiser featuring the UK’s six main ballet companies and two major contemporary ones. It’s not your average gala, in the obvio...

Aidan O’Brien set to run just hot favourite Bolshoi Ballet in the Derby

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Aidan O’Brien, whose stable has become the dominant force this century in the Derby, has made the surprise announcement that he will have just one runner in the Epsom Classic on Saturday. The Ballydoyle trainer is to ...

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