• RB 2010-11 Period 1 casting
• William Bracewell wins YAGP
• RBS Ursula Moreton Awards
• RB 2010-11 dates
• The BA and Draft Works
• Young British Dancer of the Year 2010
Conference: Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist
• RB schedule 2010-11
• Mara Galeazzi in conversation
• RBS graduate contracts 2011
• RB dancers at Lagrasse gala
• Ashton: Step-by-step guide
• RB in Critics's Circle Awards
• BRB in South Bank Show Awards



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news: Jan - Apr 2010

April 12, 2010

Royal Ballet 2010-2011 Period 1 casting
Cojocaru, Kobborg, Takada, McRae, Gartside (Sept 30; Oct 9, 25)
Marquez, Soares, Choe, Stepanek, Whitehead (Oct 2, 12)
Morera, Bonelli, Hamilton, Polunin, Avis (Oct 5, 8)
Galeazzi, Makhateli, Crawford, Hristov, Hirano (Oct 6, 13, 20)

Mixed bill:
La Valse
Cuthbertson, Kobayashi, Crawford, Kish, Hirano, Avis (Oct 15, 22, 30)
Filpi, McNally, Chapman, Gartside, Whitehead, Stepanek (Oct 16, 18, 28)
New Brandstrup (Invitus Invitam)

Benjamin, Watson (all dates)
Winter Dreams
Nuñez, Acosta, Morera, Galeazzi, Cope (Oct 15, 30)
Lamb, Soares, Marquez, Galeazzi/Mendizabal, Gartside (Oct 18, 22)
Rojo, Kish, Morera, Mendizabal/Galeazzi, Cope (Oct 16, 28)
Theme and Variations
Rojo, Polunin (Oct 15, 30)
Lamb, McRae (Oct 16, 28)
Nuñez, Kish (Oct 18, 22)


Nuñez, Pennefather, Avis (Nov 3, 12; Dec 1)
Cuthbertson, Polunin, Whitehead (Nov 6, 15)
Lamb, Bonelli, Gartside (Nov 9, 19)
Yanowsky, Makhateli, Soares (Nov 10, 26)


Nuñez, Pennefather (Nov 20, 24)
Marquez, McRae (Dec 2, 28)
Rojo, Côté* (Dec 3, 9, 13)
Choe, Polunin (Nov 27; Dec 17)
Cuthbertson, Bonelli (Dec 21, 29)
* Guillaume Côté is a guest artist from the National Ballet of Canada

More details in this ROH press release
n.b. all casting is subject to change so please check with the Royal Opera House website

March 31, 2010
William Bracewell wins Youth America Grand Prix 2010
Royal Ballet School student William Bracewell, a previous winner of the Young British Dancer of the Year competition in 2008, has been awarded the Grand Prix in the YAGP. William was recently offered a contract by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Claudia Dean also of the RBS was among the top 12 women. Full list of prizewinners

BracewellWilliam Bracewell, 2010 YAGP Grand Prix Winner with Gailene Stock and Gary Norman, Senior Ballet Teacher, RBS. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey RW Smith, Board Director, YAGP & The Royal Ballet School

March 27, 2010
Royal Ballet School, Ursula Moreton Choreographic Awards
The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award was established in 1973. It is held annually and is organised by second year students as part of their BTEC National Award in Arts Management, guided by choreography teachers Jennifer Jackson and Kate Flatt. This year the competition was judged by Dame Monica Mason, Cathy Marston (Director, Bern Ballet, a previous winner herself) and Music Director Barry Perez. The results were:
1st: Sean Bates with Symbiosis, music by Sigur Ros
2nd: Sebastian Goffin with Oneiros - A Personification of Dreams, music by Joby Talbot
3rd: Ileana Riveron with Chronicle of the Heart, music by Sophie Solomon


March 26, 2010
Royal Ballet 2010-2011 season, performance dates now available
Full details of next season's performance dates can be found in this ROH press release. (It is in pdf format so requires Adobe Reader.)

March 25, 2010
The Ballet Association's support for the Royal Ballet's Draft Works
Every year we support young choreographers by donating £500 towards their work and this was the case in regard to the Draft Works programme performed in the Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House on February 17 and 18. There were 10 pieces on display of which the choreographers were Romany Pajdak, Ludovic Ondiviela, Ernst Meisner, Laïla Diallo, Tamara Rojo, Erico Montes, Kristen McNally, Samantha Raine, Nathalie Harrison and Liam Scarlett.

Kevin O’Hare, Administrative Director of The Royal Ballet wrote: ‘I just wanted to say thank you again to the Ballet Association for the cheque for £500 towards Draft Works. We very much appreciate your continuing support which enables The Royal Ballet’s new talent to express and develop themselves through their choreographic works.’

A Silent Way
Draft Works 2010: Claire Calvert and Ryoichi Hirano in Romany Pajdak's A Silent Way.
 Photo © Andrej Uspenski

March 14, 2010
Young British Dancer of the Year 2010
The final of the Young British Dancer of the Year competition was held at the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House on March 13. First prize was awarded to Francesca Hayward who danced solos from Giselle and Nutcracker, second was Anna Rose O'Sullivan and third was Bruno Micchiardi. The Sibley-Dowell award for promising student went to Dominic Whitbrook. Sean Bates and Roseanna Leney received commendations. Whilst awaiting the results of the judging the audience was entertained by students from the Royal Ballet School, Tring Park for the Performing Arts, Ballet Central and English National Ballet School.

The judging panel consisted of Federico Bonelli, Wayne Eagling, Monica Mason, David Nixon, Ashley Page, Marguerite Porter and David Wall, chaired by Ivan Liška. Class teacher for the preliminary rounds was Stephen Beagley and the finalists were coached by Laura Morera and Ivan Putrov, Principal dancers with The Royal Ballet. The event was sponsored by Ricki Gail Conway.

YBDY 2010: Roseanna Leney, Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Bruno Micchiardi, Sean Bates, Francesca Hayward and Dominic Whitbrook with Ricki Gail Conway. Photo ©Johan Persson

March 13, 2010
Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist
Conference, April 1-3, 2011

The Royal Ballet School is to host a Conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Dame Ninette de Valois OM, CH, DBE (1898-2001).

Entitled Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist this significant and wide-reaching event will be held over the first weekend of April 2011, opening at the Upper School, Floral Street, Covent Garden on 1-2 April, and concluding on Sunday 3 April at the Lower School, White Lodge, Richmond Park.

The aim of the Conference is to facilitate a rigorous and multi-disciplinary exploration of de Valois’ life and legacy, while promoting a productive exchange between dance practitioners, academics, social historians and cultural commentators, in the context of ballet and the wider theatre.

The Conference Committee will be chaired by Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Collections at the V&A Museum.  Committee members are Prof. Elizabeth Schafer, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway College, London; Dr. Libby Worth, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practice at Royal Holloway College, London; Kevin O’Hare, Administrative Director of The Royal Ballet; Derek Purnell, former Chief Executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet; Jay Jolley, Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet School; Anna Meadmore, Curator of White Lodge Museum and Royal Ballet School Collections.  Communications Adviser, Jim Fletcher.

Demand is expected to be high, so please register your interest in booking for this event as soon as possible by email or by telephone on 020 8392 8440 using the Conference enquiry line, Option 8. The Conference website makes it possible to access regular updates about contributors, events and the development of resources from the Conference proceedings and shows the proposed schedule.

De Valois Conference Administration
The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge
Richmond Park, Surrey TW10 5HR
020 8392 8440 (option 8)
email: conference@royalballetschool.co.uk
web: www.royalballetschool.co.uk/dvconference

March 10, 2010
Royal Ballet schedule for 2010/2011 season

Onegin (Cranko): Sept 30, 2010 till Oct 25 (x10 performances)
La Valse (Ashton) / NEW Invitus Invitam (Brandstrup) / Winter Dreams (MacMillan) / Theme and Variations (Balanchine): Oct 15 till Oct 30 (x6)
Sylvia (Ashton): Nov 3 till Dec 1 (x10)
Cinderella (Ashton): Nov 20 till Dec 31 then April 7, 2011 to May 6 (x24)
NEW Peter and the Wolf (Hart) or Les Patineurs (Ashton) / Tales of Beatrix Potter (Ashton): Dec 14 till Jan 10 (x15)
Giselle: Jan 11 till Feb 19 (x12)
Swan Lake: Jan 22 till April 8 (x19)
NEW Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon): Feb 28 till March 15 (x7)
Rhapsody (Ashton) / Sensorium (Marriott) / Still Life at the Penguin Café (Bintley): March 16 till March 28 (x6)
Manon (MacMillan): April 21 till June 4 (x15)
Ballo della Regina (Balanchine) / NEW Live Fire Exercise (McGregor) / DGV (Wheeldon) - May 13 till May 25 (x6)
Scènes de ballet (Ashton) / Voluntaries (Tetley) / The Rite of Spring (MacMillan): May 28 till June 11 (x7)

* note that in The Rite of Spring the Chosen One is to be performed by male dancers

March 10, 2010
Mara Galeazzi in conversation
The recording from December 2009 of Kevin O'Hare's conversation with Mara has now been posted to the ROH's iTunes U site. Listen via this link (requires iTunes to be installed on your computer).

March 9, 2010
Graduate contracts for Royal Ballet School students
Three students in the graduate year have won contracts with the Royal Ballet companies. Yasmine Naghdi and Sander Blommaert are to join The Royal Ballet and William Bracewell will join Birmingham Royal Ballet. William Bracewell and Yasmine Naghdi are both winners of the Young British Dancer of the Year award. (Details from Royal Ballet School website.)

March 7, 2010
Royal Ballet dancers in French gala this summer
Details of a gala (+ workshops) with dancers from Royal Ballet in the 8th Century Abbey of Lagrasse, Aude, south-east France on July 17 2010 are on the Muse à Muse website. Dancers will include Gary Avis, Yuhui Choe, Lauren Cuthbertson, Mara Galeazzi, Elizabeth Harrod, Steven McRae, Sian Murphy, Marianela Nuñez, Ludovic Ondiviela, Rupert Pennefather, David Pickering, Sergei Polunin, Thiago Soares, Johannes Stepanek, Edward Watson, James Wilkie. The programme includes works by Wayne McGregor, Balanchine, MacMillan, Ashton, Alastair Marriott, Will Tuckett, Steven McRae and Ludovic Ondiviela.

LagrasseAbbey of St Marie d'Orbieu, Lagrasse

March 4, 2010
Step-by-step guide to dance: Frederick Ashton
The latest of Sanjoy Roy's excellent series of Step-by-step guides to dance (with five video clips) is available from the Guardian's website. This time, Sir Frederick Ashton.

January 28, 2010
Awards for Royal Ballet & BRB dancers and choreographers
The 10th Critics' Circle National Dance Awards presentation was held in the Floral Hall at the Royal Opera House on January 21st. The De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to Alexander Grant by Dame Beryl Grey. Leanne Benjamin received the Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer. Outstandng Performance (Classical) awards went to Melissa Hamilton and Sergei Polunin. Wayne McGregor won the award for Best Classical Choreography for his ballet Infra. More details

Elisha Willis and Joseph Caley in E=mc2.
 Photo ©Bill Cooper

On January 26th the final South Bank Show Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London. In the Dance category the winner was David Bintley for his E=mc2 which Birmingham Royal Ballet premiered in November 2009. More details