• Royal Ballet 2011/2012 Period 1 casting
Royal Ballet 2011/2012 schedule
• BRB - Birmingham 2011/2012 performance schedule
Richard Farley - A Life in Dance
• Royal Ballet School in New York
• Mara Galeazzi's Gala 2011
Muse à Muse RB fest
• Loipa Araújo interview
Zenaida Yanowsky at the Whitechapel Gallery
National Dance Awards 2010



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news: Jan - Apr 2011

April 17 2011

Royal Ballet 2011/2012 Period 1 casting

(m = matinée)

Jewels September 20-30
Rojo, Hirano*, Benjamin, Kish* / Yanowsky, Lamb, McRae / Cojocaru, Pennefather (Sept 20, 22; Oct 5)
Marquez, Hristov, Galeazzi, Gartside / McCulloch, Choe, Cervera / Nuñez, Soares (Sept 24m, 29, 30)

Triple bill October 8-20
Benjamin, Lamb, Nuñez, Hamilton, Choe, Cowley, Stock, Kaneko; McRae, Watson, Hirano, Underwood, Kay, Dyer, Montano (all performances)
Marguerite and Armand
Rojo, Polunin* (Oct 8m, 8, 17, 20)
Yanowsky*, Bonelli* (Oct 12, 14)
Cuthbertson*, Hamilton*, Kish*, Bonelli, McRae (Oct 8m, 17, 20)
Nuñez, Benjamin, Pennefather, Acosta, Cervera (Oct 8, 12, 14)

Marguerite and Armand
Tamara Rojo as Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand. Photo by Bill Cooper ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2005

The Sleeping Beauty October 22 - Dec 21
Lamb, McRae (Oct 22m, 28)
Nuñez, Soares (Oct 24; Nov 21; Dec 17m)
Rojo, Bonelli (Oct 31; Nov 12m, 22)
Lamb, Pennefather (Nov 11; Dec 8, 15m)
Marquez, McRae (Nov 14; Dec 21)
Cuthbertson, Polunin (Nov 25; Dec 10, 15)
Kobayashi, Kish (Dec 1, 21m)

Manon November 3-26
Lamb, Pennefather (Nov 3, 17)
Nuñez, Kish (Nov 5m, 9, 26)
Cuthbertson*, Polunin* (Nov 8, 15)
Marquez, McRae* (Nov 9m, 26m)

The Nutcracker December 3 - January 18, 2012
Lamb, Soares, Loots, Cervera, Tuckett (Dec 3, 20m, 30)
Nuñez, Kish, Harrod, Kay, Avis (Dec 5, 13)
Nuñez, Kish, Cope, Kay, Saunders (Dec 31)
Nuñez, Kish, Cope, Kay, Avis ( Jan 2m)
Morera, Bonelli, Loots, Cervera, Saunders (Dec 7)
Morera, Bonelli, Maguire, Campbell, Saunders (Dec 23)
Kobayashi, Hristov, Maguire, Campbell*, Saunders (Dec 11m, 24m)
Takada*, Trzensimiech*, Hinkis*, Ondiviela, Marriott (Dec 18m)
Takada, Trzensimiech, Cope, Kay, Saunders (Jan 7m)
Hamilton*, Polunin, Hinkis, Ondiviela, Marriott (Dec 23m, 28m)
Cuthbertson, Pennefather, Harrod, Kay, Saunders (Dec 29)
Cojocaru, Kobborg, Loots, Cervera, Avis (Dec 28; Jan 3)
Cojocaru, Kobborg, Maguire, Campbell, Avis (Dec 31m)
Marquez, McRae, Maguire, Campbell, Tuckett (Jan 3m)
Marquez, McRae, Loots, Cervera, Tuckett (Jan 14, 18)
Choe, Polunin, Westcombe*, Hay, Avis (Jan 7, 11)
Choe, Polunin, Westcombe, Hay, Marriott (Jan 14m)

†all casting is subject to change so please check on the Royal Opera House website
*denotes a debut in the role

April 13 2011 (updated 13.7.11)
Royal Ballet schedule for the 2011/2012 season

15 programmes, 140 performances (m = matinée)

(Balanchine) x6 performances - Sept 20, 22, 24m, 29, 30; Oct 5 casting
Limen (McGregor) / Marguerite and Armand (Ashton) / Requiem (MacMillan) x6 - Oct 8m, 8, 12, 14, 17, 20 casting
The Sleeping Beauty x18 - Oct 22m, 24, 28, 31; Nov 11, 12m, 14, 21, 22, 25; Dec 1, 8, 10, 15m, 15, 17m, 21m, 21 casting
Manon (MacMillan) x9 - Nov 3, 5m, 8, 9m, 9, 15, 17, 26m, 26 casting
Asphodel Meadows (Scarlett) / Enigma Variations (Ashton) / Gloria (MacMillan) x6 - Nov 19m, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30 casting
The Nutcracker x24 - Dec 3, 5, 7, 13, 18m, 20m, 23m, 23, 24m, 28m, 28, 29, 30, 31m, 31; Jan 2m, 3m, 3, 7m, 7, 11, 14m, 14, 18 casting
Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) x14 - Jan 10, 12, 13, 16, 19; Mar 3m, 7, 8, 10m, 10, 21, 22, 24, 31 casting
The Dream (Ashton) / The Song of the Earth (MacMillan) x6 - Feb 1, 2m, 6, 8, 9; Mar 5 casting
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon) x10 - Mar 17, 19, 24m, 26, 27, 29; Apr 3, 9m, 13, 16 casting
Polyphonia (Wheeldon) / Sweet Violets (NEW Scarlett) / Carbon LIfe (NEW McGregor) x6 - Apr 5, 10, 12, 14, 18, 23 casting
La Fille mal gardée (Ashton) x10 - Apr 20, 23, 24, 26, 28m; May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 casting
Ballo Della Regina (Balanchine) / La Sylphide (Bournonville) x8 - May 21, 22, 24, 26m, 26; June 7, 12, 15 casting
The Prince of the Pagodas (MacMillan) x8 - June 2, 6, 9, 13, 18, 21, 27, 29 casting
Birthday Offering (Ashton) / A Month in the Country (Ashton) / Les Noces (Nijinska) x5 - June 30, July 3, 4, 6, 7 casting
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 (NEW) x4 – July 14, 16, 17, 20 casting
A Royal Ballet and National Gallery project with choreographic and musical responses to three Titian paintings (Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon, Diana and Callisto) involving collaborations between Wayne McGregor, Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Christopher Wheeldon, William Tuckett, Liam Scarlett and Jonathan Watkins.

Further details: pdf brochure / ROH website.
†Please note that schedules may change during the season so you should double check dates with the ROH website.

March 26 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Birmingham season 2011/2012

The programme for BRB's Birmingham Hippodrome performance schedule has just been announced. In brief:

Beauty and the Beast
28 Sept – 2 Oct 2011
Autumn Glory: Checkmate | Symphonic Variations | Pineapple Poll
6–8 Oct
The Nutcracker
25 Nov – 11 Dec
Hobson’s Choice
22–25 Feb 2012
Spring Passions: Daphnis and Chloë | The Two Pigeons
29 Feb – 3 March
Far from the Madding Crowd
20–23 June
Summer Celebration: The Grand Tour | Faster, Higher, Stronger | The Dream
27–30 June

Fuller details (pdf brochure)

February 23 2011
Richard Farley - A Life in Dance, photo exhibition
Gallery 16, 7 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8PW - till March 5

Richard Farley trained at the Royal Ballet School (a contemporary of Colin Jones, another dancer turned photographer) and danced with the Royal Ballet Company in the 60s, rising to Principal. He left to pursue a photographic career in 1968. The exhibition has pictures of the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera, Festival Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre. There are many informal photos of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev and portraits of Marie Rambert, Frederick Ashton, Kenneth Macmillan, Leonide Massine and Ninette de Valois. Amongst much else there's a fascinating, entertaining and unusual collection of colour photos from the 70s of a dancer's life on the road.

All of the original prints are for sale, as are large postcards. Further details of the location.

Yvonne Saunders & Jacqueline Williams of the RB Touring Company in their digs. Photo ©Richard Farley

February 10 2011
Royal Ballet School in New York
Press release, February 2011

The Royal Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s junior company, ABT II, are again joining forces this spring - the latest development of a unique exchange programme between the two organisations which was launched in 2003. The organisations last participated in the exchange programme in 2005.

This latest phase of the exchange will see both groups of young dancers travelling to each other’s respective home cities for performances, master classes and training sessions and begins on 1 March 2011 with a visit to New York City by graduate students of The Royal Ballet School. A visit to the UK by ABT II is planned for 2012 and will culminate in joint performances at the Margot Fonteyn Theatre, White Lodge - the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School.

The New York City visit culminates in two joint performances at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre on 4 and 5 March, 2011. The repertoire will feature heritage works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine and Antony Tudor together with works by the current generation of American and British choreographers.

During the week-long exchange in New York City, The Royal Ballet School and ABT II will also share masterclasses led by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Royal Ballet School Director Gailene Stock, ABT II Artistic Director Wes Chapman, Royal Ballet School Senior Ballet Teacher Gary Norman and Franco De Vita, Principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. Additional technique classes for both groups will be led by ABT’s senior teaching staff.

The Royal Ballet School’s visit to New York City is generously underwritten by The Royal Ballet School’s Vice-Chairman and ABT Honorary Trustee, Ricki Gail Conway, and ABT II’s visit to London is generously supported by Susan Lyall.

Performance details – The Royal Ballet School and ABT II, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue, New York City, NY. March 4 & 5, 2011 at 7.30pm.


Music: Ignace Paderewski - Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 17
Choreography: Gary Norman
Music: Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D Major
Choreography: Antony Tudor
Music: Kenneth Kirshner - March 3 1993
Choreography: Parrish Maynard
Music: Kurt Schwertsik - Scrumpf-Symphonie, Op 80
Choreography: Alastair Marriott, assisted by: Jonathan Howells
Stars and Stripes (Pas de Deux)
Music: Adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay after music by John Phillip Sousa
Choreography: George Balanchine
Swan Lake - Pas de Quatre (Act lll)
Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
A Taste of Sweet Velvet
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, molto vivace
Choreography: Jodie Gates

Tickets for the New York City performances are priced at $20 and are available by calling 212-477-3030, ext. 3205. The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre is located at 405 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City.

February 5 2011
Mara Galeazzi's Gala 2011, April 3
After the great success of last year's gala at Sadler's Wells Mara has another star-studded line-up of guest performers presented by Nicky Henson including Principal Dancers of the Royal Ballet, the Balletboyz, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 4 Poofs & a Piano and some surprise appearances. All types of dance, world premieres, music and song.

Photo ©Bill Cooper

Mara's charity, Dancing For The Children has this year invited Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity to join them in benefiting from this event.
Tickets are £10-50 from Sadler's Wells box office 0844 412 4300 (transaction fee applies) and website. VIP tickets are also available and include an interval reception and after-show party. To purchase VIP tickets or for more information, please email specialevents@gosh.org or phone 020 7239 3116.

Gala 2011 promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the power of dance, with the aim of raising money for children both here and abroad, and also to enable Mara's dancers to return to South Africa in 2011 and continue the work that they started there in 2007, changing lives and communicating across geographical, cultural and social borders, and distributing funds from this Gala 2011 to underprivileged children. In addition, money from Gala 2011 will also make a difference to the lives of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which provides inspirational and world class care to hundreds of children every day.

February 1 2011
Muse à Muse
It had been hoped that, as in Summer 2010, a group of dancers from The Royal Ballet would be performing in the 8th Century Abbey of Lagrasse, Aude, south-east France during July. Unfortunately, financial constraints have meant that this cannot take place this year but it is hoped to stage a similar event in 2012.

Muse à Muse website.

January 25 2011
Loipa Araújo in Connecting Conversations
Loipa AraujoConnecting Conversations is a long-running series of interviews between psycho-analysts and practitioners in the arts. Previous interviewees from the world of ballet have been Alicia Alonso and Tamara Rojo.

Loipa Araújo is the subject of the meeting on Tuesday March 8, 2011 at the London Metropolitan University in north London. Loipa is well-known to Royal Ballet afficionados as a guest teacher and she was the guest at a Ballet Association meeting in 2009. (Photo credit: Alicia Sanguinetti)

"Loipa Araújo, leading Cuban ballerina (one of the four 'Jewels' of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba) and much sought after teacher in the UK and worldwide, will explore with psychoanalyst Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra the parallels between her role as ballet teacher and the role of the psychoanalyst in the therapeutic relationship and within a psychoanalytic training."

Further details

January 24 2011
Zenaida Yanowsky at the Whitechapel Gallery
A sculptural installation by British artist Claire Barclay at the Whitechapel Gallery in London's East End is the site of dance works during the period of the exhibition. "From 30 March–17 April 2011, Zenaida Yanowsky, Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet, performs a piece by celebrated choreographer Will Tuckett, which playfully references the similarities between the formal elements of classical dance and the architectural elements of Barclay’s work."

Further details

January 24 2011
Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2010
In this year's National Dance Awards presentation on January 24th the Royal Ballet's Liam Scarlett won the award for Best Classical Choreography for his piece Asphodel Meadows performed in May 2010 by the Royal Ballet.

Congratulations also to Jann Parry for receiving the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement for her biography of Kenneth MacMillan, Different Drummer.

Full results

LiamLiam Scarlett receives his award, photo ©John Ross