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  2. I don’t think it’s a standard “forthcoming production” insight: “Petipa’s timeless classic returns to the Main Stage this Season and Hélène Blackburn brings Les Beaux dormants (the sleeping beauties) to the Linbury Theatre. This Insight explores the world of The Sleeping Beauty and the ways it has been made into ballet.”
  3. I've just realised I didn't manage to book a ticket for any of the Hayward/Campbell Sleeping Beauties, and the last one's this Tuesday! If anyone has a reasonable standing ticket going spare, please bear me in mind. Thank you.
  4. In the meantime, perhaps someone could wake me up once the winners have been announced - or perhaps a week or so afterwards ...
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  6. Yes Brandon Lawrence indeed, very deserving. But no, the NDA nominated Kish instead in the category "Outstanding Classical Male Performance" for dancing a minor role. Unbelievable. And I cannot get my head around how the critics can possibly nominate a dancer in the "Best Female Dancer" category who didn't even dance most of the Season 2018-19, ignoring many outstanding dancers at RB, BRB, ( ENB got one) who performed day in day out and delivered outstanding performances to their audience throughout the Season? It's mind boggling.
  7. Unfortunately, as soon as there are 'public votes' there is scope for manipulation and multiple voting by families, friends, and fans. It happens!
  8. Brandon Lawrence? I know it doesn’t qualify for this year’s awards but his performance as Albrecht in Giselle is one of the best I’ve seen, along with Celine Gittens, but of course he didn’t perform it in London and the critics very rarely bother to travel out of London so it won’t be considered in next years awards either. As already stated these awards would mean far more if they were nominated and voted for by the public.
  9. This is so well deserved and any student who has the opportunity to work with Nico is very fortunate. I also cannot speak highly enough of his injury rehabilitation work.
  10. Not in Mayerling, but Naghdi danced her debut on the Opening Night of Firebird (and according to reviews by the critics to great acclaim), Kitri in Don Q., Irina in Winter Dreams, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Sugar Plum, Unknown Soldier (a role Naghdi took over from Hayward when she took time out from dancing for most of the RB Season), and other roles. Being amazing seemingly doesn't work as a sole criteria Sharon: they only consider dancers they have seen whenever the critics have attended an opening night (at best they may attend a second performance in a run) therefore their nominations include some of the same dancers year after year after year. What's the point of those NDA nominations if not all dancers in the UK are being taken into consideration? The nominations are distorted because they are solely based on a certain selection of dancers the critics have seen and therefore they miss out on many superb performances by other dancers be they at it the RB, BRB, ENB, Scottish, Northern and other UK dance companies. Is there really no dancer at BRB worthy of a nomination?
  11. Mayerling, La Bayadere, Winter Dreams, Don Quixote, The Firebird. I'm sorry if I've forgotten any, but did Yasmine Naghdi debut and then be amazing in all these roles?
  12. It might help people to help you if you let them know what document, for which company's production, you are looking at. To my mind, you're dealing with the 'opening scene' of Act I, with dances in two distinct time signatures. Does it have to be more complicated than that?
  13. English National Ballet Le Corsaire Milton Keynes Theatre Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 November 2019 Tickets: ballet.org.uk/le-corsaire Having delighted audiences around the world with tours including Japan, Paris, and Spain, Le Corsaire returns to Milton Keynes Theatre (20-23 November), six years after its 2013 world premiere there. The only UK company to perform the complete work, English National Ballet’s production was staged by Anna-Marie Holmes and features sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood, and a sweeping score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Principal casting sees Lead Principal Erina Takahashi, Lead Principal Fernanda Oliveira, Principal Shiori Kase and First Soloist Katja Khaniukova performing the role of Medora and Lead Principal Joseph Caley, Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio, Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola and Guest Artist Brooklyn Mack as Conrad. This will be a debut with English National Ballet in the role of Conrad for Frola, Caley and Cirio. Also announced today are those who are dancing the roles of Ali, Birbanto, Gulnare, and Lankendem. Debuts with English National Ballet include Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio and First Artist Erik Woolhouse in the role of Ali, Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola and First Artist Henry Dowden in the role of Birbanto, First Soloist Emma Hawes and First Artist Julia Conway as Gulnare and First Soloist Aitor Arrieta as Lankendem. Le Corsaire Principal Casting: In the order of Medora, Conrad, Gulnare, Lankendem, Ali and Birbanto Wednesday 20 November Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola*, Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack+, Jeffrey Cirio* and Erik Woolhouse Thursday 21 November (mat) Fernanda Oliveira, Joseph Caley*, Emma Hawes*, Junor Souza, Ken Saruhashi and Henry Dowden* Thursday 21 November Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Julia Conway*, Aitor Arrieta*, Daniel McCormick* and Erik Woolhouse Friday 22 November Katja Khaniukova, Jeffrey Cirio*, Emma Hawes, Junor Souza, Erik Woolhouse* and Francesco Gabriele Frola* Saturday 23 November (mat) Shiori Kase, Brooklyn Mack, Julia Conway, Aitor Arrieta, Daniel McCormick and Henry Dowden Saturday 23 November Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Katja Khaniukova, Ken Saruhashi, Jeffrey Cirio and Erik Woolhouse *Debut in the role with English National Ballet +Guest Artist Please note, casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up to date casting. -ENDS- Listings: Le Corsaire Milton Keynes Theatre Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 November 2019 Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/le-corsaire English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England. Notes to Editors About English National Ballet English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet. www.ballet.org.uk About Arts Council England Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
  14. ELMHURST BALLET SCHOOL’S PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT COACH WINS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL DANCE EDUCATOR AWARD 2019 Media release: Thursday 14 November 2019 – Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham is celebrating international recognition for its Performance Enhancement Coach, Nico Kolokythas, who received the esteemed Dance Educator Award 2019 at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Canada, acknowledging his work and research in the field of dance science and education. IADMS (‘eye-adams’) was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to approximately 1,480 members in over 50 countries at present. IADMS was formed to foster several goals in dance medicine and science to enhance health, well-being, training, and performance by cultivating medical, scientific and educational excellence in dance. The Dance Educator Award, presented by IADMS Dance Educators' Committee, recognises the integration of dance medicine and science principles through teaching practice and celebrates its influence on future dance teachers and the wider dance sector. Nico joins an impressive list of previous recipients of the award: Stevie Oakes; Professor Emma Redding; Dr. Janice Plastino; Janet Karin; and Dr. Tom Welsh. On receiving the award in Canada at the end of last month, Nico Kolokythas said: “It is a great honour to see my name alongside fellow practitioners who are all well established in dance science. I am humbled with the Association’s decision to award me the Dance Educator Award and I am excited about the future, further research and more collaborations. This has been a team effort from the start, therefore, I would like to thank Elmhurst Ballet School, University of Wolverhampton, the teachers, the students, and all of the practitioners who continue to trust me and agree to work with me.” Nico has been working in sports science for over ten years and moved into dance science research in 2015 when he was first engaged by Elmhurst Ballet School through a partnership with University of Wolverhampton. He undertook a PhD in Dance Science under the supervision of Matt Wyon, Professor in Dance Science at University of Wolverhampton. Since arriving at Elmhurst, Nico has used his knowledge, skills and experience to find ways of improving the overall endurance, strength and suppleness of young dancers. He has been disseminating his PhD research findings over the last few years, including 11+ Dance, an injury prevention and management strategy. The programme is uniquely designed to reduce the risk of both traumatic and overuse injuries and has been based on evidence obtained from sport. Until Nico introduced these findings it had never been trialled in dance. Other dance organisations are now engaging in the research and early indications of results are extremely positive. This has led to collaborations for further research on injury prevention and management in dance around the world as more international organisations enquire about the work. A number of UK organisations are already onside with 11+ Dance including Central School of Ballet, London School of Contemporary Dance, and the Royal Academy of Dance. An IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee spokesperson, said: “We received 13 qualified nominees for the Dance Educator Award, all of whom demonstrated outstanding expertise and devotion to the fields of dance and dance science, and it is with great pleasure that we announced this year’s winner of the Dance Educator Award to Nico Kolokythas. In particular, nominators evidenced their appreciation for Nico’s development of 11+ Dance, an injury prevention and management programme. We know that Nico is passionate about helping dancers stay healthy and perform at their best, and we are therefore delighted to honour his achievements with this recognition.” Jessica Wheeler, Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School, said: “Nico is passionate about educating both students and teachers in the benefits of supplementary training away from the dance studio. He relishes challenge and he lives by his mantra, ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you’. He works tirelessly to cultivate an open mindedness to strength and conditioning approaches in an elite ballet training environment, and his use of 11+ Dance within classical ballet and other forms of dance, demonstrates his innovative thinking and proactive approach. He is very inquisitive and is always developing new research themes to pursue based on his daily observations at the school and beyond. Nico is not frightened to challenge tradition and this has been key in the success of his role at the School. We are thrilled his work has been recognised by IADMS and we can’t wait to see what the future holds as we continue to support Nico’s work and confirm the school’s standing as a world leader in ballet training, performance, health and well-being.” -ENDS- Elmhurst Ballet School is based in Edgbaston, Birmingham and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023. It is a world-renowned centre of excellence in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and prepares talented young dancers aged between 11 and 19 to become the thinking dance professionals of the future. The school nurtures individuality through a holistic approach to training, education and health, which helps students to become independent, collaborative and versatile artists, ready to take their professional places on the world stage. Elmhurst’s dance training is of the highest quality and is delivered by current and former dance professionals. This training is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists. Elite but not elitist, Elmhurst believes that talent is classless and its exceptional training opportunities should be available to young dancers regardless of their financial, social or cultural backgrounds. Whilst Elmhurst is an independent school, typically some 80% of students benefit from Government support to train at the school. www.elmhurstdance.co.uk Twitter: @elmhurstballet // Instagram: @elmhurstballetschool // Facebook: Elmhurst Ballet School
  15. Just had a reminder on YouTube for the next Insight which is on Monday at 19:30 (I wasn't aware of this beforehand so would have missed it!) - oddly its for The Sleeping Beauty - I would have thought that they would have broadcast this before the current run, but there we are! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPSKJhC34Qw
  16. English National Ballet is auditioning for dancers for Swan Lake in the round next year. It's a six week contract. https://www.ballet.org.uk/opportunity/ballet-dancers-derek-deanes-swan-lake-round
  17. Much as I enjoyed his performance, Kish's nomination is incomprehensible. Needless to say, I am very pleased that Alexander Campbell has been nominated as best male dancer... and since he and Muntagirov share a dressing room and tease each other on Instagram, I think they will be highly amused that they have both been nominated. I wish they could both win! And, I suppose it would be rather nice if Nadine Meisner won the Creative Contribution award for her Petipa book. Not that I've actually read it, I'm afraid; but it would be good if the amount of time and research and solitary effort that goes into writing such a book (and probably without great remuneration or sales) were to be recognised.
  18. I heard an usher at the ROH telling someone last week that they could take photos in the auditorium but not after the curtain went up. But as he says, if the ROH are using Rob's curtain call photos (I'm not surprised - they're amazing!) they must be OK with it.
  19. In respect of curtain call photographs I was told many years ago that it was to do with copyright issues over the costumes and sets (not at RB but at 2 other companies). I wasn't trying to take photographs but wondered why other people were being stopped. (In some theatres they don't even like you taking pictures of the auditorium before anything has started!)
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