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  1. On the cast sheets for the first few performances they were described as "Red People" but by the end of the run they were described as "Archivists", which made much more sense to me. I didn't like those costumes at the start and by the end of the run I absolutely loathed them! I agree, black trousers would have been much better. I wasn't able to get to the cinema last night and was disappointed that there don't seem to be any encore showings. Needless to say I'll be buying the DVD. How wonderful for Pippa Moore that her final and great creation has been filmed for posterity.
  2. Hello Maximum and welcome to the Forum!
  3. Looking at everyone's suggestions I can see loads more ballets than I listed that I would never get tired of watching. What we need is the big 5 ballet companies in the UK all doing around 450 performances each every year so that we can have our fix of annual favourites as well as the rest of the programme!! I would like to add Swan Song and Ghost Dances (both Christoper Bruce) to my list too.
  4. Hello Hannah and welcome to the Forum! If you search on Elmhurst and on York various extant threads that may have useful information for you will be highlighted.
  5. But you do have the opportunity to see Birmingham Royal Ballet's utterly fabulous Nutcracker in both Birmingham and at the Royal Albert Hall. English National Ballet is also doing their Nutcracker and has a much longer tradition than either of the Royal companies for performing it over the Christmas period. I think you are from "Up North" John so there is also an opportunity to see ENB's Nutcracker in Liverpool this year as well as at the Coliseum.
  6. Here's an older thread: If you search on "Preston" this college is also mentioned in a couple of other threads too.
  7. Media release: Monday 24 June 2019 Elmhurst Ballet School, the Birmingham based vocational school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, is reflecting on a successful first year of pioneering, tailoring and delivering a unique and bespoke healthcare provision for its young students in full-time dance training, The Young Performers’ Health Trust Scheme. The offer, believed to be a sector first, allows the school to provide specialist healthcare which responds to the specific needs of its young dance students aged between 11 and 19. If required, any of the almost 200 ballet students in the school’s daily care, will receive the most appropriate treatment in the most appropriate setting, and at the most appropriate cost. A year ago, Elmhurst took the bold decision to step away from traditional healthcare providers who had not always had the capacity to meet the healthcare demands of young, elite performers. The school trains professional dancers and this level of dance specialism places extra physical and mental demands on its young students. Elmhurst needed more freedom to act swiftly in supporting injured students, better and quicker access to mental health support, and reduced administration and waiting times to allow its specialist in-house clinicians to provide the best care. With the expert guidance and administration of Healix Health Services, which has been providing healthcare management solutions to clients since 1992, the school developed and pioneered The Young Performers’ Health Trust Scheme and now controls its own healthcare offer with almost 100% of students’ parents signing up. Annelli Peavot, Elmhurst Ballet School’s Assistant Principal responsible for Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, said: “Although there had been due diligence and careful planning, it remained a step into the unknown to develop our own Health Trust, but we are delighted to share the positive benefits we have found as a result. The costs to our parents has reduced as we have been able to move away from a policy excess. We are able to negotiate with our providers to get the best price for their services, and we have expanded the expertise within our team. There are now generous allowances for physiotherapy with this being more than doubled against that of traditional policies, and we have a fully funded specialist Adolescent Mental Health Nurse.” Other benefits include outpatient investigations and treatment; outpatient consultations with an Elmhurst appointed GP; outpatient consultations with a specialist following an Elmhurst GP referral; outpatient diagnostic tests and investigations following specialist or an Elmhurst GP referral; outpatient physiotherapy – initial assessment and up to 10 sessions, up to the value of £500, when taken with the Elmhurst school appointed physiotherapist, following referral from the Health and Wellbeing Team; outpatient physiotherapy on specialist referral; outpatient preventative physiotherapy and sports massage; outpatient treatment with sports massage and acupuncture following referral from the Elmhurst Health and Wellbeing Team; MRI scans on an Elmhurst GP or specialist referral; hospital charges for outpatient surgical procedures; outpatient mental health cover; and costs towards parent accommodation. Principal of Elmhurst Ballet School, Jessica Wheeler, said, “We are so proud of pioneering this product and what it has enabled our highly skilled Health and Wellbeing team to do. We have many more plans for developing the health care provision, and coupled with our innovations in injury prevention, this really is a good time to be a healthy dancer at Elmhurst Ballet School.” Opened in 2016 by Carlos Acosta, international ballet superstar and new Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet from January 2020, the school’s state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Centre offers a wide range of services and facilities, including a purpose built physiotherapy and exercise suite. The centre is run by a dedicated team and includes specialists in paediatric and emergency nursing, sports and fitness, dance rehabilitation and sport massage. Additional services available to students include: injury management support; rehabilitation from injury; performance enhancement coaching; sports massage; chiropody; and counselling services. -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. It is enhanced by opportunities to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, visiting choreographers and dance artists. elmhurstdance.co.uk Twitter: @elmhurstdance // Instagram: @elmhurstballetschool // Facebook: Elmhurst Ballet School Photo credit: Elmhurst Ballet School’s Lower School Students in the Elmhurst Studio Theatre. Photography by Andrew Ross.
  8. A golden night for a golden anniversary: Scottish Ballet celebrates 50 years in style This weekend, Scottish Ballet transformed the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh for the most glamorous night of the year, Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary. Guests took over the theatre’s stage for a dining experience like no other - giant gold pipes and twinkling lights hung from the rafters, bouquets were peppered with golden ferns, even the event finale was dusted with ‘SB50’ confetti falling from the ‘sky’. On Saturday 22 June, 350 guests gathered to celebrate Scottish Ballet’s 50 years of inspiring audiences, on stage and beyond. The event looked to the future, raising funds for the company’s ambitious ‘Five in Five’ campaign; a commitment to produce five new full-length ballets, over the next five years. Compere and comedian, Fred MacAulay welcomed guests to the reception of champagne from wine merchants, Corney & Barrow and canapes from Contini’s in Edinburgh, before leading them to the stage for a three-course meal served by Heritage Portfolio. The milestone event was introduced by Chair of the Board Norman Murray. Alongside a silent and live auction including top prizes such as, afternoon tea with Dame Darcey Bussell and a once in a lifetime trip to join Scottish Ballet in New York, guests were treated on the night to three world premiere performances from the company. Principals Andrew Peasgood and Bethany Kingsley-Garner danced a Pas-de-Deux from Christopher Hampson’s new work The Snow Queen, set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov, which will premiere this December in the same venue. The Snow Queen is the second of the five new ballets commissioned under the Five in Five campaign and will tour Scotland and to Newcastle this winter. The brazenly named duet, TBA, also choreographed by Christopher Hampson was set to music by Estilo Para Bailar from the album Grandes Exitos de Tango. The dance was made for and performed by Principal dancers, Christopher Harrison and Constance Devernay. The full Scottish Ballet company performed a Charleston created by Strictly choreographer, Hannah Flynn, set to the music Shake That Thing by Charlie ‘Papa’ Jackson, which led into a night of everyone dancing to music from That Swing Sensation. Acclaimed ballet creator Gary Harris, who collaborated with Scottish Ballet on Hampson’s production of Hansel & Gretel, designed the stunning decor for the Gala. Scottish Ballet’s Technical and wardrobe departments delivered the staging and costumes. Guests included Scottish Ballet CEO and Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and Executive Director Steven Roth; members of the Board of Scottish Ballet including Catherine Muirden and Kirsty Wark; leading figures from the worlds of business and finance including Sir Sandy and Lady Margaret Crombie, Elizabeth and Alistair Salvesen, Geoff and Mary Ball and Sir Bill and Lady Gammell; and Scottish film favourite, John Gordon Sinclair. Tickets to the event, a raffle and an auction generously supported by businesses from across Scotland and the UK raised £160,000 in support of Scottish Ballet’s groundbreaking stage and outreach work.. The night was a significant achievement and fitting tribute to 50 years of being ‘crafted by Scotland’. ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS: @ScottishBallet Twitter / Facebook / Instagram www.scottishballet.co.uk About Scottish Ballet Scottish Ballet, founded in 1969, is Scotland’s national dance company. Based in Glasgow, the company performs regularly across Scotland, and increasingly throughout the UK and internationally – promoting Scotland’s pioneering spirit far and wide. Under CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet presents bold, adventurous performances rooted in strong classical technique, accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The company’s broad repertoire includes new versions of the classics and ground-breaking commissions, as well as an innovative digital season every two years. Scottish Ballet runs an extensive engagement programme tailored to the needs of diverse communities, promoting confidence, fostering wellbeing and encouraging creativity through dance. Scottish Ballet’s Dance Health programme is for people living with neurological conditions Parkinson’s, dementia, and Multiple Sclerosis and is supported by Baillie Gifford. Dance for Parkinson’s is delivered in partnership with Dance Base, Edinburgh, and generously funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Scottish Ballet’s ‘Time to Dance’ programme for people living with dementia and their carers is supported by the Life Changes Trust. Scottish Ballet’s latest initiative for MS, ‘Elevate’ is supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust. In 2019, Scottish Ballet celebrates 50 years of inspiring audiences on stage and beyond, with a creative vision crafted by Scotland. For more information about the Digital Season, The Crucible and the full anniversary season, visit: www.scottishballet.co.uk/50 Scottish Ballet is funded by the Scottish Government. Scottish Ballet thanks all suppliers and contributors who supported the event – Aesop, Contini, Co-op, Corney & Barrow, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Hannah Flynn and Michael Jagger, Freed of London, Givergy, Gary Harris, Highland Park and Edrington, Heritage Portfolio, J Thomson Colour Printers, Kiki McDonough, Narcissus Flowers, PURE Spa, Strathmore, Colin Wolstencroft. Thank you to Gala Committee members - Susan Anderson, Marie Bartlett, Julian Bell, Eleanor Bentley, Susan Christie, Jacquelynn Craw, Carol Graham, Rhona Grieve, Morag Leopoldt, Alix Meekison, Pam Murray, Sam Pattman.
  9. The press release: English National Ballet to perform Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall English National Ballet will return to the Royal Albert Hall next summer (17-28 June 2020) with Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake in-the-round. This epic in-the-round staging of the much-loved ballet features over 120 performers including 60 swans gliding across the stage in unison. Tchaikovsky’s memorable score is played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director said: “This iconic production has captivated audiences worldwide since it was first performed more than two decades ago. I am so pleased it is returning to the magnificent stage of the Royal Albert Hall next year, it is the perfect production to close English National Ballet’s season of 70th Anniversary celebrations.” Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director for the Royal Albert Hall said: “I am thrilled that Swan Lake is returning to the Hall, and we can once again witness the arena floor transformed into a shimmering lake with 60 ballerina ‘swans’ tiptoeing through kaleidoscopic formations in our Victorian auditorium. We are delighted to welcome English National Ballet back for this magical production, which has mesmerised hundreds of thousands of people since its world premiere here in 1997 and has become one of the defining images of the Hall.” Priority booking for Swan Lake in-the-round opens 10am Wednesday 26 June 2019, with tickets available on general sale from 10am Friday 28 June 2019. -ENDS- Notes to Editors Listings Swan Lake in-the-round Royal Albert Hall Wednesday 17 – Sunday 28 June 2020 Box office: www.ballet.org.uk/production/swan-lake-round / www.royalalberthall.com/swanlake English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England. 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 Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Over the past 148 years, it has hosted everyone from Albert Einstein to Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles to Beyoncé, Churchill to Chvrches (we could go on). Last year, its breathtaking auditorium presented 401 events by the world’s greatest performers – taking in rock, pop and classical music, theatre, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and even tennis – with the magical setting and inspired artists creating amazing memories for audiences. Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert’s vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity that remains true to his founding ambitions while looking to the future. With 1.7million visitors a year, ‘the nation’s village hall’ is the world’s busiest venue, while its 1,000 events in secondary spaces help to welcome a young, diverse audience to the Hall. Research conducted by Populus in 2018 found that the Hall was the most respected venue in its field, with members of the public regarding it as more special and yet less elitist than any comparable venue. Its Education & Outreach programme reaches more than 215,000 participants each year, working with schools, young people and the community, as well as other charities such as Music for Youth, as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It creates memories, changes lives and provides inspiration through music for all, regardless of age or background. www.royalalberthall.com 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
  10. Hobson's Choice!!! Onegin La Fille Mal Gardée The Dream Two Pigeons Symphonic Variations Scenes de Ballet Madam Butterfly (David Nixon) In the Upper Room
  11. For some years both Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet scheduled first cast for the midweek matinees to facilitate the dance critics seeing performances on a day trip...
  12. Lachlan did the pre-performance talk with Kit Holder on Friday evening. It was absolutely fascinating to hear both of them talking about what this ballet means to them. Lachlan mentioned about doing the clog dance at RBS and on more than one occasion. He said he was not scheduled to do this dance but was attracted to it when he saw another dancer doing it and learnt the clog dance by studying it on YouTube! He also mentioned he was chosen to do it subsequently for a gala in respect of Dame Ninette de Valois and was coached by Michael O'Hare.
  13. Huge congratulations to all the promotees! Very best wishes for the future to the dancers who have left. Welcome to the joiners. Roll on September!
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