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How the design of Royal Opera House red programmes has evolved through the ages. The Royal Opera House red programme is one of a kind.

How the design of Royal Opera House red programmes has evolved through the ages

More than just a deluxe souvenir, today’s programme is packed with gorgeous imagery and in-depth articles written by leading experts, all carefully tailored to the opera or ballet and sumptuously produced. It’s not always been that way, of course, and today the programme continues to evolve and develop. But amid this transformation there is one constant – a crucial document of the Royal Opera House’s performance history. The oldest programmes in our Collections' extensive archive are playbills. This precursor to the programme is perhaps more like a modern-day flyer: a large single sheet with details of the singers and actors as well as other information, used to promote a performance in advance.

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Wardrobe: Types of Tutus – Pacific Northwest Ballet. I am sure you have realized, but PNB is honored to have one of the best Wardrobe Departments in the business.

Wardrobe: Types of Tutus – Pacific Northwest Ballet

Each morning I pass by the Costume Shop. I am fascinated to see the repairs and constructions for the upcoming PNB performances. At the beginning of the season when I first joined PNB, the Costume Shop was in the midst of constructing Ian Falconer’s designs for the new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. {View Post} The Department had expanded to every available inch of space in the Phelps Center to make the new production as lavish and incredible as it was designed to be. I wanted to learn more about the different styles of tutus, so I have asked Larae Theige Hascall, Costume Shop Manager to give me her insight.

Classical Tutu Short & stiff skirtsDesigned to show the ballerina’s legsThree variations on styles Diamond Tutu.


Pratique. Log In. Photo LONDON — Artistic director, star ballerina, lobbyist, wrangler, psychologist, spokeswoman.

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Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of English National Ballet, is one busy woman. Ms. Rojo, 42, a Spanish-born former Royal Ballet principal dancer, has been in her current job for four years, and she has made a startling difference to English National Ballet — a London touring company of 67 dancers that has no home theater and has struggled for a long time to establish its identity in the shadow of the Royal. On Tuesday, her company began a sold-out run of Akram Khan’s critically praised “Giselle” at Sadler’s Wells. She is also the company’s marquee ballerina (along with a fellow Royal Ballet alum, Alina Cojocaru), somehow managing to keep up her technical form and artistry while acting as a one-woman visionary, manager, cheerleader and glamorous high-profile ad for her organization.

Does she sleep? Looking pale and slightly drawn, Ms. There are few female ballet company directors, but Ms. Where Her Secret Lies - Dance Magazine. Ebony Williams has long been a chameleon of the dance world—a trait that’s helped her launch the second chapter of her career.

Where Her Secret Lies - Dance Magazine

Ebony Williams stands alone, strong and radiant in a pale leotard, facing a crowd of thousands. It’s the 2015 Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, and the audience of Beyoncé fans is awaiting their queen. Instead of the familiar music, however, poet Maya Angelou’s powerful voice rains down: “Many people wonder where my secret lies…,” and Williams dances. Corps en mouvement.


Super Deluxe - Journal. Chorégraphes. Histoire de la danse, technique et style. Competitions: The Pressure To Go Acrobatic - Dance Magazine. I just spent two weekends on the jury of Youth America Grand Prix in two cities: San Francisco and Boston.

Competitions: The Pressure To Go Acrobatic - Dance Magazine

While there is always some fantastic talent to see, I’ve noticed an annoying trend in the “contemporary” category. The ballet category is pretty stable—everyone knows to put in some arabesques, pirouettes and grand jetés—but in “contemporary,” the style is all over the map. Some enter this category with a classical ballet variation, others bring an earthy modern dance piece, and still others perform a character number kind of like a skit. But then there are those who treat “contemporary” as a catchall category and throw in everything they ever learned. Keep dancing… it turns out it is good for the brain - BMC Series blog. In the studio by Alanna Orpen I am frequently in a dance studio, where routines and exercises are thrown at me (and my fellow dancers).

Keep dancing… it turns out it is good for the brain - BMC Series blog

You’re expected to pick up the steps in a matter of minutes, are set improvisation challenges, and the choreography changes from week to week. It is as much a mental workout as it is physical, digesting the constant new material, but this turns out to be a good thing. At the start of a contemporary class, the teacher announced, “Good news for us dancers, I read today that dancing can prevent dementia.” So I thought I’d investigate. Dementia risk Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, that are caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Newyorker. There are very few commercial documentaries about choreographers creating their work, and it’s not hard to see why.


Choreographers are among the very few artists who have to produce an artifact while its materials—the dancers, in their case—are standing there looking at them. The perfect fit.

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Opéra de Paris. Julien Benhamou. Interviews / portraits.