It is the halfway point through (dry) January, and most of the Nutcrackers are finished or finishing! It’s been a sad week for the arts, with the loss of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman so we’ve tried to put together a hopefully uplifting ballet social media snapshot of the past weeks happenings in the world of dance. Remember to follow us on instagram and twitter. If you think we’ve missed anything, or should be following someone in the ballet world, make sure to comment below.
10. Paris Opera Ballet’s Benjamin Millepied has been in Cuba this week and has been posting some seriously gorgeous photos of Cuba National Ballet School. Follow his instagram for more breathtaking shots.
9. Julian Mackay caught some footage of the finale of the last Royal Ballet Nutcracker of the season on 14 January, marking the official end to the Christmas season in London.
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8. Sarah Hay was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Claire in ballet drama “Flesh and Bone”. She looked beyond glamorous and stunning on the red carpet. (And should have won!)
7. English National Ballet has kicked off their run of Le Corsaire at the Coliseum in London. Antonio Banderas was one of my the many celebs who attended and was extremely impressed. Here he is pictured with ENB Artistic Director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo. Tickets for Le Corsaire are still on sale and you can buy them here.
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) January 14, 2016
6. Another ballet documentary is in the works, this time about Ian Horvath, a champion for the art of dance and AIDS awareness. The pet project of PNB dancer Margaret Mullin, both she and dance filmmaker Nel Shelby were interviewed by ballet podcast Balancing Pointe. It is a fascinating interview, giving insights into ballet filming and the story of Ian Horvath and well worth a listen. We can’t wait for the film! You learn more about the film by following the No Dominion Film twitter account.
— Nel Shelby (@nelshelby) January 13, 2016
5. Enjoy this gorgeous shot of Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin rehearsing with brilliant choreographer Russell Maliphant for Natalia Osipova’s run of shows at Sadler’s Wells this summer.
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4. Original “Lise” Leslie Caron visted the Broadway production of An American in Paris starring the Royal Ballet’s Leanne Cope and New York City Ballet’s Robbie Fairchild. Make sure you check out both their instagrams for more wonderful pictures of their experience. Have you seen An American in Paris yet?
3. Two Brazlian ballet superstars just happened to run into each other on the beach in Brazil. Thank you Marcelo Gomes (ABT) and Thiago Soares (RB) for making the rest of the world jealous of both of you being on a beach in mid January whilst the rest of us are freezing, but we forgive you!
2. The wonderful Pacific Northwest Ballet School is set to be demolished in Seattle as its location is marked to build new train tracks. The money they have been offered to rebuild is $5 million dollars less than they need. NY Times Dance critic Alastair Mcaulay tweeted his support of the school this week. You find out more about this and sign their petition for just compensation on their Change.org page.
— PNBallet (@PNBallet) January 13, 2016
1. Diana Vishneva shared this throwback performance on instagram with the caption “how to get out of everything gracefully”. Ballet inspired ethical clothing brand Cloud and Victory re-posted this on their instagram account with slightly different captions that made us laugh. Click on the video to play.
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL: Nailed it. Even the best have had bad days…though they probably occur once every millenia. Vid: Diana Vishneva & Igor Kolb, the Nutcracker – originally from Diana’s Instagram. #ballet #dance #nutcracker #dianavishneva #igorkolb #mariinsky
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