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Starry names coach future ballet stars at En Avant’s first event

Starry names coach future ballet stars at En Avant’s first event

Aran Bell and Ester Wells being coached by Cynthia Harvey

Aran Bell and Ester Wells being coached by Cynthia Harvey

The En Avant Foundation – “for Spe­cial­ised Bal­let Coach­ing, Ment­or­ing and the Award­ing of Schol­ar­ships” – has had its first ever event in New York City at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Young professionals and advanced level ballet students arrived from all over America for the weekend: 14 students one day, and 16 on…

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Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity

Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity

I was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I worked in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions’ side. But this is another story altogether.

Leo NucciLeo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances by the Rome Opera at the Caracalla Baths going on without the orchestra in front of a…

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Great tenor Carlo Bergonzi dies at 90

Great tenor Carlo Bergonzi dies at 90

bergonzi_carloCarlo Bergonzi, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th Century, died last night in Milan’s Auxologico Institute, just two weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday on 13 July.

Bergonzi was born in Vidalenzo di Polesine Parmense near Parma in 1924 and at 16 he studied as a baritone in Parma’s Arrigo Boito Conservatoire. At 19, during the Second World War he finished in a hard labour camp in…

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Carmen Medea Cassandra – Il processo: tonight and on tour

Carmen Medea Cassandra – Il processo: tonight and on tour

Carmen, Medea, Cassandra, Il processoCarmen, Medea and Cassandra… just imagine all three around your dinner table… a diplomatic nightmare. For Italian choreographer Luciano Cannito they have provided him with inspiration for a new pièce: part dance, part poetry.

Called ‘Il processo’ – The Trial – it gives these three women a chance to tell their side of their story, stories which are universal and still poignant today.

The…

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More dancers decide to leave Italy… most never come back

More dancers decide to leave Italy… most never come back

Carlo Di Lanno with Polina Semionova in Swan Lake - photo Brescia/Amisano Teatro alla Scala

Carlo Di Lanno with Polina Semionova in Swan Lake – photo Brescia/Amisano Teatro alla Scala

Italy’s Got Talent. Lots of it. Sometimes that talent finds it difficult to emerge – it’s not always what you know but who you know – and sometimes there’s not enough room for everyone to show what they can do, but talent there is.

Italy bursts at the seams with paintings and monuments – a reminder that…

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Dancers from the Royal Ballet and ENB reopen the glorious Teatro Colón in Bogotá

Dancers from the Royal Ballet and ENB reopen the glorious Teatro Colón in Bogotá

Teatro-Colon-Bogota-frontclothTeatro Colón in Bogotá reopens tomorrow night after a six-year restoration.

Ten dancers from the Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet will help to get the celebrations off to a good start. Among them is the ‘Colombian Billy Elliot’, Fernando Montaño, a Soloist with the Royal Ballet and the first Colombian to dance with the company. Another Colombian, Joan Sebastian Zamora, who studied at…

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Ángel Corella to become next Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet

Ángel Corella to become next Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet

After announcing the closure of his Spanish company and saying that he had little choice but to leave Spain if he was to continue working, Ángel Corella  has done just that and in September he will become the Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Initially the job will be part-time as he is handed over the reins by Roy Kaiser, who announced his retirement in April, and will become…

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Roberto Bolle & Friends arrives in Verona: not drunk and not vulgar!

Roberto Bolle & Friends arrives in Verona: not drunk and not vulgar!

Bolle and Friends 2014 VeronaRoberto Bolle and Friends is up and running with two dates in Genoa already ticked off the list. Tomorrow comes the Verona date at that biggest of all dance venues, the 15,000-seater Roman amphitheatre, the Verona Arena.

The line-up for 2014 is Alicia Amatriain, Polina Semionova, Daniil Simkin, Hee Seo, Eris Nezha, Julie Kent, Cory Stearns, Jason Reilly, Skylar Brandt and Signor Bolle himself.

In…

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Carla Fracci for Expo 2015: Milan, Capital of the World

Carla Fracci for Expo 2015: Milan, Capital of the World

Ambassador Expo Milano 2015 Carla FracciThe Milanese ballerina, Carla Fracci, has become an Ambassador for the Milan Expo 2015.

The theme of the World Expo is Feed the planet, Energy for Lifeand in the clip below she talks about her love for her childhood dishes of Risotto alla Milanese (with a short-grained rice, such as Carnaroli , saffron and beef marrow) and Polenta (a maize flour, or cornmeal, boiled into a type of porridge, which…

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Deloitte Ignite 2014: The Royal Ballet’s month-long festival of dance, music and art

Deloitte Ignite 2014: The Royal Ballet’s month-long festival of dance, music and art

deloitte-myth-mainThe month-long contemporary arts festival Deloitte Ignite 2014 is based on the theme of myth and this year is curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Dr Minna Moore Ede, who said,

At the National Gallery we try and bring paintings to life, but Deloitte Ignitehas been an incredible opportunity to create a cross-arts spectacle; each art form – painting, video art, dance, film,…

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