Royal Ballet

I never wanted it to end: Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill and Fonteyn celebration reviewed

14 June 2019 12:21

Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration Royal Opera House The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C Royal…

The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells explain how Brexit will hurt dance

13 June 2016 18:52

What would Brexit mean to dance? Many big hitters in dance were among the 300-plus arts people who signed last…

Height, weight, hair colour, race, bum size: critics must be allowed to discuss how performers look

13 May 2016 16:44

‘Dancer sees red at critic’s ginger jibes’ was the Times headline on Tuesday. You can call the Royal Ballet dancer…

Giselle v Superman

5 April 2016 13:31

I’ve turned up at my local cinemas for quite a few of the live ballet relays that now represent a…

I’m having trouble finding an anti-woman conspiracy in dance

19 January 2016 17:44

I’m bemused by the outburst of claims that female choreographers are under-represented, held back, or discouraged by ‘institutionalised sexism’ from…

Can you ballet-dance to words?

3 June 2015 17:51

Can you ballet-dance to words? How can choreography make any seriously worthwhile addition to a piece of music like Mahler’s…

The Kremlin is dictating Russian culture once more – and it’s neo-Soviet and anti-Western

18 February 2015 14:42

It’s suddenly gone icy-cold in Russia’s arts relations with us and the US. Last year’s Russia-UK Year of Culture just…

What happened to virtuosity in dance?

23 January 2015 16:42

I was watching the Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall last week, thinking how much base, uncomplicated…

Ismene Brown’s best of dance in 2014

30 December 2014 11:49

As the revels of the year end, here are my best memories. I think new was the word: new names, and…

English National Ballet’s star ballerina infuriates fans

19 November 2014 17:06

Which would you rather dance in: Milton Keynes or Moscow’s Bolshoi? It’s that age-old dilemma for a star ballerina like…

What happens to male ballet greats when they retire?

3 November 2014 15:46

What happens when a torrent of exceptional male stars leave the stage and flood the jobs market? Especially in a…