It sounds like there's a little turmoil over at the Royal Ballet. The Telegraph has reported that soloist Dawid Trzensimiech left the company for a principal contract at the National Romanian Ballet, citing a "lack of care and coaching." Meanwhile, the Royal's corps de ballet was recently in talks with their union about being overworked. (The compromise resulting from the discussions is a lunch break scheduled into the dancers' days.)
Viktor & Rolf presented its spring Spring/Summer 2014 collection last week, and the show featured a symphony of fluid confections. Nearly every piece looked like it might be right at home in a ballet studio—even more so because all were modeled by corps dancers from Dutch National Ballet, who bourréed down the runway en pointe. "We literally wanted to elevate the whole collection," designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren told Vogue. The duo is also slated to create costumes for a new work by Jorma Elo, which Dutch National Ballet will premiere in April.
The new Starz drama "Flesh and Bone" has been described as the television version of Black Swan—so it's only fitting that the show's lead is a veteran of the film.
Starz announced today that Dresden Semperoper's Sarah Hay—a talented dancer who was a member of Black Swan's corps (we interviewed her about the film back in 2010)—has been cast as "Flesh and Bone"'s Claire, an aspiring ballerina with "a distinctly troubled past."
We've talked about the benefits of caffeine many times before. It can boost your short term memory and improve your physical performance. But drinking coffee has always come with a warning: Just a few cups can lead to dehydration.
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Good news for our Joffrey Ballet-obsessed readers: You now have a chance to work alongside the Chicago company—on a full scholarship. The Joffrey Studio Company will launch with the 2014-15 season. Like most second companies, it willserve as a bridge between student and professional life. The 10 members, all of whom will receive full scholarships, will study alongside trainees and have opportunities toperform with the main company.
At 92, Cuban prima ballerina Alicia Alonso is a living legend. Now director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, she had a brilliant dancing career despite being partially blind from the age of 19. Here she is (with the none-too-shabby Azari Plisetsky) in excerpts from the Black Swan pas de deux—showing off, among other things, her prodigious turning ability. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
First "Bunheads" and now "Breaking Pointe"—it seems like the ballet-on-television trend might be on its way out.
The CW has announced that it has not ordered a third season of "Breaking Pointe," the docudrama following Ballet West. The news isn't particularly surprising, as "Breaking Pointe" had very low ratings throughout the show's first season, and continued to fall during its second. Nevertheless, we'll miss our weekly dose of soapy ballet.