For Michaela DePrince, 2017 is off to a happy start: Last week, the Dutch National Ballet dancer was promoted to soloist. The announcement came during the company’s run of Coppélia, in which she made her debut as Swanhilda. Dancers Qian Liu and Sasha Mukhamedov were both promoted to principal as well. DePrince’s journey from an … More »
Many ballet companies offer opportunities for emerging choreographers to test their chops, but few can boast sustained mentorship and cultivation of the next generation of dance makers. A few exceptions include BalletX’s season-long choreographic fellowship, The Royal Ballet’s Young Choreographer Programme and New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute. Now, Dutch National Ballet is joining … More »
Remember in the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty when Aurora’s fairy godmothers fight over which dress is best, pink or blue? Watching Petipa’s ballet, you might face a similar conflict: Do you prefer the young, spirited Aurora decked in rose pink from Act I? Or the cool yet lovely dream princess from Act II? In … More »
Ballet has officially entered the 21st century. While more companies are using cinema or live-streaming to bring their performances to the masses, Dutch National Ballet has gone a step further. Last weekend, in a collaboration with &samhoud media and Chester Music, the company premiered its first virtual reality production. Night Fall, a dreamy ballet inspired … More »
Biographical ballets are having a moment, finding success in the real-life stories of famous women. Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, which premiered at The Royal Ballet last May, and John Neumeier’s Duse, which premiered at Hamburg Ballet in December, were both explorations of complex personal histories. Ted Brandsen’s Mata Hari at the Dutch National Ballet, will … More »
Misty Copeland isn’t the only ballerina to grace the glossy pages of mainstream magazines these days. The August issue of Glamour magazine features First Position star and Dutch National Ballet coryphée Michaela DePrince and her remarkable story. DePrince’s childhood in an orphanage in Sierra Leone and her rise to prominence in ballet’s world of swans and sylphs is without question inspiring, and not only for dancers.
Michaela DePrince, the aspiring ballerina made famous in the documentary First Position, has grown up into an elegant and successful dancer. She’s now performing with the Dutch National Ballet.
MGM recently announced that the company has bought the rights to adapt Michaela’s memoir Taking Flight, co-written with her mother Elaine DePrince, into a feature length film. The movie will be produced with Alloy Entertainment.
What qualities do you admire most in other dancers? Nowadays there are so many dancers who jump, turn, have high extensions, a beautiful body. But quality is much more than ability, because you can always hide your physical flaws: It’s musicality, artistry, port de bras. Everything counts. How nervous do you get before a performance? … More »
The most recent TED Conference, in Vancouver, Canada, recently came to a close. But the TED (technology, entertainment, design) organization—whose conferences feature all kinds of innovative presentations—isn’t done sharing, as its slogan states, “ideas worth spreading.”
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.