Jane Austen Arrives on the Ballet Stage

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s timeless novel of class, family and love, will come to life this spring in Princeton, New Jersey. American Repertory Ballet’s premiere on April 21 marks one of the few times Austen’s writing has appeared as a full-length story ballet. ARB artistic director and choreographer Douglas Martin told Pointe why theMore »

Northern Ballet Invests In Narrative

Have you noticed an uptick in story ballets? We sure have. Whether it’s a full-length or a one-act, we love seeing choreographers challenge themselves by bringing stories to life. The folks at Northern Ballet in the UK also believe in the power of narrative ballet and, thanks to their choreographic lab Tell Tale Steps, they’veMore »

The Dutch National Ballet Premieres “Mata Hari”

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, willMore »