Congratulations to Merritt Moore for Making FORBES „30 under30“
WOW! What an achievement. Not only has Merritt Moore made it onto the Forbes list this year, but she is also the one and only active ballerina with a PhD in quantum physics from Oxford University!
Merritt shared her secrets as a physicist on pointe – “I really do think it’s made me a better dancer to have done physics and a better physicist to have done dance. You need the creative brain in the lab to think of new ideas, and you need the analytic brain in the dance studio to figure out your center of mass.”
I was lucky to get an interview with her. So enjoy these five questions for the Quantum Ballerina!
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A Sydney Dance Company Rehearsal
I was lucky to watch a rehearsal at Sydney Dance Company, one of the world‘s strongest forces in contemporary dance. It was the first run after the summer break, prior to starting their tour to South America.
I immediately noticed the amazing diversity of dancers. One young, tall, lean dancer in particular caught my attention during the warm up, doing such incredible stretches it seemed he had no bones at all.
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are without question Li Cunxin and Dominik Slavkovský.
Li Cunxin with Queensland Ballet photo by David Kelly
Magic happened when Ballet Star Li Cunxin, was lured out of 18 years retirement for a special performance of the NUTCRACKER with the Queensland Ballet. Taking to the stage in Brisbane for one night only, the 56 year old dancer delivered a mesmerizing performance. While Drosselmeyer is predominately a character role, Li incorporated his own choreography – adding pirouettes and jumps to the performance. His twists and turns hinted at his past brilliance.
Li’s life story became known around the world after the book and film, Mao’s Last Dancer, told how he danced his way out of grinding poverty in China and ultimately ending into an international ballet career.
Dominik Slokovský with Ballet Zurich photo by Gregory Batardon
On the other side of the world, at the Opernhaus Zurich, the young Slovikian dancer Dominik Slavkovský also took the role of Drosselmeyer to new heights. Ballet director Christian Spuck‘s fresh new choreography NUTCRACKER AND MOUSE KING allowed him to create a enigmatic character that captivated the audience as never before.
With his long lanky body and twisting fingers, the mysterious toymaker became a dark, dramatic and quite simply haunting character that guides us through the story.
Li Cunxin: David Kelly
Dominik Slavkovský: Gian Paul Lozza and Gregory Batardon
and Time for Nutcracker
🌅Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all Ballet Lovers🌲
Enjoy these trailers with different interpretations of the most famous Christmas Ballet.
Photo on Top: Nutcracker and Mouse King by Christian Spuck, Ballet Zurich ©Gregory Batardon
It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!
Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:
Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.
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Photo by The Royal Ballet Full Class – World Ballet Day 2014 – YouTube
Have a look behind the scenes. Watch morning classes, interviews and rehearsal of 5 Top Ballet Companies. You will learn a lot of all the insights.
The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will partner for the fourth year in a row to celebrate classical dance and provide viewers around the world with an exclusive look behind the scenes at what life is like at the world’s top ballet companies.
These are my favourite Ballet Photos
Prima Ballerina Iana Salenko
Photo by ballerinaproject in Royal Opera House London
Rainer Krenstetter as Loge in Maurice Béjart “Ring um den Ring”
photo by Staatsballett Berlin
Polina Semionova with her little babyboy
photo on Instgram at polinasemionovaofficial
Katja Wünsche and William Moore in Christian Spuck’s “Anna Karenina”
Juliet Doherty at St. Monica Beach
photo by ballerinaproject
Steven McRae as Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
photo by Tim P. Whitby, gettyimages
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
photo by Andrew Eccles
Ballet and City Serie
photo by Vladimir Chikin
Polina Semionova and Vladimir Malakhov in L’après-midi du faun by Staatsballett Berlin
Photo by Staatsballett Berlin
4 Ballerina in “Wonderland” – Washington Ballet
photo by Cade Martin