IS THE DYING SWAN Part of SWAN LAKE?

Not many ballet lovers know that these both ballets are not connected at all.

The DYING SWAN is a world-famous 4 minutes ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to the music of Saint-Saens in 1905 for the great Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova – premiered in St Petersburg in 1905. Anna Pavlova performed this ballet more than 4000 times and it became her signature ballet.

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Struggling To Find Where I Fit In

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT Ella Havelka – The first Aboriginal Ballerina IN THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

I just saw this movie on Amazon Prime and was totally fascinated of the outstanding artist, ballerina, choreographer and role model Ella Havelka.

‚I think my heritage gives me a unique understanding of the way movement works and the way in which it resonates within my body,‚ she said in a report by NITV.

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What It Means To Be A Man In Ballet

Book release on 17 August by James Whiteside

I can’t wait to read James’ memoir-in-essays. James Whiteside is a multi-talented artist telling us the story of how he got to be a primo ballerino.

Get a glimpse in his works:

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What Dancers Are Doing In The Summer Break?

Relaxing, Exercising or Earning Money?

Interview with Nicole Stalker, Ballerina with Miami City Ballet and Yoga Teacher

What are your plans for the summer?

I am so looking forward to spending 3 weeks in Tampa teaching for Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Intensive! I will teach young dancers between the ages 12 – 18 from July 5-23, 6 days a week, 3 to 4 classes a day.

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Die Arbeit im Ballettstudio habe ich immer geliebt!

Interview mit Nadja Saidakova, Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin

Nach ihrer äusserst erfolgreichen Karriere gibt die Prima Ballerina Nadja Saidakova ihr Wissen als Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin weiter. In unserem Interview erzählt sie über ihre tägliche Arbeit.

Nadja Saidakova und Vladimir Malakhov ©Jack Devant

Seit Sommer 2017 bist Du Ballettmeisterin beim Staatsballett Berlin, nachdem Du Deine aktive Karriere als Prima Ballerina beendet hast. Viele Ballettliebhaber wissen nicht so genau, was eine Ballettmeisterin eigentlich macht. Beschreibe doch bitte Dein Tätigkeitsfeld und erzähle uns über Deine Tänzerkarriere.

Als Ballettmeisterin coache ist vor allem Tänzerinnen und Tänzer und studiere das Repertoire mit ihnen ein. Jeden Morgen gebe ich ein 1.5-stündiges Training zum Aufwärmen. Danach studiere ich bis zum Abends verschiedenste Ballette mit einzelnen Solisten oder auch Gruppen ein. Da wir momentan Corona bedingt 8 verschiedene Gruppen haben, die über den Tag verteilt individuell proben müssen, haben wir viel Mehrarbeit.

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Big news: Cathy Marston wird neue Ballettdirektorin in Zürich

Christian Spuck geht nach Berlin

  

Meine herzlichen Glückwünsche an Cathy Marston, eine der international renommiertesten Choreografinnen, und an Christian Spuck, unseren überaus geschätzten Ballettdirektor in Zürich seit 2012, der ab 2023/24 die Intendanz des Berliner Staatsballetts übernehmen wird.

Auch wenn es sehr zu bedauern ist, dass Christian Spuck das Zürcher Ballett verlässt, freue ich mich schon jetzt auf viele Berlinbesuche, um die grösste Compagnie in Deutschland unter seiner Leitung zu bewundern. Mit über 90 Tänzerinnen und Tänzern kann er aus dem Vollen schöpfen. Was für eine fantastische Herausforderung für diesen äusserst kreativen Choreografen!

Christian Spuck © Roman Novitzky

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What Dance Can Do? Bring Dance To Children!

Dance changes lives. We have seen it happen.

Interview with Aurélia Sellier, Founder and President of „The What Dance Can Do Project“ in September 2020.

I just wanted to give you a quick update for 2021 as COVID did not totally stop this non-profit organization although some projects obviously had to be put on hold. New activities happened last year in New Zealand (primary school), Morocco (orphanage), Paris (hospital Necker and young migrants). 
This year THE WHAT DANCE CAN DO PROJECT started weekly ballet classes for underprivileged children in Tunis Tunisia. Also they will launch in June a partnership with a new hospital in Paris, George Pompidou. In Fall Aurélia Sellier hopes to be able to resume her work with Kinderspital in Zurich, a hospital in Bruxelles and hopefully start projects in the UK, perhaps with the Royal Ballet in London.  This organization was recognized of public interest in Switzerland (all donations are deductible) and now is in the process of registering in France and New Zealand.

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Most Physically Demanding Job


Dance is #1 on this study

Ballet and Dance Lovers know how hard dancers have to work every single day to stay in shape. But I was really astonished when I saw this article in the Dance magazine written by Madeline Schrock on Jan 24, 2020 (Source: https://www.dancemagazine.com/most-physically-demanding-jobs-2644898194.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2)

Dance Ranked Most Physically Demanding Job in the U.S.

Dancers certainly don’t need anyone to tell them how physical their profession is. But now, we have the data to prove it.

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Meet the Ballet Pianist Mladen Dabizljevic

Interview with Mladen, Composer, performer and interpreter

What does a ballet pianist do? 

The ballet pianist’s job consists of playing the piano for ballet classes, that is to say accompanying the dancers in their daily workout and rehearsals in the ballet studio and on stage. Furthermore it is the key figure assisting the choreographer in the creative process from the musical point of view.

Gala evening with dancers from La Scala theater 
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Why Are Some Stages Raked?

A blessing for the audience, NOT for the dancers

A raked (or inclined) theatre stage is built on an angle that slopes upward and away from the front the stage, away from the audience. It improves the view, supports the illusion and help make choreographic designs clear. Raked stages are nowadays usually with a rake of 5 degrees or less. There are far more common today in Europe, with its deep theatrical traditions in the Middle ages. Almost all American stages have flat floors, except the Philadelphia Academy of Music and a few Broadway productions f.e. the version of the musical Billy Elliot.

Visiting professional dancers have been known to experience vertigo when they first set foot on raked stages. Balance is completely different. It takes a good deal of adjustment during the first few days on a raked stage, especially when turning. Even the risk of injury increases by three times for dancers on raked stages.

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