Nutcracker – a cash cow!

Did you know that the NUTCRACKER Ballet is a money making machine for ballet companies?

I just read an article in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. That’s why you can see at least one version in every state. It’s a tradition for families to come together and attend a performance of this famous Christmas ballet. Often, children from ballet schools are involved, dancing in the roles of small mice or toy soldiers. Magic happens when the beautiful music of the Waltz of Flowers starts.

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„Not to think in stories“ Emma Ryott’s challenge for Verdi’s REQUIEM

Interview with Emma Ryott, costume designer for MESSA DA REQUIEM of Giuseppe Verdi at Opera Zurich, by Evi Hock, creator of

Emma Ryott is an award winning costume designer for Opera, Ballet and Theatre. She has successfully designed costumes for opera houses all over the world. She has collaborated with choreographer and ballet director Christian Spuck for Anna Karenina, Romeo und Julia, Woyzeck, Leonce and Lena, der Sandmann, das Fräulein von S., Lulu and Poppea/ Poppea.  Weiterlesen „„Not to think in stories“ Emma Ryott’s challenge for Verdi’s REQUIEM“

Brutal Bolshoi – a film on the acid attack

Film lifts the curtain on infighting at the institution after an acid attack on its artistic director. The Calvert Journal reports – Source: The Guardian

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The film has been shown on HBO in the US. It was released on 8 January 2016 in Great Britain’s cinemas. Its premiere has not yet been announced for Germany and Switzerland.