After a week in New York City I hit the road once more and made my way to Washington D.C. I really like this city and not just because it has a huge amount of museums and the they are pretty much all free - but that is certainly a big factor! Here are a… Continue reading Adventures of a Travelling Historian – Washington D.C.
American Ballet Theatre this season is presenting two ballets from the bright and colourful canon of the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. On the 6th of June ABT opened The Golden Cockerel, a reworked version of the popular 1937 production created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2012. Please see my… Continue reading Two treasures of The Russian Ballet at ABT
In 2011 I had the great opportunity to work with designer Richard Hudson on a reinterpretation of The Golden Cockerel for The Royal Danish Ballet. My role was to research the original productions from 1914 and 1937, produced by the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Hudson and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky then used… Continue reading The Golden Cockerel Flies Again
Sono Osato, b.1919, was not only the first dancer of Japanese descent to join the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, but was also the first American. She joined the company at just fourteen and would go to become a widely acclaimed dancer, dancing with ABT and on Broadway. Last month, in Sono's native Chicago, the… Continue reading Sono Osato
American Ballet Theatre's new production of Sleeping Beauty had its New York première at the Metropolitan Opera House on the 29th of May. I was involved in the production by researching the 1921 Ballets Russes version of The Sleeping Princess upon which American Ballets Theatre's new production design is based. Designer Richard Hudson used the original designs 1921… Continue reading The Sleeping Beauty Wakes
In less then two weeks Alexei Ratmansky's production of The Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre will open at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California. Ratmansky's version of the Imperial Russian classic is based on the 1921 production staged by the Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev created many links to the original… Continue reading A New Carabosse
In February last year I was asked by designer Richard Hudson and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to research the Ballets Russes' 1921 production of the Sleeping Princess (Sleeping Beauty) for a new reinterpretation of the ballet. The production was originally designed by Leon Bakst and no expense was spared. The new ballet is a joint venture between American Ballet… Continue reading Waking the Sleeping Princess