Carlos Acosta. © Johan Persson


Carlos Acosta has been named as the new artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The former Royal Ballet principal dancer will succeed David Bintley, who has directed the company for 24 years, in January 2020. Marion Tait will hold the post of interim director between 31 July 2019, when Bintley leaves, until Acosta takes the helm.


Paris Opera - Léonore Baulac in John Neumeier's La Dame aux camélias. © Emma Kauldhar


John Neumeier’s timeless ballet La Dame aux camélias was first premiered on 4 November 1978 with Marcia Haydée in the title role. Forty years on, the ballet remains highly popular and has already been performed by the Dutch National Ballet and the Paris Opera (reviewed in the January issue) this season, with other performances by Bayerisches Staatsballett (from 10 January), Stuttgart Ballet (from 16 January) and Polish National Ballet (from 27 January) scheduled.


Lauren Cuthbertson

Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson was getting ready to go to the cinema when she received a call from her director, Kevin O'Hare, asking if she could title role in Ashton's Sylvia at the Mariinsky Theatre - in three days time! "I'd be mad to go, but I'll be mad with myself if I don't go," thought the ballerina, who had never been to St Petersburg before. Lauren tells her amazing story in the January issue.


Staatsballett Berlin - Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles in Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of La Bayadère

La Bayadère in Berlin

Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of La Bayadère was premiered at the Berlin Staatsballett on 4 November with Polina Semionova as Nikiya, Alejandro Virelles as Solor and Yolanda Correa as Gamzatti. More details and casting can be found HERE.