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We are delighted to announce that Elisa Badenes is the Dancer of the Year for 2023. Initially nominated by Lucy Van Cleef in the annual Critics’ Choice, Badenes won the readers’ vote by a substantial margin. Originally from Valencia, she studied at the Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship and is a principal with Stuttgart Ballet. She talks candidly about her career to date in an interview filmed between a rehearsal and evening performance at the opera house in Stuttgart.
Xander Parish - Raymonda Suite
Now dancing with the Norwegian National Ballet, the former Mariinsky principal has just staged a new version of Raymonda Act III in Oslo. This film features interviews with Parish, Yolanda Correa and Ricardo Castellanos, who made their debuts as Raymonda and Jean de Brienne, costume/set designer Martin Dauchez (who also dances Jean de Brienne) and includes excerpts from studio and stage rehearsals.
London City Ballet
Under the artistic direction of Harold King, London City Ballet toured extensively nationally and internationally between 1978 and 1996. The company has now been resurrected by Christopher Marney and will present its inaugural performances under his artistic directorship in 2024. This film includes excerpts from Kenneth MacMillan's Ballade (filmed by Amber Hunt / ASH) and interviews with Christopher Marney, Álvaro Madrigal, Ayça Anil, Ayumi Hikasa and Lawrence Beazley. Private funding has been secured for the company to perform six months each year for the next three years. The inaugural performances will take place at the Theatre Royal Bath from17 - 20 July 2023 BOX OFFICE londoncityballet.com
Nicoletta Manni was named étoile at La Scala by Superintendent and Artistic Director Dominique Meyer and Ballet Director Manuel Legris following her performance in Cranko's Onegin opposite Roberto Bolle. Video by courtesy Teatro alla Scala.
Mayara Magri made her debut in the title role of The Cellist on 21 October. Curtain calls from the general stage rehearsal on 20 October.
Lauren Cuthbertson's first performance back on the Royal Opera House stage, since the birth of her second daughter, dancing the title role in Cathy Marston's The Cellist alongside Marcelino Sambé as the Instrument and Matthew Ball as the Conductor.
Alice in Munich
Bayerisches Staatsballett in Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with four debuts - Madison Young as Alice, Jakob Feyferlik as Jack, Shale Wagman as the White Rabbit and António Casalinho as the tap dancing Mad Hatter.
The Royal Ballet opens the 2023-34 season with a revival of Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote running from 30 September tp 17 November with a live cinema relay on 7 November. The opening night cast will be led by Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov as Kitri and Basilio. Tickets and details of casting www.roh.org.uk Photo GALLERY from the stage rehearsal by courtesy of the ROH. Right - curtain calls from the opening night on 30 September
New Dancers in Lisbon
The National Ballet pf Portugal, under the direction of Carlos Prado, has engaged nine new dancers for the 2023-24 season. They are: Francisco Gomes, Ruxandra Popa, Maria Girardin, Barbara Brigatti, Charlotte Skreikes, João Pedro Freitas, Emma Sicília, Nikolay Iossifov and Diogo Betencourt. www.cnb.pt
Ako Kondo & Chengwu Guo
Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo are both principal dancers with The Australian Ballet and delighted audiences with their performances at the Royal Opera House in London this summer. During a short break between matinée and evening performances, they shared stories of their dancing careers to date in this filmed interview.
The renowned German choreographer starts off his first season as director of the Staatsballett Berlin with the premiere of a new ballet inspired by Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. In this filmed interview he explains how he was drawn to the novel and his ideas on how to tell the complex story on stage. www.staatsballett-berlin.de
The Paris Opera opened their season on 21 September with a Gala, which began with the traditional Défilé. The programme included new ballets - Marion Motin's The Last Call and Xie Xin's Horizon - and ended with Crystal Pite's The Seasons' Canon. Curtain call from the générale. Under dance director José Martinez, the company comprises 124 sujets, coryphées and quadrilles, plus 13 premier danseurs and 17 étoiles.