Dance Europe

Issue No. 265
Feb/Mar 2023

Paul Marque

The Paris Opera étoile talks about his journey that began with jazz dance classes and the challenge of dancing the world's most famous ballet.

Le Corsaire

José Martinez first created his production of Le Corsaire for the Rome Opera Ballet in 2020, and the production was also staged in Ljubljana for the Slovenian National Ballet later that year. A new production of the ballet has now found its way to Tallinn, where it was premiered by the Estonian National Ballet in December. Martinez oversaw the staging, assisted by Agnès Letestu, just prior to taking up his new role as Director of Dance at the Paris Opera. This film shows clips from the production and four of the leading characters talk about their roles and what it was like to work with Martinez and Letestu.

Lorenzo Trossello

English National Ballet's new junior soloist dancer made his debut with the company dancing Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. The Italian dancer talks about his journey from Crova to London in this film which also includes footage from a Swan Lake rehearsal with Trossello, Erina Takahashi and James Streeter.

The Sleeping Beauty

LONDON The Royal Ballet opened its run of The Sleeping Beauty at the ROH on 16 January with sublime performances by Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov as Aurora as Prince Florimund. The February/March cover of Dance Europe features Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell who will dance on 8 February and 4 March. Performances continue until 6 June. PHOTOS

The Sleeping Beauty

AMSTERDAM The last photo gallery of the year is very evocative of 2022 in that the two leading dancers both chose to leave their very successful careers behind - Olga Smirnova resigned from the Bolshoi and Victor Caixeta from the Mariinsky - when Russia invaded Ukraine. Smirnova and Caixeta secured new contracts as principal dancers with the Dutch National Ballet. PHOTOS

Gallery_Casalinho_Hilaire_Bastos_© Maina Gielgud

Promotions in Munich

Following the performance of Alexei Ratmansky's Tchaikovsky Overtures by the Bayerisches Staatsballett, director Laurent Hilaire announced the promotions of António Casalinho to first soloist and Caroline Bastos to soloist from 2023. Photo © Maina Gielgud


Tchaikovsky Overtures

Bayerisches Staatsballett presented the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Tchaikovsky Overtures at the Nationaltheater in Munich on 23 December. The new ballet has designs by Jean-Marc Puissant and further performances take place on 26 (mat & eve) and 27 December. Pictured - Shale Wagman in Elegy. PHOTO GALLERY

José Martinez

This interview was filmed in Tallinn where José Martinez recently staged his production of Le Corsaire for the Estonian National Ballet. The former étoile returned to the Paris Opera as its new Director of Dance, succeeding Aurélie Dupont who stepped down in the summer, in December. 


The Royal Ballet
The Nutcracker

Estonian National Ballet
Le Corsaire

Paris Opera
Swan Lake

English National Ballet
The Nutcracker

Olga Smirnova

We are very happy to announce that Olga Smirnova has been voted at the Dancer of the Year 2022 by the readers of Dance Europe following the initial nomination by Valentina Bonelli in the annual Critics' Choice. Currently a principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet, Olga is pictured on the front cover in Grand Pas Classique, which she performed in the company's 60th anniversary gala. She is also featured and in a filmed interview, in which she talks frankly about leaving the Bolshoi and her new life in Amsterdam in the Dec/Jan issue of Dance Europe.

Xander's Story 

After 12 years of living and dancing in St Petersburg, Xander Parish left his career as principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet - and much else behind - due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. After many months without performing, he joined the Norwegian National Ballet and also taken on the directorship of a project, Reunited in Dance, launched at the Segerstrom Center in California in November. Included in this filmed interview is a short excerpt from Juliano Nunes's new ballet Canvas.

Laurent Hilaire
After relinquishing his post at the Stanislavsky Theatre, the former Paris Opera étoile  talks about his new role as director of the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Ingrid Lorentzen
Norwegian National Ballet's artistic director contemplates a decade of achievements and challenges.

Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken
The Norwegian National Ballet principal  talks about the adversities she has overcome in a film which show shot excerpts from her performances in Onegin, Giselle and Hedda Gabler - a ballet which was created on her.

One Year in Munich
After graduating from the Conservatório Internacional de Ballet e Dança last year, António Casalinho and Margarita Fernandes were engaged as soloists with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. In this short film they recall the ballets there have performed since joining the company. 


A Diamond Celebration

Mats Ek - Rite of Spring

Romeo and Juliet

10th Anniversary Gala

Into the Music

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Into the Music programme features the Kylián classic Forgotten Land and Uwe Scholz's magnificent The Seventh Symphony plus a new piece, Hotel, by Morgann Runacre-Temple. Premiered at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 21 October, the bill can be seen at Sadler's Wells from 2 - 5 November. More information at PHOTOS © EMMA KAULDHAR

Light of Passage

Set to Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Crystal Pite's Light of Passage was premiered by The Royal Ballet on 18 October. The work comprises Pite's Flight Pattern with the addition of two new creations, Covenant and Passage. The large cast includes Kristen McNally, Marcelino Sambé, Madison Bailey, Calvin Richardson, Luca Acri, Benjamin Ella, Ashley Dean, Joseph Sissens, Isabel Lubach, Matthew Ball; Company of Elders dancers Isidora Barbara Joseph and Christopher Havell; and six junior associates of the Royal Ballet School - complete cast on the ROH website HERE Performances continue until 3 November. Curtain calls from the general rehearsal. PHOTOS © EMMA KAULDHAR 

Sleeping Beauty
in Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet opens its run of Peter Wright's production of The Sleeping Beauty at the National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam on 12 October with performances continuing until 2 January. The opening night cast includes Maia Makhateli as Princess Aurora, Jakob Feyferlik as Prince Florimund, Erica Horwood as the Lilac Fairy, Floor Eimers as Carabosse, Riho Sakamoto and Sho Yamada as the Bluebirds. More info at PHOTOS © EMMA KAULDHAR