Dance Europe Films


Olga Smirnova

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 featured on the front cover  in Grand Pas Classique and in a filmed interview in the December/January issue of Dance Europe.

José Martinez

This interview was filmed in Tallinn where José Martinez was staging his production of Le Corsaire for the Estonian National Ballet. The former étoile is the new Director of Dance at the Paris Opera.

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

Xander's Story
Xander Parish left his career as principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet - and much else behind - due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He has now joined the Norwegian National Ballet and also taken on the directorship of a project, Reunited in Dance.

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

Grete Sofie Borud NybakkenThe 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. 

Dancers of the Year 2022

Nominations by Dance Europe's writers

Austin Eyler

Brief encounter with the Philadelphis Ballet soloist

Pilobolus on Tour

A candid snapshot of Pilobolus on tour in Dhahran

Roberto Bolle & Friends 

A few short video clips from the performance of Roberto Bolle and Friends at the Arena di Verona July 2022. Videos courtesy of Arena di Verona

Sir Peter Wright

Renowned for his stagings of the classics, Sir Peter, now 95, shares his life story in this filmed interview, which also includes short clips from some of the ballets he has staged including Giselle, Swan lake, Coppélia and The Nutcracker.

Alexei Ratmansky's Giselle

The United Ukrainian Ballet in rehearsals for Alexei Ratmansky’s Giselle which comes to the London Coliseum 13 - 17 September.

Basilio's Variation

António Casalinho in Baryshnikov's choreography for Basilio in Don Quixote Act II.

Ballet in Seteais

Short interviews and performance excerpts by the dancers participating in the Internationall Ballet Gala in Seteais

Maia Makhateli

The Dutch National Ballet principal dancer shares her journey from Tbilisi to Amsterdam via Colorado and Birmingham...

Federico Bonelli

Following a career spanning 19 years with The Royal Ballet, the Italian principal dancer talks about his transition to a new role as artistic director of Northern Ballet

Irek Mukhamedov

Revered as a Spartacus, the Tartar made his career in the West as a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, where he excelled in MacMillan’s ballets. In this interview, he talks passionately about his work as a maître de ballet with the Paris Opera. Includes rehearsal for Rudolf Nureyev’s La Bayadère with Paris Opera étoiles Sae Eun Park and Paul Marque.

Victor Caixeta

The Brazilian dancer, who  joined the Dutch National Ballet, following his departure from St Petersburg at the onset of the war,  shares his story and talks about his inaugural performances in Amsterdam partnering Olga Smirnova in Rachel Beaujean's new production of Raymonda 

Hannah O'Neill

Half Japanese and half New Zealander, the Paris Opera première danseuse talks candidly about her path to the Palais Garnier

Don Quixote Pas de Deux

Don Quixote pas de deux with António Casalinho and Margarita Fernandes. Production by Maina Gielgud for the Companhia de Ballet Clássico de Leiria at the Teatro José Lúcio da Silva