Weekend treat – Ed Watson, principal dancer @Royal Ballet

I’m off to the ballet again tonight, but this is the aftermath of seeing Ed Watson dance De Grieux in MacMillan’s Manon the other day. Watson is my favourite dancer ever since i’ve first seen him as Rudolf in MacMillan’s Mayerling. He’s not only a technically brilliant dancer but he’s a consummate actor, i’ve never seen anyone live and embody a character on stage quite like he does!

This is a bit of teaser of crownprince Rudolf (from the press campaign around the Olympics):

and here a beautiful rehearsal from the ballet which finishes with them dancing the actual scene:

and an insight into what it actually take to dance a role like this:

There are more videos here if you want to see more 🙂

I’ll leave you with this beautiful shot of Ed by Rick Guest (from an exhibition at the Hospital Club in London) (i love his hands)

and there is also this interesting shot with Christina Arestis done by Alan Gelati for a campaign for protection of fish stocks in our waters 🙂 (nsfw)

Happy and relaxed weekend everyone!