Escape into World ballet day 2021

Today, a bit of escapism… for the viewer, but also reality as the arts are still with us in this crazy world. And there are still youngsters choosing this as their career, all this hard work for our joy and pleasure.

Take a tea break, grab lunch watching a bit of ballet. I miss seeing these lovelies live so much.

Great work everyone!


Nature and relaxation

It’s an unusually balmy day in London, sun is shining between the clouds and we are promised 15C at lunchtime!

Makes one want to go and relax and reconnect with nature. And i came across this during my grumpy morning coffee and now i feel very relaxed, you should try it too 😀😍😃😂😂

Courtesy Scottish woods and the BBC:


Comments definitely open.

World ballet day

Note: the videos will be available tomorrow for re-watch (and probably for a few days more) in case you don’t have time to watch live today 🙂

Moving swiftly on with more beautiful and artsy things!

Was trying to embed the live video but it won’t work, so please if you want to watch live click on this LINK.

Do join in, even if just to watch 5 min of ballet class. Enchanting and so relaxing 🙂

From the Royal Opera House website:

World Ballet Day 2016: watch live on 4 October 2016

World Ballet Day returns on 4 October 2016 with a day-long live stream from five of the world’s leading ballet companies – and we’d love you to be involved:

  • WATCH: The live-stream, broadcast around the world on Facebook live and on this page
  • LIKE: Our Facebook page and sign up to receive exclusive World Ballet Day news and videos
  • SHARE: A short video of you in your dancing shoes as you dance along with our live class, using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay

During the marathon 20 hour live-stream, The Royal Ballet joins The Australian Ballet,Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet to give you exclusive rehearsal footage, a chance to see how the different companies warm up for the day and interviews with choreographers and leading figures in the dance world.

Do let us know what you think of the event on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #WorldBalletDay.

Find out more at

World Ballet Day 2016: Running order

Presented by Darcey Bussell and Gethin Jones, the day will feature exclusive interviews with members of The Royal Ballet including Steven McRae, Kristen McNally, Olivia Cowley, Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball, Sarah Lamb, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Eric Underwood, and Charlotte Edmondsas well as exclusive footage from Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

World Ballet Day is a working day at The Royal Ballet and as a result timings are approximate and subject to change:

  • 11:00am: Live class with The Royal Ballet
  • 12:20pm: Scottish Ballet rehearse Sibilio
  • 12:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia
  • 1:00pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses La Fille mal gardée
  • 1:15pm: Northern Ballet rehearse Romeo and Juliet
  • 1:30pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses The Sleeping Beauty
  • 1:50pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses the new Charlotte Edmonds ballet
  • 2:05pm English National Ballet rehearse Giselle
  • 2:15pm: Members of The Royal Ballet School rehearse Concerto
  • 2:30pm: Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearse The Tempest
  • 2:45pm: The Royal Ballet rehearses Anastasia

Watch highlights from World Ballet Day 2015

releasing some frustration…

with ballet 🙂

I’ve finished listening to ‘Clarissa’ this morning and i am so frustrated i could explode. I’ll let it stew and churn for a bit and once i’ve had a chance to collect the scattered thoughts i’ll let you know what i thought of it. Until then, here is something vastly more satisfying, believe me, you’ll enjoy it! It’s an extract, the version i saw live in the show was slightly longer but this is most of it.

Steve McRae and Ed Watson, as you surely know by now are my favourite principals in the Royal Ballet 🙂  I am in fact going to ballet again tonight, for a repeat of the evening i had a week ago. I loved it so much i HAVE to see it again! So while i am away i want to leave you in good company  🙂 It’s quite likely i have shared this with you before, sorry if this is the case.

Principal of The Royal Ballet Steven McRae performs his tap solo Czárdás with violinist Vasko Vassilev as part of World Ballet Day 2015

Aren’t they fantastic?

In case this is a repeat there is a slightly longer rehearsal of another modern piece i love.

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett rehearses his new ballet The Age of Anxiety with dancers Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside and Tristan Dyer. This piece was just… ‘scrumptious’.. it was fun and sad and melancholic and thoughtful

I’ll talk again about Liam Scarlett, the choreographer, in a few months’ time when we’ll see his new full length ballet, Frankenstein, about which we are all very excited here. Until then the rehearsal for Age of Anxiety. Liam Scarlett sets Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no.2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’, inspired by W.H. Auden’s epic poem. In a New York bar in wartime four lonely strangers attempt to find spiritual meaning in an industrialized world.

The weekend is here, relax, everyone!



Ballet – Christopher Wheeldon celebration

Edit: I have to share with you some pictures of last night 🙂

Click on DanceTab’s flickr for more

I had to pick a few from their beautiful collection, click for bigger images and have a look at the gallery above as well for more:


The finale of the pas de deux in the video you have below from After the Rain/Wheeldon. The incredible Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares (photo by DanceTabs)

The new ballet, Strapless was fabulously decadent, beautiful costumes and shallow people depicting a world of self-indulgence and conceit 🙂


Natalia Osipova in Strapless as Virginie Amélie Gautreau, first celebrity adored by society and then shunned because she dared appear in a painting … strapless (one strap fallen off).

 She was beautifully frivolous and ultimately so vulnerable, great portrayal.I have to share with you the scene which was part of the painting process: the painter John Singer Sargent, searching for inspiration, imagines the presence of his lover and muse, Albert de Belleroche:


Matthew Ball as Albert on the left and the intense painter, Ed Watson on the right 🙂 Photo by DanceTabs

 If you click through the gallery in the link above the last photo is of Sarah Lamb and Steve McRae frolicking sprightly in the woods. Within the Golden Hour, the last of the 3 ballets last night had a deep sense of connection with nature which was a great ending.


It has been a full on week, but it ends beautifully with a night at the ballet. A celebration marked by 3 pieces of one of my favourite contemporary choreographers, Christoper Wheeldon. The music of the pieces is perfect and all my favourite dancers of the Royal Ballet will be on stage tonight. I feel incredibly lucky and am very much looking forward to this! So i wanted to share with you a few videos of the ballets i will see tonight, via news article from the ROH which talks about the works, enjoy!

After the Rain / Strapless /Within the Golden Hour

Our quick introduction to The Royal Ballet’s mixed programme celebrating choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

A Celebration

Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, is a familiar figure to Covent Garden audiences – but this is the first time the Company has presented an all-Wheeldon mixed programme. It offers an opportunity to see just how widely his choreographic talent ranges. Two acclaimed abstract ballets, created for American companies, bookend a new narrative commission from The Royal Ballet, bringing together different sides of Wheeldon’s career.

Music and Dance

For the three ballets in this programme Wheeldon has used the music of three very different contemporary composers. The beautiful simplicity of Arvo Pärt comes first, a haunting setting for Wheeldon’s After the Rain. Italian minimalist composer Ezio Bossoprovides the score for Within the Golden Hour, incorporating music by Vivaldi. And in-between comes a dynamic new score from Mark-Anthony Turnage, specially written forStrapless. Turnage has previously collaborated with Wheeldon on ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), co-choreographed with Alastair Marriott.

After the Rain

Wheeldon created After the Rain in 2005 for New York City Ballet. This abstract ballet for three couples has become most widely known for its deeply affecting pas de deux, set to Pärt’s profoundly moving Spiegel im Spiegel. The pas de deux has often been performed on its own, including by The Royal Ballet in a 2012 gala performance, and was famously captured on film with NYCB principals Maria Kowroski and Ask la Courdancing at dawn on the roof of a skyscraper on the World Trade Center site. This is the first time the work has come to the Royal Opera House in its entirety.


For this new narrative ballet Wheeldon has drawn inspiration from an arresting portrait byJohn Singer Sargent – one that, in its time, was the source of much controversy. Sargent’s 1884 portrait of Amélie Gautreau – titled Madame X – was intended to strengthen her position as one of Paris’s most celebrated society beauties. But, thanks in large part to the painted detail of a strap slipping scandalously from her shoulder, the work tarnished Amélie’s reputation forever. Inspired by Deborah Davis’s book Strapless, Wheeldon takes us inside the glamorous beau monde of Amélie and Sargent, and explores the ever fickle nature of celebrity.

Within the Golden Hour

Within the Golden Hour was created in 2008 for San Francisco Ballet, to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. Wheeldon choreographed the work for 14 dancers, and includes much of his characteristically inventive handling of ensembles. Three centralpas de deux lead to a finale in which the whole cast comes together in a single, shimmering formation.

After the Rain / Strapless / Within the Golden Hour runs 12 February–11 March 2016.

Original article by PAUL KILBEY Ccontent producer- ballet Royal Opera House