NEW YEAR NOUVELLE PAS DE CHAT

Oh dear readers, I’ve had one of those breaks from blogging which we all need once in a while. Too much dealing with the written word you know, pass me my smelling salts.

Lots of new things to chat about though…

I saw the Nutcracker at Christmas of the very first time!

I saw Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands for my birthday!

I’ve completed a term at the Royal Academy of Dance in their adult learner’s programme, and am enrolled for a second.

I’ve had a taster class in the RAD’s Intermediate Foundation syllabus class and am looking forward to starting it as a regular class, hopefully preparing for the exam one of these days.

I may even become a total RAD luvvie and get some demi-pointes!!!

And, I really want to start writing about ballet history with a regular post sharing prints and ephemera from the past.

I’d like to know, is this interesting? Would you, the reader, like to see bits from the archive from British Ballet history? I don’t know exactly what I will find, but I know some of it will be pretty, some of it rude, and hopefully a good deal of it will be from periods of history that we don’t normally read a whole lot about. Let me know what you think!

Baroque Ballet

This Les Arts Florissants/Rameau event coming up at the Barbican in November looks truly fascinating.

The performers will recreate the courtly ballets of the French court, commissioned for the birth of the future King Louis XVI in 1754. (Yes, the Marie Antoinette Louis!)

I’m fascinated by ballet history, and my day job is researching eighteenth-century theatre, so this is an especially exciting prospect for me. I wonder how recognisable the dance technique will be, and if the same reasons I enjoy watching modern ballet will apply to this recreation of its roots? The blurb does say “re-imagining” so I’m keen to see how this works – will the steps performed be exactly what the French court would have viewed, and if not how have they been rechoreographed for modern audiences? So many questions!

The performance is 18th November and tickets start at £15.

Darcey’s Ballerina Heroes

Oo it’s on now! BBC 4! Put it on! Gerrit on i Player!

I know Darcey used to be a bit ok yah on Strictly but I think she’s developed into a really good presenter. She’s just done a bit in studios all around the world explaining the different national styles and she’s so switched on to what’s going on in the dancer’s body and explaining it to us.

They’re onto Fonteyn at the mo.

And the French lady from the Paris Opera has a gitane in a holder!! Gesticulating!