Irina Kolesnikova in St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s staging of Swan Lake

PRIMA BALLERINA IRINA KOLESNIKOVA AND COMPANY DIRECTOR KONSTANTIN TACHKIN PULL BACK THE CURTAIN ON ST PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE AHEAD OF THEIR DUBL(...)

Näher... Closer, Nearer, Sooner: dancers appear out of nowhere, then vanish. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

NÄHER... CLOSER, NEARER, SOONER Goethe-Institut ★ ★ ★ ★ To celebrate the opening of the Goethe-Institut’s new building on Merrion Square, the choreog(...)

An image of Akram Khan’s ’Giselle’

Akram Khan’s Giselle Bord Gáis Energy Theatre ★★★★★ Akram Khan’s Giselle reflects the cross-arts collaborations driving ballet through the 21st-centu(...)

Choreographer Emma Martin and Ballet Ireland dancer Ana Enriquez Gonzalez. Photograph: Rodolfo Saraiva

Wearing an oversized flannel shirt and endless layers of leg warmers, choreographer Emma Martin appears an unlikely poster-girl for ballet. Her unkemp(...)

The scene during the New York Joffrey Ballet Company auditions at the Dance Theatre, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Aisling Wright-Goff packed up to leave her internship with New York’s Joffrey Ballet School last summer, she reflected on how the experience had (...)

Maggie Donlon watches rehearsals

Entering the halls of the Bolshoi Theatre and its studios requires getting past strict security. The Moscow theatre has always been protected, but si(...)

Ballet Ireland tackles the Swan Lake challenge with perseverance
Review: Swan Lake
  • Stage
  • November 21, 2014, 13:06

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin  ****   Many ballet companies perform Swan Lake with a mix of excitement and trepidation. If successfu(...)

Ruslan Savdenov and Natalia Domracheva suggest love for the ballet itself as much as for the lead characters
Romeo and Juliet
  • Dance
  • November 14, 2013, 16:55

Romeo and JulietBoard Gáis Energy Theatre*****Irish audiences have hit the ballet jackpot with the Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet performing Sir Kennet(...)

Zoe Ashe-Browne and Dominic Harrison. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska
Carmen
  • Stage
  • November 6, 2013, 17:29

CarmenGaiety Theatre, Dublin****In Ballet Ireland’s Carmen, the action gels not with the eponymous dancer’s lusty moves, or the torrid dancing into wh(...)