Carla Fracci in Giselle at La Scala: She could skim, apparently effortlessly, across the stage with incredible lightness. Photograph: Erio Piccagliani via Teatro alla Scala

Born: August 20th, 1936 Died: May 27th, 2021 Carla Fracci, who has died aged 84 of cancer, was Italy’s prima ballerina of the 20th century. She was(...)

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(...)

Mark Morris Dance Group members at the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing in  London, ahead of their performance of  Pepperland in Dublin. Photograph: Elliott From Franks

When imagining touchstone musical albums, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band easily comes to mind: quintessential Britain in the swingi(...)