A little bit of grace

We’re feeling quite graceful this week and so what better way to embrace our inner ballerina than to watch some ballet, but where can we find some?

Belfast

The QFT

“QFT is delighted to announce that from October 2011, audiences in Northern Ireland will be able to see a full season of live performances by the legendary Bolshoi Ballet transmitted live in HD by satellite from the stage of the great Bolshoi Theatre in the heart of Moscow.

The 2011-12 season offers six great ballets, ranging from the great popular romantic fairytale classics such as Sleeping Beauty, to the hilarious Stalinist era satirical comedy The Bright Stream that so outraged the state censors they had its author sent to the Gulag for cultural subversion. Along the way are dramatic tales of love and adventure in exotic lands and times of chivalry such as Le Corsaire (The Pirate) and Raymonda, the tale familiar to modern era as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in Esmeralda, and of course a Christmas performance of the perennial children’s favourite The Nutcracker.”

London

The National English Ballet are currently putting on a little something for kids called My First Sleeping Beauty.

“The My First…ballets by ENB2 bring your children their first taste of the fantastical and magical world of ballet.

My First Sleeping Beauty is an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies, created especially for children by award-winning choreographer Matthew Hart. Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous waltz-filled music includes the tune made famous asOnce upon a Dream in Disney’s version.

Children are welcome to dress up as a ballerina, an evil fairy or a Prince. We encourage them to clap and cheer, boo the evil Carabosse, laugh and even try some ballet moves for themselves”

How stunning are those costumes. Get your tickets and more info here.

For something a little more contemporary head over to Sadler’s Wells.

“One of France’s most successful choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj returns to Sadler’s Wells with his award-winning 2008 adaption of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White. Performed by the company of 25 dancers, this contemporary ballet is set to extracts from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies and showcases spectacular costumes designed by fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier.

The classic story of the wicked queen who sets out to destroy her rival is told through Preljocaj’s characteristically physical choreography, while Thierry Leproust’s dark and dramatic sets transport the audience to a fairytale world of magic, drama and romance.”

Any Ballet going on anywhere near you? Please comment and let us know.

Handsome and Pretty

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