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Deloitte Ignite - Royal Opera House

Join us for a month of Myth with the award-winning Deloitte Ignite, the annual contemporary arts festival at the Royal Opera House. Curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Minna Moore Ede, this year's festival is a feast of dance and visu

Sylvie Guillem to retire in 2015

Sylvie Guillem has announced that she will retire at the end of 2015.

The Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, review: 'A happy whirlwind of speed and precision'

The Mariinsky Ballet’s Kimin Kim whirls through the air, dives into a quirky forward roll, then shoots straight up into a pure classical arabesque – and all in one exultant phrase.

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

It sure feels like longer than three weeks since the Mariinsky rolled into town – at least if you’re one of London’s ballet fans. Non-balletomanes might be wondering whether the feverish intensity with which the company’s doings are followed, its

Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella – London

Diana Vishneva and the 4 seasons in Cinderella.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version) Mariinsky Ballet Cinderella London, Royal Opera House 15 August 2014 Gallery of pictures by Dave Morgan The Mari

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, review: 'anti-climactic'

The Mariinsky Ballet's wonderful season came to a disappointing end, says Laura Thompson

Ratmansky’s Mariinsky Cinderella: Once upon an urban fairy tale

It was clever programming to bookend the Mariinsky’s three-week London residency with two Prokofiev full-length ballets – starting with its classic, but dated, 1940 Romeo and Juliet, and ending with the contemporary chic of Alexei Ratmansky’s Cind

Mariinsky Ballet mixed programme review the best of the season so far

Royal Opera House, LondonGolovine's original stage designs, Technicolor playing from the orchestra and the ardent energy of the corps brought this Firebird to flaming fruitionMost western productions of The Firebird come with the designs that Diaghilev co

Alina Cojocaru: Dream Project 2014

It must be difficult to programme a ballet gala: you need to include the old favourites an audience expects, but have enough variety to maintain interest as well.

Great expectations

Last week, the feast of long-awaited dance events on offer echoed bygone days when London life was dominated by the strategically engineered appearances of rival ballet stars at the same time in different venues.