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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, June 8

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A review of an Ashton triple bill at Birmingham Royal Ballet:

http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/les-rendezvousdante-sonatafa%C3%A7ade-birmingham-royal-ballet-birmingham-hippodrome

Birmingham Royal Ballet – which shares with the choreographer the quality of wearing its excellence lightly – is having a mini Ashton season just now, with this triple bill of early short ballets – the elegiac Dante Sonata bracketed by 1930s romps Les Rendezvous and Façade – followed next week by La Fille mal gardée.

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An interview with Tamara Rojo in the Express:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/132468/Ballet-is-more-entertaining-than-football-says-star-dancer

The principal ballerina who is also the touring company’s artistic director, defended the £6million-plus it receives from taxpayers when she appeared on Desert Island Discs.

She told presenter Kirsty Young: “The English National Ballet is one of the companies that goes to the regions, that goes everywhere and therefore our ­audience is not the elite.

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Daria Klimentova speaks to the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/jun/08/ballerina-daria-klimentova-interview-leave-classic-ballets-alone

The ballerina has plans to teach and perhaps to return to Prague to run a ballet company, but fears for the future of classical ballet. Audiences were dwindling and some choreographers mistakenly taking desperate measures – jazzing up productions – to draw in the crowds, she said.

"Classical ballet is already getting smaller and smaller. I hope that it is not going to disappear. But what I see around me is a lot of choreographers who are destroying the classics. I wish that instead of doing Sleeping Beauty in some crazy new way, they would just go and invent their own full-length ballet story."

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