Category Archives: Dance Legends

Blog posts about people I’ve worked with in the ballet world who either are actual legends, or who have been legendarily wonderful in my working life.

Madge Gillings and Mrs Bagot Stack on record

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The Women’s League of Health and Beauty Exercises—music from the early 1930s, and a beautiful documentary, all online. Continue reading

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Kostrovitskaya’s career as a plasterer

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In these days when artists are insulted by the idea of having to retrain as something else, let’s take a moment to remember Vera Kostrovitskaya, famous pedagogue—and plasterer, restorer of Leningrad after World War 2. Continue reading

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Advent 20: What a difference a D makes

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Today’s golden moment also concerns Mark Morris and Les Patineurs, it so happens. I was playing the waltz from Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète (better known as the  pas de trois from Les Patineurs) for another Mark Morris class, and around bar … Continue reading

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Romeo & Juliet & Mark Morris at the Barbican

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On Wednesday, legged it down to the Barbican to see Mark Morris’s R&J, with the score unearthed by the incredible Simon Morrison – not just ‘a Princeton music professor’ as he’s been called recently, but a superstar scholar of Russian … Continue reading

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A Mischievous Muse & Maritime Rites

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To the Australian High Commission for the launch of Anthony Meredith & Paul Harris’s biography of my late friend, composition tutor and mentor Malcolm Williamson, A Mischievous Muse.  From what I have read so far, it’s a terrific book, and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Playing for Mark Morris

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Just back from what’s turned out to be an annual stint for the last three years, playing for The Mark Morris Dance Group company classes on their flying visits to London. As always, it’s the nearest thing I know to … Continue reading

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