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If you dream of sugar plum fairies and landing that perfect grand jeté, then this is the quiz for you! Whether you could plié before you could walk or are a devoted fan but have never stepped up to the barre yourself, let’s see how well you’ve picked up on ballet lingo. Take the quiz […]more
On 27 May 1913, fashionable Paris was scandalized by the premiere of a new ballet. Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring, as it is usually known in English), with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, depicted pagan ceremonies for the coming of spring, culminating in the sacrifice of a young […]more
In 1892 the curtains rose at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg for the premiere of a new ballet. With a score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, the ballet was set to be a hit. After all, the pair had produced The Sleeping Beauty, which was hugely successful, just two years earlier. But […]more