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Interview – Mathilde Froustey, San Francisco Ballet

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Cloud & Victory brought San Francisco Ballet principal dancer and former Paris Opera Ballet soloist, Mathilde Froustey, to Singapore in April to teach a series of ballet masterclasses. During her time here, we sat down with her to have a dialogue about her perspectives on ballet, her career and the realities and responsibilities of being a professional ballet dancer.…

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Review – Coppelia, Singapore Dance Theatre

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[Reviewed on 18 March 2017. This article was originally written for and published on the Straits Times (print edition).] Coppelia is a fluffy confection of a ballet, a light-hearted piece that combines comedy and pantomime with classical dance. It tells the story of two young lovers, Swanilda and Franz. Their road to the altar is threatened by Franz’s affection for a mysterious girl in the balcony – Coppélia – who turns out to be a doll. Hijinks and mayhem ensue.…

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A Very C&V Valentine’s Day

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At C&V, we’re always looking for ways to mashup ballet with everyday things and special occasions. This Valentine’s, we’ve created a series of 5 Valentine’s Day greetings filled with some of our favourite ballet dancers – and puns, of course! What better way to tell the ballet lover in your life how much you cherish them than with a well-chosen ballet pun or two?…

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Ballet C&V Ladies Interviews

Interview – Elinor Jagodnik, Stattsballett Berlin

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The ballet world rippled with intrigue when it was announced that Staatsballett Berlin’s artistic director, Nacho Duato, would be replaced in 2019 by a duo of Johannes Öhman (current director of the Royal Swedish Ballet) and Sasha Waltz (who heads her own company, Sasha Waltz & Guests). A co-directorship raised eyebrows, but it was the appointment of Waltz, a decidedly avant-garde choreographer whose expertise lay in dance-theater around whom controversy swirled. It was nothing short of a bold move to appoint an…

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Review – The Nutcracker, Singapore Dance Theatre

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[Reviewed on 7 December, 2016. This article was originally written for and published on the Straits Times (print and web edition).] The Nutcracker has been considered one of ballet’s most beloved yet most controversial pieces. Russian audiences in the 1800s might have found it acceptable, but in a globalised, culturally aware age, its Eurocentric fetishisation of Eastern cultures has raised eyebrows. Some artistic directors have tried to argue that the ballet’s play on stereotypes is “traditional”, not “racist”. But in…

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Interview – Hannah O’Neill

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Hannah O’Neill is a rare gem indeed. A dancer of supreme elegance and grace, she possesses not only the talent, but the mettle to become one of the few foreigners to be accepted into the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet. She has not just survived, but succeeded as a POB dancer, rising to become a soloist after weathering a rough few early years and the exacting cauldron of POB’s concours, their annual competition on which careers and promotions hinge – it’s…

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Cloud & Victory Fall/Winter 2016

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We recently launched our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection of ballet tops and clothing, modelled by Joy Womack and Miko Fogarty. It was all very exciting! Like all C&V clothing, it was designed to be mostly lovely, sometimes fun, but always empowering of the dancers to practice this art form, whether they’re professional ballet dancers, or students of all levels (including adult beginners like myself!). We are proud that we remain committed to the principles of ethical clothing manufacturing, by choosing…

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Interview – Ashley Ellis

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There’s a lot that separates Boston Ballet’s Ashley Ellis and I. A couple of oceans, for one thing. And there’s the small fact that she’s a principal dancer in a top ballet company, talented and graceful and whipping out complex choreography with elegance and ease, while I can barely remember the adage combinations as I fumble through my weekly ballet classes. When I spoke to Ashley, we talked first about the rigorous life of a ballet dancer. I am aware…

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Interview – Laurretta Summerscales

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Laurretta Summerscales sits next to me on a snug loveseat in her dressing room, curled up under a pink shawl. The English National Ballet principal has just completed the second show in a series of gala performances in Singapore. Performing five shows in 3 days while dealing with jetlag left most of the performers fairly tuckered out by the end, but even though she had just stepped off the stage 15 minutes ago, Laurretta still sparked with energy, a warm…

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