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The Wonderful World of Dance presents exclusive interviews with ballet dancers, choreographers and artistic directors from the world's top dance and ballet companies. Loved by over 300,000 fans in 50 countries around the world, reaching 2 million a month, covering ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, flamenco and more...



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Ballet & Dance Podcast The Wonderful World of Dance

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The Wonderful World of Dance presents exclusive interviews with ballet dancers, choreographers and artistic directors from the world's top dance and ballet companies. Loved by over 300,000 fans in 50 countries around the world, reaching 2 million a month, covering ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, flamenco and more...



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    Isaac Hernández, Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet

    Isaac Hernández, Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet

    In this podcast, Principal Dancer Isaac Hernández shares his unique story of growing up in Mexico as one of 11 kids, being taught to dance by his father and dancing with ABT II, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, his move to English National Ballet, and the decision to return to San Francisco Ballet. 







    Isaac also shares his passion for inspiring the next generation of dancers in Mexico, where he has established projects that provide opportunities for future dance stars.







    Listen to Isaac talk about his experience of guesting around the world, and working with renowned choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon as he reprises the role of Prince Guillaume in Wheeldon's dazzling Cinderella.







    Don't miss the chance to see Isaac perform in Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella running until 8 April 2023.







    Get your tickets for Romeo & Juliet, from 21-30 April.







    For more information visit: San Francisco Ballet















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    Isaac Hernández in Forsythe's Blake Works I © Lindsay Thomas

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    Cathy Marston, internationally renowned, award winning British Choreographer and Artistic Director on world premiere with Houston Ballet

    Cathy Marston, internationally renowned, award winning British Choreographer and Artistic Director on world premiere with Houston Ballet

    Cathy Marston, internationally renowned, award winning British Choreographer and Artistic Director has created critically acclaimed works for The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Northern Ballet, English National Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, Ballet Black and more.







    In this insightful podcast, Cathy shares her journey from dancer to choreographer, her inspiration for creating narrative ballets, her choreographic process and how she works with the dancers in the studio. We also discuss the importance of women choreographers and diverse voices in the dance industry.







    Houston Ballet Principals Jessica Collado as Alma, Chase O’Connell as John and Soloist Mackenzie Richter as the Angel in Cathy Marston’s Summer and Smoke. Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox (2023), Courtesy of Houston Ballet.







    This month sees the world premiere of Cathy's interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke with Houston Ballet, America's fourth largest ballet company. Listen to Cathy describe this tragic tale of love and betrayal, how she developed the characters' movement motifs and the inventive staging that it set to impress audiences.







    Houston Ballet Principal Jessica Collado as Alma and Soloist Mackenzie Richter as the Angel with Artists of Houston Ballet in Cathy Marston’s Summer and Smoke. Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2023), Courtesy of Houston Ballet.







    ​​The world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke runs to 19 March 2023. For more information and tickets visit: Houston Ballet







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    Rafael Bonachela, Choreographer & Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director on Ascent

    Rafael Bonachela, Choreographer & Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director on Ascent

    The Wonderful World of Dance has arrived in the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia to explore the dynamic dance scene of this beautiful country. And, of course, we couldn't miss the chance to visit Sydney Dance Company, the leading contemporary dance company in Australia.







    In this podcast, we had the privilege to sit down with the company's Artistic Director and Choreographer Rafael Bonachela at the stunning studio overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour.







    On the eve of Sydney Dance Company's much-anticipated Sydney premiere of their latest triple bill Ascent, Bonachela shares his journey from Barcelona to London and then to Sydney, and how his vision has shaped the company over the past 14 years.







    Bonachela discusses the acclaimed choreographers that he has brought to work with the company and gives an insight into his process for creating his own works. He also shares the inspiration behind Ascent, which includes two world premieres - Bonachela's I Am-ness and Marina Mascarell's The Shell, A Ghost, The Host & The Lyrebird, plus the reprisal of Antony Hamilton's award-winning Forever & Ever.







    Rafael Bonachela in rehearsal of I Am-ness with Sydney Dance Company. Photo by Pedro Greig







    Ascent runs from 15 March - 26 March 2023 at the Sydney Opera House, followed by an Australian national tour from May - August 2023. For more information and tickets visit: Sydney Dance Company







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    • 30 min
    Russell Maliphant, Choreographer & Artistic Director looks back over his career and towards 25 years of Russell Maliphant Dance Company

    Russell Maliphant, Choreographer & Artistic Director looks back over his career and towards 25 years of Russell Maliphant Dance Company

    In this podcast Russell Maliphant, the critically acclaimed, award winning choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Russell Maliphant Dance Company, discusses his career and work that firmly places this artist as one of Britain's most important choreographers creating work today. 







    Next year, Russell Maliphant Dance Company is set to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Listen to Russell share his journey from training with The Royal Ballet School, dancing with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet), before deciding to forge an independent dance career, that led to him establishing Russell Maliphant Dance Company.







    Russell is a deeply considered artist, eternally curious and highly academic. Listen to Russell as he discusses his interest and research into anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, Rolf Method of Structural Integration, somatic practice and more. He also talks about his exploration of flow and energy and the relationship between movement, light and music in his award winning work.







    Russell Maliphant (c) Panayiotis Sinnos







    At the time of this podcast recording, dance was just returning to the stage in London and unfortunately due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the UK and Europe, performances have again been cancelled or delayed.







    Russell Maliphant choreographed a piece for English National Ballet's REUNION - which was to be their first live performance since the initial lockdown - unfortunately this is currently delayed. Russell Maliphant Dance Company is scheduled to perform in Europe in early 2021. The company has also made their Digital Archives available and they are also holding online classes, workshops and more. Stay up to date with Russell Maliphant Dance Company performance dates and discover more here.







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    Wayne Eagling, acclaimed choreographer, former Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet & Royal Ballet Principal looks back on his career

    Wayne Eagling, acclaimed choreographer, former Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet & Royal Ballet Principal looks back on his career

    English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet former Artistic Director, former Royal Ballet Senior Principal Dancer and world renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling, talks to The Wonderful World of Dance about his dance career, training with Dame Ninette de Valois, working with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Frederick Ashton, life at the famous Royal Opera House and hanging out with his friend Rudolf Nureyev.

    In this podcast, Wayne gives an insight into his 22 years with The Royal Ballet, his time as Artistic Director for the Dutch National Ballet and returning home after 14 years to become the Artistic Director of the English National Ballet.

    This wonderful conversation also looks into his extensive body of choreographic work for top companies around the world from The Royal Ballet, La Scala, Rome Opera Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Kremlin Ballet and during his tenures at English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet.

    New English Ballet Theatre in 'REMEMBRANCE' by Wayne Eagling. Photo by Deborah Jaffe

    Wayne talks about his latest project, working with the New English Ballet Theatre who premiered on YouTube, his dynamic narrative ballet, ‘REMEMBRANCE’, (available on YouTube until 15 December 2020).

    REMEMBRANCE tells the universal story of love, loss and war based on the life of Dame Marie Rambert – founder of Britain’s first and oldest ballet company – and her husband, the playwright Ashley Dukes. Listen to Wayne talk about working with the New English Ballet Theatre, rehearsing with the dancers and seeing his work move online during the coronavirus pandemic.

    NEBT in 'REMEMBRANCE' by Wayne Eagling. Photo by Deborah Jaffe



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    • 57 min
    Viviana Durante, new Artistic Director of English National Ballet School on challenges facing students during covid and her vision for the future

    Viviana Durante, new Artistic Director of English National Ballet School on challenges facing students during covid and her vision for the future

    Viviana Durante is an international ballet star and former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala and K-Ballet. 







    Hailed as one of the most dramatic dancers of her time, Viviana has forged an esteemed career as an Artistic Director, Producer, Coach, Judge and Author.







    In this podcast, Viviana talks about training at the Royal Ballet School, dancing with The Royal Ballet, establishing her own company and the influence on her new role as the Artistic Director of English National Ballet School, following her appointment just a year ago as the School's Dance Director. 















    Viviana also shares her experience as the Artistic Director of Viviana Durante Company and curating ground breaking programmes, featuring a roster of famous dancers from The Royal Ballet, Ballet Black and Scottish Ballet.







    Listen to Viviana's vision for the English National Ballet School, the rigours of ballet training, the challenges faced by students during the covid pandemic, and how the School is supporting their young dancers as they return to class.







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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

sukigem20 ,

An interviewer who lets the subject speak - brilliant

Just listened to the wonderfully eloquent talk of Issac Hernandez. It is one of the best interviews I have listened to as a podcast. I had never considered ballet dancers as being influential outside of their field but listening to this I am enlightened and so impressed. Will look at ballet differently from now on.

JossWilson ,

Russell Maliphant

Outstanding interview with fascinating creator of dance. Really insightful questions from Savannah Saunders. Thoroughly recommend. Thank you for helping me survive my lockdown walks.

Balletstar99 ,

Amazing interviews with incredible dancers

Absolutely love this podcast, the dancers are so interesting, the style of chat is fabulous, love listening to the dancers and choreographers as they tell their stories.

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