They never saw it, yet the audience couldn’t help but sense that behind the scenes of The Royal Ballet’s new production of The Winter’s Tale, the whole company was sweating. Dress rehearsal, usually open to the public, was closed; the second cast’s debut was pushed into the following week. And yet the ballet came off to a warm reception, and at his opening night curtain call, Christopher Wheeldon bounced up and down with glee – and relief… Leading the team creating the ballet was another huge undertaking for Wheeldon, who has now created several of these narrative blockbusters.
The First Chinese Swan Lake
Eva Shan Chou
The first full-length Swan Lake by Chinese dancers took place on July 1, 1958… “The Great Leap Forward” was the motto by which individual and group efforts on every level were bent toward universal participation in that effort. “Backyard furnaces” – real ones in the backyards of communes – exemplified the fervor urged on each and every person. All the arts, including dance education, were also asked to increase productivity. In addition, students went out to learn from ordinary people. The January 1959 issue of Wudao carried a photograph of a furnace being tended by a dance student, and the magazine said that, in ten days, the dance troupe had learned some of the skills of the smelters.
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