Hanna Weibye

Hanna is a keen viewer and practitioner of all forms of dance, although ballet in both its classical and contemporary forms is her first love. A full-time PhD student studying German history at Cambridge, she occasionally escapes the library and the Fens to attend performances in London, and enjoys the opportunity to analyse and describe dance rather than German history. She has produced, choreographed for, and danced in ballet and contemporary productions at Cambridge, and continues to teach beginners ballet for the University Ballet Club.
English National Ballet shows its strengths in a triple bill inspired by Rudolf Nureyev

English National Ballet's Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev didn't just honour this great dancer: it also proved a strong showcase for ENB's contemporary talent, with an attractive triple bill.

Monday 29th July 2013 Read more...
Sergei Polunin is the best thing about the Stanislavsky Ballet's Coppelia in London

Fast, flashy, funny and footsure, former Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin returned to London with his new company, Moscow's Stanislavsky Ballet, for this production of Coppelia. Polunin is indisputably gold dust, and always worth seeing, though Coppelia is more of an acquired taste.

Friday 12th July 2013 Read more...
A strong contemporary programme is Boston Ballet's second offering to London

Several contemporary pieces made up Boston Ballet's second programme at the London Coliseum, on their first tour to the capital for 30 years. This was a welcome contrast tot eh wash of 19th-century story ballets on in London this summer.

Tuesday 9th July 2013 Read more...
English National Ballet bring Swan Lake in-the-round back to the Royal Albert Hall

English National Ballet took to the Royal Albert Hall for Derek Deane's famous version of Swan Lake performed in-the-round. There was beautiful dancing from the two star principals Tamara Rojo and Matthew Golding, though this remains a long ballet to be carried by a gimmick – even such a remarkable one.

Tuesday 18th June 2013 Read more...
Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells

Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby, choreographed by David Nixon, is a commendable effort to adapt this difficult material to the ballet form, and the perfect project for this energetic, enthusiastic ensemble. At Sadler's Wells.

Wednesday 15th May 2013 Read more...
Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling makes a darkly compelling night at Covent Garden

Kenneth MacMillan's classic ballet Mayerling is a dark but enthralling cocktail. It's hard to call it an enjoyable experience, but with such a strong cast of actor-principals from The Royal Ballet, it's enought to marvel at the psychological depths that ballet can plumb.

Monday 22nd April 2013 Read more...
Ecstatic Ashton from The Royal Ballet

A number of works by Sir Frederick Ashton made for an expressive and ecstatic evening with The Royal Ballet. The bill culminated with Marguerite and Armand – based on the same story as La Traviata – which was danced ravishingly by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

Thursday 14th February 2013 Read more...
A fitting memorial: Kenneth MacMillan triple bill at Covent Garden

The Royal Ballet are in top form in this Kenneth MacMillan triple bill, showing the great choreographer at his versatile best in performances of Concerto, Las Hermanas and Requiem. The final piece especially became a fitting memorial to MacMillan himself.

Tuesday 20th November 2012 Read more...
A celebratory night of dance at the ROH with Wayne McGregor's FAR

The high points for me were the opening and closing pas de deux. The first was torchlit, shadowy and elementally serious, while the last was tender and hopeful in the moon-like glow of the lighting installation. In between were sections involving all the dancers in ever-recombining groups.

Monday 19th November 2012 Read more...
Top-notch contemporary ballet from The Royal Ballet's new trinity of modern choreographers

Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon's third Royal Ballet triple bill of the year confirmed their key status in contemporary ballet, and the popular following all three have gained. Scarlett's Viscera and Wheeldon's Fool's Paradise were both new to the ROH, and between them came McGregor's beloved Infra.

Tuesday 6th November 2012 Read more...
An Autumn Celebration with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells

Birmingham Royal Ballet's second mixed bill at Sadler's Wells this Autumn brought together The Grand Tour (1971), the company's Cultural Olympiad offering Faster, Higher, Stronger, and Sir Frederick Ashton's classic The Dream. While some of the bill felt strange to a contemporary audience, other parts were a real pleasure to see.

Tuesday 30th October 2012 Read more...
Birmingham Royal Ballet's first mixed bill at Sadler's Wells is a bit too mixed

Birmingham Royal Ballet's dancers are hard-working, versatile, and extremely likeable, but this varied bill didn't give a sense of the company as a whole. Rising American star Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces was the pick, hinting at Balanchine and Nijinska.

Thursday 25th October 2012 Read more...
The new Royal Ballet season opens with some old magic

For all its dominance in the ballet canon, Swan Lake is a slightly odd ballet, and full of contrasts. But The Royal Ballet's regularly-revived production pulls everything together with visual splendour and plenty of pizzazz in the dancing. With husband-and-wife team Marianela Núñez and Thiago Soares leading, the magic still works.

Thursday 11th October 2012 Read more...
San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells: A second night just as good as the first

From the moment the curtain went up, there was no doubt that San Francisco Ballet had another evening of fabulous ballet in store for the audience at Sadler’s Wells. Helgi Tomasson had set his Trio to lush Tchaikovsky; the backdrop and costumes were even lusher: battered gold for the former, satin and chiffon in plum, violet, and burgundy for the latter.  

Monday 17th September 2012 Read more...
San Francisco Ballet at Sadler's Wells: Programme A wows London

San Francisco Ballet, one of the oldest, biggest and most prestigious American companies, was last here eight years ago; their return – to judge by the buzzing crowd packing out Sadler’s Wells last night – has been eagerly awaited. Fortunately, they are not wasting a moment of their stay, treating the capital’s ballet fans to nine performances in as many days.

Monday 17th September 2012 Read more...
Titian 2012: A cultural olympiad of new works from the Royal Ballet

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 invited artists from different disciplines, mainly the visual arts, dance and music, to respond to Titian's three magnifient paintings of the Diana and Actaeon myth. The results are displayed in an exhibition at the National Gallery (alongside Titian's originals), and in this triple bill of new ballets at the Royal Opera House.

Thursday 19th July 2012 Read more...
Britain's Three National Dance Companies: New Material in Greenwich

Dance GB is a collaboration between the UK's three national dance companies, Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, and English National Ballet. A new piece was commissioned for each company, and they are being performed together in a triple bill: in London, as part of Big Dance 2012.

Monday 9th July 2012 Read more...
Ballet in a Splendid Setting: English National Ballet at St Paul's Cathedral

On Tuesday evening, English National Ballet performed in the spectacular setting of St Paul's Cathedral, as part of the City of London Festival 2012. While the new works performed did not quite match up to their beautiful surroundings, this was a immensely enjoyable evening of dance.

Friday 6th July 2012 Read more...
A historic revival of MacMillan's Prince of the Pagodas at Covent Garden

The Royal Ballet's revival of The Prince of the Pagodas is an extraordinary achievement in many ways, not least because the ballet has an undistinguished history.  The ballet-going public was certainly seduced by the marketing of this twentieth-century fairytale for the new millennium, but did it deliver the magic?

Tuesday 5th June 2012 Read more...
The Royal Ballet dazzles with a youthful triple bill at Covent Garden

The works in this triple bill of modern works – Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon, Sweet Violets by Liam Scarlett and Carbon Life by Wayne McGregor – were all created by choreographers in their twenties and two of them are new works made for the Royal Ballet this season, making for an evening of fresh, exuberant modern ballet. 

Thursday 19th April 2012 Read more...
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