Les Ballets Russes

Formed in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev, Les Ballets Russes revolutionised the art of dance, presenting work so ground-breaking it famously caused near-riots. One hundred years later, four exceptional artists at the vanguard of today’s choreography pay a thrilling tribute to this unique artistic venture.
To mark this special centenary Sadler’s Wells produces In the Spirit of Diaghilev,commissioning brand new works from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Javier De Frutos, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor who are each creating work inspired by Diaghilev’s troupe and his pioneering spirit of collaboration.
Each choreographer, working with all or part of his own company and a host of world class designers, composers and artists from beyond the realms of dance, gives their own original response to the famous challenge that Diaghilev once issued to Jean Cocteau: “Surprise me!”.

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says; “With the Ballets Russes, Diaghilev altered the perceptions of who and what ballet could attract. It became a multi-dimensional art form and Diaghilev’s approach forged the way for generations of artists and producers to come. For this centenary I felt it was important for Sadler’s Wells to create new work, and to ask the question, if Diaghilev were alive today, what would he do? So I’ve asked Wayne McGregor, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Javier de Frutos, to each create pieces inspired by some aspect of that period and most importantly Les Ballets Russes’ spirit of collaboration.”
Forming an evening of four brand new works, In the Spirit of Diaghilev includes collaborations across design, film, music and fashion.

Inspired by Shackleton's Nimrod expedition to the South Pole in 1909, the year that Les Ballets Russes was founded, Wayne McGregor creates Dyad 1909. Wayne McGregor Random Dance collaborates with acclaimed artists and filmmakers Jane and Louise Wilson, lighting designer Lucy Carter and costume designer Moritz Junge with costumes embellished by Swarovski and make-up by Kabuki. Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds will provide a newly commissioned score combining piano, strings and electronics.

The Ballets Russes was an itinerant ballet company which performed under the directorship of Sergei Diaghilev between 1909 and 1929. Some of their places of residence included the Théâtre Mogador and the Théâtre du Châtelet, as Paris had a large Russian exile population. They performed in many countries, including England, the U.S.A. and Spain. Many of the company’s dancers originated from the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg. Younger dancers were trained in Paris, within the community of exiles after the Russian Revolution of 1917. The company featured and premiered now-famous (and sometimes notorious) works by the great choreographers Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, as well as new works by Bronislava Nijinska, Leonide Massine, Vaslav Nijinsky, and the young George Balanchine at the start of his career. Dancers included Anna Pavlova, Alicia Markova, and Bronislava Nijinska.
The company’s productions combined new dance, art and music. They created a huge sensation around the world, altering the course of musical history, bringing many significant visual artists into the public eye, and completely reinvigorating the art of performing dance. Les Ballets Russes was one of the most influential theatre companies of the 20th century, in part because of its ground-breaking artistic collaboration among contemporary choreographers, composers, artists, and dancers. Collaborators commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev at that time included composers Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, and artists such as Picasso, Chanel, Matisse and Miró.

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Mozart At Home

Since 1999 Siemens has been sponsoring the Salzburg Festival and enabling free and open-air transmissions of current and past productions in cooperation with the ORF.
The Siemens Festival Nights in Salzburg had a very special highlight this year: For the first time the Salzburg Festival offered a web stream and opera-on-demand alongside public viewing. The premiere of Mozart's "Cosě fan tutte", conducted by Adam Fischer, was relayed live in perfect HD image- and 3D sound-quality at the Kapitelplatz during the festival.

Thousands tuned in to the premiere of Mozart's "Cosě fan tutte" on the eve of the festival as it was relayed worldwide via web stream. The cost, a mere 7.90 euros and was made available once more due to demand for 7 days after. People logged onto the www.siemens.com/festivalnight website and were highly impressed based on the comments received.

As for the festival itself, the team were joined for Austrian wine and other specialities in the Imlauer restaurant tent at the Kapitelplatz by the rest of the attendees to get a glimpse of Salzburg's successful public viewing spectacle and experience first class open air music. In the past few years, more than 2,000 people visited the public viewing, which relays shows live from the festival hall, every day. Altogether the Siemens Festival Nights welcome about 40,000 visitors per annum and will be delighted if you managed to grace the next one.

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The Opera House At Sunset

Promising to do better to unite the people and encourage world peace simply doesn’t cut it in this day and age.
Beauty Queens around the world are having fillers, implants, extension and god alone knows what else to be the best of the best.
Miss Australia has called in the help of International Fashion Designer Ruth Tarvydas to create . . . .
The Opera House at Sunset
The bust is shaped on the Opera House using swarovski crystals whilst the body represents sails on the harbor, the skirt is the swirling sea at sunset and the hat represents the sun setting.
Ruth received mixed reviews about the outfit and simply responded:
“I’m sure some would like me to build a BBQ over her and put sausages on her head, maybe that's their idea of how Australia should be portrayed”Ruth’s career spans back over 30 years, she was the first Australian Designers to show at London Fashion Week when it began 25 years ago and her business has grown with it. Dressing the likes of Cheryl Cole, Emma Watson, Florence and the Machine and many others.

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Guildford School Of Acting

The new £5.4 million Guildford School of Acting building, located at the University of Surrey, and built by Dutch-owned contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, was ‘topped-out’ in a ceremony in July.
The new three storey £5.4 million purpose-built building will provide the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) with 15 dance studios, tutorial rooms, café and an impressive entrance atrium. The build was part funded by a £3 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The new building will enable GSA to have a permanent base at the University of Surrey Stag Hill campus – relocating from its present multiple locations across Guildford. The building will offer state-of-the-art facilities for students studying the performing arts, and will enable the School to offer new courses, thus building on its international reputation for excellence in training actors, dancers and technicians.

Speaking at the topping-out ceremony, VolkerFitzpatrick Estimating and Business Development Director, Jeff Niehorster, said: “We are now in the final phase of this 54 week build programme, and we anticipate the project being completed on time and within budget. The School’s new building will enable GSA to go from strength to strength as it moves to its new home here at the University of Surrey. The build has been a challenge, but along with our partners at GSA and the University, we have overcome them and built something of which we can all be proud. I look forward to future possible projects here on the campus.”

Professor John Turner of the University of Surrey, comments: "The University of Surrey pioneered the innovative and renowned Music and Sound Recording Tonmeister degree course in 1970 and was also the first UK University to introduce specialist academic degrees in Dance at all levels. This strategic merger with the GSA will complement our academic strengths in the area of performing arts and we look forward to working closely with our new colleagues.”
Peter Barlow, Director of GSA, says: “This new and exciting phase in GSA’s history is a dream come true. We can now bring the whole school together into one building and provide for our internationally renowned teachers the very best facilities in which to teach."

About the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.
The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

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London Undercover

Quintessentially British? A term that any proud Brit has heard before. But what defines ‘British’? Fish & Chips? The London Underground? Bowler Hats, perhaps? Most certainly the humble Umbrella, that disposable yet utterly indispensable accessory, which frankly has been crying out for a makeover for years. One brave man has stepped up to the challenge, designing a range of Brollies for men and women which are more British than Scones and Tea, with innovation and technical know-how to appease the traditional British taste for high quality, aesthetically pleasing, functional paraphernalia.
Although aesthetics are objective, it’s hard not to be subjective and fall head over heels, with the following retro-kitsch designs from renowned British Graphic designer (and company Founder) Jamie Milestone. Full English breakfast and Café tablecloth, Fish & Chips wrapped in newspaper, unconventional Union Jacks, Dog Tooth and Plaid designs all feature in what can only be described as a ‘revolutionary’ concept when combined with the practical, yet typically dowdy Umbrella.
London Undercover has not only touched on print design, but also the elemental, functional parts of Brolly design. In keeping with the British ecological ideology, almost every aspect of these Umbrellas has been designed with a fresh environmental approach. Recycled Canvas, recycled metal shaft and frame, recycled/ biodegradable handles and recycled packaging feature in these morally re-assured Brollies.
A Brand ‘ripe’ for collaboration I hear you say? Well Jamie is one step ahead. He’s already designed a line of Umbrellas for the London Underground, featuring the classic District Line signature Moquette pattern. Paul Smith loves the classic-contemporary styling, which is so complimentary to his own brand, that he’ll be stocking them in his own stores.