29 Facts About Royal Ballet


Royal Ballet is a British internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England.

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The largest of the five major ballet companies in Great Britain, the Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, it became the resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946, and has purpose built facilities within these premises and was granted a royal charter in 1956, becoming recognised as Britain's flagship ballet company.

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Royal Ballet was one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century, and continues to be one of the world's most famous ballet companies to this day, generally noted for its artistic and creative values.

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Royal Ballet disbanded in 1929 following the death of its founder Serge Diaghilev.

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When de Valois formed the Vic-Wells Royal Ballet, she employed some of the company's former stars, including Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, who joined as Principal dancers, and Tamara Karsavina, who worked with the company as an advisor.

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Royal Ballet relocated to the opera house the same year in 1946, with their first production at the venue being The Sleeping Beauty.

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Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet returned to Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1970, while continuing to tour the country.

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In 1964 the Royal Ballet established "Ballet for All" under the direction of Peter Brinson.

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Today the Royal Ballet remains the resident ballet company at the Royal Opera House, conducting its own tours internationally, and it continues to be the parent company of the Royal Ballet School, which is based at White Lodge, Richmond Park and premises in Floral Street, which are adjacent to and have direct access to the Royal Opera House.

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Royal Ballet staged productions of Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty; Petipa and Ivanov's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker; Petipa and Cecchetti's production of Coppelia; and Petipa's Giselle.

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Royal Ballet now uses Peter Wright's 1984 production of The Nutcracker, which uses some of Sergeyev's notation.

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Royal Ballet is one of the few ballet companies in the world to have employed four dancers considered to be prima ballerina assoluta, including three who studied at the Royal Ballet School.

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Royal Ballet's was designated the company's first Prima ballerina, and was later recognised as a Prima ballerina assoluta.

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Royal Ballet's later returned to her native South Africa, where she was appointed Prima ballerina assoluta by the President in 1984.

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Royal Ballet has the special ranks of "guest artist" and "principal guest artist".

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Royal Ballet employs approximately 100 dancers and a complete list as of 2013 is shown below.

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Royal Ballet has an Executive, Artistic and Music staff, including the following:.

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Royal Ballet created the majority of the company's early works and staged their first performance at the Royal Opera House, a production of The Sleeping Beauty in 1946.

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Royal Ballet continued to work as a choreographer internationally, with his final work being the Nursery Suite, for a gala performance by the Royal Ballet School at the Royal Opera House in 1986.

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Royal Ballet was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977.

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Royal Ballet worked with the American Ballet Theatre and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin .

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Royal Ballet succeeded Frederick Ashton as Director of the Royal Ballet in 1970 and resigned after seven years, frustrated at balancing the conflicting demands of creating ballets with administration.

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Royal Ballet continued as Principal Choreographer to the Royal Ballet until his death in 1992.

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Royal Ballet created the ballet brainstate in 2001, as a collaboration between the Royal Ballet and his own company, Random Dance.

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In 1970 after Frederick Ashton retired as Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet, there were many calls for Nureyev to be announced as his successor.

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Royal Ballet then moved to America, where he danced with the Joffrey Ballet and as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre before retiring as a dancer in 1990.

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Royal Ballet was appointed regisseur of American Ballet Theatre, becoming assistant director of the company in 1993.

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Stretton's appointment and subsequent departure from the Royal Ballet generated an unprecedented level of media attention for the Royal Ballet in recent years, due to controversy caused by his management of the company.

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Royal Ballet company is a multiple Laurence Olivier Award winning company.

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