Margaret Willis

Margaret Willis’s interest in ballet stems from a five-year stay in the former Soviet Union (1976-81) where she studied classical ballet and began writing on dance. Visiting Cuba in 1990, she first saw Carlos Acosta and has continued to follow his stellar career. She was a member of London City Ballet from 1990-3, performing principal character roles, is the author of Russian Ballet on Tour and contributed several articles for the International Dictionary of Ballet. She writes regularly for The Dancing Times, Dance Magazine and international publications. In 1986, she was the researcher for a BBC-TV documentary on the Bolshoi Ballet and in 2010 wrote "Carlos Acosta: The Reluctant Dancer" (Arcadia books).

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement Exhibition

by Margaret Willis September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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While Edgar Degas’ works on the nineteenth century ballet world are revealing and fascinating documents for the dance historian, balletomane and general public, he did not glamorize the art but skilfully showed the hard work involved by the ballerinas to capture those magical moments on stage. This exhibition offers a truly satisfying and intimate glimpse into their extraordinary and dedicated lives.

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English National Ballet & School tour ‘My First Sleeping Beauty’

by Margaret Willis September 30, 2011 Interviews / Features
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Sleeping Beauty is going to get a lot less sleep in 2012. In fact her life-span on stage is going to be cut from the usual three hours to approximately ninety minutes. But there is a very good reason—it is to introduce young children from the age of three upwards to ballet performances in a time framework that will hold and keep their attention.

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Hamburg Ballett-Tage & Nijinsky Gala – Four Summer Days & Nights in Hamburg

by Margaret Willis August 31, 2011 Interviews / Features
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To keep us fit for the prospective five-hour gala in the evening, we had a two-hour cycle ride, followed by a boat trip on an Alster steamer and by 6pm we were in our seats for the Nijinsky Gala XXXVII, an annual event launched by Neumeier in 1975. Tickets sell out as soon as booking opens and outside the theatre were many people holding notices requesting to buy a ticket.

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