melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog Late last year, Nikolai Tsiskaridze started writing a column for a Georgian news website. If I’m honest, Nikolai isn’t much of a writer, but he gets full points for the effort and for trying […]Read more "Tsiskaridze on Chabukiani"
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog “In ballet, everything depends on you alone: on your wits, your capacity for hard work, and your physical qualities. My relation to Matilda Kshesinskaya is of no help to me in this regard. I […]Read more "Voci dell’Opera: Eleonora Sevenard"
Lawrence Lambert was an international trainee at Vaganova Ballet Academy for four years, graduating in 2016. He is about to embark on his first season with the Yacobson Ballet Company.Read more "Q&A with Lawrence Lambert"
I never intended to review Awakening, but after seeing the play a week ago I felt that I had to write something. Here are a few words about Daniel Lammin’s adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening. Don’t expect my ramblings to have any structure, this is not a review, just some thoughts.Read more "A few words about Awakening"
I’ve started conducting Q&A with Vaganova Ballet Academy students for my ballet blog. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and I’d like to thank Alisa for agreeing to answer my questions and being my first ever interviewee!Read more "Q&A with Alisa Uzunova"
“Come away with me to the end of the world” is an invitation full of sentiment and longing, a desire to escape. The story unfolds across remote, peaceful settings, ideal for meditation, self-discovery and revelation.Read more "Come Away With Me to the End of the World"
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog Everyone needs to take a look at the world through the eyes of a refugee. Rating: 5/5 essential reading Given my serious commitment issues, I’ve never dreamed of joining a book club. Yet, in June, […]Read more "Book review: The Persepolis"
“Holding the Man”, a film based on the best selling memoir by Tim Conigrave, was released nationally last week. I randomly picked this book up at the university library when I was in my second year. Since then I’ve re-read it four times, and it still manages to reduce me to tears. I have met many people over the years, both gay and straight, whose lives have been touched by “Holding the Man”. Here’s hoping that the film will introduce the book to an even wider audience.Read more "Holding the Man. Back to the 70s."
The Australian Ballet production is Alexei Ratmansky’s second “Cinderella” – in 2002 he was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre to refresh Prokofiev’s fairytale, which he did with some success. Thirteen years on, the ballet is still in Mariinsky’s repertoire, but the “Cinderella” currently delighting Australian audiences is a significant divergence from Ratmansky’s original production.Read more "Australian Ballet: Cinderella"
melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog Ivan the Terrible – a two-part historical epic – was Sergei Eisenstein’s last film. Part I was filmed between 1942 and 1944 in Alma Ata, where Eisenstein was evacuated to during the Second World […]Read more "Ivan the Terrible, Part I"