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  1. just posted on her FB page I will be leaving San Francisco Ballet after this season. Unbound festival will be my last shows with the company. I’m very lucky and grateful for the career I had with San Francisco Ballet. I want to thank the dancers I shared the stage with, all the choreographers and teachers that I worked with in the past 11 years who made me the dancer I am now. I’ll be forever grateful to Helgi for putting his trust in me, for taking a risk and giving me a principal contract. Thank you to the people in the audience for coming to see my performances and supporting me. Thank you to everyone who helps to make this company a special place. The time has come for me to move on to other opportunities. I don’t know what my next big step is going to be but I’m excited to see where it takes me.
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    Ballet & feminism

    I think the point that most people make about women directors is not that they don't exist, but that they don't exist for the most part, at MAJOR companies, even though many of those were founded by women. NBOC, ENB, and Paris Opera are currently (and recent) exceptions. So up against all the Charlottes and Memphises and Sacramentos, there are the following MAJOR companies run by men: San Francisco Pacific Northwest ABT Boston Houston Birmingham Royal Bolshoi Mariinsky Hamburg Stuttgart Berlin Dresden Munich Dutch National La Scala Vienna Czech National Australian NYCB (well, we'll see...) and maybe major-ish, or less well-known but nonetheless big companies Scottish Northern Ballet Sarasota Arizona Polish National Estonian National Hungarian National Toulouse Bordeaux Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain) etc.
  3. those aren't the people who participated in the survey, they're the ones who signed the petition complaining about the leaking of the survey.
  4. I was just at an event with National Ballet of Canada's New Zealander Principal Dancer Harrison James, who recounted that at the beginning of his career, after graduation from San Francisco Ballet's school, he was offered a job by SFB but his work visa was refused. (yep, New Zealand ballet dancers, one of the great threats to the USA). So he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet instead. No problems with Canadian immigration.
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    2018 Met Season

    That looks promising . 6-8 weeks is the standard time it takes to heal from breaks etc.
  6. Oh come ON!! Mathieu Ganio? Mathias Heyman? etc etc.
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    Neumeier's Nijinsky on DVD/Blu-ray

    off topic about Nijinsky DVD but on topic about Riabko... last year I was at a Hamburg Ballet performance of Neumeier's Shakespeare Dances in Vienna. I was in the second row and at one point Riabko came and stood on a little extension of the stage over the orchestra pit. I literally could have reached out and touched him. (No I didn't!!!) Major fan girling going on in row 2!!! Have been a fan of his since the first time I saw him, in Neumeier's Sleeping Beauty about 15 years ago.
  8. I saw Pepperland in Toronto a couple of months ago and was VERY underwhelmed by it.
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    "Manon" Osipova-Shklyarov "Friday the 13th" April

    and did all of her training at the Royal Ballet School. So much for "must be Russian". There are fantastic dancers in the world who aren't Russian.
  10. I know you are being hyperbolic for effect, but Robert Parker has been at Elmhurst since Sept 2012, which would make a 7-year tenure if he were to take over at BRB when Bintley leaves in 2019.
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    Hello enpunto. I am sure you and I already know each other in real life.
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    Roberto Bolle

    The French Danse magazine has just published a lavishly illustrated 5-page interview (in French) with Roberto Bolle: http://www.robertobolle.com/immagini/stampa/170_Danse.pdf
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    Bavarian State Ballet 2018-19 season

    Munich has done its "Ballet Week" in April for years. Hamburg also does "Ballet Days" usually end of June, beginning of July.
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    2018 Met Season

    *Vladimir* Shklyarov
  15. SFB's ballerina joins Misty Copeland as a Barbie http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/amelia-earhart-frida-kahlo-katherine-johnson-barbies_us_5a9dac8ee4b089ec353dd02b
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    Yuan Yuan Tan Barbie doll

    I thought I read somewhere that they will all be available in due course.
  17. The National Ballet of Canada’s 2018/19 Season Touring The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Man in Black & Emergence July 3 – 4, 2018, Großes Haus, Hamburg, Germany Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream January 31 – February 2, 2019, National Arts Centre, Ottawa Fall for Dance North Festival Paz de la Jolla October 2018, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto Fall Season Anna Karenina North American Premiere A Ballet by John Neumeier November 10 – 18, 2018 Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s great prose masterwork, John Neumeier has adapted Anna Karenina in a two-act ballet set in present day rather than the 19th century, with music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke and Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam. The work of a great literary artist meeting the imagination of a great interpretive choreographer, Anna Karenina is an unforgettable ballet experience. Being and Nothingness & The Dream November 21 – 25, 2018 Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s landmark philosophical work of the same name. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the most universally admired ballet adaptations of the playwright’s work. Holiday Season The NutcrackerDecember 8 – 30, 2018 The beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sold out for the past three seasons and returns for 26 performances in 2018. Winter Season Paquita & Apollo & The Sea Above, The Sky Below March 1 – 3 and 20 – 21, 2019 Marius Petipa's Paquita dazzles with the panache and exoticism of 19th-century classicism and is a breathtaking example of technique. George Balanchine’s 1928 ballet, Apollo, almost singlehandedly established a new aesthetic that brought the language of classical ballet into a modern context, merging the past with the future in a way that would alter the conception of ballet forever. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s pas de trois The Sea Above, The Sky Below captivated audiences when it was performed at the 2017 MAD HOT BALLET Gala. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland March 7 – 17, 2019 Few children’s texts are as unique and have left such an imprint on the culture as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon brings his distinctive and imaginative sensibility to the work, creating a theatrical celebration like no other, with score by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz. The Thirteenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize March 23, 2019 See the future stars of ballet in one night! Dancers from companies around the world compete, performing classical and contemporary works. Summer Season Physical Thinking Two Company Premieres William Forsythe Programme The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude & Approximate Sonata 2016 & The Second Detail June 1 – 8, 2019 William Forsythe, provocateur, poet and master of anarchic beauty, has extended the reach of modern dance as few other contemporary choreographers have done. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a short, but fiercely demanding work created in 1996, demonstrating the bracing excitement of pure classical technique. Approximate Sonata 2016 is more subdued Forsythe, a reflective assemblage of pas de deux, set to a hushed, minimalist piano score by Thom Willems. The Second Detail, an astonishing work that was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1991, is in many ways quintessential Forsythe – slyly mischievous, athletic and, above all, exhilarating. MAD HOT BALLET Gala June 12, 2019 The Merry Widow June 19 – 23, 2019 A frothy blend of comedy, romance and the delights of the Parisian Belle Époque in all its splendor, The Merry Widow entertains at every step. Based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow, premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1974 with the great Dame Margot Fonteyn in the lead role of Hanna Glawari, entered the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in 1986. Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
  18. This is what the press release said: “Crystal is an important voice and I greatly admire her work. I am so pleased to have secured this new commission from her,” said Ms. Kain. “Ever since she created her outstanding Emergence for the National Ballet in 2009, Crystal has been in such high demand around the world. I have wanted her to create another work for us for many years and it is now coming to fruition.
  19. Evan McKie is injured. He;s been off since January, when he had to be replaced in the Ottawa performances of Nijinsky. I'm not sure why people need convincing that Crystal Pite is and has been very busy and that it's hard to find time for her to create a new piece for the NBOC. For one thing, she had a baby in 2010, not long after Emergence premiered. She also runs her own company, Kidd Pivot. In 2010, Kidd Pivot signed a two-year deal (which was later extended to three years) to become the resident company of Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt. As part of the deal the company changed their name to Kidd Pivot Frankfort RM and premiered new choreography by Pite.[24] This caused her to split her time between Frankfurt and her hometown of Vancouver. Kidd Pivot also increased their touring schedule that year as the company was invited to perform in various countries.[1] In 2011 Pite premiered Tempest Replica. In 2013 Sadler's Wells appointed Pite as an associated artist. The following year Sadler’s Wells performed Tempest Replica at its United Kingdom premiere.[30] Pite took this opportunity to rework and improve upon the piece, stating "it wasn’t done. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what it was going to be. I knew that I would need more time and money to fix it."[27] This version of Tempest Replica won Pite the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.[31] Polaris was Pite's first original work with Sadler's Wells.[2] Premiering in 2014, it was part of a larger program called Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance to honor the music of Thomas Adès.[32] It was danced to Adès' song Polaris[33] played by 75 musicians placed throughout the theatre.[34] and featured 64 dancers from her company Kidd Pivot and the London Contemporary Dance School.[32] Pite premiered a new dance piece at Panamania during the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Betroffenheit is a collaboration between Pite and Jonathon Young, co-artistic director of Vancouver-based theatre group Electric Company Theatre, with dancers from Kidd Pivot. It has been on tour widely since then. Here is the touring schedule for just the next four months: Santa Monica, California, USA Betroffenheit February 14 – 16, 2018 | The Broad Stage Taipei, Taiwan Betroffenheit February 23 – 25, 2018 | Taiwan International Festival of Arts Wellington, New Zealand Betroffenheit March 3 – 4, 2018 | New Zealand Festival Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Betroffenheit March 14 – 17, 2018 | DanceHouse Seattle, Washington, USA Betroffenheit March 23 – 24, 2018 | On The Boards // Seattle Theatre Group Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Betroffenheit March 30 – April 1, 2018 | Citadel Theatre Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Betroffenheit April 6 – 7, 2018 | NAC Theatre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Betroffenheit April 19 – 22, 2018 | Canadian Stage Zurich, Switzerland Betroffenheit April 28, 2018 | Dance Festival Steps Fribourg, Switzerland Betroffenheit May 2, 2018 | Dance Festival Steps Sevilla, Spain Betroffenheit May 11 – 12, 2018 | Teatro Central Turin, Italy Betroffenheit May 17 – 18, 2018 | Teatro Stabile Torino Bruges, Belgium Betroffenheit May 24, 2018 | Concertgebouw Brugge Oslo, Norway Betroffenheit May 29-30, 2018 | Vulkan Oslo Montreal, Québec, Canada Betroffenheit June 5-7, 2018 | FTA In 2016 she created The Season's Canon for Paris Opera Ballet. This is being brought back in May of this year. In 2017, the Royal Opera House commissioned a new piece from Pite, Flight Pattern; it premiered there in March 2017. Paris Opera Ballet has commissioned a new work from her for 2019. For Nederlands Dans Theater she has created since 2009 the following: Plot Point (2010, nominated for the prestigious Benois de La Dance award), Solo Echo (2012), Parade (2013), In the Event (2015), and The Statement (2016). In season 2017-2018 Pite will create a new piece for the NDT 1 programme Savoir Faire, which will premiere on May 17, 2018. In addition, Emergence has been staged by, among other companies, PNB, Scottish Ballet, and Zurich Ballet and presumably Pite visits those companies when the ballet is being staged.
  20. Clearly your wish is Karen Kain's command, as they have just announced a new Pite commission for 2019-20, apparently after years of asking because Pite is so busy.
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    Anthony Dowell

    verrrrrrrry beautiful!.
  22. exact dates haven't been announced but it's jusually a Wed Thurs Fri Sat the first week in October
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    Akram Khan's Giselle/Cinema

    On Harris Theater's twitter feed they are saying that this is a "US-exclusive". Hmmmm, wonder if that means we Canadians might see it in Ottawa.
  24. Casting for the cinema broadcast of Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale has been updated as of February 6. Broadcasts start February 28. Hermione Lauren Cuthbertson Leontes Ryoichi Hirano Perdita Sarah Lamb Florizel Vadim Muntagirov Paulina Laura Morera Polixenes Matthew Ball To find a cinema near you, click here
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    Bolshoi in Cinema - Flames of Paris 3/4/18

    this is a better snippet of Flames, the famous pas de deux. The Bolshoi trailer is completely lame