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  1. Press release from NBOC June 8, 2014 Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the 2014/15 roster will include three new Principal Dancers. McGee Maddox has been promoted to Principal Dancer and Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie will be joining the company as Principal Dancers.
  2. 2017 Fall Season

    What do y'all think about this teaser video for Swan Lake? For me, it's a bit odd. Kinda makes you think it's a ballet about... tiaras (if it's a ballet at all... there's no dancing going on, just the tiaras).
  3. NYCB dancers who didn't go to SAB

    Robert Tewsley joined as a principal from the Royal Ballet in 2002.
  4. 2017-18 Season

    I have some travel tips for ballet lovers going to Sarasota here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/05/travel-tips-for-ballet-lovers-sarasota.html
  5. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I am one of the latter! I gave it many chances, but found I disliked it more each time I saw it.
  6. more info and screening dates here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/08/ballet-film-polina-opens-in-usa-august.html
  7. Eva Stachniak, bestselling author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night, has plunged into the fascinating life story of Bronislava Nijinska with her latest novel The Chosen Maiden. I have two copies to give away. For more info please see here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/01/giveaway-bronislava-nijinska-historical.html (If referring to the giveaway violates the forum's guidelines in some way, admins please remove that part).
  8. Bronislava Nijinska: the novel

    Author event in New York: Date and Time Tue, September 12, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Location The Kosciuszko Foundation 15 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 United States Free, but advance registration is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-authors-evening-with-eva-stachniak-tickets-36526682290
  9. Participants have been announced for the Canada All-Star Ballet Gala on Oct 28th at Sony Centre, Toronto: Timofej Andrijashenko, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Emma Hawes, National Ballet of Canada Isaac Hernández, English National Ballet, London, UK Marlon Dino, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Jurgita Dronina, English National Ballet, London, UK & National Ballet of Canada Christopher Gerty, National Ballet of Canada Maria Kochetkova, San Francisco Ballet & American Ballet Theatre, USA Lucia Lacarra, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Carlo Di Lanno, San Francisco Ballet, USA Anastasia Lukina, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia Svetlana Lunkina, National Ballet of Canada Evan Mackie, National Ballet of Canada Nicoletta Manni, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Hugo Marchand, Paris Opera Ballet, France Ludmila Pagliero, Paris Opera Ballet, France Piotr Stanczyk, National Ballet of Canada Dmitry Vyskubenko, Bavarian Opera Ballet, Munich, Germany
  10. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Hannah is from New Zealand.
  11. National Tap Dance Company of Canada

    not a joke name. Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski By Marissa Trarback William Orlowski (1988) / Photo by David Cooper William “Bill” Orlowski, one of the greatest Canadian tap dancers and choreographers, died October 22, 2016. Born in Brampton, ON, Orlowski began tap dancing at a young age. It was dance films of Fred Astaire that first inspired him to dance, according to the Arts Alive website. He trained at the Marise White School of Dance in Port Credit and with Gladys Forrester before moving to Toronto to work in television and in professional musical theatre, as well as to perform in various community theatre productions. In 1977, Orlowski opened Hoofer’s Club in Toronto, the first dance school in Canada to focus solely on the art of tapping. He co-founded the National Tap Dance Company with Steve Dymond and remained involved as artistic director and choreographer for thirty years, creating over forty works including The Tin Soldier, Oliver Button is a Sissy, Hound of the Baskervilles and Brandenburg Concerto #3. As a choreographer, Orlowski challenged the parameters of tap dancing by refusing to allow vaudeville conventions to define the art form. Instead, he communicated plot through rhythm and movement, encouraging narration and storytelling. Orlowski continued to explore opportunities in film, choreographing for such films as Stepping Out (1991) with Liza Minnelli. In 1990, he started his own company, the William Orlowski Tap Dance Projects, through which he choreographed more works for the concert stage, including the Shaw Festival’s 2001 production of the Noël Coward musical Shadow Play. The Arts Alive website also notes that his sense of civic responsibility often accompanied his artistic talent. His work with Smile Company, a theatre group that performs for people in hospitals and nursing homes, exemplifies that. After his diagnosis with dystonia – a neurological movement disorder closely related to Parkinson’s – Orlowski continued dancing, performing as recently as October 2, 2016, in Well Seasoned Production’s Curtains Up on 50+. He performed, as his friend and colleague Anne Wootten recalls, “as always, with style, grace and humour.”
  12. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    The "idea" was Tchaikovsky's. He wrote the part for children's chorus.
  13. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    National Ballet of Canada has a live children's choir for almost as many performances....
  14. ABT 2017 Onegin

    but his arabesque line's not so hot ;-)
  15. ABT 2017 Onegin

    I really do not think you are in a minority in liking Onegin and Manon and R&J. I am in fact astounded at people saying that they don't like Onegin, it has no dancing in it, etc. etc.
  16. ABT 2017 Onegin

    Yes, it is the NBOC'S production that ABT (and SFB) rent, as was the case with the Jurgen Rose production before. But the Rose production was pushing 30 years old and literally falling apart so needed replacing. I believe there were some rights issues with just rebuilding the Rose so they went with a brand new production. In my opinion the Loquasto is vastly inferior to the Rose production it replaced.
  17. 2016-17 season

    Emma Hawes, Hannah Fischer and Brendan Saye will be promoted to First Soloist next season. Félix Paquet and Ben Rudisin will be promoted to Second Soloist.
  18. ABT 2017 Onegin

    I don't think reading Pushkin helps. I also wouldn't choose Stearns as my Onegin. I would go for the Ferri/Bolle or Vishneva/Gomes casts. It's all about the drama with Onegin; you need good dance actors.
  19. 2016-17 season

    That position was created at tghe ROYAL BALLET. David Binet has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ROYAL BALLET.
  20. 2016-17 season

    oh for heaven's sake. This strikes me as unjustly maligning both Rob Binet and his father.
  21. 2016-17 season

    Rob Binet did not suddenly appear as a choreographer when his father became chair of the NBOC board. And he didn't need daddy to set up a foundation to funnel money and work to him. He had been choreographing since he was in the National Ballet School, and was then mentored by John Neumeier and commissioned to do work for the Hamburg Ballet junior company (and other companies, such as Dutch National Ballet's junior company and Ballet Black). He then was named "choreographic apprentice" or some such at the Royal Ballet where he was mentored by Wayne McGregor. He created The Blue of Distance for New York City Ballet after participating in sessions of New York Choreographic Institute in 2011 and 2014. He has also been commissioned to do work for the Estonian National Ballet and Theatre Ballet Moscow. Clearly some big names in the ballet world believe in him, and they aren't influenced by daddy. And... he's not even 25.
  22. 2016-17 season

    Other than the US Presidency, perhaps?
  23. will be announced next Tuesday, May 23.
  24. Stuttgart Ballet 2017-18 season

    maybe, but really, ballet companies somewhere are always doing Onegin. At least 6 companies did it in the 2016-17 season.