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  1. Hannah is from New Zealand.
  2. 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.”
  3. The "idea" was Tchaikovsky's. He wrote the part for children's chorus.
  4. National Ballet of Canada has a live children's choir for almost as many performances....
  5. but his arabesque line's not so hot ;-)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. That position was created at tghe ROYAL BALLET. David Binet has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ROYAL BALLET.
  11. oh for heaven's sake. This strikes me as unjustly maligning both Rob Binet and his father.
  12. 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.
  13. Other than the US Presidency, perhaps?
  14. will be announced next Tuesday, May 23.
  15. maybe, but really, ballet companies somewhere are always doing Onegin. At least 6 companies did it in the 2016-17 season.
  16. Hello Canadian, welcome to the forum. I'm in Toronto (well actually at the moment I'm in London on a different-ballet-every-day extravaganza, but I LIVE in Toronto), so we must get together at an NBOC performance. YOu can send me a private message or friend me on facebook at Katherine Barber.
  17. actually I would start looking now for returned tix for Polunin performances. If one has an electronic ticket, it can be "returned" over the phone and put back in circulation almost immediately.
  18. Ulrik, who was the force behind the recent Bournonville tour, announced this on his facebook page: 25 years ago in August 1992 a very curious 6 year old me walked through the stage door to the Royal Danish Theater for the first time. It turned out to be one hell of a ride! Not only did I grow up in the magical world of a theater but I also had the luxury of working with beauty on a daily basis. I have been exposed to and educated in music, art and creativity and I’m so thankful that I work with something I care about. In July 2017 I will start a new adventure that I can’t tell you about officially…yet... BUT I can tell you that this will be my last official month with the Royal Danish Ballet and Diamonds my last shows on Gamle Scene for a while ;) Being a Principal Dancer at an institution like The Royal Danish Theater is a bit like standing on top of an iceberg. There are so many incredible people that are the foundation of not only the art we produce but also the values of the Theater. Perhaps the most important lesson and value that I have experienced is that the space and appreciation for beauty (in expression and humanity) doesn't come for free. It takes hard work every single day to create space for the most fragile thing in the world. But I care. And I believe in it. So its time to step down from the Iceberg and start my own little snowball.
  19. It's the #gettingonaredeyetolondon part I'm interested in, since I have tix for American in Paris next Monday!
  20. From the SIFF site: Roberto Bolle - L'Arte della Danza Go on tour with one of the premier male ballet dancers in the world and his hand-picked troupe as they perform in three magnificent ancient Italian amphitheaters: Pompeii's Teatro Grande, the Arena in Verona, and Rome's Theatre of the Baths of Caracalla. Sunday, May 28, 2017 SIFF Cinema Egyptian 7:00 PM Monday, May 29, 2017 SIFF Cinema Uptown 3:00 PM https://www.siff.net/festival/roberto-bolle-the-art-of-dance
  21. where is Aaron Robison going?
  22. in French (no subtitles). Quite charming
  23. and you can see the Royal Ballet's Dream/Symphonic Variations/ Marguerite and Armand bill in a Montreal Theatre on June 7.
  24. Until June 11, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering a special exhibition on the theme "Chagall and Music". It includes many costume sketches and costumes for Massine's Aleko, likewise for Skibine's 1959 version of Daphnis and Chloe for Paris Opera Ballet, with film of Marie-Agnes Gillot and Yann Saiz dancing the pas de deux for a 2004 gala, amazing close ups of the ceiling of the Opera Garnier (must have been shot from a drone), and more. You could combine a trip to Montreal with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' next performance run, May 25 to June 3: " Set to Steve Reich’s extraordinary music and percussion, Kylián’s Falling Angels is a mesmerizing study for eight dancers, a powerful work of the highest order. His pure and refined Evening Songs are set to Dvořák’s a cappella songs of the same name, and performed live by a choir. Finally, Stephan Thoss’s Searching for Home, an inner voyage into the multiplicity of the self, features 16 dancers in a piece inspired by the music of Philip Glass and the images it evokes. " and if you're ambitious you could then hop on a train from Montreal to Toronto to see the National Ballet of Canada in A Streetcar Named Desire (Neumeier), June 3 -10.