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  1. 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
  2. Anthony Dowell

    verrrrrrrry beautiful!.
  3. exact dates haven't been announced but it's jusually a Wed Thurs Fri Sat the first week in October
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. the CBC just posted this cute and funny video. With Kurt Browning. http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/videos/according-to-kids-figure-skating
  8. "Balanchine's Guys" livestream

    Pointe Magazine will be livestreaming this on Monday Feb 5 at 7 pm on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PointeMagazineOfficial/ http://www.pointemagazine.com/balanchines-guys-jacques-damboise-2530604326.html?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&socialux=facebook&share_id=3263917&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Pointe&utm_source=facebook On Monday, February 5, the National Dance Institute (NDI) is bringing together three of New York City Ballet's former star male dancers—Jacques d'Amboise, Edward Villella and Arthur Mitchell—in a one-night-only program titled Balanchine's Guys. These ballet veterans will discuss what it was like dancing for George Balanchine, and the impact that he had on their lives. All three men graced the stages of NYCB over a period stretching from the late 1940s through the 1980s, and served as inspiration for a number of the great choreographer's most famous works. During Monday's program NYCB dancers Teresa Reichlen, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Sterling Hyltin, Ask La Cour, Joaquin de Luz and Daniel Ulbricht will bring some of those works to life. The dancers will perform excerpts from Apollo (d'Amboise was a famous interpreter of the role); Agon (created for Mitchell); and Prodigal Son (one of Villella's signature roles.)
  9. Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    Genius at Play | September 6–16, 2018 Interplay Music by Morton Gould Choreography by Jerome Robbins Fancy Free Music by Leonard Bernstein Choreography by Jerome Robbins Glass Pieces Boston Ballet Premiere Music by Philip Glass Choreography by Jerome Robbins The Nutcracker | November 29–December 30, 2018 Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Mikko Nissinen Full on Forsythe | March 7–17, 2019 Artifact Suite Choreography by William Forsythe Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht World Premiere Choreography by William Forsythe Blake Works I North American Premiere Choreography by William Forsythe Music by James Blake Coppélia | March 21–31, 2019 Music by Léo Delibes Choreography by George Balanchine Cinderella | May 10–June 8, 2019 Music by Sergei Prokofiev Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton Rhapsody | May 16–June 9, 2019 ELA, Rhapsody in Blue World Premiere Music by George Gershwin Choreography by Paulo Arrais Yakobson Miniatures Choreography by Leonid Yakobson Rodin Music by Claude Debussy, Alban Berg Pas de Quatre Music by Vincenzo Bellini Vestris Boston Ballet Premiere Music by Gennadi Banshchikov Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine
  10. Ib Andersen to Present New Firebird in 2019

    Just think of the Arizonan possibilities. The Firebird could be a roadrunner and Kastchei Wile E Coyote...
  11. Kids describe Figure Skating

    oh sorry about that, maybe it's geoblocked outside Canada
  12. it's very frustrating. I think only one cinema in all of Canada is showing it.
  13. Dictionaries

    While we're on the topic, can I also recommend The Word Detective by John Simpson, retired editor-in-chief of the Oxford English Dictionary. (full disclosure: John Simpson trained me when I worked as a lexicographer for Oxford University Press.) Kory's book is great, and I hear she is working on a second one.
  14. Winter 2018

    It's being livestreamed on Pointe Magazine's facebook page
  15. 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
  16. in French (no subtitles). Quite charming
  17. MCB Program II. All Robbins.

    Circus Polka is only four minutes long, and that is exactly what it is: an opportunity to include the school kids.
  18. Alina Cojocaru

    Johan Kobborg has just staged Don Quixote for the Yacobson Ballet in St Petersburg
  19. I realize I haven't updated this for a while, but I am still here! These are my trips for January-July 2018. For any trip whose booking deadline is past, it is always worth inquiring if space may still be available. For sold-out trips you can ask to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations. If you are even potentially interested in any trip, please let me know at toursenlair@gmail.com. This gives me a general idea of what size group I might be dealing with (since one can't contact a hotel and say "I need to book *some* rooms"!), and I have to have a general idea before I can create a budget for a trip. March 12 - 22, 2018 Vienna and Budapest day trip to Bratislava Vienna State Ballet Raymonda (Nureyev) Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine), Theme and Variations (Balanchine), Bach Suite III (Neumeier), The Concert (Robbins) Hungarian National Ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Rostislav) Slovak National Theatre Ballet Esmeralda (Medvedev after Petipa) Booking deadline October 25, 2017 Click here for brochure: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/10/vienna-budapest-ballet-trip-now-booking.html May 17 - 20 New York New York City Ballet All Jerome Robbins Interplay, In the Night, The Cage, Other Dances, Fanfare Opus 19/The Dreamer, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces In G Major, Afternoon of a Faun, Antique Epigraphs, The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) Dybbuk, Fancy Free, West Side Story Suite American Ballet Theatre Giselle Booking in March 2018 May 31 - June 10, 6 performances Copenhagen Royal Danish Ballet Napoli (Bournonville, restaged by Nikolaj Hubbe and Sorella Englund) "Bournonvilleana" details TBA Swan Lake (staged by Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe) An evening of works choreographed by dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet "An evening of modern dance" Details TBA Closing Gala SIGNUP DEADLINE IS PAST June 11 - 17 London (All performances in London) June 11: English National Ballet Emerging Dancer Competition June 12: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) June 13: English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (MacMillan) June 14: Royal Ballet: Swan Lake (new staging by Liam Scarlett) June 15: Birmingham Royal Ballet Mixed Program: In the Upper Room (Tharp), Kin. (Whitley), World Premiere (Williamson) June 29 - July 9 Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg Berlin State Ballet Don Quixote Dresden Semperoper Ballet Heatscape (Peck), Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Political Mother (Schechter) National Ballet of Canada Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite), The Man in Black (Kudelka) Hamburg Ballet Illusions...like Swan Lake (Neumeier) Beethoven Project (Neumeier) The Concert, Dances at a Gathering (Robbins) INFO here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/11/dresden-berlin-hamburg-ballet-trip-now.html SIGNUP DEADLINE DECEMBER 8 2017 July 17 -23 Stuttgart Stuttgart Ballet Highlights and Favourites from 22 years under Reid Anderson Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and John Cranko's Initials R.B.M.E. ONEGIN ( Cranko) Gala of the John Cranko School Gala of the Stuttgart Ballet Booking in March 2018
  20. Juliet, the daughter of Capulet Ekaterina Krysanova Romeo, the son of Montague Vladislav Lantratov Mercutio, Romeo’s friend Igor Tsvirko Benvolio, Montague’s nephew and Romeo’s friend Dmitry Dorokhov Tybalt, Lady Capulet’s nephew Vitaly Biktimirov Lord Capulet Nikita Elikarov Lady Capulet Kristina Karasyova Paris, Juliet’s betrothed Egor Khromushin Juliet’s Nurse Anastasia Vinokur Friar Laurence Egor Simachev Lady Montague Vera Borisenkova Duke of Verona Alexei Loparevich Two prostitutes Kristina Loseva Xenia Sorokina Juliet’s friends Bruna Cantanhede Gaglianone Anastasia Denisova Elvina Ibraimova Xenia Zhiganshina The Fools Andrei Koshkin Georgy Gusev Alexei Matrakhov Egor Sharkov Chevaliers at the Ball Oscar Frame Mikhail Kochan Sergei Kuptsov Maxim Oppengeym Conductor Pavel Klinichev
  21. This just received from Ellen Bar, about Ballet 422: Cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the companys 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Pecks creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. Ballet 422 is a powerful celebration of the skill and endurance of Peck and his fellow NYCB dancersas well as those who remain hidden in the wings. BALLET 422 premieres at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival We are very excited to announce that BALLET 422 will have its world premiere in Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19th! Thank you to all of our donors and Hatchfund supporters - this couldn't have happened without you! Sneak Peek at the Soho Apple Store - Saturday April 5th, 3:00pm Director Jody Lee Lipes joins a panel with four other TFF directors at the Tribeca Film Festival Sneak Peak, an annual event featuring never-before-seen clips and conversation with directors of the most highly anticipated premieres. Screening Schedule and Tickets Click HERE to access the Tribeca Film Guide and see the full BALLET 422 screening schedule: http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/53208a16c07f5df7d20003af-ballet-422?utm_source=Opus+Jazz+and+Ballet+422+mailing+list&utm_campaign=f85cd3515a-B422_at_TFF_first_email4_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d5474de98a-f85cd3515a-75267917 Tickets go on sale for American Express card holders on April 8th at 11:00am Tickets go on sale for downtown residents on April 13th at 11:00am Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 14th at 11:00am Click HERE for more information on where and how to buy tickets to see BALLET 422: http://tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets?utm_source=Opus+Jazz+and+Ballet+422+mailing+list&utm_campaign=f85cd3515a-B422_at_TFF_first_email4_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d5474de98a-f85cd3515a-75267917 Thanks for your support and hope to see you at one of our screenings!
  22. 2017-18 season

    casting is up (Guillaume is opening night) http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/12/national-ballet-of-canada-nijinsky.html
  23. Ballet de Bordeaux

    Eric Quilleré has been named Directeur de la danse in Bordeaux. He was assistant director under Jude and has been interim director since Jude's departure. Also announced: a partnership for sharing productions with Paris Opera Ballet, and one ballet a year for 3 years from Angelin Preljocaj, including potentially a piece created on the Bordeaux company in the third year.
  24. Manuel Legris announced on his facebook page that he will step down as AD of Vienna State Ballet when his contract expires in 2020.
  25. 2017-18 season

    also the company will be performing Man in Black in Hamburg a couple of weeks later. Not that I suspect it requires huge amounts of rehearsal time (it only has four dancers).