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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:51 PM

A preview of the National Ballet of Cuba in 'The Magic of Dance' by Vicki Smith Paluch in The Press-Telegram of Long Beach.

Created by Alonso in 1990, and set to two movements in the symphony "A Night in the Tropics" by 19th-century U.S. composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the "Gottschalk Symphony" reflects Caribbean culture. The company will close the program with the joyous second movement, "Creole Party."

"By staging key scenes from the ballets, Alicia gives the audience a real taste of the ballet," explained prima ballerina Viengsay Vald s during a telephone interview from her hotel in Washington, D.C., where the company began its U.S. tour.



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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:53 PM

A review of the English National Ballet in 'Strictly Gershwin' by Sarah Frater in The Evening Standard.

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ctions of it are immensely good fun, and almost all of it is well danced by the ENB company, plus several guesting dancers including Tamara Rojo from the Royal Ballet, Guillaume Cote from the National Ballet of Canada, and Friedemann Vogel from Stuttgart Ballet. The Latin American dance champs Bryan Watson and Carmen were on slinkily good form, with her wearing what has to be the foxiest fringed leotard on the planet. She also dancers superbly in her high heels, which requires very considerable skill.


Judith Flanders' review for The Arts Desk.

I can’t remember ever enjoying any theatrical experience less. The Albert Hall is not in any case a place for dance – dance in the round is a contradiction in terms, it simply means everyone has a bad seat. But at Strictly Gershwin I swiftly realised not being able to see was no bad thing. Derek Deane is not so much a choreographer (see his Swan Lake in the round if you don’t believe me) as a marshaller. He pushes groups here, he pushes them there, and everyone valiantly pretends it’s dancing. But his steps are risible, there is no aesthetic motivation at all – old-fashioned ballroom sequins seem to have him fatally in thrall.



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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:15 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre by Leigh Witchel in The New York Post.

American Ballet Theatre's latest full- length ballet is set on a Soviet collec tive farm in the 1930s, but the subject is straight from yesterday's headlines. Alexei Ratmansky's warm, funny "The Bright Stream" is about human frailty, infidelity and forgiveness -- things that have been with us long before anyone tweeted his wiener.



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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:16 PM

Photo gallery of the English National Ballet's designer tutu catwalk show.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:01 AM

A story on the Australian Ballet's planned visit to New York next June.

The ballet will perform Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake -- one of its most celebrated works -- in four shows from June 15-17.

An all-Australian program on June 12 and 13 will be of Dyad, the new ballet/Bangarra work, and a third work yet to be announced.




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