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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:54 AM

A review of "Post:Ballet" by Geri Jeter in The California Literary Review.

http://calitreview.com/18784

Post:Ballet, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Robert Dekkers, is one of the most exciting to appear in the last couple of years. Well received in its first outing in 2010, the local dance community recently filled the Herbst Theater for the company's sophomore outing — Seconds. The program included two premieres, as well as two works from its inaugural performance.



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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:00 AM

Portland Ballet announces its new season. Item in brief.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" reprises the original choreography of resident choreographer Nell Shipman and commissioned music by Kirt Mosier. Portland Ballet premiered this piece in its 2010 season. An orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, will accompany the performances at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.



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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:03 AM

Reviews of the English National Ballet.

The Guardian

The audience at the London Coliseum was treated to a thrilling display of virtuosity on Friday night when Ivan Vasiliev, the 22-year-old Bolshoi sensation, took the lead role in Roland Petit's ballet Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.

The work featured in a triple bill of Petit's work presented by English National Ballet and, when the veteran French choreographer died earlier this month, Vasiliev offered his services free of charge. He told ENB director Wayne Eagling that he would perform the famously demanding role (which Mikhail Baryshnikov danced in the Hollywood film White Nights) as a personal tribute to an artist he greatly admired.


The Independent

The evening is dominated by Carmen, perhaps his most famous work. The title role, created in 1949 for his wife Zizi Jeanmaire, is a bold image of Bizet's heroine. Like Jeanmaire, English National Ballet's BegoŮa Cao wears her hair cropped as short as her costume. Petit's choreography puts Carmen's allure and defiance into her legs, which stalk and stamp out rhythms on pointe. Carmen's hips dip and thrust as she eyes prospective lovers over the top of her fan. Cao's big eyes and frank presence make her a dynamic Carmen. She rubs up against Fabian Reimair's Don Josť, arching a strong back in Petit's famously explicit choreography.



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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:06 AM

An interview with Zippora Karz and Romy Karz Rapoport.

The sisters' grandmother was a dancer in vaudeville and their mother was a modern dancer who attended Juilliard. For a period of time, the family lived in Thailand, where the girls took Thai dance. After returning to Los Angeles, they began their dance study in earnest with a talented teacher, Sheila Rozann.

"Mom found an extraordinary teacher," Zippora said. "She loved dance so much and she had learned from Balanchine. Starting at age 11, we spent our summers in dance programs. Then, at the School of American Ballet in New York, we were asked to stay on as winter students and our mother understood [and allowed it]."



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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:03 AM

Dancers of the Joffrey Ballet approve the new labor agreement. Item in brief.

The agreement now must be ratified by the national board of the dancersí union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, who were expected to vote on the matter sometime Monday evening, according to Barbara Hillman, the unionís Midwest representative. The agreement, reached July 14 and including a minimum 10 percent raise for the dancers, ended a lockout lasting about a week and half.




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