Today marks the beginning of day four of children's rehearsals here in Seoul and my last day as a rehearsal assistant. Tonight the other dancers arrive which means tomorrow, I turn back into a dancer. It has been a long couple of days, but much progress has been made and the children's dancing is definitely starting to take shape.
Technically speaking, the majority of the children are quite good. They have been well trained and are very dedicated. The challenge has been getting them to act, especially in the party scene. Having to remember cues, spacing and steps while still acting like children is quite a stretch for them because they come from such a competition culture here that artistry takes a back seat to the idea of being physically perfect.
Saturday, August 6
Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:50 AM
Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:52 AM
Engebreth’s singing, with Alison d’Amato on piano, was beautiful and heartfelt. His voice has a wonderful purity, and his expressiveness, both vocally and physically, was perfectly suited to the ballet, subtly amplifying the emotional portrayal on stage without distracting from or overwhelming it.
Miele has illustrated the poems in emotional, although not literal, terms. The central character, danced by Glenn Davis, watched couples dancing and reached out for them as if hoping to capture the relationships that they have.
Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:54 AM
The opener, “La Valse Infernale,’’ evokes a ballet class, but Zuemmes (Murez) skips the barre work and shoots his dancers out at warp speed. The stage glows with the unmistakable authority of serious classical training. The two women (Ludmila Pagliero and Laura Hecquet) and three men (Alu, Allister Madin, and Simone Valastro) turn and jump like indefatigable tops. Because the men jump with huge ballon, there’s time to see the craft in their entrechats and coupè-jetès. The women’s taut, crisp legwork is complemented by the fluid curve and carriage of their upper bodies.
Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:56 AM
She realized she wanted dance to be her life, not her hobby. Last year, Jasmine went to New York for a summer program at the School of American Ballet, the teaching arm of the New York City Ballet. The school invited her to stay.
So Jasmine, now 15, is a full-time student at the same school that trained NCDT's Patricia McBride. Her goal is to dance with the New York City Ballet, just as McBride did. Jasmine is soaking up everything she can.
Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:50 PM
But the problem is for boys there is still a stigma associated with being a male dancer, but from my experience it is a wonderful profession, said Mr Baker, who is travelling with The Dancers Company - the regional touring arm of the Australian Ballet - that is performing Don Quixote in Orange.
You get to travel the world, meet fantastic people and have some wonderful experiences.
Posted 07 August 2011 - 09:10 PM
When Kingsport Ballet opened its new 15,000 square-foot facility, the organization quickly realized that it had ample hallway and waiting room space at its disposal. And administrators weren’t about to let it go to waste.
“Our new building has proven to be a fabulous location, as well as optimal configuration, for a ballet and arts center,” said executive director Bertina Dew.
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