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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:13 PM

Another article on the reopening of the Bolshoi Theater.

http://www.bloomberg...lion-refit.html

The rebuild doubles the floor area to allow for a rooftop rehearsal hall, an underground auditorium that can be turned into a recording studio and new disabled access.

The plan was redrawn 10 times because of problems such as the crumbling foundations. Summa Group -- businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov’s holding company with gas, metals, telecommunications and transport assets -- took over in 2009.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:17 PM

Ryan Gosling takes ballet, thinks like a girl, actor claims; whether he also throws or dresses like one is not mentioned.

http://www.independe...uo-2375346.html

"I think like a girl, I think," he says, in answer to a question about growing up with his mother and sister (his parents had divorced). Having been bullied at school thanks to his early TV success, Gosling was home-schooled by his mother for a year, which meant an ever greater female presence in his life. "I was literally raised by my mother and my sister. And I just feel like I wouldn't know how to think any other way. My sister was my best friend and my hero growing up. Because I was home-schooled I didn't have a lot of friends and I did ballet, which was always just girls. All of that had an effect on my brain."

Though he insists he has "no free time" currently, when he does, he is often found at a Los Angeles ballet studio. "I practise whenever I can," he says, without a modicum of embarrassment.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:19 PM

A review of New York City Ballet Moves by Donna Perlmutter for Patch.com.

http://chatsworth.pa...n-on-csun-stage

For starters, this road show called “Moves” did have the obligatory live music (sine qua non at NYCB), but it consisted of three pianists and a violinist – not the usual pit orchestra. And that necessarily limits an evening-long program.

Pretty soon the view can seem like a night of piano ballets and the genre can look too confined and confining. At least that was the case up to intermission – what with “Polyphonia,” Christopher Wheeldon’s ensemble work, set to 10 piano pieces by the noted Hungarian composer György Ligeti, followed by the Balanchine/Ravel “Sonatine.”



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:21 PM

A story on David Hallberg's move to the Bolshoi, with video.

http://www.voanews.c...-132559818.html

He's now a principal dancer with ABT and will continue to dance with Ballet Theater from time to time.

Kevin McKenzie is artistic director of ABT. He says he never doubted Hallberg's potential. “We knew right away that we had a talented boy on our hands," he said.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:23 PM

A review of Sacramento Ballet in 'Dracula' by Leigh Grogan in The Sacramento Bee.

http://www.sacbee.co...-a-sensual.html

"Dracula" is so well- orchestrated that you must admire the dancing and the acting. It's flawless. Steve Odehnal's lighting was dramatic, and costume designer Linda Pisano gave the caped Count plenty of swagger. The haunting score is by Anthony DiLorenzo.

The company's ambitious program opens with Trey McIntyre's "Second Before the Ground," the fourth of the choreographer's ballets in the Sacramento Ballet's repertoire. With music by the Kronos Quartet, "Second" showcases the technical skills of the company's male dancers, with Oliver-Paul Adams, Calka and Porter partnering Isha Lloyd, Peet and Cunningham, respectively. The fourth movement, featuring the entire cast, was a triumph.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:24 PM

A review of American Repertory Ballet by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger of Newark.

http://www.nj.com/en...allet_pres.html

With “The Nutcracker” season almost upon us, American Repertory Ballet found the time to present a new program, on Saturday at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

In-house choreographers supplied a couple of premieres, but the highlight of the evening was the troupe’s revival of “The Eyes That Gently Touch,” by Kirk Peterson. Giving sleek, modern form to romantic ideals, “Eyes” is a contemporary classic.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:26 PM

A review of the Royal Ballet in 'The Sleeping Beauty' by Mark Monahan in The Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph...den-review.html

There is, then, only one, far-from-easy way to keep Sleeping Beauty interesting: stage it and dance it magnificently. In the former respect, the Royal Ballet is, at long last, doing rather well. Having wisely if expensively ditched its awful 2003 production, replacing it in 2006 with an attempted recreation of that pivotal 1946 staging, it has only this season finally managaged to get its costumes feeling like faithful facsimiles of Oliver Messel’s ravishing post-war designs. There’s a new degree of vibrancy to them and, although the sets have a marginally cardboard-cut-out silhouette in places, they generally look grand indeed, with the Act II voyage magically executed.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:31 PM

A review of Atlanta Ballet by Heather Fulbright for Examiner.com.

http://www.examiner....ebration-review

The Four Seasons moved John Welker through the intervals of life with the theme of changing seasons. As Welker danced a pas de deux with each season, the audience was captivated and inspired. Peng-Yu Chen in “Spring” danced with the quick movements of childhood. The favorite was summer’s lead, Christine Winkler, exhibiting intricate choreography, culminated by a beautifully executed a-la-seconde turn. The merging into autumn, parallel to the current season of change inspired an excitement for the arrival of the fall season. Autumn brings about the festivities of the time, representing this rich stage of life. When the season changed to a cold winter, John McFall, the artistic director of the company, as well as Carol Szutek, graced the stage with their icy portrayal of the year and life with melancholy movements.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:35 PM

Resignations announced at Peoria Ballet.

http://blogs.pjstar....-peoria-ballet/

Rebekah von Rathonyi and Jennifer Reiter have resigned from their leaderships positions at the Peoria Ballet — right in the midst of preparations for the company’s annual “Nutcracker” show at the Civic Center.

These resignations follow that of Erich Yetter a year or so ago.



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Posted 26 October 2011 - 05:37 PM

Peoria Ballet will carry on with its Nutcracker production in spite of recent major resignations.

http://www.pjstar.co...nt-resignations

The Peoria Ballet President Teri Cook said Tuesday that "administrative differences" led to the resignations of administrative assistant Jennifer Reiter and Peoria Ballet Academy Director Rebekah von Rathonyi.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 05:37 PM

Peoria Ballet will carry on with its Nutcracker production in spite of recent major resignations.

http://www.pjstar.co...nt-resignations

The Peoria Ballet President Teri Cook said Tuesday that "administrative differences" led to the resignations of administrative assistant Jennifer Reiter and Peoria Ballet Academy Director Rebekah von Rathonyi.




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