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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:46 AM

Bart Cook is staging Afternoon of a Faun at Pacific Northwest Ballet:

http://seattletimes....6386_pnb30.html

Cook, who joined NYCB in 1971, remembered what he'd been told about the origins of Robbins' "Faun." "The old School of American Ballet was on Broadway and 83rd. You had to walk downstairs into the studios, and there were bays of windows; the sun would stream in in the afternoon. The story goes that [Robbins] walked by one of the studios and saw Eddie Villella sleeping in the sun."



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:49 AM

ABT performed Don Quixote in Oman:

http://www.timesofom...tail=51415

The three Kitris were also lovely. Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes and Yuriko Kajiya each brought a unique flair to the female lead, and were a joy to watch. Murphy’s flirtatious Kitri showed off a slightly seductive, sensual dancer, while Reyes was graceful and sweet. Kajiya’s perfect spins and flawless points were breathtaking, too, and though she glistened with sweat by the end, she made each move appear effortless.



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:50 AM

ABT performed Don Quixote in Oman:

http://www.timesofom...tail=51415

The three Kitris were also lovely. Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes and Yuriko Kajiya each brought a unique flair to the female lead, and were a joy to watch. Murphy’s flirtatious Kitri showed off a slightly seductive, sensual dancer, while Reyes was graceful and sweet. Kajiya’s perfect spins and flawless points were breathtaking, too, and though she glistened with sweat by the end, she made each move appear effortless.



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:51 AM

A trend toward skipping some intermission(s):

http://www.pittsburg...r/s_764585.html


"People don't want to spend so much time in the theater," says Terrence Orr, artistic director at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Eliminating an intermission allows everyone to go home 15 minutes sooner, he says.



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:55 AM

A review of an autobiography by choreographer Gillian Lynne:

http://www.express.c...x-you-ve-had-it-

Gillian was born in 1926 but the book starts in July 1939, two months before the outbreak of the Second World War and the event that she insists shaped her life: the death of her mother Barbara in a road accident.

The story ends on her 20th birthday, February 20, 1946, the day she danced in the Royal Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty at a post-war Royal Gala performance reopening of London’s Covent Garden Opera House.



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:05 PM

Michael Popkin reviews Morphoses in "Bacchae" for danceviewtimes.

All this is hopelessly freighted with clichés, but the piece is saved from sinking under this bombast. In his quieter moments Veggetti creates some interesting movement and tableaux in an appealing contemporary dance and ballet-based medium, but above all because of an extraordinary performance by [Frances] Chiaverini in the leading woman's role. Tall and powerfully built, she's dark complexioned, black haired and fascinating; a natural star in full control of her body and its effects. Weight, agility, strength, musculature and interpretive power - nothing is missing from her arsenal as a dancer. You'd see the work again just for her; although you'd be bored in all the same places when she's not dancing.




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