Saturday, November 5
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:29 PM
The Boston Globe
Cranko’s choreography is pleasing rather than breathtaking, with limited opportunity for virtuoso display; only the marketplace folk dances and duels and Juliet’s candlelit funeral cortege seem to have fired his imagination. He has some novel ideas, like starting off the ballet with Rosaline, the girl Romeo thinks he’s in love with before he meets Juliet. But Cranko also has some strange notions. Romeo and Juliet exit together after their wedding (Juliet needs to go home with her Nurse). Romeo stabs himself instead of taking poison. Oddest of all, there’s no Montague-Capulet reconciliation at the end, just the dead lovers in the tomb. It’s a sobering conclusion.
The Patriot Ledger
Nelson Madrigal as Romeo and Misa Kuranaga as Juliet made a convincing pair of lovers, he for his boyish looks and somewhat foolish pranks as a teenager in love – at least at the start. She is petite and doll-like, indeed, one of her best roles with the company to date has been the child-like lead in “Coppelia.”
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:35 PM
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is pleased to announce that Robbie Fairchild, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet and Amanda Weingarten, most recently Soloist with the Miami City Ballet will be Guest Artists in CRYB's upcoming Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 10 and 11.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:37 PM
This Carmen boasts a fresh perspective: It is presented as a ballet within a ballet. But the production showcases not just an interesting point of view. It offers gorgeous men and women, stunning costumes and superb dancing, all performed to the unforgettable music of French composer Georges Bizet. The taped orchestral version to which the company danced last night recalled all the opera’s greatest hits, with the ominous fate motive underpinning the exciting drama.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:40 PM
As the costume designer for more than 21 international ballets, including Love Lies Bleeding, the million-dollar Elton John spectacular that the Alberta Ballet brings to Toronto this week, Montreal’s Martine Bertrand conceives many of her award-winning ideas in the 1959 bungalow she has lived in for the past 11 years with husband Patrice Vermette and their two young children ......
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:44 PM
In a scene from "Romeo et Juliette," choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Kaori Nakamura and Lucien Postlewaite proved what unbridled, youthful passion is all about. Their dancing was lovely, carefree and expressive. This scene showcases what young love is, and it was hard not to feel giddy afterward.
The audience favorite, no doubt, was Kent Stowell's arrangement of the Black Swan scene from "Swan Lake." Expertly danced, this scene includes leaps, spins and lots of flourishes. An athletic and classic dance that brought the crowd to its feet.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:46 PM
The former Bolshoi star, a long-limbed firecracker with glamorous eyes, has danced her way out of corners before. Back in the late 1980s, after another dancer’s defection led the paranoid bureaucracy of the Bolshoi Ballet to seize Ananiashvili’s passport and refuse to let her travel, the young ballerina with a spine of steel delivered an ultimatum: My freedom or my resignation. And with that, she leveraged her sparkling technique and matchless charisma into a personal, artistic and professional coup, securing official permission to perform with companies outside the Soviet bloc.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:50 PM
Although ‘Love Stories’ struggled to find continuity in taking the audience on an emotional journey, the silver lining with this gala style program is the number of opportunities to preview corps de ballet members and soloists in some of the principal roles. Casting details for future performances reveal a number of such examples, and will hopefully be instrumental in the promotion of some of PNB’s dancers. For those cast in the fragments of the longer ballets, one can only hope that those dancers will get the opportunity to develop the roles fully someday.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:00 PM
Two workshops, hosted Oct. 20 by dance-drama teacher Sarah Lane, starred BV’s choreographer Paul Destrooper, and Sandrine Cassini — the corps’ recent acquisition from France.
They also appeared in the Ballet Rocks show a few days later in Duncan — attended by Lane’s student Sarah Lavine, 16.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:08 PM
Lewis knows about buzz. It was under his helm that the RWB premiered Mark Godden’s Dracula in 1998, a monster ballet hit that rejuvenated the company’s box office, and was heralded by critics for being wickedly smart and inventive.
It was Dracula that gave RWB’s then classical star Tara Birtwhistle, her dramatic break-out in the role of Lucy and it will be Wonderland that represents her departure from the limelight, as the Queen of Hearts diva was created as her final role before retiring as a Principal dancer last season to become the company’s ballet mistress.
Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:08 PM
Well, Rizzi is a smart, welltrained dancer with personality to burn. Or could it be that they found his candour illuminating. Or maybe in Rizzi's quick tongue and irrepressible spontaneity, Forsythe and Bausch felt a complementary force for their own deliberate, unhurried manner. Forsythe in particular relied on Rizzi for eight years as his assistant during the heyday years of Frankfurt Ballet. As for Bausch, she asked Rizzi to teach her famous troupe at Wuppertal after seeing Rizzi's Snowman Sinking, a rollicking solo show plus one (Rizzi's mother) that Montrealers saw in 2003 at the final Festival international de nouvelle danse.
Rizzi was last seen in Montreal in 2009 dancing in Orgy of Tolerance by another brilliant choreographer, Jan Fabre. "I was the guy with the gun up my bum," noted Rizzi, who has a flair for the pithy phrase.
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