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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:49 PM

19 year old dancer Jack Widdowson is in critical condition after a mugging.

The attacker began walking with Mr Widdowson - an apprentice dancer at Bern: Ballett, based at the Stadttheater Bern in Switzerland - in the Bute Terrace area at about 00:45 GMT on Saturday.
Detectives said Mr Widdowson suffered a serious neck injury during the attack on a towpath near a disused canal parallel with Tyndall Street, and had his property, including his iPhone, stolen.

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Widdowson was in a critical condition at the University Hospital of Wales with his family at his bedside.

The teenager's father, Dr Julian Widdowson said: "He left school in August and was thrilled to have been chosen as one of the youngest ever members of Bern:Ballett, where he had the privilege to dance one of the lead roles in the company's winter production.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:52 PM

A review of Boston Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet' by Angelique Nehmzow
and Grace Young for MIT's campus paper.

Surprisingly, the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, killed amidst a crowd of villagers during their duel, are more dramatically depicted than those of the lovers. In other versions of the ballet, the deaths of the two lovers overwhelm the third act, with Romeo prolonging a dance with Juliet’s limp body. In this version, the ending is so brief that the audience feels jolted by the swiftness of the dancer’s actions. The lovers die together in a few graceful movements, leaving the stage absolutely still.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:54 PM

Natalie Portman takes ballet to get back into shape post-pregnancy.

In addition to the ballet, she has also been doing Pilates and some running, according to Yanir Dekel, who blogs about the Hollywood scene for Israeli audiences. Dekel shared with his readers a photo that appeared on gossip sites yesterday showing Portman out for a run with Aleph’s father, Benjamin Millepied.

Portman has reportedly hired former New York City Ballet dancer Andie Hecker as her personal trainer. Hecker owns Ballet Bodies, a Los Angeles fitness studio “that draws from and improves upon the basic fundamentals of Pilates, with an ultimate focus on achieving an aesthetic as long, lean and beautiful as a ballet dancer’s.”

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:55 PM

A preview of Alberta Ballet's "Love Lies Bleeding" by Marsha Lederman in The Globe and Mail.

Alberta Ballet artistic director Jean Grand-Maître quotes the story over coffee in Vancouver, the morning after the first on-tour performance of his Elton John ballet, Love Lies Bleeding. It has been 1½ years since the $1.1-million ballet premiered in Calgary, and Grand-Maître has made changes to it, rechoreographing some sections, tightening up the transitions, adjusting some of the onstage costume changes and editing some of the songs.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:59 PM

A review of Fall for Dance by Brian Seibert in The New York Times.

If Mr. Chestnut’s contribution added to the uncertainty of tap’s place in the 21st century, the evening’s second piece, Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia” (2001), made an argument for ballet’s continued relevance. It’s already a classic, performed around the world, but it was created for New York City Ballet and that company danced it beautifully on Sunday. One can count on Wendy Whelan, a member of the original cast, to make the odd shapes incisive and the connections between them liquid. But how wonderful to see the young corps dancer Lauren Lovette (who replaced Sara Mearns) alone onstage for the sixth section’s solo, filling the whole theater with her heartbreaking, meditative presence.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:00 PM

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times.

In Jerome Robbins' "Afternoon of a Faun," at PNB after more than 30 years' absence, the audience becomes the mirror into which the dancers gaze. A young man (Jerome Tisserand) and woman (Kylee Kitchens) meet in an empty studio; fascinated by their own reflections, they notice each other almost accidentally. Tisserand and Kitchens quietly allowed this brief encounter to change and charge them; you could see, as he lifted her, a quiet, sudden rapture. With Debussy's shimmering music, they beautifully created a mood — a dreamlike sense of innocence awakened; of two briefly becoming one. ("Faun" got a subdued audience reaction on Friday, perhaps due to a scheduling shuffle that placed it after the fireworks of "Swan Lake." Saturday's program, with the original order restored, had a more logical flow and served the dances better.)

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:05 PM

A review of Boston Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" by Marcia B. Siegel in The Boston Phoenix.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:06 PM

Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada holds a tenth anniversary gala.

This Thursday night, the ballet company celebrates 10 years of dance and community support. The annual Grant Thornton Velvet Gala is a chance for the founders, Dobrovolskiy and CEO Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, and the company members to thank the corporate sponsors and surrounding community for believing in them. All funds raised from the evening go towards the ballet's educational outreach activities.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:52 AM

A review of Boston Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" by Martha Shanahan for The Tufts Daily (campus paper).

In one of the few instances when Cranko calls for a display of virtuosity, Madrigal joins Paulo Arrais as Mercutio and Jeffrey Cirio as Benvolio in a bad−boy trio of whirling dervishes. Giddy to sneak into the Capulet ball in plain sight, the three firecrackers tackle Cranko's devilishly difficult series of double tours en l'air in a way that is utterly satisfying to watch.



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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:54 AM

A review of City Ballet of San Diego by Kris Eitland for SanDiego.com.

The program, on view at the historic Spreckels last weekend, included four dances by Russian composers, all accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra, which sounded better than ever.

Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux was a welcome alternative to the omnipresent sugarplum programs coming up next month. Ariana Samuelsson and Gerardo Gil danced it on Saturday night. They were lovely romantic partners and displayed leaps and fouettes, which delighted the cheering crowd. Keep in mind that City Ballet has earned the right to perform the dance, by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust.



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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:59 AM

A profile of Sergei Polunin by Jessica Duchen in The Independent.

"I'd always been one of the best in my gymnastics school, so I transferred to trying to be the best dancer, without knowing anything about ballet. I learned it as a routine. And even in Kherson, which had nothing like a ballet company, they respected dancers. It was so rare for a boy to be a dancer that everyone was impressed, even street kids."

Kherson, he adds, was desperately poor: "Everyone was living in the same poverty and there was no hot water or electricity after 6pm. I had pocket money for good marks, but at some point I had to give it away for food. We moved to Kiev with $10 in my mum's pocket; that was all. My dad went to work as a builder in Portugal and my grandmother went to Greece to support my mum and me." He and his mother lived in one room for four years in Kiev.



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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:05 AM

A feature on dancer turned wedding cake creator Maggie LaBaugh by Ellen McCarthy in The Washington Post.

Then, while dancing one day in 2006, she felt a twinge in the ball of her foot. And what had started small in the rehearsal room grew into a lump the size of a golf ball as she walked down the corridor of the prestigious Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago.

She didn’t know it then, but that was the end. And the beginning.




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