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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:28 AM

A review of Richmond Ballet in "Liebeslieder Walzer" by Julinda Lewis in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The work was staged for Richmond Ballet by Karin von Aroldingen, a keeper of the George Balanchine Trust, and Philip Neal, a Richmond Ballet alum. Both of them have danced the roles performed by Skaggs and Fagone.

In the opening night post-performance talk, they expressed their admiration for Richmond Ballet's performance of this beloved Balanchine work, which stretches some of the dancers beyond their comfort zone and extends the scope and range of the company's repertoire yet again.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:30 AM

Retired dancers of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company open a ballet academy.

The Akopians plan to teach the Vaganova technique in their studio, which the believe is the foremost training program for classical ballet, Mr. Akopian said.

“We hope to share not only our passion for classical ballet, but the expertise we have gained through more than 35 years of international experience,” Akopian said. “By training our students in the Vaganova method, we want to inspire the next generation of dancers with the technique and artistry of ballet.”

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:32 AM

A new trailer features dancers of the Dutch National Ballet.

This seems to be the year of the creative TEDx trailer. Now, from my friends at TEDxAmsterdam comes The Human Brain -- a mesmerizing "trailer" for this month's event, themed Human Nature, featuring 48 dancers from The Dutch National Ballet and an utterly smile-inducing original song titled "Turn the World Around" by Pigeon Horse Sex Tennis with Rutger Hauer, the British School, and children of Amsterdam.

The "trailer" is actually the dress rehearsal for the first "human brain" in a series of three to be performed live at TEDxAmsterdam on November 25.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:37 AM

A list of upcoming local Nutcrackers by Mark Lowry in The Star-Telegram of Forth Worth.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:39 AM

A review of the Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" by Tresca Weinstein in The Albany Times-Union.

On the plus side was the inclusion of some four dozen local children in the roles of partygoers, mice, snowflakes, angels and butterflies. The kids were adorable and enhanced the sweet, genuine feel of the production. (Albany resident Pamela Hannan was also featured in the walk-on role of the Snow Maiden, which she won in an Albany County Historical Society fundraiser.) The flat folk-art style of the painted backdrops lent a homemade charm to the set, as well, despite the brief malfunction when a large cut-out Christmas tree attached itself to a dancer’s costume early in the first act.

The pretty, unforced style of the Russian dancers is also welcome; their lack of precision, less so. Set to the classic “Nutcracker Suite” score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the choreography by Stanislav Vlasov of the the Bolshoi Theatre steers clear of high-powered solos for the most part. (The perennial Sugarplum Fairy is nowhere to be seen.) Vlasov favors large ensemble dances, including the party scene, the battle between the mice and the Nutcrackers, and an interminable pink-and-white Flower Waltz that looks like a debutante ball in Candy Land. But without crisp, clean lines and perfect timing, these complex compositions dissolve into messy, random-looking crowd scenes.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:46 AM

Suzanne Farrell Ballet photo gallery.

The Lied Center hosted the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Saturday, November 12, 2011. The ballet was choreographed by George Balanchine and presented Balanchine's famous works including "Haieff Divertimento" with music composed by Haieff, "Diamonds Pas de Deux from Jewels" with music by Tchaikovsky, "Meditation" with music by Tchaikovsky, and "Agon" with music by Stravinsky.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:50 AM

A review of the Australian Ballet in "The Merry Widow" by Jill Sykes in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The ensembles are particularly memorable in each act, offering a different character that the corps de ballet seizes on with relish - waltzing in the most glamorous gowns of the AB repertoire; identically clad in red for a crisp folk-dance style routine; then back to glamour at Chez Maxime, with an infusion of can-can girls to spice it up.

In each of the ensembles, there is a constant, imaginative ebb and flow of action that is rare to see in classical choreography created today. It animates the stage and delights the eye - but only when done as well as this.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:57 AM

A preview of Nashville Ballet's Nutcracker.

"This version of the traditional holiday story celebrates Nashville"s rich history and personality, complete with characters inspired by well-known local residents," Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling said. "It incorporates President Andrew Jackson, former Vanderbilt University Chancellor James Kirkland and Nashville actress Lucille La Verne, who provided the voice of the witch in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Two casts of young dancers will alternate performances to tell the story of young Clara's magical journey, which starts at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville where she meets an exotic cast of characters from far-away lands displaying their native wares. It is there that her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer promises her a very special gift — a wooden Nutcracker.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:02 AM

A review of Fall for Dance by Michael Popkin for danceviewtimes.

The Royal Ballet of Flanders condensed adaptation of its 2009 "The Return of Ulysses," choreographed by Christian Spuck, that immediately followed this was a derivative blend of ballet steps and modern dance similar to Mats Ek, to a score that combined Purcell, Piaf and 60's era American songs by Bobby Vinton and Doris Day. Based on Penelope waiting for Ulysses to come home in "The Odyssey," it alternated scenes. First, to Baroque music, Eva Dewaele's Penelope repeatedly fought off seven suitors; to the pop songs, she'd then dance lyrical solos or small ensembles.......

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:06 AM

Maine Street Ballet prepares its biggest Nutcracker yet.

Nearly 300 dancers from the Maine State Ballet and other dance schools will take the stage over the course of seven performances, beginning Saturday, Nov. 26.

"The Nutcracker" features live music by the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, the Musica de Filia Girlchoir and the Westcustogo Youth Chorale. This year marks Linda MacArthur Miele’s 35th as director. She and Jonathan Miele, a former Broadway show dancer, are co-founders of the Maine State Ballet.


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