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The duo previously served on the artistic staff of the Augusta Ballet, where Ron Colton first brought The Nutcracker to Augusta in 1971.
Ron Colton, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, joined George Balanchine’s company in 1953, the year the choreographer unveiled his own spin on the story and popularized the tale for many Americans.
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"The main reason I'm leaving the Bolshoi is the lack of repertoire. Everything I could dance there I had already performed. We strive for creative freedom. When life becomes too comfortable for me I feel a huge need to change something, to get rid of that comfortable and stable current," Osipova said, Fontanka reported.
Vasilyev said that they needed to move on when it was difficult to change their work at the Bolshoi. He said the couple wanted to dance as much as possible, including dances that incorporated new choreography.
“As for the motives for the ballet soloists’ decision, then I am certain that it is in no way connected to creativity,” Itar-Tass reported Iksanov as saying, calling it “an attack on the chief theater of the country.”
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Introduced last year, the current production is being outfitted with original stage décor in stages. This season, the local Covance Foundation has underwritten new stage décor for the second act; next year, when a new Snow Scene set is built, the ARB’s “Nutcracker” will be fully revamped in time for its golden 50th anniversary.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:12 PM
A I’m not sure. Teaching kids to do ballet could be entertaining but the main part is to teach self-discipline, to teach how to deal with pain and to teach that there are rules. It’s not like the ballet should be changed to what you can do. You have to change your body to do ballet.
Q After dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet, you were invited back to Russia in 2004 to direct the Bolshoi. I’ve heard that it’s a famously difficult place to work. Was it as hard as you thought it was going to be?
A It was as hard as I thought, yes. It’s a historical theatre, a huge tradition with more than 200 years of history. You have to try to be up to the challenge.
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The scalpers have been making a killing by buying up tickets for the renovated Bolshoi’s highly coveted performances and re-selling them online for up to ten times the price.
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The dancers talk about Ratmansky’s quest for organic physicality, a pliant, expressive upper body and quicksilver footwork. They also note his concern with how a dancer should relate to others on stage. Many choreographers work only with the first cast in rehearsals, while the other dancers are on the sidelines picking up the steps. Ratmansky, however, switches casts in the studio, tailoring the choreography to their individual strengths.
Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:13 PM
The fabrics are highly varied. Many of the them are what I would call novelty fabrics. Fabrics with other fabrics appliqued to them, color, lot of pattern some used in a way that are a fantasy and an imaginative use. The mice for instance, are a gray and black and chartreuse polka dot. Rather than just used a gray faux fur, the element of their color is used to tell us who they are. The characters are not literally dressed in a faux fur mouse suit. But there are also the flowers that are more traditional. There is an element of people that are coming to see a ballet So it is important to incorporate images that are traditional ballet, images of the classical tutu, costumes that represent the more romantic period of ballet, the early romantic period, tulle skirts in a riotous combination of colors.
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