Wednesday, December 14
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:00 PM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:01 PM
Sixty members of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will play the classic Tchaikovsky score in the pit, which has been expanded for the first time in the Aronoff Center’s history.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:04 PM
The organization had an amazing “artistic vision for the St. Pete City Ballet as it became from the Florida West Ballet,” Collins said.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:05 PM
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:16 PM
On the academic front, Emily continues to learn as a part-time student at Fordham University.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:56 AM
When Act II arrived, however, the HD often seemed far from H when it came to the dancing. Though the camera tried to fill the frame with choreography, its real focus was on the set, so that the dancers in the foreground — particularly in the larger divertissement dances — often seemed not quite distinct. In nonballet scenes there were too many cuts from one camera to another. Oughtn’t the Nutcracker Prince’s mime scene be the simplest thing in the translation from stage to screen? This version switched at least 12 times among different views of the boy’s narration and interrupted it with reaction shots 3 times (to the faces of the heroine Marie and the Sugar Plum Fairy).
Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:02 PM
Toohey got in touch with the ballet company's co-director, Paul Mejia, who wanted to honor the commitment. He talked to the ballet company's board and got the OK to use sets, costumes, dancers and the MCB name; the choreography remains largely the same, too, with the exception of the Kingdom of the Dolls becoming the Kingdom of Sweets.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:04 PM
Kathy Thibodeaux freezes into a stone cold title villainess for Snow Queen, Ballet Magnificat!'s newest work that premieres in Jackson Friday night and celebrates the company's 25th year.
Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen classic, the story ballet is Ballet Magnificat!'s most ambitious to date.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:08 PM
Kopp said the ballet company preferred not "to discuss internal operations with the media" at this point.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:21 PM
The enormous Mother Ginger and her children have been replaced by a Mother Hen and dancing chicks that remind Ezell of Marshmallow Peeps; Robbins called the scene “screamingly funny.”
Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:25 PM
Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:52 PM
Basically there are two kinds of Nutcrackers. In form, Balanchine's is an old-fashioned "suite ballet," a string of set pieces attached to a story that's not taken too seriously, and never resolved. It ends with the heroine still dreaming. Ratmansky's is more of a symphonic drama -- the story of a girl's awakening to romance and sexuality, with all its anxiety and danger. Here the story never goes away, and it ends in a literal awakening, back to adolescent angst and anticipation.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:56 PM
In this version of Nutcracker, some of the first act music has been cut in the interest of tightening up the story. While a justifiable structuring, it unfortunately has the effect of limiting any sort of character development. The maids are reduced to furniture, the grandparents have become cutout figures, the interaction between the boys and girls is minimized, and when the Mouse King comes on, he’s dispatched rapidly, quickly disappearing down a hole in the stage floor. In some ways, the Party Scene used to be a children’s event that grownups supervised; now, with the cuts, it seems more of an adult event with a bunch of kids hanging around. Still pleasant, but different.
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