Tuesday, December 27
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:11 AM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:30 AM
Scènes de ballet was Ashton’s favourite among his own works, his 1948 essay in spiky neo-classicism. André Beaurepaire’s original set designs adorn the Nationaltheater stage and his geometrically patterned costumes remain a balletic New Look intended to shake Britain out of postwar drudgery. Stravinsky’s score, as sharp and sophisticated as a skilfully mixed martini, was expertly played. The Munich dancers settled into Ashton’s challenging homage to Petipa, not least the corps of 12 women and four male soloists, but the leads will need to muster more chic and style fully to do their roles justice. It was, nevertheless, a doughty first performance.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:32 AM
When an iconic figure becomes embedded in one's consciousness—whether it is the Mona Lisa or the Sugar Plum Fairy—someone is bound to take a pot shot at it. And Texas Ballet Theater did exactly that for its hilarious spoof on its annual Nutcracker. Not only did the characters from The Wizard of Oz take over the Stahlbaum's Christmas Eve party, but so did a motley crew that included Elvis, a hyped-up Dirk Nowitzki and Joan Crawford in a mean mood. Too, too funny in the Kingdom of the Sweets were a well-oiled Arnold Schwarzenegger preening and strutting, and Michael Flatley tearing across the room at breakneck speed.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:33 AM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:46 AM
First Drosselmeyer’s little nephew does it, during the formal Grossvater Tanz (grown-ups on our left, children mirroring them), as does his partner Marie. Then, after battling the mice, the Nutcracker does it, holding one of the slain Mouse King’s seven crowns aloft. Finally the Little Prince does it in the moment when his Nutcracker outer husk slips off him.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:32 AM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:12 PM
According to Byron Mildwater, a ballet dancer and a spokesperson for the Royal Theatre, the job losses will affect the theatre’s artistic output. “It will mean, for example, that we can no longer perform the large ballets like ‘The Nutcracker’ or ‘Swan Lake’,” Mildwater told Politiken. “There will simply not be enough swans to dance in the large ballets that we are world-renowned for. It will markedly reduce the quality of our company.”
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