One of several independent ballet companies founded in Russia after the breakup of the Soviet regime, the Moscow Festival Ballet is headed by former Bolshoi Ballet star Sergei Radchenko. The company has toured widely since its founding in 1989. Recently it began a four-month, 100-city tour of North America, with East Lansing one of its early stops. At Wharton and a number of other venues, “Swan Lake” already has sold out.
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Those skills will be tested this season with four world premieres on programs that call for sure-footed shifts in technique and tone. Program 6, for instance, spins from the classicism of Rudolf Nureyev's Act III "Raymonda" to the intense theatricality of Yuri Possokhov's "RakU" to the cunning complexity of Ashley Page's newest work.
Page, who spoke by phone from Edinburgh where he directs the Scottish Ballet, has taken inspiration from Berkeley composer John Adams' "Guide to Strange Places" to create a work that he feels suits the energy of the dancers of San Francisco Ballet.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:45 AM
The well-known melodies of the operas by Purcell and Gluck are evoked by composer Gavin Bryars in a score, void of sung lyrics, played live onstage by a quartet of violin, cello, piano and saxophone.
Lock’s signature speed remains an integral part of New Work. Russian prima ballerina Diana Vishneva joined the cast of New Work for the early part of the international tour and has been quoted as saying that after working with La La La Human Steps, “classical ballet feels like slow motion.”
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:49 AM
"I used to always say, as soon as the music started, 'Hey guys, it's almost over!'" she said of her pre-performance ritual. "I did a lot of things really early, and I found these coping mechanisms. But once I realized, 'You're getting to be consistent. You're going to get it done. You can rely on yourself,' I got rid of the coping mechanisms and now I'm trying to enjoy each moment."
She's gotten plenty of help from NYCB ballet master Susan Hendl, who, over several seasons, has helped Ms. Fairchild hone a greater artistry to match the physical ability that pushed her so quickly up the ladder. "She gives me a lot of freedom in my dancing, and it's not restrictive in technique," Ms. Fairchild said. "My brain thinks too technically."
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:57 AM
Daniel will be imparting his knowledge and technique on to the eager young dancers all week.
Young Dancers Company of Central Queensland artistic director Wendy Barker said it was a privilege for the students to study with a professional.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:31 AM
Neumeier's ballet begins with Nijinsky's last performance in Switzerland on January 19, 1919, which Nijinsky himself called "a wedding to god." It stands as a moment of transition, a place of memory and premonition.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:23 AM
Even though Company XIV’s “Snow White” opulent costumes, sets, dances, and props all allude heavily to the baroque style of Louis XIV (like the company’s name), it doesn’t look or feel pretentious. Director Austin McCormick keeps the story moving, and the circus and vaudeville at the heart of the show doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Since founding his company in 2006, McCormick has renovated a former tow-truck garage in Brooklyn into a small, charming theater and staged a series of neo-baroque works, including an edgy “Nutcracker” and a reinterpretation of “The Judgment of Paris.” Besides the neo-baroque designs, the company’s signature has been to combine dance, opera, video and seemingly less compatible genres such as acrobatics and burlesque. All had their places here, along with dramatic narration by a ringmaster figure, but the production, completely redesigned from an earlier, 2009 version, had extensive circus elements added for two guest artists - Gracie White and Joseph McEachern – imported from Circus Juventus of St. Paul.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:32 AM
The 38-year-old Tsiskaridze is splitting teacher duties at the Bolshoi with Yan Godovsky. In December, theater management announced plans to replace the duo with one full-time teacher, Regina Nikiforova. The move was not to affect’s Tsikaridze’s job as one of the Bolshoi's premier dancers.
Tsiskaridze, who joined the Bolshoi troupe in 1993, said in December he was never offered the job full-time and threatened to sue.
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