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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:41 AM

A preview of the Moscow Festival Ballet in "Swan Lake."

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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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:43 AM

A preview of San Francisco Ballet's new season by Mary Ellen Hunt in The San Francisco Chronicle.

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.



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:45 AM

A preview of La La La Human Steps in 'New Work' by Salena Kitteringham in The Edmonton Journal.

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.”



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:49 AM

A feature on Megan Fairchild by Pia Catton in The Wall Street Journal.

"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."



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:53 AM

Ludmila Semenyaka receives a 50th birthday message from Vladimir Putin. Item in brief.

"Your career is a remarkable page in the history of Russian ballet and has enriched the great traditions of the Russian school of choreography."



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:55 AM

Steven Heathcote conducts a tutorial for young students.

Heathcote says he loves teaching but boys can be challenging. “They are easily distracted and you have to compete for their attention,” he said.

“But there’s some real talent among them.”



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:57 AM

Daniel Gaudiello will also be teaching young students at a summer camp.

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.



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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:19 AM

Ballet Tennessee will present the Ailey II troupe.

The performance and outreach classes are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission.



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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:28 AM

An obituary for Niles Ford, dead of a heart attack at age 52.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:31 AM

Hamburg Ballet will present "Nijinsky" in Shanghai.

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.



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Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:23 AM

A review of Company XIV in "Snow White" by Michael Popkin for danceviewtimes.

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.



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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:32 AM

Nikolai Tsiskaridze hangs on to his teaching job, for now. Many thanks to innopac for the link!

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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