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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

Reviews of Texas Ballet Theater's Dracula.

The Star-Telegram

In the first act, the dancing isn't flashy, but there are nifty flying effects (done by the flying company Foy). The third act is more of the same but more exciting, thanks to fight scenes and an explosive ending.

For fans of showy ballet moves, it's all about the middle act, in which the villagers engage in balletic folk dance and we get the love story of Svetlana (Carolyn Judson) and Frederick (Lucas Priolo) and some humor with an innkeeper (Tim O'Keefe) and his wife (Michelle LeBoeuf).


TheaterJones

Ben Stevenson offers up his take on the vampire mythology as Texas Ballet Theater presents Dracula at Bass Performance Hall. For those expecting the traditional Bram Stoker fare involving Mina, Jonathan, Lucy, etc., this could either be a disappointment or a pleasant surprise. Stevenson retains the mythological characteristics of Stoker’s creation and the basic structure of the tale: Dracula wants girl, girl’s friends hunt Dracula. However, the story is much simplified in favor of creating mood and emotion.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

A review of Alabama Ballet's "Swan Lake" by Michael Huebner in The Birmingham News.

In her dual role as Odette and Odile, Jennifer Ferrigno morphed fluidly between the transmogrified princess and her dark-world counterpart. Out of desperate anguish to be rescued from an eternal spell came looks of evil glee from the daughter of the sorcerer-baron, Von Rothbart. She danced with nearly flawless execution, with classic stances, feathery lightness and unflinching pointe rotations, tossing off the 32 fouettes in Act 3 with confidence and abandon.



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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

Maya Plisetskaya is honored by France.

Legendary Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya has been awarded with the highest decoration of France. The 85-year-old artist is now an Officer of the Legion of Honor.

­France’s Ambassador to Russia Jean de Gliniasty described the Russian artist as the embodiment of grace, talent and courage. Plisetskaya, in her turn, has expressed gratitude to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who appoints members of the Order, saying she has long had close ties to France.



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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:03 PM

A review of the Royal Danish Ballet by Franziska Bork Petersen in The Copenhagen Post.

When the piece was performed as part of a different programme earlier this season, the Royal Danish Ballet’s artistic director, Nikolaj Hübbe, praised his ageing principal Thomas Lund in the role of the ballet teacher and insisted that the piece had to stay in the repertoire while Lund was still dancing. But Ida Praetorius’ performance as the student was also remarkable. Only in her late teens, Praetorius shows the talent for acting that the role demands. Her stage presence, which has made her shine in smaller parts throughout the season, is thrilling in The Lesson.




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