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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

A review of "Kings of the Dance: Opus 3" by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

"Kings of the Dance" might have been awful, but it wasn't boring. The two-act program began with Mauro Bigonzetti's "Jazzy Five," featuring the group moving in unison with the earnest camaraderie of a flash mob. Here was a flurry of choreography in which elbows crossed in front of bodies and hands fluttered away from faces like birds. Why, when men create dances for men, is there such an embarrassing preponderance of swan arms? But there was Mr. Gomes, at the start of "Jazzy Five," flapping away.



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

Three new works highlight a celebration of Australian Ballet's 50th birthday:

http://www.australia...ian-ballet.html

The Australian Ballet is celebrating its 50th birthday with a new production of three new dance works by Graeme Murphy, Gideon Obarzanek (ex-Chunky Move) and Stephen Page (Bangarra Dance Theatre).



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

A review of Oregon Ballet Theatre's production of Giselle:

http://www.oregonliv...llet_theat.html

Despite the ghostly Wilis, "Giselle" is the most human of the great 19th century ballets. That's the way Oregon Ballet Theatre performed their lovely new version of the tragic tale of the peasant girl who loves dancing and a duke and dies of an overdose of both. Saturday night, principals, soloists, and an impeccable corps of Wilis (ghosts of girls who were jilted on their wedding day) danced with the artistry and technical skill that make this ballet wring your heart.



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

A review of Australian Ballet by Carol Middleton for Australian Stage.

The Australian Ballet is celebrating its 50th birthday with a new production of three new dance works by Graeme Murphy, Gideon Obarzanek (ex-Chunky Move) and Stephen Page (Bangarra Dance Theatre). Classical, contemporary and indigenous dance come together on one bill,each section with its specially commissioned score. Infinity, as the title implies, has a broad vision, one that encompasses the bleak, the romantic and the spiritual under one banner. It is a vivid expression of Australian ballet today in all its permutations.



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:48 PM

Opportunities for corps de ballet members at Boston Ballet:

http://bostonglobe.c...Rf4M/story.html

In the spring - well, actually, any time of year - a corps de ballet member’s fancy not so lightly turns to thoughts of featured roles in his or her company’s next production. “Play With Fire,’’ which Boston Ballet will open at the Opera House this Thursday, offers several such opportunities. And the program plays with fire in more ways than one.



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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:50 PM

A radical new work for the Royal Ballet:

http://www.telegraph...production.html

t will be like nothing ever seen before at the Royal Opera House.


In what will be seen as a radical departure for the company known for its traditional productions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the Royal Ballet will present its first-ever fusion of pop music and ballet in a collaboration with the music producer Mark Ronson.




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