To work with the world-famous Ratmansky, on the heels of creating Viscera with young British choreographer Liam Scarlett, has been thrilling, says principal ballerina Jeanette Delgado. “It’s kind of like a dream,” says Delgado, who has a leading role in Symphonic Dances. “I always longed for this kind of thing.”
Performing with the Cleveland adds a new dimension to the premiere. Delgado recalls how, when MCB did a similar one-nighter with the Cleveland three years ago right after the troupe’s New York City debut, the music lifted the exhausted dancers to new heights.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:27 PM
Murphy will be a frequent guest with the New Zealand company while Stiefel remains at its helm, but will still appear in the American Ballet Theatre's annual and most prestigious seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House. Stiefel will have his swan song performance there, in July this year.
"We have danced together a number of times, and it was indescribable, incredible to dance with him," Murphy says. "And I will really miss just seeing him dance."
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:31 PM
Come on, Chicago, show some guts! If you love a piece, clap. But if you think a piece stinks, don't clap because you're afraid people will think you're a Philistine.
Trust your own taste and start booing!
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:32 PM
In choreographer Michael Pink's kid-friendly take, now being staged by Colorado Ballet, Peter Pan manages to keeps his all of his charms, and he is a superhuman dancer, too. When this guy leaps he might end up two or three stories in the air.
But Pink keeps it real by dropping him into a world that feels distinctly 21st century. The setting maybe old Scotland, but youngsters here throw the kind of temper tantrums you might see at the shopping mall - they're not all that sweet. And Tinker Bell, she's moody and irritating, kind of an itch really. Where so many "Peter Pan" productions reduce the father to a stern stereotype, this dad has depth. He's not strict as much as frazzled, overworked, a perfect papa for our recessionary decade.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:38 PM
The Sydney Morning Herald
The company's versatility is remarkable: from abstract neoclassical moves to indigenous storytelling, to a breakdown of ballet's most well-known production, the dancers relish each challenge. As is often the case with new work, some minor editing could enhance each piece, but on the whole, the concepts are well developed.
Graeme Murphy's The Narrative of Nothing is reminiscent of his late Sydney Dance Company days, a demanding abstract work alternating moments of beauty with complex action. It is filled with drama, from the interplay of bodies, Damien Cooper's spectacular lighting and the specially commissioned orchestral sound of Brett Dean's Fire Music.
It premieres three works by mature choreographers who have cultivated distinctive styles during long tenures at major dance companies: Graeme Murphy (formerly of Sydney Dance Company), Gideon Obarzanek (formerly of Chunky Move) and Bangarra Dance Theatre's artistic director, Stephen Page.
Murphy's The Narrative of Nothing is a return to abstract ballet choreography after a run of successful story ballets.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:41 PM
Natalie Portman has sparked speculation that she has married fiancé Benjamin Millepid after the couple both wore wedding rings to the Oscar's on Sunday night.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:42 PM
That “opus” in the title lays it out: this is not your mother’s all-star gala. There will be no bravado solo from Don Quixote in sight. But even “opus” did not prepare the eager, adoring audience on the last stop of the international Kings of the Dance tour for how little dancing would transpire. On a bare stage in one solo after another, Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theatre, David Hallberg of ABT and the Bolshoi, Guillaume Coté of the National Ballet of Canada, Ivan Vasiliev of the Mikhailovsky, and Denis Matvienko of the Mariinsky mainly twitched.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:43 PM
The LakeCities Ballet and the Lewisville Lake Symphony's mix of classical and tongue-in-cheek music and movement more than compensated for the simple setting. As Narrator, Chip Waggoner from FOX 4 News added his own quirky yet totally appropriate touches to the show. He told the tale of young Peter (Jeanette Lipton), his friends the Bird (Kendall Galey), Duck (Sophie Van Den Handel) and Cat (Logan Lockhart) and their encounter with the menacing Wolf (Ruben Gerding).
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:17 AM
Although it’s wonderful to see a program unapologetically devoted to classical dancing, thrilling as it showcases flashing legs and sculpted feet, this effort can also feel labored. The introduction, teasingly set to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” quickly turns the nursery into a sweat-shop settling into a pattern of demanding, solo variations with men and women alternating. These dances are spirited and athletic, with details that intrigue. Giving their all, the performers are easy to love. As solo follows solo down the line, however, the format palls. Andersen seems clever when making up steps, less so when shaping a whole ballet.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:22 AM
"Ballet is Fun" has been around for years as a CD-Rom and used as an instructional supplement for students and teachers. Now as an app, the rest of the world will have easy access to this video presentation. Don't go auditioning for the New York City Ballet just yet though. While the app can help wannabe ballerinas perfect their craft, it is "not a substitute for a good teacher," says creator of the program Bill Atkinson.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:26 AM
He owed this longevity, remarkable in ballet, to his having slipped early on — unintentionally but quite happily — into character roles. Few dancers seek such parts, which tend toward grizzled sorcerers rather than dashing princes, but Mr. O’Brien, in the opinion of balletgoers and many critics, invested them with a wordless emotional resonance rarely before seen.
And though he would never dance a pas de deux with the prima ballerina, his calling, with its attendant lack of wear on the body, gave him something a dancer can rarely expect: steady employment with a major company for 42 years, and perennial standing as an audience favorite for nearly all that time.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:31 AM
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is preparing to take a bold step into previously unexplored territory with the debut of John Neumeier's adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" that promises to be "an assault on the senses of the highest order."
Because of the mature nature of the ballet, the decision was made to host salon parties in all four corners of our city limits in order to prepare subscribers and donors for the production
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:16 PM
David Hallberg, with his immaculate dancing, lithe figure, and personal beauty, was criminally ill-served by Nacho Duato’s Kaburias. His costume, drastically flared and fringed ankle-length black culottes that he had to manipulate—flinging the fabric over his head, grasping a swath of it with his mouth—made him look inept and foolish. I guess that the choreographer hoped to kindle some sort of gutsy passion via this material, but Hallberg, a strikingly pale blond who is an icon of purity, just isn’t a likely conduit for earthly concerns.
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