Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present Neumeier's "A Streetcar Named Desire" Friday through Sunday at the Benedum Center, Downtown. It will be the first production by an American ballet company.
"We're sitting in an elite group. San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre are the only two companies doing Neumeier ballets. He doesn't let them out. They're complex, not so easy," says Pittsburgh Ballet's artistic director Terrence Orr. "If I didn't know John and he didn't know me, we would never have had the ability to put on a work of this magnitude."
Wednesday, March 7
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:02 AM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:03 AM
Before each evening performance, Director Starrett holds a pre-show lecture 30 minutes prior to the curtain where he gives a unique introduction behind the scenes into the magical world of ballet. Following the March 10 matinee, audience members are invited to tour backstage and meet the Columbia City Ballet dancers.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:09 AM
The show is subtitled "A Project Designed to Stimulate and Encourage Artistic Growth" and in that vein will feature new works that may not necessarily be polished, but are in the early stages of the creative spark.
"A Choreographers' Showcase" was born out of Cirque du Soleil's commitment to the artistic community. The project began with Cirque's Las Vegas shows and Nevada Ballet Theatre five years ago.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:21 AM
Putrov chooses to remain mysterious about the duet – “come and see it”. But the solo is Polunin’s tribute to James Dean, the perennial outsider whom he discovered through a film starring James Franco. “It is amazing acting in that film, one of my favourites. After that I did the tattoo on my shoulder of James Dean’s name without seeing the actual James Dean movie. Since then I bought lots of T-shirts of his and I watched the movies and I just liked his spiritual mood. That is what the solo is going to be about, what he is feeling inside.”
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:22 AM
“Rama Hari,” which is based on popular Asian epic “Ramayana,” was created by Cayabyab, choreographer and Ballet Philippines founding artistic director Alice Reyes and National Artist for Literature Bienvendo Lumbrera. The costumes were designed by the late National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal.
It made its premiere in 1980 with Basil Valdez as Rama, Leo Valdez as Ravana and then-upcoming pop star Kuh Ledesma as Sita. Ledesma’s solo, “Magbalik Ka Na Mahal,” went on to become one of Cayabyab’s most-loved songs.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:24 AM
It’s hard to get Ashton’s delicate comedy and touching young love just right, but Sakuma’s performance is a triumph. She avoids the overacting that can mar this role, so that she is irritating, but charmingly so, and too young to grasp that she really is annoying her lover. Then she is drawn into a dance duel with the gypsy woman. She is infinitely touching in her efforts to win him over, and, when he leaves her alone in the studio, we feel her heart breaking.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:25 AM
As Mr. Kaiser was speaking, the War Horse itself—actually, a life-sized mechanical puppet—burst through the side door and went through its paces. This unexpected bit of hilarity, not to mention the “horse’s” realistic behavior and Mr. Kaiser’s reaction, added considerable spice to the morning event (See video below). It didn’t hurt the PR effort for this production either, as this production will be brought to life with a series of lifelike, life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:27 AM
City Ballet of San Diego has more than a dozen Balanchine works in its repertory, making it the largest presenter of Balanchine works in Southern California. For the program last weekend at the Spreckels Theatre, the company selected Who Cares?, Agon, and Donizetti Variations.The program had something for everyone, and this intelligent company has never looked better.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:50 AM
Through the years, performances of the full-length dance have picked up speed, cohesion and passion.
On Tuesday’s opening night at the War Memorial Opera House, dancers in the title roles set the pace, complemented by a wonderful group of soloists and the outstanding corps de ballet.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:53 AM
Kaufman noted the roots of “Nutcracker” by Ballet West, part of next year’s ballet programs.
“An unfamiliar ‘Nutcracker’ arrives courtesy of Ballet West, the Salt Lake City company we’ve seen little of here. This company performs a vintage version of the holiday staple, created in 1944 by William Christensen — this was the first American production of the ballet.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:55 AM
The evening was, rather circuitously, inspired by a collection of jewelry designed by Van Cleef and Arpels intended to evoke St. Petersburg’s legendary Le Bal du Palais d’Hiver, a glistening jewel on the diadem of grand 20th-century fetes. Upon entering the lobby, guests were met with a blinding ivory tableau vivant. Models—clad in alabaster gowns, fur and suits—lounged upon a nest of regal divans and cotton snowfall while donning the jewels. Few guests, however, seemed to notice the scene as they greeted their friends, cocktail panache flowing freely as Champagne.
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