Despite its standing-ovation popularity, "Moulin Rouge" is an opera "critics love to hate," says Morris. "We get trashed," he says, "because it's not Vegas or it's not the film" -- meaning it's not a topless show and it doesn't follow the plot of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann movie musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
"What we wanted," says Morris, "was a show that grandmothers could take their granddaughters to, but one that's showy enough to please husbands and romantic enough for their wives." Besides, set in 1889, when the Moulin Rouge debuted, the dancers -- while daring for their time -- would never go topless. Sacré bleu!
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:38 AM
Choreographed by UBC artistic director emeritus Oleg Vinogradov, the production is one of the events feting the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and South Africa. Vinogradov is the former head of the world-renowned Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.
UBC’s first South African visit is the final stop of the company’s three-year world tour, which has seen it visit major theaters in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:40 AM
Things are beginning to move at the Israel Ballet, just four months after new general manager Lea Lavie assumed her post. Lavie, whose management experience includes working for tycoon Lev Leviev and the Likud party, has replaced Hillel Markman, who directed the company since he and Berta Yampolsky founded it in 1967. The new developments are part of an overall reorganization plan aimed at extracting the troupe from an accumulated deficit of NIS 6.4 million.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:41 AM
Boy George will be in a live line-up of singer-performers for the latest Royal Ballet premiere by Wayne McGregor. Mark Ronson's cycle of nine love songs, orchestrated by Rufus Wainwright, will be performed by the former Culture Club New-Romantic (he's now 50), alongside Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Jonny Pierce of The Drums, Hero Fisher, Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, and rappers Wale and his protégé Black Cobain during the six-performance run next month.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:43 AM
At Aurora’s wedding, the jewels pas de cinq provided sparkle. However, the diamond couple (Stephanie Hutchison and Brett van Sickle) appeared a bit stiff in the fast choreography. Elena Lobsanova and Naoya Ebe fared better in the Bluebird pas de deux. Ebe's jump has only grown stronger since he made his Bluebird debut in 2009. His batterie is clean and precise, and he covered the entire length of the stage on the brisé-volés. Lobsanova was a delightful and coy Princess Florine. The corps looked well-rehearsed. The formations were especially lovely in the waltz and the vision scene. Since Karen Kain assumed the position of artistic director, the company has been performing "The Sleeping Beauty" more regularly (2006, 2009, and 2012) and it shows in the dancers' level of comfort with the difficult choreography and pure, classical style.
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