Let's address the beast in the room: men wear tutus in this ballet.
Yes, it's a bit comical at first, not to mention distracting. But the fact that it's easy to get over such a jarring move is a testament to the quality of Ballet Victoria's latest creation.
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She also has a part in the Duluth Playhouse’s upcoming production of “A Chorus Line.” She plays the director’s assistant and is so comfortable in the role she said it doesn’t even feel like acting.
Kritzberg’s next stop is law school. She hasn’t picked a school yet, but her list of potentials includes top-tier programs. She earned her college degree in an unconventional way, picking up classes at a handful of schools — including the University of Minnesota Duluth — whenever she could fit it into her schedule.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:16 AM
“The Man in Black” headlines Atlanta Ballet’s spring concert of new company repertory, also featuring “Moments of Dis,” by Atlanta-based dancemaker Juel Lane and “1st Flash,” by sought-after Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo. Performances run Friday through Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Since Kudelka stepped down as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada in 2005, he’s assumed the life of a freelancer. It has been a trade-off — no more headaches from the job’s administrative responsibilities, more artistic freedom. But he’s also faced limitations, including financial, he said in a phone interview from his home in Vittoria, Canada.
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Victor Hochhauser, who agreed to promote the ballet, tells Mandrake that he is suing the owners of the O2 Arena for more than £338,000.
“I have worked in this business for the past 60 years and I have never had any disputes,” says Hochhauser, 89. “I have never been to court in my life, not even as a witness. All I want is the money I am owed by them – not a penny more and not a penny less.”
Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:57 AM
Making its world premiere Friday, "Mating Theory," was the most avant-garde piece of the night. Set to a score by hip-hop DJ Jasper Gahunia, where he blends classical orchestrations as if they were dance tracks, even adding a record playing hiss. It wasn't the hip-hop I expected, which I feared would jar audiences, and instead was mix-up of music we're accustomed to hearing in the concert hall.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:11 AM
It is thrilling to see the Australian Ballet putting itself out on a limb with three new works from three Australian choreographers: Graeme Murphy, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephen Page. All three works are danced to new scores by Australian composers and all three have new Australian designs.
The show opens with the new work from Murphy, strangely titled The Narrative of Nothing. Murphy's choreography had a primaeval feel as bodies twisted and curled around others. There were powerful performances from Canberra's own Lana Jones and her partner Adam Bull, and the supporting dancers deserve praise for their technical strength as they attacked the demanding choreography.
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The final work of the evening was Mating Theory, by Victor Quijada of RUBBERBANDance Group in Montreal. Though it’s safe to say that Quijada’s movement style isn’t entirely hip-hop, it’s just as clearly not ballet or modern, which is where the difficulty lies for PNB’s dancers. A distinctive fusion of genres, the choreography calls for a deeply grounded and slightly aggressive sensibility. The requisite hunched posture looks rather unnatural on such trained ballet dancers; they seem to tense instead of loosen to achieve this aesthetic, creating a disconcerting stiffness through the neck. The intense control of the body such choreography demands utilizes the dancers’ ballet training, but they largely lack the organic, earthy feeling necessary for this specific aesthetic. There were, however, many exquisite moments, none the less.....
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