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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:25 AM

"La Bayadère" is performed in Abu Dhabi.

......As the drama unfolds, the ballet features spectacular set pieces, including the mesmeric Kingdom of the Shades, which has been called one of the choreographic glories of the world. A ballet of the grandest scale, featuring elephants, tigers, cobras, fakirs and spectacular oriental costumes, La Bayadère tells a magnificent tale of jealousy, murder and above all, love. Accompanying the Semperoper Ballet from Dresden is the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, widely regarded as one of the most versatile orchestras in Germany.


Review of the performance.

The inclusion of La Bayadère as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival was an inspired choice, as it plays well to seasoned and first-time ballet watchers. For the latter, the plotline was easy to follow (the hefty programme book also helps) and dancers did an exemplary job on a performance that was heavy on both emotion and technical virtuosity.

Ralf Arndt was a towering presence as Raja Dugmanta, as he marauded the stage conveying his fury at his son, Solor's, hidden love affair. Jirí Bubenícek also gave emotional resonance as Solor. Where he could have easily portrayed the noble warrior as a macho hunk, he remained expressive throughout in a role that sees his emotions transform from unbridled joy to deep despair.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

A young ballet dancer seriously injured after a mugging is back in class.

Jack Widdowson, one of the youngest apprentices to be taken on by the Swiss company Bern:Ballett, spent a week in intensive care and six weeks in a spinal unit after the incident in Cardiff.

At first, the 19-year-old could only communicate by moving his eyebrows and his family was told he might never walk unaided again. But he started dance lessons in February and is helping students choreograph a routine for a charity event as he continues his rehabilitation.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

A review of the English National Ballet's second "Beyond Ballets Russes" program by Lise Smith for Londonist.

Suite en Blanc, an exhibition ballet created in 1943 by former Ballets Russes principal Serge Lifar, showcases the company’s strength in depth. Yonah Acosta, winner of ENB’s recent Emerging Dancer award, dances a buoyant mazurka with a lovely musicality; Laurretta Summerscales makes a dazzling series of pirouettes and posé turns look effortless. The corps, resplendent in white tutus for the ladies and black Cossack pants for the men, are sometimes little more than moving backdrops for the soloists, but their ensemble performances are clean and poised. Light and frothy as a well-whipped meringue, Suite en Blanc is the crowning confection of this delicious evening.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:39 AM

A review of Moscow Ballet - La Classique in "Swan Lake" by Richard Amey in The Chichester Observer.

But I fear her blatant Odile took us unnecessarily close to pantomime. Siegfried would surely have been warned by screaming children.

More a star for me were the corps. They were smoothly united without appearing regimented and with a maximum of 15 girls, they created the required sense of spectacle and collective mute melancholy. Moscow Ballet La Classique director, Erik Melikov, told me on larger stages on this British tour he had been able to swell the flock by 10.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

A review of Maine State Ballet's "Swan Lake" by Jennifer Brewer in The Portland Press Herald.

Maine State Ballet's "Swan Lake" is triumphant. Artistic director Linda MacArthur Miele has done a brilliant job of presenting this classic-of-all-classics in a form perfectly suited to both her company and its audience.

The ballet has been somewhat abbreviated, but invisibly enough that nothing seems missing. Instead, the essential story elements are brought forward and the most beloved sequences have added impact.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:43 AM

A review of Tulsa Ballet by James D. Watts Jr. in Tulsa World.

"A Ballets Russes Evening" was conceived as a tribute to the company's founders, Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin, who established the company in 1956 after the couple retired from performing.

The Jasinskis were stars in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, one of the companies that grew out of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes - the company that staged that original "The Rite of Spring." And they, like many of their colleagues, settled in America, started teaching and ultimately formed dance companies.



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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

A reception is held in Chicago for American Ballet Theatre.

About 100 guests, many among the city’s most notable art patrons and philanthropists, gathered in the Ivy Room’s outdoor garden, 12 E. Ohio, on an unseasonably warm March evening to toast the renewed partnership between the theater and the ballet company.



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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

Olivier Wevers is interviewed by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk in The Grand Rapids Press.

“I’m asking the dancers to trust me and to let go of their habits,” said the Belgian native.

Not bad habits, but classical training so ingrained, it takes some effort to undo, such as maintaining a straight posture. “I’m asking them to distort that and to keep moving with the bodies,” he said. “I’m asking them to find the way to use their muscles differently. I’m getting them lower to the ground and more comfortable with really feeling the floor.”




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