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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:08 PM

Mary Ellen Hunt reviews Ballet San Jose's repertory program for the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.co.../DDFR1O3L7F.DTL

For better or worse, the recent revisions in leadership at Ballet San Jose have meant a redefinition of the company's identity, but promising, even surprising performances buttressed Ballet San Jose's mixed repertory program of company premieres this past weekend at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:11 PM

A review of Ballet Geneve in works by Benjamin Millepied:

http://latimesblogs....Culture Monster)

Heretofore unseen in the U.S., “Amoveo,” “La Spectre de la Rose,” and “Les Sylphides” gave weekend concertgoers a taste of the bright designs, group dynamics and knotty, weighted movement lexicon that stand to be a fixed point in Los Angeles' dance future. (Millepied has plans for a new “L.A Dance Project” arts collective in alliance with the Music Center next season.) Stimulated by humor, sexuality and surprise, these dances never sagged. But they had some off-flavors.



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

Tamara Rojo wants to stamp out anorexia in ballet:

http://www.dailymail...o=feeds-newsxml

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Tamara Rojo, widely considered the best female dancer in Britain, will begin the job next week and says she wants to stamp out anorexia in ballet.

She said: ‘Audiences want to see beautiful and healthy-looking dancers yet there is still that pressure to be thin.
‘Some comes from the fashion world and that in turn affects ballet. When you are in a ballet company, you often lose perspective of reality. So you go for extremes in order to stand out and be noticed.’

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

Richard Dickinson has choreographed a version of the opera Carmen to music by Rodion Shchedrin for Verb Ballets:


http://www.cleveland...armen_ball.html


Richard Dickinson's world is a whirlwind of artistic activity. From dancer to ballet master to choreographer, he has devoted himself to endeavors requiring utmost commitment.

So it's no surprise that the Arizona-born Dickinson is particularly fervent about his newest venture, "Carmen: Story of Passion."



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

A review of San Francisco Ballet by Rita Felciano for danceviewtimes.

This most recent tribute to Mr. B makes you wonder whether, perhaps, a slight shift of direction away from the "new" -- such as populist story ballets and the latest names on choreographic marquees -- might not bring in the additional audiences that every ballet company is trying to attract. It's difficult to think that viewer -- and dancers -- might get tired of Balanchine. The three works on this program, all created within the same decade certainly showed an impressive range. They received careful, vital and, at times exquisite interpretations. SFB is a Balanchine company -- like it or not.




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