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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:20 PM

Laura Bleiberg reviews "First Position" for the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.c...0,6767536.story

On a recent Sunday morning, at an hour when many a teenager is still prone in bed, Adam Bernstein, 15, and Eli Gruska, 13, were lying face down on the floor of a Los Angeles ballet studio. Both boys would soon be heading to New York City for the biggest ballet competition in the country.



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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

A review of the San Francisco Ballet's "Don Quixote":

http://www.google.co...iQMJZK9wLiDKrcg

Heavily publicized shows rarely live up to the hype, but throw caution to the wind and head to the War Memorial Opera House.
San Francisco Ballet's season-closing "Don Quixote" is a delight, a rich, amazing and amusing mélange of virtuoso dancing, beautiful classic ("white") ballet, nonstop entertainment, commedia dell'arte, romance, gorgeous customes (Martin Pakledinaz), a "cast of thousands," including super-cute Ballet School students, even a reference now and then to Miguel de Cervantes' "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha"... and a real live horse and an even livelier donkey.



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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

Clement Crisp reviews Scottish Ballet in "A Streetcar Named Desire":

http://www.ft.com/in...l#axzz1tT0SuetU

For nearly two decades, until his death in 1987, Peter Darrell splendidly guided the destiny of Scottish Ballet, of which he was the founder. He was a prolific and skilled choreographer, his full-evening stagings having great appeal and great distinction. (His Mary, Queen of Scots boasted a score by Thea Musgrave.) Nothing of his work, such being the nature of Scottish Ballet’s ingratitude and uncertain taste, remains in repertory. Instead, for this brief visit to London, the troupe has brought a brand new Streetcar Named Desire which I judge to have reached some nadir of frightfulness in the company’s not un-checkered history.




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