Artistic director Patricia Baker said she was pleased with the first weekend’s outing of the work by Radacovsky, director Ballet Bratislava, in the capital city of Slovakia.
“It’s an incredible production,” she said. “It’s just stunning – visually stunning. We’ve outdone ourselves.”
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:08 AM
Typically, the "Innovations" program premieres a new ballet by a guest choreographer, but this year’s restaging of Shields’ "Grand Synthesis" gives more time, and presumably more budget, to expand the work. Last summer, when Ballet West danced the piece at Virginia’s famed Wolf Trap amphitheater, "Grand Synthesis" was well received by audiences, even as the local press criticized it for lacking "edginess or elegance."
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:10 AM
If the residency is reduced to one week, SPAC would book another "world-class" dance company for the second week, White said. No other companies have yet been approached.
Ticket income for the ballet and SPAC's other resident company, the Philadelphia Orchestra, which performs for three weeks in August, cover about a third of the cost of presenting them, White said. The remainder must be made up with fundraising. The orchestra's fee will increase by about $100,000, to about $1.5 million, this summer because of additional programming and other activities, White said.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:11 AM
There are a few privileges that come with the role of dance critic. One that is not so obvious, but very gratifying, is watching companies start, develop, and come into their own. If you remain in one locale long enough, you see large companies grow more magisterial, and small ones pop up on the horizon, fall away, or survive and aggregate dancers, repertoire, audiences, endowment, and heft. Observing this process is the perk that I value above all others. The companies can begin to act like siblings, mugging for attention, or quietly positioning themselves for recognition within the local dance family and larger national and international community. This week, I was able to see programs offered by two such San Francisco Bay Area companies: Smuin Ballet and Diablo Ballet.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:16 AM
In the 1980s they performed their original song — “Take the Barriers Down” — at an anti-apartheid benefit where they met Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was so moved by the song, he later wrote the liner notes for their album of that name.
Due to their friendship with him, Helena became the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s sole stop in North America, when he joined the Montana Logging and Ballet Company Dec. 8, 1990, on the Helena Civic Center stage.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:03 AM
First Position shows the dancers' emotions, but it is weaker in building the suspense of the competition. That may be because the rules of the game are not fully explained. People raised on the Olympics may find it confusing that a fall on stage is not a fatal mistake.
The film explains that the judges are looking for a combination of factors, but it does not emphasize that artistry is ultimately what it's all about. In fact, it is that delicate balance of athleticism and artistry that make some in the dance world wary of competitive ballet.
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