Arts Minister Simon Crean said a new facility to be built in the Melbourne suburb of Altona would cater for the creation, maintenance and storage of props and scenery for the company, which has a 90-ballet repertoire and sets of costumes worth $40 million.
"The custom-designed centre will ensure these valuable assets are preserved so that ballets can be restaged and enjoyed by future audiences,'' Crean says. "The centre will transform the way the Australian Ballet undertakes production work.''
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 09:26 AM
However, it was the collaboration between ballet icon Heathcote, reuniting with Justine Summers in Sweedeedee that the audience came to see. Weaving a gloriously tragic tale of love, loss, guilt and hope, choreographer Tim Harbour created a stunning piece in which the past and present joined forces to show the wealth of talent Australia has in every stage of its development.
Beautifully simple, a folk song sung from behind the scenes, Heathcoteand Summersbrought their magic to the stage once more, allowing room for the next generation of great dancers to grow.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:12 AM
Antonijevic, 42, will reprise his role in Chroma, the hyperphysical hit by British choreographer Wayne McGregor. And he’ll make his debut in Maurice Béjart’s Song of a Wayfarer, in a plum role originated in 1971 (and at a much younger age) by superstar Rudolf Nureyev. Both ballets are part of a National Ballet mixed program running June 13 to 17.
“I keep hearing men never last this long and it’s certainly a challenge, physically and mentally, but I keep getting these amazing roles that make me want to keep dancing,” Antonijevic says.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:15 AM
In addition, as a tribute to the designer's signature 'Valentino Red', New York City Ballet will perform George Balanchine's Rubies , the second section of the full-length Jewels, which is set to Igor Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra.
Valentino founded his eponymous fashion house in the late 1950s with his long term partner Giancarlo Giammetti and quickly established a reputation for dressing the world's most glamorous women including Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:18 AM
Director Ilena Norton's original choreography offers a mix of old and new, blending classical and contemporary images to create a magical world in this “inspired retelling” of the “Cinderella” ballet. “It's a more modern version of the classic story, but it still follows the original score,” Norton said.
One of the main updates are Cinderella's evil stepsisters, who are a little more hip-hop and contemporary. One of them is more like Madonna and the other is a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Carol Burnett.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:23 PM
As part of its 50th-aniversary season the company is bringing two programs to the David H. Koch Theater from Tuesday to next Sunday: a triple bill celebrating its past and present and a full-length “Swan Lake.” Its primary mission is to present an Australian classical dance company to audiences that may think the country is, in David McAllister’s words, “all about the beach and having barbecues and drinking copious amounts of beer.” The company appears to have a second mission, as well: The engagement is vital to the troupe’s future because “this whole generation of dancers will not have danced in New York,” Mr. McAllister said in a conversation in New York last fall.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:28 PM
Well, at least not initially. Somewhere along the way of my year-and-a-half journey towards certification for all the Curriculum's levels, I realized that a great test of my merit as a teacher was not in passing the teacher exams (hard and stressful as they were) but in my students passing the student exams.
But before I can tell you why I loved the results of the exam process, you should first know why I found aligning myself with a single curriculum was the oasis I never knew I needed in the director's desert known as Ballet School Land.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:34 PM
While Tatiana’s predicament is unfortunate, she has, in fact, escaped a man who is by nature thoughtless and selfish. It is her sister Olga whose life is genuinely tragic, and Osipova breaks your heart as she moves from joy in her love for Lensky, to her innocent teasing of him at the instigation of Onegin, and finally to her devastation at the terrible consequences that follow. Osipova does not have Vishneva’s classic beauty but she has a warmth that floods the theater and a technical ease that makes everything she does seem utterly natural.
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