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Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:58 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre in "Romeo and Juliet" by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

The three ballerinas and Mr. Hallberg are stars in the best sense: they give off light, and you can’t take your eyes off them. But this “Romeo” can be compelling without visiting celebrities. I caught two other performances with regular company members — Gillian Murphy with Cory Stearns and Hee Seo with Alexandre Hammoudi, each thoroughly effective. One of them took me yet deeper into MacMillan’s ballet.



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:00 PM

A review of "Breaking Pointe" by Melissa Crawley for the GateHouse News Service.

As far as relationship tension goes, “Breaking Pointe” tries to be a soap opera, but the drama is a little on the dull side. As far as an eye-opening look at ballet, it needs some work. While it films rehearsals and classes, the most I've learned about ballet is listening to the artistic director shout out a few compliments as he's observing. I don't need an in-depth tutorial, but I would like to learn why a dancer has “sloppy feet” or what makes the prima ballerina so prima. Still, it's enjoyable in a doesn't-require-deep-thought kind of way. After all, it's summertime, and the living, unlike the romantic lives of these sensitive dancers, is meant to be easy.



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

An interview with Katie Martin of "Breaking Pointe."

Her role on the TV show continues, however, as she fulfills the final months of her contract with Ballet West, searches for a new ballet company and tries to come to terms with leaving her boyfriend Ronald, a fellow Ballet West dancer.

"On the brighter side of things, being on TV has been a really great experience overall," Martin said. "As a ballerina, we're performers. I'm okay with sharing my struggles on the show. This is the reality - not getting a contract happens to a lot of dancers. It happens every day."



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

An appreciation of Tiffany Glenn by Dennis Nahat.

My last choreography for Tiffany, (where she danced so beautifully with other cherished dancers she so loved), was Opera San Jose’s magnificent production of IDOMENEO, where again, her interests did not stop with the dances only. This opera was a treasure for Tiffany to discover in a million ways. She got into everything and wanted to know all about it from every angle.

She was an honorable union representative, always thinking kindly of management capabilities and never forgetting what her colleagues must have to do their best work, offering positive and genuine comments at all meetings, endeavoring always to effect positive results.



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:06 PM

Norman Foster will design Carlos Acosta's new ballet school in Cuba.

The commission, reported by bdonline, will convert the abandoned School of Ballet, which was set up as one of four national arts schools by Fidel Castro, but was never completed.
Mr. Foster’s firm, Foster and Partners, plans to redevelop the original building, designed in 1961 by the Italian architect Vittorio Garatti, which has domed roofs.



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:09 PM

A preview of Louisville Ballet's 2012-13 season.

Four mainstage shows will take place during the season, beginning in October with Lady of the Camellias. The 19th Century Parisian courtesan named Marguerite finds herself trying to save the honor of her lover. That performance takes place October 5 and 6.



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:13 PM

A preview of the Paris Opera Ballet's Chicago engagement by Hedy Weiss in the Sun-Times.

But she was very clear about why she chose the two programs being presented in Chicago, with live accompaniment by the Grant Park Orchestra. They include "Giselle" (Tuesday through Thursday), the full-length romantic story ballet created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1841, and a far more audacious repertory program of three works, all set to the music of French composers, arriving under the umbrella title "Epic French Masterpieces" (Friday through Sunday).

First up on that mixed bill is "Suite en Blanc," Serge Lifar's neoclassical ballet of 1943, set to the music of Eduoard Lalo. The Ukrainian-born Lifar, a contemporary of George Balanchine, was one of the greatest male dancers of the mid-20th century, and was involved with the Paris Opera Ballet as a dancer, choreographer and ballet master from the 1930s through the 1950s.


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“The Paris Opera Ballet’s decision to open its U.S. tour in Chicago is just another step in putting this city on the map as a dance capital,” said the mayor. “And the simulcast is another step in our plan to build the audience for dance here, and increase access to the arts. If it’s successful, other companies that have never used this tool will turn to it. And sure, life is dicey, so it might cut into ticket sales. But as I always say, people don’t like the status quo, and they’re not too happy about change, either. Many of those who will see ‘Giselle’ on the screen would never have thought of going to the Harris.”



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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:52 AM

A review of Ballet Concerto's summer dance concert by Mark Lowry in The Star-Telegram.

No new work is reason for concern, but the company slipped on the revisited dances like a satin glove. All three took advantage of some of the best professional dancers from Texas Ballet Theater, the defunct Metropolitan Classical Ballet and other national companies, and the experience showed.

First up was Jazz Swing by Fernando Bujones, restaged by Webster Dean. In five movements set to jazz standards performed by Louis Prima, the company worked in Lindy hops and other swing-era movements with classical ballet. Best was the pas de deux to Georgia on My Mind, danced with the precision and artistry of a glassblower by Michele Gifford and Shea Johnson.



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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:54 AM

Dancers from New York City Ballet perform in Utah this weekend.

"Moonlight Dance" features four New York City Ballet principal dancers — Megan Fairchild, Andrew Veyette, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild — in full costume performing dances choreographed by George Balanchine. Siblings Megan and Robert Fairchild were raised in Sandy and began their dance training with Utah teacher Kaelynne Oliphant, the ballet ensemble director at Utah Dance Artists in South Jordan. Oliphant arranged the benefit performance in conjunction with the city of Draper. "It is a dream come true for our community and for the dance students," Oliphant said.



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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:05 AM

A review of ABT's "Romeo and Juliet" by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

Another couple got their chance to charge through "Romeo and Juliet" when the real-life couple Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg (both from the Royal Ballet) danced the crowd-pleaser. MacMillan gives his lead dancers lots of opportunities to stamp their own interpretations on the roles, and Cojocaru and Kobborg have had many years to work on their characters. The ballet tends to glow whenever Juliet is on the stage, and Cojocaru made Juliet a sweet-faced, lovely child, who, however ineptly, managed to take control of her life.




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