The show seems determined to demonstrate that although they spend their days intensely, obsessively honing an elite skill, ballerinas are just regular people. "Breaking Pointe" is distinctly soapy, emphasizing the love stories, friendships and rivalries between dancers. But if ballerinas are, as the show insists, just like us, what does that say about us?
Anything done well looks easier than it really is. But in ballet, apparent effortlessness is required. Most women who have taken ballet classes will remember being chastised for landing jumps "like a herd of elephants!" (or cows, or rhinoceroses — the anecdotes vary, but it's always herd animals). Ballerinas are expected to jump high, their legs split at a 180 degrees — and then float back to earth like a feather. It's an awful lot to ask.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:55 AM
As an award-winning group of young dancers, Ballet Cymru deserves a higher profile in Wales and beyond.
The company’s full-length ballet version of Shakespeare’s the Tempest is a vibrant, youthful production.
Set to Jean Sibelius’ haunting music, it has dark themes but draws to a happy conclusion with youth winning over age to find love and mend past wrongs.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:58 AM
Some critics about town question if the Harris stage can accommodate such a huge production, which, after all, more typically plays Paris' Palais Garnier, one of the biggest stages in the world. Early discussions involved a split engagement, with the Auditorium Theatre housing the full-length, but that proved too costly, Tiknis says. He adds that the Harris stage is workable and that the Parisians assure him there will be no compromises. "They're used to touring all over the world and adapting," he says. Notes Lefevre, who toured the Harris with other troupe officials in 2010, "Both staffs have worked together to be sure we have everything we need. It is one of our conditions that it will be the full version."
Other critics complain that "Giselle" is overseen, performed here as recently as last spring by American Ballet Theatre.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:00 AM
The book includes several portraits of Pavlova wearing her swan costume which, according to her costume-maker Madame Manya "she never wore more than twice without the skirts of the tutu being renewed".
Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:01 AM
Tabbert and Gabriel have danced all over the country, from Florida to Nebraska and back. Both performed with the CBT for years. Tabbert was with the company for 13 years, and Gabriel for 15. Gabriel also served as the company’s ballet master for the last five years. “We’ve been in the Charleston dance community for quite some time,” Tabbert says. “We’ve both had a lot of experience and many years in teaching and directing.”
Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:02 AM
The dance company now has 22 members from all over the world. A far cry from what I remember when just a handful of full time dancers did the various shows she had performed over the years. I‘m sure the new members of the company will have as much success as former members have had. I’ve seen some of those former dancers in show rooms in various casinos in the city. One of the former males is a dancer in Resorts screening room show on the 13th floor. The show is called "Divas in a Man's World." I have heard that a few have even opened up their own dance studios. With Phyllis Papa as their former teacher they had the best possible background to start off with.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 03:28 PM
The concert opened with Jazz Swing, a toe-tapping number to music by Louis Prima. The company sashayed across the stage on pointe to such familiar tunes as “Sing, Sing, Sing” and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).” While at times the dancers appeared off beat and not in sync with one another their pointe work was efficient and body lines unbreakable. The male trio of Nguyen, Johnson and Ruben Gerding was the most memorable. They won the audience over with their multiple tours and sky high jumps.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 03:29 PM
In almost half the ballet, Mr. Ratmansky’s choreography strains hard against the music, often working in brisk, quirky staccato character against music that is softly melodic or unrhythmically atmospheric. Stravinsky fought with the original choreographer, Michel Fokine, in 1910 to make sure there would be no dances in the final scene, but Mr. Ratmansky gives us them anyway. This is “Firebird” as cartoon fun. But there is a dismaying conformism beneath its naughty surface.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:18 PM
Mr. Garick continued his dance studies while majoring in philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He then joined Canada's Royal Winnepeg Ballet, where he toured the world as a dancer and later served as company manager, responsible for coordinating the details of the company’s touring schedule. In 1978, he became the company manager for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 1982, he and friend Sergei Sawchyn developed and produced a western world tour of The Great Circus of China. “Peter was extremely well-traveled due to his work with The Great Circus of China,” said long-time friend Dr. Einer Anderson of Columbia. “The only continent he hadn’t visited was Antarctica.”
Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:59 PM
He turns Osipova’s incomparable lightness into something far more than a breathtaking physical phenomenon; it looks like a statement of how he makes her feel. Working together, if these two don’t convince you of the validity and power of teenage love, I can’t imagine who or what might.
What the couple fails to do is cope with MacMillan’s impossible lifts. (In another R & J cast this season, I saw the Royal Ballet’s infinitely appealing Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg bring off each one perfectly, so now I know it can be done. They’re both with the Royal Ballet, so maybe they get a lot of practice.) Nevertheless, what I’ve seen in several ballets recently is that Hallberg is still, physically, a mediocre partner. He has a rich and persuasive imagination, but it comes across best when he’s dancing (and dreaming) alone.....
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