The company launched fundraising campaigns titled Buy Back A Dancer and Sponsor A Dancer, which have now raised £450,000 from people and companies including law firms, management consultants, town planners and even Leeds Rhinos rugby league club.
That means the head count of ballerinas has increased - but many sponsors have committed for one year only.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:06 AM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:08 AM
He definitely sees opportunities for Ballet B.C. in the international realm. “The company is really made up of—and I don’t use the word lightly—world-class dancers,” he tells the Straight with enthusiasm from his home in London, before getting ready to move to Vancouver.
Ballet BC has hired Branislav Henselmann as its new executive director.
Henselmann, from the United Kingdom, replaces Jay Rankin in the position. Since Rankin became the company’s executive director in November 2009, he has been splitting his time between Toronto and Vancouver. He’ll now be able to spend more time with his family back east.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:14 AM
It was a glittering occasion that celebrated 60 years of tutus, grand jetés, sweat, tears and dreams of this leading ballet company. Guests were treated to a special one hour performance that featured contemporary productions such as Pas de Deux from Herman Schmerman to an excerpt from classics including Balanchine’s Diamonds from Jewels.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:15 AM
In a special, first time collaboration for Harris Theater, the Paris Opéra Ballet will be accompanied by our city’s very own Grant Park Orchestra. “I am committed to making Chicago a worldwide destination for arts and creativity," says Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will be hosting a black-tie dinner after the opening night gala. “...this will be a unique opportunity for Chicago’s world class arts community to collaborate with the world-famous Paris Opéra Ballet.” Another special first for the city will be a simulcast presentation of Giselle on a state-of-the-art 18’ x 32’ LED screen on the Pritzker Pavilion stage on Wednesday, June 27. This free outdoor event is the first time a performance by an international ballet company will be simulcast in this way in the US (the night before, they will also be screening the 1951 film An American in Paris on the same screen).
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:17 AM
A native of San Francisco, Ruud began his training at the San Francisco Ballet School. There he studied for seven years before training at the University of Utah Ballet Department. Christopher joined Ballet West in 1998, was promoted to Soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2004. He begins full time as Director of Ballet West II in July 2012.
Ruud debuted his first choreographic work, One, on Ballet West’s first annual Innovations program in 2008. For Innovations 2011, he premiered Trapped, a work he refers to as a catalyst for him to embark on a career in choreography.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:44 PM
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more spontaneously joyful performer than the young Spaniard Ángel Corella. When, at age nineteen, he arrived at American Ballet Theatre, a pupil of the famous Victor Ullate, he would pirouette until he practically keeled over. This is ordinarily a no-no. It is considered a cheesy ballet-competition-type maneuver, but, when he did it, it was somehow O.K.—he was so sweet and handsome....
Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:46 PM
The Finnish Ballet blog "Pointe Til You Drop" had this to say of her Helsinki performance: "(Candice) was sublime… sensuously elegant, supremely secure. You don't see this often, technical bravura with heartfelt artistic expression… Throw in some fearless pirouettes… and that famous high one-arm lift-Wow!"
An HIBC judge said the international audience in Finland fell in love with Adea.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:54 AM
Today, the company uses just part of the second floor of the building, where some 35 employees crank out around 100,000 ballet shoes a year. A profitable business, his product is shipped to 93 countries and among his clients are the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet.
One of the finest dancers in the world, Alina Cojocaru of the Royal Ballet, wears shoes made in Lawrence. A picture of her, on the cover of Pointe magazine and wearing Gaynor Minden shoes, adorns walls and machinery throughout the manufacturing floor.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:10 AM
As for the standing ovation devoted to the ballet Anyuta, it was naturally Obraztsova’s talent and theatrical ability that gave this ballet so much life. Obraztsova has also played the role of Natacha, a Russian ballerina of course, in the 2005 movie Russian Dolls by Cedric Klapisch. She was also featured in the documentary titled Ballerina in 2006 by acclaimed director Bertrand Normand. Obraztsova has expressed her love for dramatic theater from even a very young age, so her lead role in Anyuta gave her the ability to express both talent in dance and acting.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:02 PM
This episode features a profile Pam MacKinnon, the director of "Clybourne Park" on Broadway, a visit to the School of American Ballet, and the latest arts news from Christina Ha.
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