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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:53 AM

An editorial from World Architecture News on Carlos Acosta's plans for his ballet school in Cuba.

The building dates back to 1961 when Italian architect Vittorio Garatti composed the design for political figure Fidel Castro as part of a series of five education bases for the arts, including the Schools of Modern Dance, Plastic Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music, and Ballet. In direct response to what they saw as the former architecture of capitalism, the architects of the five schemes - Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti - chose to inspire their buildings’ users with high domed ceilings and rich, locally produced terracotta tiles.



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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:56 AM

"Le Corsaire" will be staged in South Africa next month.

Rising US ballet star Michaela DePrince arrives in Johannesburg on Saturday 7 July to dance in the SA premiere of the classical ballet, Le Corsaire, opening for a short season at the Joburg Theatre on Thursday 19 July. Le Corsaire is the first production from the ballet company being established by the merger of The South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions.



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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:58 AM

Roy Kaiser and Melissa Ann De Ruiter get spliced. Item in brief. (Scroll down.)

The couple have been dating since 2005 and will honeymoon in Paris at the end of July. Kaiser was a dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet until 1992 and became artistic director in 1995.




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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

A story on this weekend's Big Dance Edinburgh by Kelly Apter in The Scotsman.

Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance?, Got To Dance, Move Like Michael Jackson, and America’s Best Dance Crew are just some of the ways dance has made its way into our living rooms. And cinematic release StreetDance 3D and its sequel opened up ballet and Latin to those who think dance begins and ends with hip hop.

The powers that be have clearly caught on to this new wave of dance fever, looked around at Britain’s increasing obesity problem, and put two and two together. In Scotland that meant contacting Dance Base in Edinburgh and asking them to programme a weekend of inspirational dance activity, which they’ve promptly done.



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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

A story on the appointment of Branislav Henselmann as Ballet BC's new executive director.

Henselmann is working as the executive producer for the Michael Clark Company in London. He has also worked as the artistic curator for New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute. He starts at Ballet BC in mid-July.




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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:09 AM

A review of the Australian Ballet in "Onegin" by Chloe Smethurst in The Age.

Despite their technical achievements, Amber Scott and Adam Bull as Tatiana and Onegin (both complex, rather introverted characters) have the look of Hollywood royalty but are lacking in emotional projection. It's not until the final, passionate moments that Scott embodies the heart-rending emotion of Pushkin's original text, while Bull struggles to personify the bad guy.




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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:20 AM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet by Hedy Weiss in The Chicago Sun-Times.

Tuesday’s principal dancers ­— Isabelle Ciaravola as Giselle, and Mathieu Ganio as Albrecht — spoke through their technique. Neither is a great dramatic actor, though their initial flirtation scene had great charm. But Ciaravola’s delicacy, lightness, quickness and musicality, along with the sublime beauty of her second act adagio, and Ganio’s remarkably fleet footwork and light-as-air jumps, consistently brought to mind those old prints of 19th century dancers poised between earth and air.

Marie-Agnes Gillot was particularly outstanding as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, fusing exceptional control with an easy majesty and gentle command. The exuberant Charline Giezendanner, partnered by Fabien Revillion, brought zest to the peasant pas de deux. And Christophe Duquenne was emphatic as Hilarion, Giselle’s spurned suitor, even if the pantomime throughout this production feels a bit stiff and old-fashioned.



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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:24 AM

A review of American Ballet Theatre in "Swan Lake" by Brian Seibert in The New York Times.

......Just by the self-pleased way he worked out a crick in his neck, you could tell Mr. Gomes was used to stealing the show. That’s pretty much what he did in Act III, when von Rothbart brings Odile, his daughter, to the ball so that she may seduce Prince Siegfried, who has pledged his love to Odette. Dancing with princesses with whom Siegfried had just partnered, the virile and confident Mr. Gomes seemed to say, “This is how a real man does it.”

That effect, always strong when Mr. Gomes is in the role, was particularly intense on Monday because of the contrast with the evening’s Siegfried, Cory Stearns. Mr. Stearns is a handsome young man with tight, dark curls and long, thick legs. When he swings one of those legs around in a turn or a jump, you feel its force, or at least its potential force. Yet the word to sum up Mr. Stearns’s dancing is “unforced,” which is not the same thing as “effortless.” The shapes are there, the energy merely adequate.



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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

A story on Angel Corella's farewell to ABT by Leigh Witchel in The New York Post.

This may be his last night at ABT, but Corella isn’t retiring. He’ll still dance with the Spanish troupe that was once the Corella Ballet, but has since renamed itself Barcelona Ballet. The troupe’s toured New York twice already, so we aren’t seeing the last of him.

He admits he will miss ew York, especially Broadway — he’s seen “Wicked” three or four times. He’s brought his American cartoons — especially “Scooby-Doo” — back to Spain already.



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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:27 AM

A review of Ballets with a Twist by Stephanie Woodard in The Huffington Post.

We have seen the future of dance, and it is fun! For two nights in June at XL Nightclub, in New York City, choreographer Marilyn Klaus's company, Ballets with a Twist, took viewers for a spin with its 21st-century take on an American tradition -- blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment.



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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:31 AM

A preview of Satellite Ballet by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk in The Grand Rapids Press.

Satellite Ballet, which bills itself as “a new face in dance,” is a collaboration of ballet, multimedia and cutting-edge musical composition by composers from the American Northwest indie scene.

Experimental video and photography is the backdrop for the 7:30 performance with high-intensity graphics, fiery music and athletic dance. Dancers from New York City Ballet dancers involved in the production include David Prottas, Sam Greenberg, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Emilie Gerrity, Taylor Stanley and Lydia Wellington.




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