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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:48 PM

The costume designer Martin Pakledinaz is dead at age 58.

The Seattle Times

Seattle arts patrons are familiar with Pakledinaz's work — his creations have been seen in local productions including Pacific Northwest Ballet's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Cinderella"; "Grease" at 5th Avenue Theatre; "The Three Sisters" at Intiman; and in the "Ring" cycle at Seattle Opera. He also created the costumes for the joint Metropolitan Opera-Seattle Opera production of "Iphigenia in Tauris" in 2007.


The New York Times

Martin Pakledinaz, a costume designer who was nominated 10 times for Tony Awards in the last 15 years and won twice, and whose work in opera, dance and regional theater made him one of the most prolific stage craftsmen of his generation, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 58.


The San Francisco Sentinel

Frequent SF Ballet collaborator and celebrated costume designer Martin Pakledinaz died on Sunday, July 8, at the age of 58, after a long illness. Pakledinaz, known for his work on Tony Award winning musicals such as Kiss Me, Kate; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Anything Goes; collaborated frequently with SF Ballet, beginning in the early 1990s.For SF Ballet, he designed for choreographers such as Mark Morris, SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon.



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:50 PM

Nicola Fonte is named resident choreographer at Ballet West.

Fonte’s initial collaboration with Ballet West took place during its 2008-09 season when the Company commissioned Fonte to create a new work for its Innovations 2009 Program. Titled “The Immeasurable Cadences Within” and set to a score by Philip Glass, dance critics hailed the piece as “visually stunning” and “unsparingly meaty”. For Ballet West’s 2010-11 season, the Company performed Fonte’s pulsating “Bolero,” set to the music of Maurice Ravel, which critics lauded as “climactic, jaw-dropping and so much fun to watch.”



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:55 PM

Vital statistics for Jean Grand-Maître.

Since arriving in Calgary from Montreal a decade ago, Jean Grand-Maître has created 13 ballets, eight of them full-length, including works set to the music of Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang. Some may sneer at the Top 40 approach to the classic art, but Grand-Maître is laughing all the way to the box office.



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:55 PM

Viengsay Valdes performs in the Dominican Republic. Item in brief.

Along with Armenian Tigran Mikayelyan, leading dancer of the Munich Opera, the Cuban artist showed her excellent technique in “Aguas primaverales” first, with choreography by Asaf Messerer, and later in “Don Quixote,” an original by Marius Petipa, with music by Ludwing Minkus.



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet in "Giselle" by Alexandra Tomalonis for danceviewtimes.

The Paris production is exquisite, and one knew from the first notes of the overture (led by Koen Kessels, conducting the Kennedy Center Orchestra) that it would be. Opening night was exceptional in every way — in the subtle virtuosity, the incisive musicality, the clarity of the mime, and the elegance of the style. By the closing performance Sunday afternoon, it’s hard to imagine dancing more perfect, from the first act villagers to a grand pas of the Wilis so musical and stylistically pure that it had some audience members in tears. On top of that, we had a young Giselle (Dorothée Gilbert) who seemed to be dancing at the top of her game (and delivered an exceptionally moving mad scene), an excellent young Albrecht (Stephane Bullion), and a great étoile (Marie Agnes Gillot, who has created many leading contemporary roles) dancing the most softly powerful, musically subtle performance of Myrtha I’ve ever seen.




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