By featuring Ravel’s “Boléro” and music from Lalo’s “Namouna” and Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne” suites, this triple bill is a tribute to the gorgeous sonorities, melodies and rhythms of French music. The choreography, however, is problematic.
The history of the arts in Paris is one of Right Bank orthodoxy versus Left Bank experimentation, of academy versus avant-garde. What’s remarkable, though, is that many of the greatest works of French art were made with an intense awareness of both sides, by radical traditionalists and experimental conservatives. Seldom does one come across art so completely Right Bank as Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc” (1943).
Thursday, July 12
Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:08 PM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:23 PM
To lose three dancers looks like carelessness, except that dance is live theatre and accidents do happen. To lose to injury all three “knife throwers” in Simone Sandroni’s The Girl and the Knife Thrower evokes troubling images, but the end result was the work’s withdrawal from Bavarian State Ballet’s final mixed bill in its successful Very British?! season. Its replacement was a potpourri of three short pieces, making for an ultimately unbalanced evening alongside Kenneth MacMillan’s dark, claustrophobic Las Hermanas and Russell Maliphant’s mesmeric After Light.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:27 PM
The New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s “3 Movements and 4 Repeats” performed by Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists, from Taiwan; the United States premiere of “Deseo Y Conciencia” by María Pagés Compañía of Spain; and a world premiere from Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La of Hawaii are among the highlights of the ninth annual Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:29 PM
The grant is part of the NEA's Our Town program, designed to promote "creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core," according to an NEA statement. The Milwaukee Ballet is the only Wisconsin recipient of an Our Town grant for 2012.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:17 AM
.....Peter Martins invoked the name of his legendary predecessor, George Balanchine, in pre-performance remarks.
"It gets better and better," Martins said of the company's SPAC season, explaining the only person who loved coming to Saratoga more than himself was Balanchine."Maybe love will help a little bit in the future," Martins continued, although neither he nor SPAC director Marcia White, who also spoke briefly, made mention of the decision last week to trim the ballet's SPAC "season" to just one week in 2013. Martins concluded by dedicating the performance to the memory of Balanchine.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:19 AM
IBC medal winners, including 1990 Grand Prix winner and international ballet superstar Jose Carreno, are scheduled for the performance that’ll include both classical and contemporary dance. The cast also includes returning medalist favorites Misha Ilyn, Misa Kuranaaga, Jeff Cirio, Brooklyn Mack, Joseph Gatti, Alys Shee and Candice Adea. Special guests are Trey McIntyre Project dancers John Michael Schert and Annali Rose.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:12 AM
Ballet West has announced that the contract of artistic director Adam Sklute will be extended through June 30, 2017. In addition, nine dancers have been promoted, four new dancers will join Ballet West, and five new dancers will join Ballet West II.
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