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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

A feature on Paris Opera Ballet sponsor Vacheron Constantin.

Vacheron Constantin’s CEO, Juan-Carlos Torres, explained that the timepiece originally was intended to be sold with proceeds benefitting the Paris Opera & Ballet, however, the watch was so exceptional that the brand decided to reserve it for its museum. “It was so tough to do this piece, so difficult to complete it, that we decided to keep it,” said Torres, who noted that independent enameller Anita Porchet matched each color to those on the ceiling and spent three months creating the dial, declaring, “Never again,” when she finished. Porchet, however, has been producing 12 additional one-of-a-kind dials, each depicting a scene from the ceiling and named for the related composers for a series called Tribute to Famous Composers. Thus far, the brand has unveiled watches dedicated to Adolphe Charles Adam, Tchaikovsky, Moussorgski, and Mozart. The Mozart watch was also displayed at the luncheon



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:21 AM

A story on the Kosovo National Ballet, with slideshow, by Seyward Darby for The Huffington Post.

Kosovo's ballet has existed for 40 years; this September, there will be a party to mark the occasion. Yet conflict and ethnic cleansing in the 1990s forced the troupe to disband for a decade. Its new iteration came into being just eleven years ago, soon after NATO bombing ended the war between Kosovo rebels and Serbian troops. Since then, it has been a struggle to reestablish a ballet culture in this small country -- Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 -- that is grappling with countless post-war difficulties, from a sky-high unemployment rate to rampant corruption. "After the war, it was a big mess. People were just lost. I still cannot believe that people could start making art," says Sinan Kajtazi, a 24-year-old dancer and one of the principals in the company. "[But] I think art does a lot to educate the people. Without any, people will lose their soul."



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:28 AM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet by Jocelyn Noveck for AP (via The Huffington Post).

The program that followed, though — a mix of three 20th-century French works — turned out not to be the best vehicle to display the true talents of these accomplished dancers. Nor was the third program of the run, an ambitious modern dance-opera choreographed by the late Pina Bausch that radically divided audiences, with some finding it profound and others finding the choreography repetitive, even tedious.

Indeed, though the Paris Opera Ballet clearly aims to retain a modern edge with such works, it was with one of the most traditional classical ballets — the beloved "Giselle" — that the company united New York fans in undiluted praise.



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:49 AM

A preview of Ballet Quad Cities' 2012-13 season.

Ballet Quad Cities’ 16th season will include live music with Orchestra Iowa for both the holiday favorite The Nutcracker and the most beloved fairytale of all times Cinderella. To help open Iowa Orchestra’s season, dancers from Ballet Quad Cities will perform during their famed season-opening Brucemorchestra! on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids September 9th. The professional dance company will perform to Gershwin’s American Paris and Copeland’s The Promise of Living. Additionally, 8 performances of two productions will be presented with Orchestra Iowa accompaniment at the Adler Theater in Davenport and the newly refurbished Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids during the Ballet’s 2012-2013 season.



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:53 AM

An interview with Nicolas Le Riche by Pia Catton in The Wall Street Journal (behind subscription wall).


"I'm going to eat a bagel! Tell me if it's a good place….Russ & Daughters," he said, looking into his phone for its name and a note-to-self about what to order. "Bagel, cream cheese and raisin. And a bagel, cream cheese, tomato. This is for my lunch."

A well-deserved lunch it would be, coming at the end of a tour that started in Chicago, where he and his wife (fellow dancer Clairemarie Osta) purchased much-wanted cowboy boots, ...



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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:59 AM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet in "Giselle" by Leigh Witchel for danceviewtimes.

Gilbert is a technical all-rounder, who can jump, turn and balance. A hallmark of the company’s dancers is their impeccable placement; in her Act 1 solo, Gilbert rolled down from her attitude turns with determined strength to a flat foot and then straight into serene piqué arabesques.

But what distinguished her was her footwork.




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