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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

"Stars of the Russian Ballet Gala" returns to Ann Arbor. Preview.

Other principals and soloists from the famed Mariinsky will also be on stage, as well as dancers from the National Ballet of Ukraine and, stateside, from the San Francisco Ballet. As was the case last year, some of the dancers are home-grown (as in Michigan), and even trained by the Rayevskiys.



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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:09 AM

The National Ballet of Cuba visits South Africa.

Post 1994 (and several cultural delegations to Havana) there have been many rumours about the iconic Alicia Alonso and her famous company National Ballet of Cuba (NBC) setting our stages alight with their renowned virtuosity.

Then, in 2008, ballet activist Dirk Badenhorst began visiting Cuba and setting up a mini shuttle of dance education that has trickled into his Mzansi Productions’ modus operandi. Cuban teachers from the revered national school appeared in Centurion where the company was then based.



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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

More stories on Carol Ann Duffy's proposed Rapunzel ballet.

Financial Times

Sadler’s Wells theatre in London has commissioned the ballet following a £600,000 grant from the Monument Trust, a charitable body set up by the Sainsbury family. The award is the largest the dance venue has received for new commissions.


BBC News

Actress Lesley Sharp will be the narrator, alongside a cast of young children and professional dancers.

The composer is Murray Gold, whose credits include Shameless and Doctor Who, while the costume designer is Michele Clapton, who has worked on the TV series Game of Thrones.



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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:16 AM

The Royal New Zealand Ballet takes "Cinderella" on the road.

The National Business Review

With its latest production of Cinderella, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has invested that story with all the romance, excitement and beauty one would expect, combining a fairystory, a tale of love and a fable about good triumphing over evil.

The production brings together sumptuous sets and costumes, some exceptional dancing by the soloists and the inspiring music of Prokofiev.


The Southland Times

Cinderella is coming to the Civic Theatre this week, with choreography, sets and costumes created to wow audiences. Gwyneth Hyndman spent a day with the Royal New Zealand Ballet company in Wellington last week as they prepared to bring the opulent rags-to-riches romance to Southland.

The youth in the hoodie ominously snapping his fingers could be a boxer moving toward his opponent, a rugby player on the sidelines, mapping out the game, or a university student burning off extra energy as he suddenly throws himself into a handstand.


Voxy

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s ravishing interpretation of the much loved fairytale wowed audiences and critics alike. The TOWER Season of Cinderella opened in Wellington on 2 August and at every performance there was an audible gasp from the audience as Cinderella arrived at the ball in a tutu decorated with 90,000 Swarovski crystals that glittered under the lights.



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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:36 AM

The fall season of the Guggenheim's Works and Process series is announced.

In addition to appearances by the New York City Ballet (with music by Sufjan Stevens) and a performance of excerpts from Mr. Lepage’s production of Thomas Adès’s modern opera “The Tempest” for the Metropolitan Opera, there will be several events spinning off the visual arts.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:49 AM

The Eifman Ballet tours Australia.

Boris Eifman’s Ballet is going to perform for their new audiences in their anniversary year. The company marks its 35th anniversary and is proud of being the only art house ballet in Russia. Its founder and permanent artistic director Boris Eifman sets an unusual goal of combining choreography with the principles of the Russian psychological theatre and showing that ballet in Russia can find new opportunities for the development of world ballet.



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Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

A preview of this year's Dance for Life performance and other dance notes by Sid Smith in The Chicago Tribune.

"This will be the first time we feature eight dance performances," Guerrero said, in part reflecting audience surveys urging more dancing. The usual participants--Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago and Giordano Dance Chicago--will be back, he noted, but the guest troupe selected each year in a juried process has been doubled and this year will include both Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ron De Jesus Dance.




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