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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:14 PM

A review of LakeCities Ballet Theatre in "Le Ballet de Dracula" by for TheaterJones.

Along with classical ballet technique, Lannin also incorporated folk dance and contemporary as seen in the Romanian dancers and Gypsies dance segments. All these techniques came together for the climatic Maypole dance. Romanian dancers stomped, Gypsies strutted and Aurelia's Friends floated their way around the Maypole, weaving in and out of each other holding bright-colored ribbons as they went. Happy to say no one faltered during this tricky pattern sequence.



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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Grand Rapids Ballet Company adds a performance of "Sleeping Beauty" to its schedule.

“Sleeping Beauty” will be a collaboration between GRBC’s professional company under artistic director Patricia Barker, and its Junior Company, which debuted last season, led by Attila Mosolygo.

Barker and Attila Mosolygo both will stage the production in GRBC’s 300-seat Peter Martin Wege Theatre.



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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:21 PM

A review of the Kansas City Ballet by Libby Hanssen in The Kansas City Star.

The Kansas City Ballet opened their second season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with “Carmina Burana,” a program of works inspired by fate’s inexorable hold over mankind, evoking our futility within the universe.

This grand scheme was gently touched on by the opening work, Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s “Mercury,” set to selections from Haydn symphonies. The dancers, arrayed in bright, rainbow hues, moved airily, with explicitly musical phrasing that was at turns flirtatious, somber, cheery and regal.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:24 PM

A review of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet by Roslyn Sulcas via The International Herald Tribune.

Ms. Pite was a member of William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballett for several years, and Mr. Forsythe’s complex, coordinated style is evident in her vocabulary, which uses ballet alongside a broader range of movement. In “Grace Engine,” set to a melancholy score by Owen Belton, overlaid by train sounds and haunting footsteps, she creates a series of scenes that suggest a multiplicity of narratives, or perhaps memories. There are groups and tableaus that suddenly reveal solos and duets; strange moments of recognition and departure; a suggestion of death and loss at the end. It’s a haunting, atmostpheric piece that has overtones of a ghost story, perhaps even a thriller, and it shows the Cedar Lake dancers brilliantly capturing the dissolving, twisting movement that inflects her choreography.



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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 'Swan Lake' by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

Both of Britain's Royal Ballet companies have been dancing Swan Lake this month, and both have seen significant debuts. In Birmingham, Trinidad-born Céline Gittens became the first black dancer to perform the lead with a British company, while at Covent Garden former Bolshoi star Natalia Osipova gave her own highly individual account. Both dancers were visibly feeling their way in the dual ballerina roles of Odette and Odile.



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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:04 PM

A preview of the Eugene Ballet Company's season opener by Barbara Curtin in The Statesman Journal.

Rounding out the ballet company’s appearance will be three shorter works. “Light Rain,” choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino of the Joffrey Ballet Co., is set to an “East-West fusion” score. In “Channel Surfing,” the Eugene Ballet’s men demonstrate their athleticism with rapid-fire references to many sports.



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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:45 PM

Benjamin Millepied is interviewed by Guy Adams in The Independent.

Millepied, who speaks quickly and dresses mostly in black, is also "go go go", or rather "allez allez allez", on the home front. In August, he married the Hollywood superstar, Natalie Portman, in what the tabloids called a "strictly vegan" wedding on the California coast, attended by their cute-as-buttons son, Aleph, who, aged 15 months, is their only child for now ("We thought about going back-to-back, but decided to wait"). Later this year, the family will move temporarily to London. Portman will work on a new movie. He will pull together a dance show scheduled to jollify Sadler's Wells in the spring.




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