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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

Reviews of the Mariinsky Ballet in "Swan Lake."

Huffington Post

There have been far more distressing surgical alterations of Swan Lake over the decades, however, and the Mariinsky's production stands head and shoulders above the rest -- a model of refinement, attention to detail, musicality, and dramatic power. The lakeside Acts resonate with the muted tragedy of the ghostly swan-maidens, while the glory of Act III resides not just in the Black Swan pas de deux but in each and every folk dance, executed with impeccable style and clarity. Most of the dancers are a product of the Mariinsky's Vaganova Academy, and it shows in the way every movement ripples through the body, starting from the core to the tips of the fingers and feet; it shows in the remarkably pliant backs, and the regal bearing of the head and shoulders. But, above all, it shows in the dramatic impulse; Vaganova insisted that every movement be motivated by an underlying emotion. These dancers are conveying something to us with every step, every gesture, every tilt of the head -- not just dazzling us with technique.



California Literary Review

The October 10 cast featured Ekaterina Kondaurova as Odette/Odile, and Danila Korsuntsev as Siegfried. Kondaurova’s Odile hit all the vixen-like poses and balances. She dispatched a labored 32 fouettés, singles and doubles, but her Odette was more troublesome. She has a lower body that is athletic and gives good attack, arms that are lithe and silken, but a back that can’t seem to place itself so as to reconcile the upper with the lower body. So, there are moments of visible strain and discordant movement. Korsuntsev is 38, but was chosen for the role of Siegfried because he is young looking. Yet, dramatically, there is a lack of commitment to the character of an indecisive prince being pushed out of the nest belatedly. Instead of choosing from a selection of lovely human aristocratic princess candidates, Siegfried sets his sights on a swan—or two. While the prince is indecisive, the dancer who plays him cannot afford to equivocate, let alone go agnostic.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:17 PM

Connecticut Ballet prepares a new "Alice in Wonderland."

This is Raphael's eighth full-length story ballet for Connecticut Ballet, which he founded 31 years ago. It has offices in Stamford and Hartford.

He is taking a new look at Lewis Carroll's classic tale, which has been the subject of a few screen adaptations, too, including the 1951 Disney film and Tim Burton's 2010 film.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:19 PM

Nominees for the Clive Barnes Foundation Awards are announced.

The nominees are judged by a panel of experts in each field. Previous winners include Chase Finlay, Nina Arianda, Mj Rodriguez and Isabella Boylston.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:21 PM

An interview with Keenan Kampa.

A year and a Boston Ballet contract later, Miss Kampa was visiting Russia for a rehearsal, and finally received the answer she’d long awaited; Mr. Selyutski himself offered her a spot in the company she had admired since she was a small child.

“I remember going back to the hotel room after the invitation came and just hitting my face, like ‘What just happened?’” she recalls. “But then reality sets in, and you realize what you’re taking on. It’s a huge responsibility and really terrifying.”



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:22 PM

A preview of the New Orleans Ballet Association's season by Chris Waddington in The Times-Picayune.

NOBA will bring back two troupes --- Ballet Hispanico and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet --- that helped the local dance community after Hurricane Katrina. Both waived performance fees and donated time for community outreach projects.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:24 PM

Miami City Ballet performs as a flash mob for the first time.

Whatever the crowds streaming through Wynwood Walls at Saturday’s art walk were expecting — colorful murals, free wine — they didn’t expect this: a phalanx of sultry dancers moving in taut unison to seductive tango music, a sensual dance fantasy emerging suddenly from the mass of shuffling art viewers.


Read more here: http://www.miamihera...l#storylink=cpy



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:26 PM

An item on Guillaume Côté in Toronto Life, illustrated by shirtless pic.

And yet he still found time to have brunch in Leslieville every Sunday morning with his wife, fellow principal dancer Heather Ogden. This season, he plays the iconic Russian dancer in John Neumeier’s brooding Nijinsky—a dream role for Côté, who says it was Neumeier’s choreography that made him fall in love with the theatrics of dance.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:27 PM

A preview in brief of the 23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana.

“The Jose Manuel Carreño and the Stars of North American Ballet,” directed by Cuban-born Carreño, will present figures of the American Ballet Theatre in New York, artists such as Argentinean Paloma Herrera, Cory Steaens, Cuba’s Xiomara Reyes and Hee Seo.



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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:29 PM

An interview with Katy Pubentz of Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre.

The Clear Lake-area resident is in her fourth year as volunteer prop designer for the dance company, and she's in her fifth year as prop designer for the dance academy affiliated with it, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

When the BAHBT presents its production of "Edward Scissorhands" this weekend, guests will see what appears to be a massive angel ice sculpture and two animal topiaries on stage – all Pubentz' handiwork




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