This Friday, as part of the Museum’s “Friday Nights at the de Young” series, independent curator Brad Rosenstein will give a multimedia presentation, “From Tutu to Haute Couture: Costume and the Ballet,” which combines a brief history of ballet costume with more specific examples from the exhibition. The program will culminate in a fashion show of costumes from the archives of San Francisco Ballet, modeled by San Francisco Ballet School Trainees.
Tuesday, October 30
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:26 AM
Dance company Sadler's Wells has claimed government plans to leave dance out of the new EBacc syllabus will be "deeply damaging" to the art form.
The EBacc certificate, set to replace some GCSEs from 2015, will focus only on core academic subjects.
Last month, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota urged the Government to keep the arts as a key part of the curriculum in any exams shake-up.
He said there was a danger the UK could lose its "leading edge in creativity" unless arts disciplines remained within the national curriculum for secondary schools and had a place as a core subject in the baccalaureate.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:31 AM
The Khan work will be one of a number of Rite of Spring centenary celebrations next year including a festival at the Bolshoi, opening with a new choreography by Wayne McGregor, and 14 different performances of the work at the theatre where the original hoo-hah took place – Paris's Theatre des Champs-Elysées where, in 1913, the unfamiliar sounds prompted audience apoplexy.
Olympics opening ceremony choreographer Akram Khan's "ITMOi (in the mind of Igor)", with music by three composers that will in part draw on Stravinsky's groundbreaking work of musical brutalism, will have its first public performance on May 29, 2013, Sadler's Wells said on Tuesday.
It is part of a season called A String Of Rites inspired by the original work which will also include a revival of Michael Keegan-Dolan's production of the ballet and a separate work called Riot Offspring which will see 80 amateur dancers perform on the theatre's main stage.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:37 AM
Other choreographers featured on the program included the novice Alison Cook Beatty, who provided an unmemorable premiere called "Tinntinnabuli," (to Arvo Pärt); and Margo Sappington, whose passé "Entwined" (to Erik Satie) did little more than twine bodies conventionally. Both left much to be desired and rethought.
With its emphasis on live and generally well-performed musical accompaniment, Ballet Next is showing some moxie amid its conflicted aims. To succeed, it will need to move beyond the unexceptional choreographers of its inaugural program, but in a world where "classical ballet" can be questioned and seen as old fashioned, the company's goal is honorable and welcome.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:24 PM
As soon as he joined the company, Liam made a duet for Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin for the 75th anniversary of The Royal Ballet. He has since racked up an impressive portfolio of work, from creating Gargoyles with members of the New York City Ballet, to sitting on the panel of judges for the first Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition last year. His choreographic debut on the main stage of the Royal Opera House in 2010, Asphodel Meadows, received rave reviews and cemented him as the next British choreographic prodigy. At only 26 years of age, Liam has already been nominated for Time Out’s The Hospital Club Top 100 list 2012 for most influential people in the arts.
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