Saturday, December 8
Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:59 PM
The icing on this sumptuous show is the world-class elegance of guest dancers Kathryn Morgan as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Amar Ramasar as her Cavalier. Ramasar is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Morgan is a former soloist with New York City Ballet. She's also a Mobile native who studied at Mobile Ballet School and danced with Mobile Ballet for years.
Together and while dancing solo, Amasar and Morgan are amazing to behold.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:02 PM
In Elena Glurdjidze, who dances Aurora opposite Arionel Vargas's affable Prince Désiré, McWhinney has the ideal role model. Now in the autumn of her career, Glurdjidze has a gentle and very feminine authority which draws you, unresisting, into the dream-universe of Perrault's fairytale. A graduate of the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg, and a pupil of Lyubov Kunakova, herself a notable Aurora, Glurdjidze invests every step and gesture with meaning. She shows, as every classical ballerina must, that the eyes are the mirror of the soul.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:05 PM
For the first time at the Schuster Center, the Nutcracker ballet will be accompanied by the live music of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The historic collaboration, which takes place in the dance company’s 75th anniversary year, is made possible by the newly formed Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:51 PM
What drives this Sleeping Beauty? Well, it’s completing the trilogy of the great Tchaikovsky ballets - just what the marketing department ordered, and though I grant nobody would embark on so complex and costly an enterprise purely on that basis, for this spectator it was hard at last night's London premiere to grasp any other imperative. Unlike Nutcracker! or Swan Lake, it is not fashioned to amuse nor is it instinctively heart-felt. It exposes a choreographer who did it because he ought to, not because he just had to.
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