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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, February 10

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Hamburg Ballet presented John Neumeier's ballet "The Mermaid" in Los Angeles:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-hamburg-mermaid-review-20130210,0,3637626.story

Hamburg Ballet’s visionary artistic director, John Neumeier, is the rare dance-maker who also dreams up his own magnificent lighting, set and costume designs, which accounts for the scenic sumptuousness of his two-act ballet “The Little Mermaid,” performed this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

In this instance, alas, “Little Mermaid’s” visual complexity was not enough to overcome the ballet’s multitude passages of unison, danced monotony.

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David Jays asks if Russian ballet is cracking up in The Times (subscription required to read the entire article):

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/arts/dance/article1208746.ece

On January 17, in Moscow, a masked man flung a jar of acid into the face of Sergei Filin, director of the Bolshoi Ballet. One of his predecessors, Alexei Ratmansky, took to Facebook, typing with ire. “What happened with Sergei Filin was not accidental,” he wrote. “The Bolshoi has many ills. It’s a disgusting cesspool, of those developing friendships with the artists, the speculators and scalpers, the half-crazy fans ready to bite the throats of the rivals of their favourites... This is all one snowball caused by the lack of any ethics at the theatre.”

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Judith Mackrell talks to Sylvie Guillem:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2013/feb/10/sylvie-guillem-interview?INTCMP=SRCH

I am waiting for Sylvie Guillem in the foyer of a hotel in Rome, when a group of women emerge from the lift. They're so immaculately accessorised – small dogs tucked under arms, Gucci handbags dangling from tiny wrists – that when Guillem herself finally appears, she looks more like an unruly teenager than a 47-year-old French ballerina. Her face is scrubbed free of makeup, her tawny hair tied in a ponytail, and that famously long, slender body is concealed beneath black jeans and a baggy sweatshirt.

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