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#1 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

A review of Ballet San Jose's Don Quixote:

http://www.sfgate.co...ose-4286341.php


Wes Chapman's lively, colorful staging of the classic "Don Quixote" might not break any new ground for this 144-year-old ballet, but the frothy, lighthearted production that Ballet San Jose premiered at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Friday is nonetheless a solid showcase for a company.



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

Alastair Macauley reviews Pacific Northwest Ballet:

http://www.nytimes.c...enter.html?_r=0

The company performs Jean-Christophe Maillot’s 1996 Monte Carlo “Roméo et Juliette,” which it acquired in 2008. Having seen at least 10 stagings of Shakespeare’s actual play, as well as two operatic versions and 10 dance versions, I thought I knew this story. But no. Here the whole tragedy is an unhappy memory for Friar Laurence, who stalks in and out of the action as if ruefully observing the trouble he caused. Nothing is odder about this staging than the two male acolytes who attend and support him. The implication is that they are part of why he is in grief and repentance from the first.



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

Edward Villella will be chair of the jury at the next Jackson Competition:

http://www.clarionle...etition-Jackson

The 10th quadrennial USA IBC will be held June 2014 in Jackson. Villella will be the third international jury chairman since the IBC’s 1979 start here. He succeeds Bruce Marks, who served as the jury chairman for the six competitions dating to 1990. The late Robert Joffrey was the first jury chairman.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:11 AM

Joffrey Ballet is reviewed in a quadruple bill:

http://www.suntimes....ern-ballet.html


The Joffrey Ballet’s hugely engaging “American Legends” program, at the Auditorium Theatre through Feb. 24, serves as a multifaceted exploration of this question: What do we mean when we talk about “modern ballet”?
It explores the question with performances of four works created over the course of nearly seven decades by choreographers Jerome Robbins, Gerald Arpino, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch. And the result is a fascinating roadmap — one that never entirely discards 19th-century ballet traditions (in terms of technique, partnering, patterns), yet demonstrates the way artists have synthesized many new influences and stretched the art form.



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:14 AM

A review of Oregon Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake:

http://www.oregonliv...llet_the_1.html

Oregon Ballet Theatre is a company facing big changes with the recent departure of artistic director Christopher Stowell. While a new season has just been announced and interim artistic director Anne Mueller appears to be holding things down, what lies ahead is uncertain.




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