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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

A review of the Royal Ballet by Luke Jennings in The Guardian.

As a choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky is unique. A quiet man, he rode the tiger of the Bolshoi directorship between 2004 and 2008 before accepting his current post as artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre. What marks him out as a dance-maker is that while the ballets he creates are unimpeachably classical, they are also unmistakably of today. They're not pastiche Kenneth MacMillan or George Balanchine, they are newly minted Ratmansky, and everybody wants one.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:01 PM

A review of the Sarasota Ballet by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Tudor's work is all about showing, not telling, a clear case of less is more. As he himself said, the meaning is in the choreography; any obvious over-acting will kill this faster than d-CON. Well-coached by Tudor Trust repetiteur Donald Mahler, the dancers captured the somber dynamic of this psychological study.

Hulland and Brown danced these same roles five years ago, but could never have shown the subtlety and strength they have now. Hulland, in particular, was heart-breaking as she repeatedly exchanged touches with Graziano, turning her head worriedly in fear of being called out.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

A preview of Miami City Ballet's new season by Jan Sjostrom for The Palm Beach Daily News, with quotes from Lourdes Lopez.

The season does not feature any new commissions, but it adds four ballets to the repertory: Jardí Tancat, the company’s first work by Spanish contemporary dance choreographer Nacho Duato; Polyphonia, renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s breakthrough work; Episodes, a seldom-performed abstract ballet by Balanchine; and West Side Story Suite, a Jerome Robbins showstopper derived from the classic musical.

Duato and Wheeldon are expected to come to the company’s Miami Beach studio to teach the dancers their works.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:06 PM

A (small) fire causes the cancellation of Texas Ballet Theater's Saturday night performance.

The Texas Ballet Theater was forced to call of its Saturday night performance of Val Caniparoli's Lambarena & Voluntaries before anyone in the audience was seated.


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Bass Hall representatives said there was a small electrical fire. However, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Read more here: http://www.star-tele...l#storylink=cpy



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:08 PM

Royal Opera house reps and Royal Ballet dancers, present in Rio as part of an "educational visit," enjoy a performance by local dancers.


The show at the Afro-Reggae cultural center in the Vigario Geral shantytown impressed Royal Opera chief executive Tony Hall as well as the London ballet troupe’s principal dancer, Roberta Marquez, herself a native of Rio.

‘‘I'm very proud to be Brazilian right now. It’s a beautiful project and I get very emotional to see those little kids doing ballet,’’ Marquez said after watching a ballet turn by 20 girls in green tutus. ‘‘It’s a wonderful feeling,’’ she added.



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:37 PM

A preview of the spring season in Vancouver dance by Deborah Meyers in The Vancouver Sun.

....Montreal-based Jose Navas, who completes his three-year tenure as Ballet BC's resident choreographer with this production, appears poised to take the 172-year old ballet in another direction. Many specifics are under wraps, but we know Navas will use the original score by Adolphe Adam, a stage within a stage convention to express the transformation of real people to characters in a ballet, and a creative team of set, costume and lighting designers from Vancouver and Montreal.....



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

A feature on Cuban dance instructors teaching in Tampa.

Garcia and Santos are part of a growing trend in the Tampa area of dance studios hiring Cubans who trained in the country's world renowned ballet program and became professional, respected ballet dancers. They are teaching local youths the art, style, passion and rigor of the Cuban school of ballet.



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:31 PM

Festival Ballet Providence prepares "Agon." Text and video.

Balanchine Trust repetiteur Sandra Jennings has a long and productive relationship with Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island's premiere ballet company, now in its 35th season. Because of the immense challenge that "Agon" presents, Jennings has visited Providence four times in the past 8 months to set the ballet on Festival. Like much of the Balanchine Trust, Jennings is herself a former City Ballet dancer under Balanchine's direction.....



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:33 PM

An interview with conductor Nicolette Fraillon of the Australian Ballet.

Fraillon speaks eloquently about her development as a musician, about how much she learnt when she was in Europe, and about ''a sponge period when I was absorbing all that I could about language and cultures and artistic movements''. Almost every time she had a conducting job, she says, she was the first woman in the position. Yet female conductors remain few and far between, and there are people in the music world who don't consider it a job for a woman. She talks about the mindset and the history, about seeing a major orchestra without a single woman player, or women simply not being considered for leadership positions. Things have changed, but only a little, she says, and we need to do better. She is still, as far as she knows, the world's only female music director of a ballet company.




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