It was announced last month that the company would be suspending operations due to financial difficulties following the company’s 10th anniversary season. Since the news broke, there has been an outpouring of community support from individuals and businesses, which will help Ballet Kelowna finish their season.
Wednesday, March 6
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:25 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:27 PM
In September, the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission, the Metro committee that oversees the facilities, approved what amounted to an interest-free loan to OBT: The ballet has five years to pay its back rent.
Teri Dresler, Metro’s general manager of visitor venues, says the agency tried to balance the dual responsibilities of supporting arts groups and safeguarding public assets. “The commission took some risk here,” Dresler says.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:32 PM
Nixon deals with the story's past events by putting them on stage. Young Gatsby and his beloved Daisy are seen in memory, danced by Jeremy Curnier and Michela Paolacci, and in the story's 1920s present, danced by Tobias Batley and Martha Leebolt. Sinister figures in black coats and gangster hats give Gatsby explicit links with a criminal underworld.
But this version, choreographed by Northern Ballet’s admirable artistic director David Nixon, merely proves why transposing The Great Gatsby to another medium is as near-impossible as writing a novel based on Swan Lake. Nixon clearly understands his material, but the treatment is both too literal and too loose. ..... Nixon is right to attempt an explanation of the nature of Gatsby’s dreams, but without Fitzgerald’s words this is incredibly difficult.
In pure dance terms, the first act is equally successful. Many of the principal characters are vividly cast, especially Kenneth Tindall as an aggressively chunky Buchanan, and Giuliano Contadini, a precise, narrow Nick Carraway (the book's narrator). In the visceral, vernacular dance he creates for cuckolded mechanic George Wilson, and in his clever abstraction of busy street activity in Manhattan, Nixon's choreography really flies.
But things fall apart in the second half....
But this Great Gatsby doesn’t read well. Unless you are familiar with the novel’s detailed narrative or devour the lengthy synopsis in the programme (16 scenes, no less), you probably won’t fully understand the interlinked relationships at its heart. That’s partly because Nixon’s choreography doesn’t do enough to differentiate the characters — there are seven main ones — and partly because he and his co-director Patricia Doyle have made the fundamental error of trying to be faithful to the book when they should have been faithful to the ballet. When it comes to plot and dance, less is often more.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:34 PM
How to get the right fit? Janet Groom, owner of The Dancers' Pointe in the Strip District, brought in extra trained staff members to handle the overload.
They divided the class into two groups of 10, each coming for about an hour. The girls were allowed to bring one adult to the tiny shop, mostly moms and one attentive granddad. Cameras were in abundance.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:44 PM
Bolshoi ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two accomplices have partially confessed to organizing the January acid attack on Bolshoi ballet director Sergei Filin over a work conflict.
But Dmitrichenko's colleagues doubted his confession, saying his temper wasn't consistent with cultivating revenge plans. Meanwhile, media reports continue to implicate prominent Bolshoi dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze in the attack.
Mr Dmitrichenko, 29, looked dazed and bleary-eyed in video footage released by police in Moscow on Wednesday. “I organised that attack but not to the extent that it occurred,” he said. It was not possible to immediately confirm that the confession was not given under duress.
Until 2009, Vorontsova danced for Filin at Moscow's second ballet company, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre. She then transferred to the Bolshoi – and began dancing and studying under Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a flamboyant principal dancer who would go on to become Filin's nemesis. When Filin joined the Bolshoi as director in 2011, he reportedly felt betrayed when Vorontsova remained a student of Tsiskaridze.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:45 PM
Were these alliances enough to drive Dmitrichenko to a gangster-style attack? As police continue to sort out the mess, which so far includes an unemployed man with a criminal record and a driver who claims not to know what he was hired for, we can look to recent ballet records for possible clues. But they show no clear reason why the dancers would have such a beef against their director.
Police said Zarutsky bought acid, apparently used for batteries, at an auto parts store and mixed it with other ingredients following directions on the Internet. He allegedly put the sulfuric acid in a small jar and confronted Filin.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:29 PM
Probably best-known for his choreography for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, the late Ulysses Dove created "Red Angels" in 1994, danced to Richard Einhorn's score for electric violin. Here, Hyltin, Jennie Somogyi , Taylor Stanley and Jared Angle strolled, strutted and powered their ways through a rhythmic, contemporary work that demanded resolute and powerful sequences from each dancer. Though the moves are echoed in more recent works, the dancers provided the real tempo and power demanded here.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:34 PM
A rhapsody in creams, elegant costumes, divine dancing and the most fitting of music (played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia) from Richard Rodney Bennett and others. David Nixon’s interpretation of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of lost love looks and sounds utterly romantic, mysterious and sad.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:29 AM
Amy Wolfe knows these moments are fleeting, but they are why, despite the advice of those closest to her and the painful memories it would conjure, she has created an unusual tribute to her son: a ballet that captures the life of a young man who was a dancer before he was a Marine.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:39 AM
A second viewing at Saturday’s matinee revealed further wit and nuance, although some sequences remain stronger than others. One can understand Ratmansky’s desire to sidestep direct comparisons with the Royal’s other Chopin ballets (four by Jerome Robbins) but this unevenness could be minimised if he were to swap Jean Francaix’s brassy orchestration for virtuoso piano.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:42 PM
Many in ballet-obsessed Moscow spent Wednesday debating whether Mr. Dmitrichenko, who has danced at the Bolshoi since 2002, could have planned such an act. Born into a family of distinguished dancers, he styled himself as a nonconformist, dyed his hair platinum blond and had tattoos, including one that read, “Life is struggle — to struggle is to live.” Dance experts noted that his career was on an upswing. Friends described him as volatile in joy or anger, but never calculating.
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