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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:41 AM

Reviews of the Mikhailovsky Ballet in 'Giselle.'

The Independent

Though this is now their home company, Vasiliev and Osipova still look like guest stars, their dancing grand and expansive against the softer approach of the Mikhailovsky. They’re extraordinary, but it takes them longer to build excitement.


The Guardian

Yet, watching this production on opening night, it feels like a ballet being pulled in conflicting directions. Natalia Osipova is a prodigiously talented dancer who resembles Sylvie Guillem in her attempts to reinvent the roles she performs. Her Giselle is a headstrong young woman who's stumbled into a gothic horror; while she dances much of the first act with a sunny buoyancy, dark cracks of apprehension zigzag across her happiness, eventually imploding into a mad scene of psychotic intensity.


The Telegraph

Perhaps inevitably, these two Titans here eclipsed everyone else on stage to a distracting degree: those used to the Royal Ballet’s corps (and indeed orchestra) may have been disappointed, besides which it remains to be seen how the remaining Giselle casts will fare by comparison. Still, anything’s possible, and at any rate this truly remarkable duo will be fronting other works by the Mikhailovsky between now and April 7. I’d get booking.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:44 AM

More.

Londonist

The corps de ballet provide an agreeable backdrop and there are some sterling solos from other cast members, particularly Queen of the Wilis Ekaterina Borchenko. But the success of this Giselle undoubtedly belongs to one woman – Osipova.


The Evening Standard

This London tour is the first under Spanish director Nacho Duato. It’s also the last, as he is taking up a post in Berlin next year. Duato has broadened the company’s horizons with new work in addition to the standards but this season opener is a classic slice of the 19th-century supernatural, Giselle, with Osipova in the lead.


The Arts Desk

But it is Act II where her performance deepens, from one of fleet technique and carefully considered acting, to mine the real emotional core of this piece. Giselle has survived for so long because it is multi-layered, yet it is too often played flatly: Giselle is a loving girl, she is betrayed, she dies, she returns to rescue her lover. That’s nice, and sweetly sentimental, but it is not Théophile Gautier’s really quite creepy story. In the original, Giselle dies and she returns, but only part of her wants to save her lover; the other part is already a Wili, and it wants to lure her betrayer to his death.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:46 AM

A review of the Mikhailovsky by Clement Crisp in The Financial Times.

There are no surprises, no clever ideas – save respect for a great ballet – and honourable dancing. The score is lovingly played by the Mikhailovsky’s orchestra under Valery Ovsyanikov, and as a tiny bonus there is a woman’s variation in the “peasant” pas de deux that I have heard only in Russia and is, I hazard, a musical interpolation from the 1890s, a Fabergé trinket, entirely out of place and entirely delicious.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

Ballet West announces its 2013-14 season lineup.

Following The Nutcracker in December and "The Sleeping Beauty" in February, Ballet West’s spring production features the world premiere The Rite of Spring, by Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:49 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post.

The challenge of this evening went beyond the mysteries of Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3. The ballets were cast from strength throughout — Maria Kowroski, every willowy inch a queen, and a breathtakingly buoyant Tyler Angle in “Swan Lake”; the fleet, tireless Tiler Peck with Amar Ramasar in “Allegro Brillante”; and Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz in “Theme and Variations.” Elaine Chelton was the extraordinary pianist in “Allegro.” (The New York City Ballet Orchestra was conducted by David LaMarche.) Yet each of these works was a piece to admire rather than to love. Each one, as visually rich and showy as it was, felt superficial.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:52 AM

Q&A with Allen Birnbach, whose new photographic exhibit features dancers of the Colorado Ballet.


What is it about dancers that draws you to them?
I love working with dancers because I see them as kindred souls. Their focus is to manifest beauty and spirit in the physical form, and they bring great discipline, energy and often sacrifice to that endeavor. As determined and tenacious as any professional athlete, they go beyond the physical to embody beauty and joy on a higher plane. Collaborating with them fills me full.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:58 AM

An interview with Melissa Hamilton.

"I haven't performed in Northern Ireland since I left home at 16 – that's why this gala is so special."

This weekend alongside fellow ballet dancers Yuhui Choe Ryoichi Hirano and Dawid Trzensimiech she will perform in selected highlights from the company's repertory conducted by Derry-born Paul Murphy.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:03 AM

An appreciation of the late Martin Segal's work on behalf of the arts in New York City by Randall Bourscheidt for The Huffington Post.

My friend Marty Segal (1916-2012) was the driving force behind the creation of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This was no small achievement, since it involved the revision of the City Charter and setting an entirely new course for the city government in this important area of social and economic activity. And it was accomplished at a time of great financial hardship for the city.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:11 AM

Six artistic directors opine about current trends and future paths for ballet. By Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

Reid Anderson: We are incredibly lucky in Stuttgart, because this is a ballet town, and it is extremely important to people here. The programs are 100 percent sold out, and I don’t have to spend my time thinking about how to reach an audience. But we have been doing much more on the Internet and more outreach than ever before. We do talks before every performance, tours through the theater, and are running a much more extended program for young people to watch the creation of a new production at various stages. This sort of outreach was never part of what we did in Stuttgart before, but there is a real appetite from the public for information.....



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by George Jackson for danceviewtimes.

The New York City Ballet’s 2013 opening night in Washington didn’t quite click, either as programming or as a set of performances. Balanchine, the company’s founding ballet master, used to be skeptical about gimmicky scheduling. Often he would dismiss a thematic bill as “all water and watermelon”. What he wanted was to serve customers a balanced menu. Tschaikovsky, one of his favorite composers, drew from him intriguing but not necessarily compatible results............



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:45 AM

A photo gallery of NBA players inadvertently assuming dancerly positions. Thanks to rg for sending in the link!

It’s called “The Big Dance,” for a reason, though this might not be exactly what the NCAA had in mind. Basketball and ballet are more similar than one may think. Both require years of practice, skill and…pointe shoes? March Madness might be making us crazy, but it seems this year’s athletes came ready to dance in more ways than one.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:17 AM

A review of New York City Ballet in Washington, by George Jackson.

Ups and Downs

The New York City Ballet’s 2013 opening night in Washington didn’t quite click, either as programming or as a set of performances. Balanchine, the company’s founding ballet master, used to be skeptical about gimmicky scheduling. Often he would dismiss a thematic bill as “all water and watermelon”. What he wanted was to serve customers a balanced menu.





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