Ryan Gosling said: 'I used to [go to ballet classes], but I was terrible. Plus, people started filming me with their phones.....
Monday, April 15
Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:21 AM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:22 AM
Placed on David Walker’s storybook set — on loan from Texas Theatre Ballet — artistic director Peter Anastos and ballet master Alex Ossadnik pulled together a tightly rehearsed and beautifully staged performance that was everything you’d want in a “Swan Lake.”
Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:24 AM
The Choi So Bin Ballet will perform Carmen, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux and Don Quixote Basilio Variation. Ballet Manila, meanwhile, will present classical fare such as Fairy Doll, Black Swan Variation and Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene, as well as contemporary dance pieces like Sotto Voce and Reconfigured.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:29 AM
Maria Tallchief, who, while she didn’t want to be defined by her Osage roots, was also very proud of them, resisting pressure to change her name to a faux-Russian “Tallchieva.”
Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:28 AM
Four rotating casts will be employed in “Cinderella.” In addition, 20 children from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will portray the enchanted garden creatures, such as bumblebees, snow angels and butterflies, who are brought to life by the Fairy Godmother.
Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:48 AM
On Friday’s opening night, principal dancer Carla Körbes cast her own spell over the audience. Her Odette, trembling and vulnerable, doesn’t dare make eye contact; she’s frightened of the Prince (the elegant Karel Cruz) and of love. In their pas de deux, he barely seemed to be lifting — she flew from his arms — and her every delicate movement seemed to suggest a bird released from a cage, knowing that freedom was beautiful but brief. Körbes’ Black Swan was more feline than fiery, but no less dazzling, and her final moments of agony as the woman becomes a swan again were immensely moving....
Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:10 PM
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake opened on Friday, April 12, 2013, with a strong argument that Swan Lake is very much a living classic. As so many nineteenth-century ballets threaten to become little more than period pieces, Swan Lake is one of a handful that endures—and Kent Stowell and Francia Russell have given us a version that cherishes the traditions of the Tchaikovsky score and the Petipa/Ivanov choreography while making subtle updates to the staging that make it live and breathe for a twenty-first-century audience. A stellar opening cast headed by Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in the lead roles made for a performance that ended with a standing ovation. Körbes, as Odette/Odile, rose to the challenge of the dual role and created two distinct, swan-like characters whose personality, presence, and movement were worlds apart. As Siegfried, Cruz used his regal presence and pristine technique to portray a prince who evolved from party boy, to man in love, to one stricken with sadness.
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