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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, April 21

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Thirty Years of Lines Ballet:

http://www.sfgate.co...ars-4451722.php

Very few small dance companies celebrate their 30th anniversary twice in one season. Few small dance companies celebrate their 30th anniversary, period. Mortality always threatens in this business. So let us give a shout out to one that survived and prospered. Alonzo King's Lines Ballet opened the second installment of its anniversary festivities Friday evening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Lam Research Theater with a premiere and a mini-retrospective danced by the company's 12 members with an arching physicality and certifiable elan that compensated for a few problematic if not enigmatic moments.

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Ballet San Jose presented a mixed bill:

http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/R-Evolutionary-review-unique-in-a-way-4451727.php

Of how many regional American ballet companies can it be said that the entire repertoire was created within many of the dancers' lifetimes? Just two of the pieces, which included a world premiere and two company premieres, even derived from the past century. The dancing from new and familiar faces alike has taken on a more stretched look, though they couldn't all keep up with Jorma Elo's choreography, and they still missed a bit of confidence in elucidating the vocabulary in Cunningham's "Duets."

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English National Ballet presented a triple bill entitled "Ecstasy and Death".

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6fc75e96-a8d8-11e2-bcfb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2RCkA6vzh

But the only masterpiece of the evening was Le jeune homme et la mort, with Nicolas Le Riche, superlative guest from the Paris Opéra, as the Young Man, and Tamara Rojo as the Woman who is Death. I have watched this tremendous work – a true masterpiece, telling us exactly of its time, which is one of the functions of masterpieces – since its creation in 1946 with the prodigious Jean Babilée as the epitome of existential youth in postwar Paris. Le Riche is, yet again, shown as a dancer of greatness, giving an interpretation a-fire with physical and emotional power, defining the role for our time.

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