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Tuesday, April 23


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:14 AM

The Royal New Zealand Ballet runs into difficulties at one stop during its tour of China.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet had been scheduled to perform its production of Giselle in the northern city of Tianjin over the weekend, but had to cancel because it was only 10C inside the theatre.

After the cancellation, the Tianjin Grand Theatre reportedly locked the company out and stopped it from retrieving its property.


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They would be continuing their tour to the city of Guangzhou as scheduled.

The five city tour cost almost half a million dollars to stage, with the nine shows estimated to be seen by 12,000 people.



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:16 AM

A story on Preston Miller, who's making a new work for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

It’s the first time the Chicago-born, New York City-based choreographer has worked in Grand Rapids.

But it’s something of a homecoming nonetheless for the grandson of Grand Rapids Mayor Lyman S. Parks, who died in 2009 at age 92.



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

Carol Ann Duffy's ballet Rapunzel receives a culture award.

Rapunzel was created by the Newcastle-based balletLORENT and had its premiere in Durham last October. But despite the success, balletLORENT is to auction props and costumes in an attempt to secure the company's future.

Founder Liv Lorent told BBC Radio Newcastle: "It's harder than ever now and, understandably, there are cutbacks...."



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:21 AM

A review of the Royal Ballet in 'Mayerling' by Siobhan Murphy for Metro.

Watson’s Mary Vetsera is Mara Galeazzi, who has chosen to bow out of the Royal Ballet with these performances (as has Leanne Benjamin). Galeazzi is not the most feverish of Marys but there is an instinctual bond between her and Watson that lets them infuse their climactic duet with a clamouring certainty that all is lost. It’s terrifying to watch – and a fitting tribute to Galeazzi’s skills.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:26 PM

A preview of Ballet B.C.'s 'Giselle.'

Navas' Wilis are unusual.

“My Wilis are both men and women with both wearing white transparent dresses, white body paint and masks.I am creating a Greek chorus, “ explained Navas. “I decided to not get stuck in secondary characters so there are the three main characters, the Greek chorus and the pictorial background. “



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

A review of Ballet San Jose's season closer by Carla Escoda in The Huffington Post.

Cunningham's playful, mysterious Duets from 1980 eschews nearly all bravura elements of ballet. Instead it deconstructs and levels the male-female partnering relationship, examining what we really need from each other in order to maintain our balance. In this series of six strikingly different vignettes, he tells us "this is what ballet is made of" and at the same time "this is the future of ballet." Ballet San Jose's future appears to be bright indeed, as the corps and apprentice dancers who made up the greater part of Saturday's matinee cast stepped up to the Cunningham challenge with authority -- particularly the vivacious final couple, Mariya Oishi and Alex Kramer.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:20 PM

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's next season will feature "The Handmaid's Tale."

New York-based [Lila] York, whose signature work is "Rapture," has consulted with Atwood on the project and has put it to a musical score by James MacMillan.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

A photo gallery from the new play, "Nikolai and the Others" by Richard Nelson.

According to LCT, "Serge Koussevitsky (Place), painter/set designer Sergey Sudeikin (Epstein) and composer Nikolai Nabokov (Kunken), gather to eat, drink and talk. In Nikolai and the Others playwright Richard Nelson reimagines, during the course of this weekend, the creation of Balanchine and Stravinsky’s historic collaboration, the ballet Orpheus, and explores the interesting and controversial ways American art was funded at the outset of the Cold War."




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