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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:30 AM

Wayne McGregor attempts his first story ballet, with the aid of Audrey Niffenegger.

Raven Girl is about a young woman, also called Raven Girl, who is half-human, half-raven. Her only words are caws and squawks, yet she has arms where there should have been wings. She is loved for what she is, but is so determined to fly – ‘to catch the night breeze under enormous black wings’ – that she takes the alarming decision to have her arms amputated and replaced with cosmetic wings.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

Ballet Cymru adds some clog dancing to its "Romeo and Juliet."

“For the first time we have been able to commission a set from a professional company, Bay Productions, and costumes and designs by Georg Meyer-Wiel who has worked with both Birmingham Royal Ballet and Australian Dance Theatre. It allows us to continue pushing up the quality of what we are doing in every way.”

James says the relationship with Coreo Cymru has also been instrumental in the inclusion of traditional Welsh dance into the ballet.


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With a wooden sole and a metal toe cap, the clog is in stark contrast to the shoes ballet dancers normally use.

“To use this is not a natural fit for a ballet company.”



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

A review of Mystic Ballet's final performance of the season, by Sharma Howard in The Day.

This Act II presentation of "Swan Lake" is a real treat – but to truly understand the interplay between the characters and the evolution of its thematic and dramatic elements so prevalent in Vanaev's work, the entire ballet needs to be seen. And once Mystic Ballet moves to its space at Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it will have the space to fully stage this ballet.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:40 AM

Anastasia Volochkova's house is robbed.

Volochkova was not at home when the attack occurred, preliminary reports said, but her eight-year-old daughter Ariadna was inside the house during the attack, a police source said, citing the caller.


“Yes. My house has been robbed. But one cannot rob my soul! It is too rich!” Volochkova posted on a Twitter account. “Oh, God. How much anger you have… People… Save your souls” she said.


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Police received a phone call at 6:30 a.m. Monday from a woman who said three unidentified people broke into the house, struck her husband and another woman, tied them up in an upper story, and made off with the safes, RIA-Novosti reported, citing police.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:45 AM

Reviews of Scottish Ballet in "Highland Fling."

The Herald

Bourne's choreography requires a mastery of characters, as well as steps, if the storytelling is to edge us towards the darker side of an initially uproarious scenario. James, an unemployed welder about to marry Effie, continually sinks his despair in hard drinking and drug-taking. Is the raggle-taggle Sylph who lures him away from the scrapheap of his life an actual wraith? Or a projection of his innermost yearnings?


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Christopher Harrison who plays James is from Kippen; I’m not sure if that gives him any special knowledge since he is only one of three Scots born dancers. But Brenda Lee Grech (from Malta, if you must), as the girl that fancies him but who he is not marrying, could have walked in off Sauchiehall Street so convincing is her Glasgow attitude. And the Sylph, (Sophie Martin - French) draws on traditions from across Europe, including Scotland, to create a disturbing but alluring other worldly creature.


The Telegraph

However, one can’t help but find it difficult to adjust to the jagged pastoralism of Act 2, in which James dances with a veritable army of sylphs. The optical overload of the first half makes the second seem somewhat dull by comparison; until, that is, Bourne spatters the theatrical canvas with blood in a stunning, and genuinely shocking, warning against human hubris.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:18 PM

Orlando Ballet students are winners at the Youth America Grand Prix.

Orlando Ballet was the only American organization to bring home two medals from the annual Youth America Grand Prix competition, which took place in New York earlier this month.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:22 PM

An obituary and appreciation of Eva von Gencsy, who died earlier this month, by Paula Citron in The Globe and Mail.

She became a domestic servant for a Winnipeg family that allowed her to take classes and dance with the fledgling RWB. In fact, dance consumed so much of her time, that it took Ms. von Gencsy two years to make up the required one year of work. When a devastating 1954 fire at the RWB closed down the company, she relocated to Montreal, where she found lucrative television work on Radio-Canada. She later joined Les Grands Ballets.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

A review of Miami City Ballet by Jordan Levin in The Miami Herald.

But Gathering is not about thrills. More than probably any other of Robbins’ ballets, its power comes — or should come — from its tantalizing union of humanity and artistry, the way it makes often complex dancing seem like spontaneous expression. Robbins created it in 1969 on departed MCB artistic director Edward Villella, and MCB expressed those subtler qualities beautifully when it premiered Gathering in 2006. This may be an instance where the loss of Villella’s direct connection to the ballet’s source has made a big difference.



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:19 AM

An excerpt from the Australian Ballet's new mini-documentary, "Ballet Men."

Teaser for the Australian Ballet's forthcoming mini-documentary Ballet Men, which features four dancers talking about their ballet journeys and demonstrating their grace, power and athleticism.



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:26 PM

A BBC News interview with Judy Tatham about Margot Fonteyn and the failed Panamanian coup of 1959. Radio, podcast.

The three of them met for breakfast one morning at New York's Plaza Hotel. And it was then that Dame Margot and Arias made a rather strange request. "They said, 'can you get me some shirts?' I said yes, of course, thrilled at having the chance to do something for Margot.

"'How many?', I asked, thinking perhaps two or three. 'About 500,' Tito replied."




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