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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:46 PM

A look back at the "Rite of Spring" premiere by Lucy Moore, author of a new biography of Nijinsky, in The Daily Mail.

Whistles, boos and laughter broke out. The score was so unlike anything heard before that, at rehearsals, the musicians wondered if there had been a printing mistake.
Stravinsky would shout: ‘Gentlemen, you do not have to laugh, I know what I wrote!’ and would race to the piano to pound out the music as he wanted it played.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Two stories on Mike Piazza's debut with Miami City Ballet.

The Miami Herald

The 44-year-old retired Miami Beach native and father of two put on his gangster face for a performance of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” Piazza’s daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School.


NBC News

Piazza had 427 career home runs and made 12 All-Star Game appearances. His daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School. Piazza says he wants to help boost ballet's image among sports fans.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:54 PM

A Maria Tallchief photo gallery, with links to related articles.

Osage ballerina Maria Tallchief broke ground for American Indian ballet dancers and not only married George Balanchine, she inspired him. She walked on Thursday, April 11 at a hospital in Chicago. She was 88.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

A review of San Francisco Ballet in 'Cinderella' by Ann Murphy in The San Jose Mercury News.

The dancing wasn't bad either, and given the physical magnitude of the stage design, this was no small accomplishment. The dancing magic sprouted faster and more deliciously from one sector than almost anywhere else: the comedy. The biggest news of the night is that Wheeldon, at heart, may be a closet vaudevillian whose antics equal Frederick Ashton's and Jerome Robbins' at their funniest. In some of the finest comedic dancing in memory, Katita Waldo as the small-minded stepmom witch, Sarah Van Patten as the bullying and vainglorious older stepsister, and Frances Chung as the bespectacled young ninny formed a triumvirate that danced with vicious silliness. Such inventive dance, surgically delivered, is a rare delight.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:05 PM

A review of the new biography of Nijinsky by Peter Conrad in The Observer.

Lucy Moore retells the familiar story engagingly, with due deference to Richard Buckle's completer account, but she can't help expressing her bafflement about a man whose art denied him a verbal outlet while requiring him to work through a series of mysterious physical metamorphoses. She feels she can smell Diaghilev, Nijinsky's mentor, who moved in an atmosphere compounded of brilliantine and Sobranies; Nijinsky's scent is more elusive, and Moore sadly concludes that "no one can judge a work of art they have not seen".



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:24 AM

A review of the Eifman Ballet in "Rodin" by Lewis Segal in The Los Angeles Times.

Yes, yes, the rat-men and wheeler-dealers who currently dominate Anglo-American ballet have works claiming to be new, but they invariably offer audiences a refuge against the present, a conservative, backdated view of ballet that makes them culturally irrelevant....

In "Rodin," Eifman not only depicts the reckless drive of a master sculptor and the two women he destroys but the act of creation itself, using nearly naked dancers as clay to be molded into masterworks.




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