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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:53 PM

Two stories on the Metropolitan Opera's plan to disband its ballet troupe.

The Los Angeles Times

There's disagreement on whether the ballet, which has been associated with the Met since its inception in 1883, will be forever defunct.


Associated Press

But Met General Manager Peter Gelb described the ballet company as defunct. He said rather than use a resident company, the Met will hire dancers per production.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:56 PM

A review of Boston Ballet's "Coppelia" by Katrina Lallier for Metro.

It is a delight to watch Breen Combes dance. She possesses a natural proclivity for storytelling through dance, as is evident in the spunky, playful way she brings Swanhilde/Coppélia to life. This talent was first brought to the stage in her breakout role as one of the stepsisters in “Cinderella” (2008). Her energy is contagious.....



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:57 PM

The Goh Ballet may lose its current "Nutcracker" venue.

The venue, the Centre for the Performing Arts, is being sold to the Westside Church. Because of the sale, the ballet's contract has been canceled.

Executive director Chan Hon Goh hopes the new owners agree to continue hosting the performance because she says it's the ideal stage for the show.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:59 PM

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre enters the final stages of its real estate expansion.

The new parking lot and the building of an annex with three new studio spaces will complete the expansion.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:01 PM

The CW begins releasing previews for the new season of "Breaking Pointe."

Breaking Pointe returns with new episodes on Monday, July 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:22 PM

Talking pointe shoes with Mara Galeazzi.

How painful is it to dance on pointe?
For me, if I do a classical ballet – yes, my toes hurt, because it’s much harder. But if the ballet is [a modern one where] I go on and off the pointe shoes, then it’s less painful.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:31 PM

A review of the West Australian Ballet in "La Sylphide" by Rita Clarke in The Australian.

Widdison-Jacobs was stunning, expressing the round, soft-armed gestures and open fingers required and sublimely elegant en pointe. She exudes an alluring freshness, the only hiccup the beginning of her dying scene with James clinging rather messily around her middle. As James, Sergey Pevnev gave a sterling interpretation, relying on his technical prowess, his impressive leaps and twirls (a bit wobbly on landing once or twice) and as convincing acting as mime allows you. Yu Takayama, the wronged bride, was bewitching and sensibly pragmatic, marrying James's rival (Matthew Lehmann) in a trice when James takes off after the Sylph. The witch, Madge, is pantomime's dream and Craig Lord-Sole gave it his all, hubbling and bubbling around the cauldron, cursing James to high dudgeon.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

A review of New York City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago by Robert Gottlieb in The New York Observer.

.......What’s so remarkable about the piece is the superb sense of structure: The principles, the four couples, come and go in a rapid and inevitable flow, everything exhilarating and natural, everything stimulating, in contrast to the febrile hokeyness of Fearful Symmetries. Hallelujah Junction is Martins’ finest ballet, and why it isn’t in the repertory of more companies is one of the great mysteries. But the greatest mystery—the sad mystery—is why, if he could make this good a piece, he hasn’t made more on its level. Like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, he coulda been a contender.



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

The Encinitas Ballet Academy presents "The Sleeping Beauty."

Professional dancers in the production include Stephano Candreva (Milwaukee Ballet and the City Ballet of San Diego) as the Blue Bird, Nichole Beeks (Anaheim Ballet and Peninsula Ballet Theatre) as the Lilac Fairy, Kaitlyn Potts (Texas Ballet Theater and Utah Regional Ballet) as Princess Aurora, and Tyler Burkett (Utah Ballet and Utah Regional Ballet) as Prince Desire.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:26 PM

Three reviews of Sylvie Guillem in "6,000 miles away."

The Telegraph

Is it a great work? Not exactly. But she certainly makes it seem so, and in fairness all credit to Ek for having created a piece (set to Beethoven’s suitably capricious Piano Sonata Op 111) that allows her to shine so particularly brightly.


The Independent

Though it’s a personal show, the first half borders on alienating. We first see Guillem in Forsythe’s Rearray, a stop-start duet that takes classical steps apart and wonders whether to put them back together. Blackouts slice the material into short chunks. Guillem and Massimo Murru will take a crisp academic pose then wriggle their way out of it, bump through little knee bends, stroll on and off. The performance style is cool – in both senses – and withdrawn.


Londonist

If Guillem’s formidable technique and capacity for challenge are shown off to their best advantage in Rearray, Swedish choreographer Mats Ek allows the dancer to demonstrate her sometimes-overlooked talent for character work in Bye. Guillem appears first as an oversized, sepia-tinted eye peering out at the audience from a white box at the back of the stage. Video projection and cleverly timed choreography conjure up the illusion that this is a door to Guillem’s memories, or a magical Looking-Glass world somewhere offstage that contains friends, family and even a dog.




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