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#1 dirac

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:02 PM

Two reviews of "Ballet Across America" at the Kennedy Center.

The Washington Post

Here were tutus and tiaras and the whole nine yards — make that 900 yards, more likely, of satin and tulle. But the pleasure of “Rhapsodic Dances,” created by Sasha Janes for North Carolina Dance Theatre, went beyond its vibrant costumes and luxurious candle-glow lighting. This work didn’t lampoon ballet or yank it out of shape. With a sure, firm hand and knowing wit, Janes infused classical technique with brisk energy to evoke ballroom glamour and romances both smoldering and overheated.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Performing resident choreographer Robert Garland's 13-year-old "Return" to the feel-good music of James Brown and Aretha Franklin, DTH easily stole the limelight from North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ballet Austin, the other companies on the final bill of this ballet sampler, in which the Sarasota Ballet also participated.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

Nikolai Tsiskaridze is canned by the Bolshoi.

Tsiskaridze “received a notification saying that no new fixed-term employment contract will be prolonged,” Novikova told Business FM radio station. Channel One state-run TV channel reported that the dancer has confirmed receiving the notification paper.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:03 AM

Review of Ballet Across America, Program B on danceviewtimes:

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Paintings are luckier than ballets. If a museum wants to have an exhibition of art works that have been in storage for a few centuries, the paintings can be retrieved, hung in a gallery, rediscovered and pronounced lost masterpieces. In contrast, ballets without a company to take care of them can vanish in a season, and reviving dead ballets is an almost hopeless task. Unless, it seems, a ballet is lucky enough to wander into Florida, where the Sarasota Ballet has not only been building a repertory of ballets by Frederick Ashton but making them look extraordinarily fresh.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:34 AM

The new film of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's 'Giselle' premieres next month.

Giselle, filmed during the company's New Zealand and China tours last year, features RNZB principal guest artist and American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy in the title role and New Zealand/Chinese dancer Qi Huan as Albrecht, the nobleman who wins her love then deceives her, causing Giselle to die of a broken heart. Live performances were filmed over two nights at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, with further filming at the St James in Wellington and in Shanghai.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:45 AM

A review of The Oracle, Erhebung, and Mayerling by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

This is the darkest of ballets, and a wonderful vehicle for Kobborg's prodigious dramatic skills and Cojocaru's luminous dancing. The final act combines horror and pathos in equal measure, and the pair discharged it with unrestrained intensity.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:20 AM

A review of the Bolshoi  in "The Bright Stream" by Deborah Jones in The Australian. (Link courtesy of volcanohunter.)

 

There is no more interesting, influential or thoughtful choreographer working in classical ballet than Alexei Ratmansky and Brisbane has been fortunate to see two distinctly different examples of his art in its sell-out Bolshoi Ballet season.

 




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