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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:16 AM

Frank Augustyn reminisces for The Record.

After the competition, they travelled to Paris and met Nureyev backstage after one of his legendary performances. They told him of their one-ruble jaywalking fines. Nureyev, once a Moscow resident, laughed at the Canadian dupes.

"You got ripped off," Nureyev said. "You paid double." The fine should have been 50 kopecks each, Nureyev advised.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:19 AM

A story on Mr. and Mrs. Putin's after-ballet divorce announcement.

Putin’s spokesman says there is no one else despite persistent rumours of a relationship with former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva and various other dalliances.

But the skeptical wonder why the split is happening now, when the couple appeared to have worked out an amicable long-distance relationship. They are waiting for the other shoe to drop and in the meantime suggesting a new euphemism for seeking a divorce — “going to see Esmeralda.”



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:21 AM

A review of New Chamber Ballet by Patrick Kennedy for Broadway World.

This kind of closeness isn't a bad thing by any means. (After reviewing three Lincoln Center extravaganzas in a row, I've almost forgotten the simple yet infinitely expressive sound of a ballet shoe hitting a wooden floor. Thank you, New Chamber Ballet, for letting me hear that sound again.) But while Magloire is a choreographer who knows how to invest a touch or a twitch with expressive power, he's also a choreographer who-when it comes to theme and narrative-repeatedly over-reaches. No, he doesn't quite bury his dancers' talents under high-concept shenanigans.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:30 AM

More on the dismissal of Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

A top ballet dancer with Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre says he is being hounded out over disputes with the management after an acid attack that nearly blinded its artistic director and exposed bitter rivalries over roles, power and pay.


Related.

In an NTV television interview on Sunday, Tsiskaridze questioned the theatre's right to let him go. "To be honest, this is still not clear, because I'm on staff as a ballet artiste," he said.


"When I was taken on, I joined the staff. I didn't sign any paper to be released from this. It's all very confusing."


Related, with audio.

The dancer, who has been working with the Bolshoi for some 20 years, will have to leave the theater after June 30, when his current contract expires. He has been notified "that no new fixed-term employment contract will be prolonged," the theater's spokesperson said.


"Only one word — hounding," Tsiskaridze told RIA Novosti refusing to discuss the details.


More.

A Tsiskaridze protege at the Bolshoi, soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, and two alleged accomplices were charged over the attack and are in jail awaiting trial. They face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in "Coppelia" by Zoe Anderson in The Independent.

The role of Swanilda has plenty of variety, from romantic comedy to doll dances (when Swanilda disguises herself as Coppélia) and on to a grand classical pas de deux in the last act. Dancing her first full-length lead role, Lebowitz shines in all three.

Born in California and trained in in Canada, she has dark hair and poised stage presence. This was her second performance: she made an unscheduled early debut, stepping in for an injured Elisha Willis. She’s spontaneous and bright as the stroppy village girl, turning to the audience in indignation over Franz’s shortcomings.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:39 AM

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta will dance 'Romeo and Juliet' as part of the English National Ballet's 2013-14 season.

Rojo also announced her first new commissions for the company, from choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:47 AM

Demonstrations, including dancing in the street, are held to protest recent proposals to ban ballet in Egypt.

Islamist Shura Council member Gamal Hamed from the Salafi Al-Nour Party had called ballet “the art of nudity” and said it “promotes indecency” during a council session discussing the arts and culture budget on 28 May.

Artists and other demonstrators were continuing a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture, demanding the removal of Abdel Aziz as culture minister.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 04:46 PM

A story on the Sarasota Ballet's reception in Washington by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Servian said the attention-drawing accomplishments in the nation's capital give her "ammunition" for a list of targets she now hopes to address, including: convincing nonbelievers to attend a performance in Sarasota; soliciting additional financial support; vying for a larger performance space; and opening possible touring opportunities.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

A review of the Australian Ballet by Heather Bloom for Australian Stage.

The performance opens with The Four Temperaments, Balanchine’s “Dance without a plot”. Intricate rhythms and complex choreography test the skills of The Australian Ballet dancers as they evoke the four temperaments that reside within the human psyche.......

There is no doubting that Balanchine was a master of the 20th Century and one of the most influential choreographers in modern history, yet this “dance without a plot” lacks the substance of his other works. Portrayed beautifully by the entire ensemble, the missing link of narrative structure lets an otherwise incredible piece down.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:18 AM

Two reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet in "The Bright Stream." (Thanks to volcanohunter for sending in the links!)

 

The Sydney Morning Herald

 

Ekaterina Krysanova as Zina looks fragile in her liquid movement but she turns in a fireball performance as the comedy develops and Ekaterina Shipulina's ballerina is all elegance until she takes on male garb.

 

 

 

The Brisbane Times

Maria Alexandrova was beauty in motion as the Ballerina, a sparkling counterpart to Nina Kaptsova's sweet Zina. However, Ruslan Skvortsov stole the show as the male ballet dancer who dragged-up to toy with Alexei Loparevich's old man.

 

With his hairy chest on display and messily tied ballet slippers-with-socks combo, he had the crowd roaring. His pointe work was exquisite – it's always wonderful to see male dancers on the usually female-only hard shoes.

 

 




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