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Posted 22 June 2013 - 05:03 PM

An obit in brief for David Wall.

 

In 1975 the sculptor Enzo Plazzotta created a statue, “Jete”, based on the dancer.

 

 



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 05:05 PM

A report on Mikhail Baryshnikov's commencement address at Northwestern University in the college paper.

 

Baryshnikov said his daughter talked him into delivering the commencement address, and he solicited advice from former President Bill Clinton and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "a fellow former dancer who just happens to be involved" in local politics. He said Clinton told him to keep it brief, and he did, clocking in at less than 20 minutes.

 

 



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 05:10 PM

A preview of the Bolshoi Ballet's London engagement by Holly Williams in The Independent.
 

 

Insider knowledge Jewels is itself a substitute: the season was due to include British choreographer Wayne McGregor's new centenary take on Rite of Spring. Without Filin, it has been postponed.

 

 



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:35 AM

A feature on backstage life at the Birmingham Royal Ballet  by Laura Walsh-Kelly for The Irish Independent.

As he's saying this, I spot a lithe young woman sweating profusely on a crosstrainer nearby. Lorcan highlights that there is little downtime and that their diet is key to recovery.

 

"A lot of them are always thinking ahead. These dancers work ridiculously hard. I've never seen athletes like it. When they're not in rehearsal, a lot of them are in here doing their bit. They're rehearsing for 'Giselle' now, but they're also rehearsing for next year."

 



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:35 PM

An article on the Filin affair and the Bolshoi by Simon Morrison in the July 4 issue of The London Review of Books (registration/subscriber only).

 

.....[Ruslan] Pronin is on the side of the old guard, but was picked by the more progressive Filin to serve as assistant artistic director. The two men fell out over Filin’s advancement of younger dancers like Smirnova and his pursuit of commercial ventures. Pronin has not been linked to the attack, but is the subject of a whispering campaign in the theatre. His contract as performer has just expired and, like Tsiskaridze’s, will not be renewed. He didn’t respond to my request for an interview. Filin has just had his 18th eye operation at the university hospital in Aachen. The latest procedure, a tissue transplant, lasted five hours, during which time – his wife reported on Facebook – he dreamed he could see again. He woke up in agony, his eyes sealed shut. There is still hope of saving his left eye, but grave doubts about the right.

 



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:15 AM

The inaugural gala for the L.A. Dance Project  raises $250,000.

Combining the live and silent auctions and ticket prices of $1,000 and up, proceeds topped $250,000, which will go toward new commissions and operations.

 

“My father took me to ‘The Nutcracker’ every Christmas,” said Reese Witherspoon, adding that she carried on that tradition by taking her daughter, now 14, to see “The Nutcracker Suite” each year, too.

 




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