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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

Harry Styles of One Direction is inspired to take up ballet after Mick Jagger praises the fitness benefits of same.

‘He spoke to Torje about Jagger’s intense routine of kick-boxing, running, weights and, most importantly, ballet.

 

‘That’s the Achilles’ heel in Harry’s training. He can’t dance and neither can any of the 1D boys — their choreographer recognised early on that they shouldn’t dance on stage.’

 

 

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The boys already have a personal trainer, Mark Jarvis, who does cardio and weights with them, but Mark’s boss Ramzy Khachick thinks ballet would help the boy band be more graceful.

 

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:22 PM

Ballet West hires Scott Altman as executive director.

 

Altman is the former General Director of the Phoenix-based Arizona Opera. Under his leadership, the company is said to have experienced an unprecedented patron growth and expanded audience development. Altman also oversaw the design and construction of a new Opera Center in central Phoenix and successfully consolidated operations into one city.

 

 

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Scott Altman takes over as executive director in early August, according to a press release issued by the company.

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:35 PM

More on Jeppe Hansen, the student who claims he was kicked out of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for appearing in porn videos.

 

 

The 22-year-old, who now lives in New York City and is pursuing adult entertainment full-time under the screen name Jett Black, says he has been overwhelmed by the response from the public and other media outlets since CBC News published the story on Monday.

 

Hansen said he's glad that, at least, a conversation has been started about what is and isn't acceptable for an artist.

 

 

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Veteran Canadian gay filmmaker Bruce LaBruce also reached out to Hansen via his own Twitter account to engage the fledgling porn actor in a future project.

 

“… Why don't we do a porn ballet? You star, I'll direct. Possible title: The Nutcracker,” LaBruce tweeted.

 

 

The Copenhagen Post

But in March he was says he was forced out of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School after the school learned of his extracurricular activities.

 

While he signed a document saying he voluntarily left the ballet school, he told CBC that he regretted that the school did not feel like they had space for him.

 

 

Daily Mail

Some of Hansen's classmates discovered images relating to his work as a porn star on Tumblr and alerted the school's artistic director.

 

The dancer was called in for a meeting in March and told he would have to leave the school.

 

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:36 PM

A season review of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet by Jocelyn Noveck for Associated Press.

A PROMISING DEBUT: ...... The end of the season brought an intriguing debut by the young Alban Lendorf of the Royal Danish Ballet.

 

Though Lendorf has muscular legs and a stocky build - the better to leap with, my dear - he also has a princely demeanor, which worked well for the role of, well, the prince, in "The Sleeping Beauty." Impressive in his solos, he was also an attentive partner to Xiomara Reyes as Aurora. Hopefully Lendorf will return soon in other roles. And as for the company's homegrown men, Joseph Gorak in the corps commanded new attention in a number of roles.

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:38 PM

New York City Ballet  is confirmed for a one-week engagement in Saratoga next year.

 

One of the world's foremost dance companies, New York City Ballet, will kick off their 2014 one-week event on July 9, 2014. The dance company will present seven performances over the course of a week which concludes with the Ballet Gala: The Ruby Ball on Saturday July 13, 2014.

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:39 PM

NYC Ballet Musicians and Friends  presents its sixteenth chamber concert in Saratoga.

 

The program will includeTchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings (Waltz only), Brahms F Minor Piano Quintet, op. 34, Elaine Chelton’s “Grand Central Tango” (2013) for Violin, Piano and Cello.

Scheduled performers are Susan Walters, piano; Eugene Mayo, cello; Lois Martin, viola; Laura Hamilton, violin; Luellen Abdoo, violin and Elaine Chelto, piano (for “Grand Central Tango”).

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:46 PM

The Bolshoi Ballet fires Anatoly Iksanov.

 

Associated Press

 

The departure of Anatoly Iksanov, the theater's director general, comes just a few weeks after the ouster of his rival, principal dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze. Both men have enjoyed the backing of senior government officials and Kremlin-connected tycoons, and their successive dismissals appear to reflect high-level intrigue and score-settling.

 

RTT

 

Despite the scandals, Iksanov was credited with carrying out a radical makeover of the theater that had long been considered a bastion of Russian tradition. He invited controversial choreographers and composers, started online broadcasts of the theater's performances and introduced workshops for young performers with little or no background in classical ballet.

 

The New York Times

 

Mr. Iksanov’s replacement is Vladimir Urin, 66, a particularly noncontroversial figure who is credited with rebuilding Moscow’s second-tier theater, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater. Ballet insiders universally praised the choice of Mr. Urin but noted the daunting challenge of taking on leadership of the Bolshoi now.

 

The Independent

 

Mr Iksanov brushed off criticism and appeared to have got the upper hand over his long-standing rival, the premier ballet dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who has coveted the top job at the Bolshoi and been a stringent critic of the administration of Mr Iksanov. Both Mr Iksanov and Mr Tsiskaridze are believed to have backers at the very top of the Russian state, but the dancer’s group looked like it had lost the battle for power when Mr Tsiskaridze’s contract at the Bolshoi was not renewed at the end of last month.

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:50 PM

More Iksanov.

 

BBC News

Mr Iksanov had been the head of the Bolshoi Theatre for the last 13 years, and had more than a year of his contract to run.

 

Culture Minister Mr Medinsky said he would still have a role advising his successor, Mr Urin, who has been general director of the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre.

 

The Moscow Times

 

Tsiskaridze, who was also in conflict with Iksanov, was fired from the theater in late June. Medinsky said Tuesday that there were no negotiations about resuming the contract with Tsiskaridze at the Bolshoi Theater.

 

 

The Telegraph

 

Mr Iksanov’s contract was to expire in 2014 and he had been expected to work until at least the end of this season. He thanked colleagues but did not comment on his dismissal. He was replaced by Vladimir Urin, head of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, another leading opera and ballet company.

 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:58 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre's season by Robert Gottlieb in The New York Observer.

 

Symphony in C was part of a triple bill that also gave us Mark Morris’s Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, a 12-dancer company piece in which the company looked at ease and happy, the only star being Gomes in the first cast. Boylston, Messmer, Joseph Gorak, Sascha Radetsky and James Whiteside, the excellent new soloist in town, stood out, but everyone had the spirit and the tone. The big event was the company premiere of Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country (1976), to Chopin, after Turgenev’s famous play. With its famously pretty sets and costumes by Julia Trevelyan Oman and its faithful rendition of the plot, this work is a kind of Masterpiece Theatre ballet, but when danced with feeling, it works. No one at ABT is on the level of the original English cast—Lynn Seymour and Anthony Dowell—but on the whole, the company did Ashton justice.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:34 PM

A column on New York City Ballet in Saratoga by Thomas Dimopoulos for Saratoga Wire.

 

Martins talked about the athleticism of the dancer and how the ballet has changed in the 30 years since he hung up his dance shoes. "They are better trained and more intense," said the ballet master of the company, a title he has worn since the 1980s as eventual successor to George Balanchine. "If Mr. B. was to look down, he'd say: What happened? Where did they all come from," he said. "It's evolution."

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:38 PM

NYCB  photo gallery.

 

The New York City Ballet opening Tuesday night at SPAC included area dance school students performing the Garland Dance from "The Sleeping Beauty" on the Saratoga Springs stage.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:46 PM

A story on the sacking of Anatoly Iksanov by Ismene Brown for The Arts Desk.

 

The Mariinsky Theatre director Valery Gergiev - who it’s said was a major candidate to succeed Iksanov - recently opined that behind the Filin attack lay murky criminal activities connected to the Bolshoi box office. Today’s news reports allege that Gergiev failed to land Iksanov’s job because he wanted to combine the Bolshoi and Mariinsky in one super-beat, which turned out to be just too much of a throwback to Imperial dictatorship for the Culture Ministry to swallow. At the Mariinsky the dancers have been fighting against Gergiev to update payment structures hatched in Soviet times.

 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:02 AM

An interview with Cillian Murphy, who has just directed a music video featuring ballet dancers.

Was it difficult to get the English National Ballet to participate?

It's a mad thing, because it all came about on Twitter. I'm not on Twitter, but we put the word out saying we're making this music video, and if there are any dancers interested in helping out ... And Max Westwell — he's the male dancer in the video — he responded to that. I met up with him and we got along great, he loved the song and was really into choreographing the piece. So then we met all the dancers. They did it for free, just because they wanted to be involved.

 




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