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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:31 PM

Thoughts on sex and ballet  by Russell Smith in The Globe and Mail.

Take a look at video of the recently dismissed Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer Jeppe Hansen as he practises his steps and does the splits, in his bulbous leotard, every muscle engorged. It’s pretty much porn right there. But the poor guy was fired for making a little extra money on the side by starring in some explicit videos. Apparently sex is incompatible with such a purely cerebral activity as dancing.

 

Then take a look at some of his porn, made by a high-end production company called CockyBoys (okay, try to ignore the name). It’s all extremely pretty boys in romantic couplings in lush rooms. They stand in windows, giving each other moody looks, as the gauzy curtains billow in afternoon light. It’s inescapably … balletic.

 

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:36 PM

A review of New York City Ballet by Susan Mehalick in The Albany Times Union.

 

The star turns on this night belonged to Ashley Bouder and Gonzalo Garcia in a crowd-pleasing, precise interpretation of Balanchine's 1960 "Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux." Also noteworthy was Peter Martins' "Barber Violin Concerto" (1988), a minimal, humor inflected work for four (Megan Fairchild, Sara Mearns, Jared Angle and Jonathan Stafford) juxtaposing the old with the new, and offering a glimpse of the possibilities when world's collide.

 

 

Jay Rogoff's review  in The Saratogian.

 

Two of the three purely classical works, all George Balanchine ballets to Tschaikovsky, were brief but delightful, like this summer’s too-brief one-week season. In Balanchine’s 1981 “Garland Dance” from “Sleeping Beauty,” a cast of 56 all waltz together. Sixteen girls from local dance schools join 16 peasant couples and eight gentlewomen in creating an intricate vision of an ordered society, interweaving its patterns in celebration.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:40 PM

A story on New York City Ballet in Saratoga by Jennie Grey in The Saratogian. Photos, video.

 

Clapping and cheers broke out from the ballet fans, many of whom also want to see the New York City Ballet back for longer than a week. In recent years, the company’s summer residency has shrunk from three weeks to two — and this year, to one. Marcia White, SPAC’s president and executive director, said ticket proceeds from the ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra only cover about 40 percent of the companies’ cost. The rest, she said, is supplemented by other SPAC revenues and by fundraising.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:41 PM

The Sacramento Ballet  announces the schedule for its fifty-ninth season.

 

"The Firebird," three individual works inspired by Russian artistic traditions, starts the season from Oct. 24-27. The company will continue the following weekend with two showings of "Cinderella."

 


 


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:44 PM

Sergei Polunin returns to London with the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet.

‘If I had the choice I’d be a boxer or a footballer,’ says Sergei Polunin.

‘Being a ballet dancer isn’t cool. Football, boxing, hockey… they’re cool. And you make more money.’

 

 

Related.

 

As well as Polunin, the company brings together principal dancers including Semyon Velichko, Kristina Shapran and Erika Mikirticheva.

 

It is led by general director Vladimir Urin, who is now taking over as the Bolshoi Theatre's general director after the surprise announcement on July 9 that the long-serving Anatoly Ikasanov had been fired.- and Igor Zelensky is artistic director.

 

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

An interview with Peter Chu, who's in Las  Vegas as a faculty member for the the 24 Seven Dance Convention National Finals.

And, of course, there’s Celine. Chu admits he wasn’t terribly familiar with Las Vegas when he visited in January 2005 for an industrial hairstyling show. It turned out that the show’s director also was working on “A New Day” and called Chu a month later when the show needed a replacement dancer.

 

“That was such a blessing,” says Chu, who danced in “A New Day” from May 2005 until the show’s closing in December 2007. “It was just an incredible, enriching experience.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:55 PM

Amanda Cochrane of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre takes a "Personality Test" for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

 

My first job: Before joining the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, I taught ballet classes at my former dance studio in Washington. It really expanded my knowledge of dance. It also gave me a good work ethic in my own training because I wanted to set a good example for my students.

 

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:57 PM

Comment on the Jeppe Hansen case by Jillian Page in The Montreal Gazette.

 

I think the bigger issue here is the codes of ethics you will find in most educational institutions and workplaces, which encroach upon the private lives of students and employees. Basically, these businesses — and they are all businesses — don’t want their people to do things in their private lives that might reflect badly upon the institutions and negatively affect their bottom line. That’s ultimately what it is all about: the bottom line. Money . . .

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:00 PM

Q&A with Cheryl Yeager, Yuriko Kajiya, and Isabella Boylston.



Do you think ballet and ballet technique has changed since you were dancing?
CY: There was less attention to physique in my day. Misha took dancers with good feet and good legs, but nowwhats in the water?everyone has good feet. But I do believe that theres too much emphasis on technique. Technique has advanced to such a point that the dancers in the corps today could be principals anywhere. Theyre all fabulous. I dont think its just ballet, its everything. Everything is a science now. Training to be a gymnast, a tennis player, a golfer And theres the Internet. When I was a kid, I didnt know what was out there. I couldnt go on YouTube and watch dancers from all over the world. Dancers today don't need to be taught a variation, because they already know every version of every variation.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:04 PM

Q&A with Lauren King.

 

What is the best part of being an NYCB dancer?

The variety of works that we perform and the repertory that we have are my favorite parts of being in this company.

 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:06 PM

A review of North Carolina Dance Theatre by Steve Sucato in The Buffalo News.

Rounding out the program were excerpts from choreographer Marius Petipa’s 1881 version of the ballet “Paquita.” ........

 

The pointe shoe and tutu ballet dripping with classical structure featured brilliant performances by Gerberich, an exquisite dancer with star quality, and the powerfully athletic Walker along with respectable performances by a corps de ballet made up of student dancers from the Chautauqua School of Dance and soloists from NCDT.

 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:07 AM

A preview of the National Ballet of Canada's Saratoga engagement by Tresca Weinstein in The Albany Times Union.

When commissioning and selecting new work, Kain chooses "choreographers who keep us surprised, and involved in the international dance world," she said. "I like to invite contemporary choreographers from all over the world to challenge my dancers."

 

For the SPAC program, she chose to highlight two Canadian choreographers. "Surprising" could certainly describe Pite, who's known for her haunting, unpredictable work with her troupe, Kidd Pivot. (Her "Dark Matters" was so popular at Jacob's Pillow in 2011 that Executive Director Ella Baff brought it back to the festival last summer.).......

 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Mikhail Baryshnikov  will bring "Man in a Case" to Chicago next year.

 

...............It is based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov — one the comic tale of an anti-social Russian businessman attracted to a gregarious woman, and the other a rueful look at a man who falls in love with a married woman. Surveillance footage, folk dance, instructional hunting videos, and interviews with the cast are used to bridge these 19th-century anti-love stories and today’s modern sensibility.

 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:30 PM

A post on the firing of Anatoly Iksanov by Simon Morrison in The London Review of Books' blog.

 

The person that I most wanted to hear from was the person everyone had always heard from during Iksanov’s reign, Tsiskaridze. For years he had been the loudest voice of the opposition, the self-proclaimed defender of Bolshoi tradition, a repressed Old Believer, concocting a witches’ brew of invective against the nouveaux riches on the Board of Trustees. But now he was silent. I prodded him by text message, and he responded: ‘I’m on vacation."

 



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:36 AM

An exhibit of photographs relating to the life of Rudolf Nureyev is currently showing in Moscow.

The focus of this exhibit is a series of photos made of Nureyev's homes, both in New York and Paris, shortly after Nureyev's death. Originally intended for the catalogue of Nureyev's estate sale, the photos capture the luxurious tastes and wild imagination with which Nureyev furnished his home.

 

"They [the pictures] show everything," said Natalia Ryurikova, director of the Dom Nashchokina gallery. "His character, his tastes, his passion — he had an incredible passion for life." Nureyev furnished his homes with rich dark wood antiques and bright oriental carpets, buying precious objects from across Europe with his surprisingly large fortune, earned as one of the highest-paid dancers in history.

 

 




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