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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:12 AM

Carlos Acosta's remarks on the dearth of promising female dancers are picked up by The Daily Mail.

 

The Royal Ballet school of London agrees with him, revealing that while overwhelmingly more girls apply in younger years, by age 16 they start dropping out thick and fast and the gender bias among the intake begins to favour boys.

 

'Our directors have found it more of a challenge to find really talented girls in the past few years. The wave of talented boys has continued as the myth that ballet is for girls is even more widely dispelled,' said a spokesperson for the school.

 

 


 


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:19 AM

Reminiscences from Jon Trimmer in a feature story on a new book, The Royal New Zealand Ballet at 60, edited by Jennifer Shennan and Anne Rowse.

 

Trimmer worked with the company's founder, Denmark's Poul Gnatt, and its first musician, Dorothea Franchi, both talented and eccentric. Gnatt, temperamental in an age when that was tolerable – and strained by taxi-driving at night to feed his family – found relief in hurling a coffee cup or two against the wall. The sympathetic dancers, Trimmer recalls, reacted by replacing the china cups with plastic.

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:20 AM

A photo  of Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre's slate of officers for 2013-14.

 

This year's performances include Coppelia’, The Nutcracker, A Stroll Down Abbey Road - BAHBT and the Beatles, and Bye Bye Birdie.

 

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:22 AM

Sara Mearns reports from London in her Huffington Post video blog, "Barre None."

 

The last moment I would like to share has to do with the show I saw tonight. It is called "The Drowned Man" by the same London production company that created "Sleep No More." Punchdrunk has completely out done itself this time. "Sleep No More" became a phenomenon in London and New York two years ago and now they have created something five times bigger and ten times better.....

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

A preview of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Saratoga engagement.

 

Over Glow by Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo fuses six dancers’ modern movements with classical music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The richly choreographed work features stunning duets performed in front of a luminescent background.

Return to a Strange Land is a 1975 work by Jiri Kylián created in tribute to his late mentor, John Cranko, the great choreographer and director of The Stuttgart Ballet. This rarely seen classic is a poetic work danced en pointe for six dancers to the haunting music of Leoš Janácek.

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

Five questions for Jilian Vanstone, currently in Saratoga with the National Ballet of Canada.

 

Q What has been your motivation/inspiration to dance?

A Ballet has always been something I feel compelled to do. I often can’t explain what it is that makes me so passionate about it. The music, the emotion, the physicality, the stage lights, the costumes and the audience — it is all of that and more. I just have to do it.

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 11:34 AM

Singapore Dance Theatre presents Ballet Under the Stars.
 

 

The 18th edition of the outdoor performance, which will be held at Fort Canning Green, will feature a contemporary dance showcase from Friday to Sunday and iconic classical ballet Giselle next weekend.

 

Janek Schergen, artistic director of the company, says: "What the company has done before is to try to mix things - something classical and something contemporary, something old and something new - so there will be something for everyone."

 



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

A look at the first episode of "Breaking Pointe" by Blair Howell in The Deseret News.

 

Oh, so it’s Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella,” first performed in London in 1948, and Joffrey Ballet is the only other U.S. company to perform the work. Dramaturgs and passionate ballet observers would know, but not the average viewer. Any hope of educating TV audiences on the history of ballet is dashed.

 




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