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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:34 AM

A preview  of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's "Swan Lake."

 

Swan Lake, one of the most famous classical ballets, is opening in Dunedin on Tuesday, part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's 60th anniversary celebrations. When this opulent production by Russell Kerr and designed by Kristian Fredrikson was first staged in 1996, it had audience members on their feet applauding.

 

 

 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:35 AM

A profile of Lucy Green, who's taking on the role of Odette-Odile for the firsr time, by Deborah Jones in The Australian.
 

They would see a 22-year-old Australian who had made her debut in the double role of Odette-Odile only two days before. Many pairs of expert eyes would be assessing her every move.

 

Green has been prominent in the first two series and knows only too well that drama and conflict are considered more entertaining, and that filming is stressful. It's also relevant that, last week, Green was alternating with the RNZB's stellar principal guest artist Gillian Murphy, she of American Ballet Theatre fame and one of Swan Lake's great exponents.

 

 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:37 AM

Unwanted pointe shoes from the Cary Ballet Company are used in an art installation.

 

The project, a permanent piece of art, is made up of 164 donated pointe shoes, designed, decorated,  painted, and strung together with fine wire.  All of the shoes are a uniquely designed, handmade by each artist, in a wide variety of styles.  After the project is put out for public viewing, it will be hung as a permanent work of art at Cary Ballet Conservatory. The total size for the piece will be 18′w x 13.5′ long. A poster announcing the project is being circulated so that the public can come out to the first viewing, posters will be available for sale on the Facebook page for the project,

 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:38 AM

A review of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet by Jay Rogoff in The Saratogian.
 

 

But Elo injects jazz gestures where they don’t make musical sense, particularly in his middle section, the central movement from the Beethoven Violin Concerto. There jazziness looks like a weak Twyla Tharp joke.

Elo choreographs some lovely high lifts with the women sailing, top leg extended, bottom leg bent and braced against it, but also many awkward carries with the women upside down, their legs spread unflatteringly. To some of civilization’s grandest music, some of the men move in a rubbery apelike fashion. Like most of Elo’s pranks, it’s neither funny nor shocking, simply dismaying.

 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

Bono  expresses love for Mick Jagger's wrinkles, compares his face to Baryshnikov's.

 

In a bizarre comparison to famous Russian ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bono said: “Mick looks a bit like Baryshnikov, like a ballet dancer from a different age. At the same time he still has a very beautiful face.

 

“The wrinkles that run through it now have made it even more beautiful. Why? Because he wears those wrinkles well. I love his wrinkles.”

 

 


 


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:19 PM

The Vail International Dance Festival  celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary.

 

Among the unique components that Woetzel brought to the festival are the educational and interactive elements that engage the local community, including the UpClose series, Celebrate the Beat, Dancing in the Streets and Village Vignettes, providing audiences with an informative and entertaining peek behind the curtain at the world of dance.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:32 PM

The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater wraps up its season with Sergei Polunin in "Mayerling." Preview by Raymond Stults in The Moscow Times.

 

 

Most observers with whom I spoke expected Polunin's stay at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko to be very brief. A dancer with such extraordinary talent seemed almost certain to be snapped up by some more prestigious company. But presumably thanks to Zalensky's influence, Polunin has remained with the Moscow troupe throughout the entire current season.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:35 PM

Carlos Acosta is interviewed by Lyndsey Winship in The Evening Standard.

 

Acosta is impressed with Rojo’s directorship at ENB. “She really knows what she’s doing,” he says, and he has been wooed to dance with the company, too, appearing with Rojo in Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet next year. He sees it as a swansong for their swoon-inducing partnership, one of the most passionate on the Covent Garden stage, which he’s looking forward to rekindling. “The way she looks at you, she’s really dancing with you,” he says. “Forget about everything else, it’s about us. I love that.”

 



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:17 AM

Q&A with Damian Woetzel.

5280: How do you choose which companies and dancers are involved each year?

DW: It’s important that there are no limitations as to what is good and exciting in dance. There are several criteria that I operate under. One is representing what I see as the best dancing in the world today. I look for certain dancers, certain new works, pieces that are indispensable. The [second] thing I always look for is to create opportunities to see things in Vail that you don’t get to see anywhere else: have a dancer from one company working with one from another company who ordinarily would never get to work together. The third is the idea of feeding the arts, having world premieres, something that’s never been seen.

 



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:19 AM

A list of five must-see events at the Vail International Dance Festival.

 

2. International Evenings of Dance. This around-th- world introduction to dance features Argentinean Herman Cornejo, principal in the American Ballet Theatre (pictured), who will perform in pieces he's never previously danced. Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m., Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail, $20–$95

 

 



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:03 AM

Pavel Dmitrichenko receives the final version of his indictment.

 

Dmitrichenko has reportedly reconfigured his team of lawyers in light of the finalised indictment.

 

Lawyer Violetta Volkova, who also defended members of Pussy Riot, denied reports that Dmitrichenko had fired her, telling state news agency Itar-Tass the case had taken a new turn requiring the services of a sixth lawyer. She declined to elaborate.

 

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