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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

Reviews of the English National Ballet.

 

The Telegraph

 

There is a loud buzz around ENB these days, an unmistakable sense of upsurge, and the presence at this first night of Monica Mason - former director of the Royal Ballet - seemed to signify as much. Tamara Rojo, ENB’s artistic director, was until recently one of Mason’s stars. Now she bestows her lustrous talent upon her own company, to which she has just lured Covent Garden’s erstwhile darling, Alina Cojocaru. Not only that, in Vadim Muntagirov she has a male dancer whom any company on earth would want. Nureyev himself - in whose honour this tremendous triple bill was conceived - would have acknowledged Muntagirov’s arabesque to be a thing of classical perfection.

 

 

The Guardian

 

Closing the programmes is Nureyev's production of Raymonda, act three. Muntagirov again dances beautifully, but here he has the rosy, nuanced and glittering Daria Klimentova to react against. Together, they not only honour the choreography's rich detail, but in their intimations of grandeur and sensuous delirium they evoke the love story that motored the original Petipa ballet.

 

 

The Arts Desk

 

Between these two demanding old treasures a contemporary work created for Nureyev by Maurice Béjart, the Frenchman whose better work so rarely reaches our shores. By repute the master of grandiosity, In Song of a Wayfarer he made a male duet so pared of excess that you see how prim and modest a step-maker he really is. Set to Mahler’s song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, it’s a male duet that purports to show a man’s existential journey, accompanied by another man who one supposes to be his guru, teacher, mentor, angel.

 

 

The Independent

 

A short, intelligent documentary opens the evening, introducing Nureyev and his connection to the various ballets. It’s followed by Petrushka, one of his favourite roles, in a weak revival. Created for the Ballets Russes in 1911, this puppet tragedy is a difficult masterpiece.......

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:09 PM

A look back at notable performers at the Vail International Dance Festival  on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

 

1989: Madame Golovkina starts it all

 

In 1989, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow was touring the U.S. for the first time in 20 years. Artistic director Madame Sophia N. Golovkina agreed to let the company perform in Vail that summer. Despite a torrential downpour on its first night, the Academy sold out all three of its performances, setting the stage for what would eventually be known as the Vail International Dance Festival.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

A public Dance-a-Thon  will be held on Saturday in Vail.

 

Among the artists taking to the streets to dance with participants will be New York City Ballet stars and 2013 VIDF artists in residence Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, as well as Memphis Jookin’ sensation ‘Lil Buck’, fresh off his year-long tour with Madonna and currently featured in Cirque du Soleil’s new “Michael Jackson One” show in Las Vegas.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

Dancer and impresario Paul Szilard has died at age 100.

 

He was responsible for countless celebrated cultural events and galas throughout Asia, Australia and Europe as well as in the United States. He produced and presented the Bavarian National Ballet of the Munich State Opera at the New York State Theater. He presented American Ballet Theater at the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris. He also presented Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the same festival in 2001.

His much-awaited autobiography, Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario, was published in 2002.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:14 PM

The latest installment of Sara Mearns' video blog for The Huffington Post, "Barre None."

 

What I do want to touch on is my "ah ha" moment, as Oprah would call it, while I sit on my deck and listen and watch the ocean move endlessly back and forth against the sand. The ocean never stops moving, the water never stops flowing, the current is constantly pushing and pulling. Even at night it seems as though there is a stillness to the vast open pool of water and underneath it all, the ocean world is at play, the waves are building and the light shines through. Dancing is like the ocean. You can be constantly moving, seamlessly to the naked eye, pushing and pulling and always with a natural sparkle.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:15 PM

A preview in brief of 3e Étage at Jacob's Pillow by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

 

....Its members, all Opera Ballet soloists and corps members, are led by the dancer Samuel Murez, a company colleague whose parents are American but who was raised in Paris. For this run, he has put together what he described in an e-mail as “a series of interwoven scenes featuring recurring themes and characters.”...

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:17 PM

The  Carreño Dance Festival stays where it is, for now.

De Warren, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, said he was willing to make the move if it was necessary to allow the festival — which consists largely of a summer intensive for aspiring professionals taught by Carreño, de Warren and an international faculty — to continue.

 

It didn't take long for the pair to conclude that a change right now would be neither required nor beneficial.

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:26 PM

An interview with Julianne Rice-Oxley  of English Youth Ballet.

Now she’s in Cardiff for three performances of the much-loved classic Giselle in which she dances the title role.

 

“Ever since turning 30 I’ve been thinking about what I’ll do when I retire and now I’m 47,” she says. “Leanne Benjamin from the Royal Ballet has just retired at 49. I’m aware it’s around the corner for me. The important thing is not to go on too long as physically it’s very hard and your body stiffens as you get older.”

 



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:33 PM

A reprint of Judith Mackrell’s Guardian article reacting to Tamara Rojo’s comments on ballet and pornography.

 

Less benignly, ballet has also been tainted by a history of sexual exploitation. Traditionally, the profession has been filled with young, working-class men and women, who have known full well that their performances on stage would attract the attention and lust of rich and wealthy patrons. The evolving technique of ballet, with its focus on preternaturally supple bodies, its frank display of buttocks, groin and torso, has historically been shaped by male choreographers to please their own gaze.

 



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

A preview of the New Orleans Ballet Association's new season by Chris Waddington in  the Times-Picayune.

 

The season kicks off on October 4, as the Scottish Ballet stages the North American premiere of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” its acclaimed adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. Set to a jazz-inspired score, the evening-length dance features a cast of 30 dancers.

 

 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:27 AM

A preview of Aterballetto at the St-Sauveur Arts Festival by Victor Swoboda in The Montreal Gazette.

 

In the past decade, Bigonzetti has shot to the top rank of world choreographers, creating works for major companies at an extraordinarily rapid pace and, more importantly, at a high level. When you’re so good and so versatile, everyone wants a piece of you, which makes Bigonzetti among the most in-demand dancemakers around.

 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:28 AM

A preview of the Edinburgh Festival 2013  by Alice Jones in The Independent.

LA Dance Project

The company of Black Swan choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, makes its UK debut with a programme of Forsythe, Cunningham and Millepied's own Moving Parts, a new piece featuring music by Nico Muhly and costumes by Rodarte. Edinburgh Playhouse, 24 to 26 August (eif.co.uk)

 




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