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#1 dirac

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:47 PM

Reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet in "The Sleeping Beauty."

 

The Arts Desk

 

What do we see? Gold, gleaming gold, eye-blistering baroque gold, twirling round ivory barley-sugar twist columns that each, I’m told, required its own shipping container from Russia, all designed by the master of lavish majesty, Ezio Frigerio, who brought more restrained fabulousness to Rudolf Nureyev’s productions for Paris Opera Ballet and English National Ballet, and who designed Nureyev’s grave in Paris. Evidently tens of millions of rubles have been spent on this production, and it doesn't intend to hide it.

 

 

The Evening Standard

 

As Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet continues its London season, the company is glorying in the golden age of Russian ballet with this Petipa classic, tweaked over the years but never straying too far in spirit from its 19th-century roots. It's one of the enduring greats, but does it really deserve its revered status?

 

The Telegraph

 

 

It’s dazzling, but flat: it doesn’t frame the great battle between good and evil taking place within its confines, but instead reduces it to story book prettiness where nothing really important is at stake.

 

This undermines the great emotional impact of Tchaikovsky’s music, which the Bolshoi Orchestra take at a speed that indicates they are desperate to catch the last bus.

 

 

The Sleeping Beauty

 

Grigorovich’s staging flattens the traditional text, fiddling with the gorgeous geometry of Petipa’s fairy dances. Ditching the detail, Grigorovich also makes some staggeringly unmusical cuts to Tchaikovsky’s score. Conductor Pavel Sorokin takes the score very fast: the dances need more room to breathe.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:52 PM

An appreciation of Fernando Alonso  by Yolanda Ferrera Sosa for Radio Cadena Agramonte.

 

Admired, respected and loved by all, Fernando’s work in the Ballet of Camagüey was decisive for the comprehensive evolution of the company, for its being acknowledged overseas, and for being among Cuba’s most representative cultural ambassadors. Of course, that wasn’t an easy task: he found many pitfalls on his path, but managed to break through the walls.

Due to all the above and more, we can not say goodbye to this legend of ballet, a man the city of Camagüey adopted as a child of its own. His name is also engraved in the hearts of those boys and girls he taught and in the people who enjoyed his art. Simply because there are human beings for whom farewell appears to be impossible. 

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:54 PM

A recap of the second episode of "Breaking Pointe."

 

Beckanne realizes how much seniority in the company affects roles when she is given the part of summer fairy, which she has trouble staying motivated with because she doesn’t find it very challenging. Allison is extremely happy about her role as winter fairy and Zach is thrilled when he receives the part of Napoleon and is not even technically a member of the company. Josh, who thought he would receive Napoleon over Zach, and Ian, a Ballet West 2 dancer, receive the roles of court couples and are disappointed with their roles.

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:55 PM

A preview  of the Acre Festival of Alternative Israeli Theater by Helen Kaye for The Jerusalem Post.

 

The festival’s most important visitor is The Austin Ballet, and Acre is proud to host the international premiere of the five-act Light by Austin Ballet artistic director Stephen Mills. The ballet, inspired by the events of 9/11, had its premiere in 2005. It promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate. It will play at the Wolfson Auditorium on September 23.

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

A review of "Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer"  by Trudy Garfunkel for Broadway World.

 

The "muse" in the book's title is Lidia (Lidochka) Ivanova (1903-1924), classmate and close friend of Balanchine, a bold and talented dancer who was close to the ruling Bolshevik elite. She should have gone with Balanchine when he escaped to the West in 1924, but didn't because she drowned on the eve of their departure, possibly a murder victim; her body was never found. Her name has appeared in biographies of Balanchine, but without much details or photos. Kendall gives us the first book-length study of the relationship between Balanchine and Ivanov, providing a biography of her short, but extraordinary life and her tragic death at the age of twenty.

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:02 PM

A preview of the South African Mzansi Ballet's new program by Adrienne Sichel in Tonight.

 

To a maze of complex counts they confront gravity as they mobilise their seated spines and conjure with line, not in the classical sense, but as ordinary men and women.

 

“It’s great for them to be natural for the body to flow naturally,” explains the guest dance maker during a quick break. “I want ballet dancers to feel more normal, like being on the street. I have kept it technical,” Nusser smiles conspiratorially, adding, “but in my own organic style.”

 



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:05 PM

A report from the Vail International Dance Festival by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

Although these pieces have also been danced at Vail before, the surroundings make them unfailingly poetic. Meanwhile, it is characteristic of this festival that much of its two gala-style International Evenings consists of world premieres. In one such piece on Saturday, Analía Centurión and Gabriel Missé, the celebrated tango stylists, joined forces with the American Ballet Theater star Herman Cornejo, a fellow Argentine, in “Tango Trio.” The work was choreographed by the three performers and Damian Woetzel, the festival’s director. As a dance, the experiment achieved nothing — Mr. Cornejo did various double air turns, Mr. Missé trilled his feet while Ms. Centurión kept displaying her underwear — but it was the kind of experimental fun that can make the festivities delicious.

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:40 AM

New York City Ballet Moves returns to Jackson Hole.

 

There’s a risk in bringing back a company the community has seen, Case said. The first year, the company tickets sold out within days of going on sale. This year, there were still several hundred tickets left a week before the performances.

 

“A lot of people think if they’ve seen New York City Ballet once, they’ve seen it, and that’s not the case,” she said.

 

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:10 AM

A piece on the reaction to recent comments by Allison DeBona on Facebook by Rainesford Alexandra for The Huffington Post.

 

On July 29th, DeBona posted a multi-paragraph Facebook status to her public fan page, explaining it was her turn to sound off on Breaking Pointe. For once, viewers received precisely what they asked for: The bitter truth of the ballet world, expressed in honest exasperation from one of its own. Instead of discussing upcoming rehearsals, bad blisters, and casting, DeBona plunged fearlessly into topics that lack conversation in the dance world, including work cuts, health and dental benefit cuts, and the difficulty of being a working-class citizen in an artistic career. DeBona went on to point out that many viewers didn't realize Ballet West existed prior to the show, and made a statement that should be a headline on every dance publication in the country: "I hope I don't offend anyone, but we are human and not glass dolls."

 



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

The Allegro Regional Dance Theater  is in financial trouble.

 

The dance troupe, led by founder and artistic director Janne Dean, still is offering lessons using the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. But fallout from the loss of a lease and other financial setbacks means its annual spring production — the plan was to perform “Cinderella” in late February and early March — has been canceled.

 



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:56 PM

Anaheim Ballet hosts the Anaheim International Dance Festival.

 

...The irrepressible Jacques d’Amboise, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will be interviewed after a 7 p.m. screening of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (in Chapman University’s Folino Theater)....

 

 




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