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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:38 AM

Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Lula Washington Dance Theatre perform together this weekend.

 

Now in his mid-40s and once hailed by the New York Times as, "one of the great dancers of his time," Richardson stopped touring with Complexions at the end of 2011. Pursuing a freelance solo career but still active in co-directing the troupe, Richardson agreed to perform at the Ford.

 

"I try to show up when requested," says the charismatic dancer, who will be seen in an excerpt from 1991's "Moonlight," a five-minute solo about a man contemplating life.

 

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:03 AM

Six archival performances of the Bolshoi Ballet are to be broadcast by Sky Arts.

 

The six ballets, found in the Russian state archive, have been specially re-mastered for Sky Arts. They have never been broadcast outside of the country before.

 

Swan Lake, which was filmed in 1976, will be the first to be shown on Sky Arts on August 11.

 

 

Related.

 

Swan Lake was filmed during the 1976 production which marked the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet by the artists of the state academic Bolshoi Theatre. Directed by current Bolshoi Ballet Master Yuri Grigorovich, the ballet features legendary dancers including Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Bogatyrev, with the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Algis Zhuraitis. Deborah Bull will also introduce the performance, with an interview with impresario Lilian Hochhauser, who first brought the Bolshoi to London in 1963.

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:05 AM

Marilyn Rowe is retiring as director of the Australian Ballet School.

 

Aged just 17, she was one of the Australian Ballet School's first students before  She became a principal artist with the Australian Ballet, at the express wish of the founding artistic director of the Australian Ballet, Dame Peggy van Praagh, after a relatively short time as a student.

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:09 AM

Reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet in London.

 

The Guardian

 

David Hallberg casts a similar spell over Sleeping Beauty. Unfazed by the bizarrely brash and hurried sounds coming from the orchestra pit, he steps on to the stage with a story already playing around his body. His long, elegant line reaches for the emotional spaces within the action: the Prince's innate courtliness and romantic melancholy. Little details, such as the sweetness with which he lays his cheek on Aurora's outstretched hand, elicit an extra sensitivity and tenderness from a superbly assured Svetlana Zakharova.

 

The Financial Times

 

The Sleeping Beauty, which the Bolshoi Ballet plays until Friday, is given in the staging made by Yury Grigorovich to mark the opening of the re-built Bolshoi Theatre in 2011. I reported on it with pleasure at the time: despite a couple of brisk cuts in the prologue, it is an honourable version, in an opulently baroque permanent setting by Ezio Frigerio and no-less opulent costuming by Franca Squarciapino, all of which look spiffing on the Covent Garden stage.

 



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:14 AM

A review of two re-released BBC productions of "The Lady and the Fool" and "Pineapple Poll" by Jennifer Fried for Broadway World.

 

Particularly pleasing was Pineapple Poll, danced by Merle Park, especially as she boarded the sailor's ship and danced as if she were one of the men. Dancing en pointe, the Captain Belaye, David Blair, is totally unaware that he has a female on board. After leaving the ship to return to his future bride, Captain Belaye discovers that not only Pineapple Poll, but other crew members, are female! Because of the farce, the once lame and undesirable Jasper (Stanley Holden) receives a promotion to Captain and, in return, the love and affection of all the ladies who once rejected him. As always, a nice touch to end a ballet.

 



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:59 AM

Alabama Ballet offers a free master class this month.

 

The free class is available to all students who wish to audition for the program on that day. There is no audition fee and dancers do not have to be Alabama Ballet School students.

 



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 11:30 AM

Annabelle Henry starts a new troupe, Dance Theatre of San Francisco.

 

"There's a lot of talent out there, but it's very hard for choreographers to present their work, especially when you're getting started," says Henry, who has danced with the San Francisco Opera, Peninsula Ballet and the Bay Area ballet of Cuban choreographer Luis Napoles, which she also managed. "I want to provide a place for them to work."

 



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:20 AM

A WBUR interview with Tina Sutton, the author of a new book, "The Making of Markova." Audio.

 

The tides turned in 1941, when a 31 year-old pioneer stepped on the scene with a vision to develop a non-profit, international dance festival and training ground at Jacob’s Pillow. That individual wasn’t a businessman or an industry contractor — it was the legendary British prima ballerina Alicia Markova.

 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:46 AM

An interview with Wendy Whelan by Tresca Weinstein in The Albany Times-Union.

To each endeavor, Whelan brings a laser focus of both body and mind, a dedication she learned the summer she was 13 and was treated for scoliosis. She came to ballet class every day wearing a 15-pound plaster cast that covered her from shoulders to hips.

 

"I did little plies and little tendus with this 15-pound weight on me," she recalled. "When I got the body cast off, I could literally fly. It felt like a miracle. I had been percolating all this information, and I had so much power and strength and understanding."

 



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:46 AM

A preview of  the sixth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF6.

 

Landini's eye for new talent is legendary in the Bay Area, his tastes broadly ecumenical. As impresario at the famous black box Garage in downtown San Francisco, he offers up-and-comers a twelve-week residency, then selects a handful to showcase in the larger, more technologically sophisticated venue at ODC. Unlikely that all of them will move on to bigger stages and greater recognition, but the connoisseurs will assuredly be out in full force at ODC, eager to spot the Next Big Thing in dance.

 




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