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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:16 AM

Reviews of the Bolshoi Ballet.

 

The Guardian

 

Back in 1932, Vainonen's radical innovation was to make the crowd, the corps de ballet, the principal character on stage and to animate it with vigorously vernacular dance. Ratmansky has retained that vitality with teeming ensemble dances and friezes of heroic, fist-waving workers. But he's also layered in extra material that moves the ballet beyond its original two-dimensional morality.

 

 

The Financial Times

 

On the following evening, The Flames of Paris. This was a famous Soviet-era rabble-rouser about the French Revolution, made in 1932 with a jolly score, and re-made by Alexey Ratmansky five years ago. I reported on it at that time, and record that it is still a skilled adaptation of a Soviet blockbuster intended to inspire the proletariat with the right sense of purpose, and doing so through roaring effects of vivid social protest. Ratmansky understands this tradition: his mass dances, scenes of revolutionary fervour, flag-waving ardour and cascade of dazzling steps, are intoxicating, and given with superlative skill by the Bolshoi dancers.

 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:19 AM

Oleg Vinogradov settles in Daytona Beach.

 

The Daytona Beach Summer Dance Intensive, a week-long ballet and modern dance camp in partnership with Daytona State College and New York City's Classical Dance Alliance, was Vinogradov's way to “do something good” for the new home he adopted a year ago.

 

“It's a Russian tradition,” Vinogradov said through his interpreter, fellow Russian native and longtime area resident Maya Flikop. “If you come to a new place, you must do something good for this place if you love it.”

 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:21 AM

Henry Holth has died at age 86.

Originally from New Jersey, Holth began his career as a ballet dancer, performing in companies in Chicago, Germany and France, according to B.J. Myers, president of the board of Ballet Pro Musica.

 

When he retired from dancing, he launched a career in the management of ballet companies, and had leadership roles in ballet troupes in cities including Boston, San Jose, Calif., Cleveland, Dallas and Houston, Myers said.

 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:28 AM

An obituary for the dancer Anna Volkova, dead at age 96.

 

In 2006, Volkova was among three Ballets Russes veterans invited to coach dancers at the Australian Ballet in Fokine's Les Sylphides, for which she had been renowned for her interpretation of the first waltz. "Volkova was in her early 90s when she took part in the Australian Ballet's Ballets Russes symposium in Adelaide in 2009 but her back was still ramrod straight, her energy formidable and her memory undimmed," said The Australian's national dance writer, Deborah Jones.

 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:49 PM

A new position for John Selya.

 

Some new hires have been made for the upcoming year at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts, including the Tony-nominated dancer John Selya (Movin' Out), who was also a dancer with American Ballet Theatre; former Dallas Symphony concertmaster Emanuel Borok; and Latin American art history Luis Paláez.

 




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