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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:13 AM

An interview with Garrett Smith.

Smith, a former member of the Houston Ballet and now a member of the Norwegian National Ballet, has come back to the city where he launched his professional career as a dancer. This time he's here as a choreographer. His new work, part of the Four Premieres concert by Houston Ballet, is an appropriately named work, Return. "Did everybody get that?" Smith laughs.

 

Set to music by John Adams, Return features six male and six female dancers as a group of teens who find a secret place. "It's abstract with a narrative stream through it," Smith tells us. "While they're there they have a fun time with one another. Other than that, I've keep it abstract ... so that people can bring their own interpretation to it."

 

 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:15 AM

Preview of the new episode of Breaking Pointe, with video.

 

First off, soloist Christiana Bennett is coming off a devastating injury to her ankle and it's causing problems for her on the already technically difficult production of "Cinderella."

 

 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

Reviews of the Australian Ballet.

 

The Australian

 

Paquita's opening-night cast, led by Olivia Bell and Adam Bull, delivered this dose of technically-oriented fizz with precision and elan, despite an unsteady opening by the tutu-clad corps. Performing in her final season with the company, Bell demonstrated the poise and technical command that have characterised her career, while Bull used his height to great advantage in snappy turning sequences.

 

Crikey

 

Daniel Gaudiello, as James, dominated the stage with his boisterous and effortlessly amusing portrayal of a young Scottish farmer who falls head over heels for the Sylph. His extraordinary grace and giant leaps, made it appear, at times, as if he were being wafted aloft by invisible wire. Gaudiello is also a consummate actor, with the looks of a very young and lean Richard Burton. Why this incredible Australian talent isn’t very well known outside of the ballet world is beyond me.

 

ArtsHub

 

With less of a challenge than in her recent role as Odette in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Stojmenov nevertheless showed her grace and consistency en pointe, while Jackson’s athletic prowess was most evident. Mention should be made of Madden’s ability to create necessary comic relief, without going beyond the bounds of his character. And Peasley’s every move was greeted with applause, confirming his position as a long-serving and treasured member of the company.

 



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:43 AM

A story on the challenges Ballet West faced in dancing Ashton's "Cinderella" by Diana Diaz for The Examiner.

 

Malin Thoors, former dancer with the Swedish Royal Ballet, and the staging director put it a bit differently, "American dancers need to get the port de bras — a special way of using the arms — it's a different shape," Thoors said. "They're used to Balanchine, so they are a little freer in their arms, and that is something we are going to work on." And work on it, Ballet West did.

 



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

From Van Cleef & Arpels, ballerina-inspired jewelry  created with some outside input.

 

 ....They were inspired by a collaboration with the L.A. Dance Project, founded by Benjamin Millepied, the new dance director at the Paris Opéra, and by his wife, the actress Natalie Portman, whose performance in the 2010 movie “Black Swan” gave the once sugar-sweet image of the ballerina a sharper edge.

 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:08 PM

More changes at the Bolshoi Theater.

 

The Bolshoi last week declared that long-time director of creative planning Mikhail Fikhtengolts would not be returning to the theater for the upcoming season as his contract would expire on August 31st and had not been renewed. While sudden, the announcement was not surprising: Fikhtengolts was a close associate of former general director Anatoly Iksanov, who left the theater in early July.

 

 


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:09 AM

The Smuin Ballet performs in Montana. Video clip included.

 

The Executive and Artistic Director of the Smuin Ballet, Celia Fushille, said that when Michael founded the company in 1993, he shook up the ballet scene with an innovative style that combined the grace and technique of classical ballet with the energy and pizzazz of Broadway.

 




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