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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Boston Ballet's executive director, Barry Hughson, decamps for the National Ballet of Canada.

 

Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet’s artistic director, said Hughson’s decision “came as a surprise,” though he knew the National Ballet of Canada, based in Toronto, was looking for an executive director to replace Kevin Garland, who announced her retirement last year.

 

 

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Hughson, who has 20 years’ experience as an arts administrator, has been with Boston Ballet since 2009 and his tenure there resulted in raising tens of million in contributions, the elimination of debt and the creation of a cash reserve for the company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary season this year. Prior to being an administrator, he was a dancer with the Washington (DC) Ballet.

 

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:12 PM

A review of "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" by Mark Meszoros for The News-Herald.

 

If ballet isn’t exactly your cup of tea, “Sleeping Beauty” is likely to start wearing thin for you after intermission, as the goings-on take on more of a “Twilight”-like tone and take us to modern day. The setting gives Bourne an excuse to infuse the final act with some elements of contemporary dance, and the result isn’t all that satisfying.

 

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:14 PM

A preview of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty by Victor Swoboda in The Montreal Gazette. Video.

 

In Ek’s modern conception, Princess Aurora is a wilful modern woman whose rejection of society’s norms brings her under a spell cast not by a spiteful witch but by a male drug pusher. Aurora’s deep sleep is a result of a drug injection. Her recovery depends on rather more substantial therapy than a prince’s kiss.

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:18 PM

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has a break-even season.

The region’s largest performance venue should finish the 2013 season with a $42,000 surplus.

 

Rick Geary, SPAC’s chief financial officer, had a goal of $92,000, but said he was pleased that the venue came out of the season in the black.

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:24 PM

A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet by Mark Monahan in The Telegraph.

 

But it is no shame to be found wanting next to genius. Taken on his own terms, Bintley (artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet for 18 years) is a smart, tasteful and musically aware dance-maker with a rich canon behind him. And, as this mixed bill of his work confirms, he has also also long demonstrated a rare willingness to try new things.

 

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:26 PM

Janice Ross, a professor at Stanford, is working on a study of Leonid Yakobson.

The key to understanding Yakobson's personal and professional life was Irina Yakobson, his widow, who gave Ross extant films, photographs, and writings pertaining to her husband's work. Ross recently donated these items to Stanford University Libraries, which now holds the world's largest archival collection of film footage and photographs of Yakobson's ballets.

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:42 PM

A preview of Eugene Ballet in "Peter Pan." Video.

 

The Eugene Ballet Company is preparing for a trip to Neverland - and with the help of internationally recognized Flying By Foy, they plan to fly there.

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:01 PM

A review of LA Dance Project by Tiffany Pritchard for Londonist.

 

These highly touted choreographers raise high hopes for greatness, and for many, judging by the partial standing ovation at the show’s conclusion, it succeeds. Yet for others, something along the way falls short, as if the three collaborators never had the chance to actually collaborate, or the final rehearsals where the nuts and bolts are tightened were skipped – a tad too free-form for its own good. Millepied’s efforts to increase dance in a very celluloid-focused town is encouraging and should be applauded. But judging by this mixed bag, he will have to continue to work hard to make a name for the troupe of seven dancers both in Los Angeles and abroad.

 

 



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:01 PM

A preview of the Ringling International Arts Festival by Jay Handelman and Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
 

It may not have drawn the kind of international tourism that was anticipated when state and local governments helped to fund the first two years, but it has helped lead the museum back to the beginnings of its public operation.

 

The institution's first director, Everett "Chick" Austin, who served for a decade beginning in 1946, was a groundbreaker in promoting contemporary and performance arts in a museum setting. He believed "the museum is the place to integrate the arts and bring them alive."

 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:42 PM

A review of Richmond Ballet  by Julinda Lewis in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Caniparoli’s ballet is lighthearted yet grounded, interweaving slides and jumps in unexpected ways, with uncharacteristically loose spines and asymmetrically swinging arms.

 

The highlight of the evening was the world premiere of Philip Neal’s “Phoenix Rising.” Neal is a Richmond native who trained at the Richmond Ballet and then went on to spend 23 years dancing with the New York City Ballet.

 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:44 PM

Sarasota Ballet launches a new online magazine.

 

The premiere issue features 15 articles spread over more than 40 pages, including a recap of the company's visit to the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum during its trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in the "Ballet Across America" showcase last June; a profile of longtime supporter Sydney Goldstein, and a "Day in the Life of a Dancer" feature, which will be recurring.

 

 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

The resolution of San Francisco Ballet's contract dispute is noted briefly in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

The new contract takes effect immediately and runs through 2016.

 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:56 PM

A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet by Fionnuala Burke in The Birmingham Mail.

 

Choreographer and BRB director David Bintley admits he was inspired to analyse Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity after reading an interview with Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz.

 



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 03:05 PM

A preview of Colorado Ballet in "Giselle" with a Q&A with Gil Boggs. Thanks to YouOverThere for sending in the link!

Q: What's your personal history with it?

A: I danced it for many years at the American Ballet Theatre, and I've watched some of the greatest dancers who ever graced the stage dance in it.

Q: Can you talk about the role of "Giselle," which everyone thinks of as the role for ballerinas everywhere. Why is that?

A: There's the character they portray, with the innocence and being gullible. And there's the mad scene, once she discovers Albrecht is actually engaged to another woman. This mad scene is about seven minutes long, and it's not just dancing. It's acting, and she is carrying the whole ballet.

 



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

Beauty and shopping picks from Jeraldine Mendoza.

 

When I'm not wearing ballet flats...

 

I love Y-3, which is a collaboration between designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas. So their pieces have really unique Japanese cuts while also having the comfort and function of Adidas. That's perfect for a tired ballerina who still wants to look fierce.

 




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