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Wednesday, October 23


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:00 PM

A review of Houston Ballet by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

 

There is Mark Morris, and then there are all the other choreographers who are deprived of possessing even a sliver of his art. At least that’s what it felt like on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater, where Houston Ballet unveiled its opening-night program of four repertory ballets beginning with Mr. Morris’s enchanting and sophisticated “Pacific.”       

 

 

Review by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

 

There were cliches aplenty in Ben Stevenson's pas de deux "Twilight", set to piano music by Rachmaninoff. It was danced with smooth abandon by its original cast, Sara Webb and Ian Casady, but they could not disguise its ice-dancing approach to partnering, where grotesquely difficult lifts turned into attempts to sweep the floor with the girl's hair, and passion was signified by heads flung back and mouths opened. The partnering was seamless and as graceful as possible, and the dancers gave it a reticent dignity despite the overwrought choreography; these two deserved so much better.

 

 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:03 PM

The dress code at American Ballet Theatre and other tidbits about the company.

 

The Dress Code: “It depends on what role you play,” said Rachel Moore, the chief executive, who danced with the company in the 1980s. While dancers can take a more casual approach, development staff need to have a professional, polished look. “I think that as an arts institution, we can get away with a little bit more pizzazz than a banker can.”

 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:05 PM

A preview of Zhukov Dance Theatre by Andrea Pflaumer for The San Francisco Examiner.

Now in its sixth season, ZDT’s program of two world premieres next week is in line with Zhukov’s philosophy: “In Russia, you would never get a chance to experience new, contemporary choreographers. Here and in Europe you are exposed to great new dance from around the world. You understand the possibilities — what people are achieving. It’s a guideline for creation,” he says.

 

The show, featuring works by Zhukov and Israeli choreographer Idan Sharabi, is onstage at the new SFJAZZ Center, which Zhukov calls “a beautiful space with great acoustics.”

 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:07 PM

Madison Ballet revives its "Dracula."

 

"'Dracula' is the culmination of a lot of interesting things we've done," Smith told 77 Square in March, adding that he hoped the ballet's "sexuality" and style would help break the 30-year-old company out of its candy-coated "Nutcracker" image.

 

 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:17 PM

Two previews of Columbia City Ballet's "Dracula."

 

The Free-Times

This year, there is also a treat for the ladies. They can feast their eyes on Grant Show, best known for his role as Jake Hanson on Melrose Place from 1992 to 1997. He plays Dracula and is making his ballet debut in South Carolina.

 

 

The State

 

While casting an actor who has never done ballet before in the production’s title role may seem like a strange position, Starrett’s "Dracula" has always been something of an actor’s role. “When I originally created ‘Dracula’ 20 years ago, Dracula was created for an actor,” Starrett said. “Dracula is very austere, very all-knowing, so it doesn’t suit the character to be jumping and hopping around and spinning. It makes it more suspenseful if he is more menacing and powerful.”

 



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory's building is renovated.

 

Supporting the development of Downtown Main Street as a cultural corridor has been a focus of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, even from the very beginning, as evidenced by the building’s architecture, the sculptures that adorn the parking area, and of course, the trademark Ann Scoville artwork that enhances the exterior.

 

 



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:01 PM

It's never too early: a preview of Connecticut Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

Returning for another year are Julie Kent, Veronika Part and Alexandre Hammoudi -- the latter two made their Connecticut Ballet debut last year. Jared Matthews will round out the quartet, which will alternate their performances. Matthews performed last year in the New England Ballet Company's "Nutcracker" at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport.

 



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:04 PM

Carolina Siscanu of the Moscow Ballet visits a children's hospital as the company holds auditions for its Nutcracker in Detroit.

 

Siscanu, dressed in full costume, spent time with some of the children, talking about dance and music during her visit.

 



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:15 PM

A review of the English National Ballet in 'Le Corsaire' by Judith Cruickshank for danceviewtimes.

 

Let there be no doubt about it; this is a hugely enjoyable evening. Tamara Rojo was taking a chance when she asked Anna-Marie Holmes to stage her production of“Le Corsaire” for English National Ballet but the result as seen on stage can certainly be counted a success. It is greatly helped by Bob Ringwood’s designs which feature beautiful Orientalist backcloths, brilliantly coloured costumes, lots of glitter and any number of well-toned midriffs on view.

 




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