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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, October 27

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A review of Cincinnati Ballet's Swan Lake:

http://www.newsrecord.org/arts_and_entertainment/cincinnati-ballet-perfects-swan-lake/article_6f97df9c-3f6c-11e3-b8b4-0019bb30f31a.html

The Cincinnati Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary by performing one of the most well known ballets of all time Friday. The company’s recital of “Swan Lake” received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Aronoff Center.

In the hands of a less capable company, a recognizable ballet could have easily resulted in a disaster.

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A review of "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" by Sondra Forsyth for Broadway World.

Act One when Aurora is a baby is set in 1890, the year of the premiere of Petipa's "Sleeping Beauty" and a time when fairies and magical spells fuelled the collective consciousness. Aurora's 21st birthday takes place, as Bourne put it in his Playbill note, in "the famously golden Edwardian summer of 1911" during which Bourne introduces us to Carabosse's son who is out to get revenge for the fate of his late mother. The awakening scene and Aurora's wedding move us to the present day in 2011. This clever timeline is held together with the running theme of a red versus a black rose. Bourne propels the scenario out of the realm of mere make-believe and into an imaginative version of the here and now, complete with people using cell phones to take selfies. As a result, we truly care about the hero and heroine.

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A review of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in an all-Tharp program by Mark Kanny in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The night's performance Oct. 26 at the Benedum Center went from strength to strength, beginning with the sensitivity of Hannah Carter and Robert Moore in “Softly As I Leave You.”

Elysa Hotchkiss and Alejandro Diaz created a cool surface and inner heat in “Strangers in the Night,” in which Tharp, with just the right touch of tango spice, moves beyond the smoothness of the song to an edgier experience.


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