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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:16 PM

A review of the Ballet in Cinema broadcast of the Bolshoi in "Spartacus" by Barnett Serchuk in Broadway World.

 

The HD broadcast was excellent. The picture was clear and the cameras were able to capture all the excitement of the stage production. The cast was outstanding. , Mikhail Lobukhin was a virile, stupendous presence as Spatacus, Anna Nikulina as Phrygia, the wife of Spartacus was very appealing; Vladislav Lantratov was a sneering, unsettled presence an Crassus and, best of all, Svetlana Zakharova as the trampy Aegina. She was, to use the old adage, a hoot.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

Nikolai Tsiskaridze is appointed to direct the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

 

Recently, the Vaganova has received some criticism from prominent figures such as Gergiev, who has made several statements regarding the need to modernize and improve the quality of education at the academy. In August, Gergiev proposed to found a new national academic center for theater and choreography yet was met with stiff resistance from representatives of Russia's many entrenched cultural institutions.

 

 
 

Tsiskaridze's appointment also comes after weeks of uncertainty over the future of the Vaganova academy and came as a shock to its staff.

 

Vaganova spokeswoman Yulia Telepina told AFP the academy was reacting to the news "very emotionally". "They should have let the school know in advance. People have worked here for many years and they deserve that."

 

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:21 PM

A preview of the Bolshoi Ballet's new season of cinema broadcasts.

 

More glittering technique is on display in that pinnacle of classicism, Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty. The title role is taken by Svetlana Zakharova, one of her generation's most celebrated ballerinas, although (like Sylvie Guillem, who she resembles in some ways) she tends to divide critical and audience opinion. Her partner is David Hallberg, a superb danseur noble who made history by becoming the Bolshoi's first American principal. With its wealth of supporting roles, this ballet is an ideal chance to discover the company's up-and-coming dancers, especially the women. Rising stars to look out for include Anna Tikhomirova, Anastasia Stashkevich and Daria Khokhlova.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:23 PM

The Sarasota Ballet offers public lectures on the Ballets Russes free of charge.

 

This month, local resident and esteemed art historian and scholar Jean Renoux will give two presentations on the Ballet Russes, the celebrated turn-of-the century troupe directed by impresario Serge Diaghilev that brought together some of the world's most notable dancers, choreographers, composers and artists.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:25 PM

A photo gallery of Brooklyn Mack as Albrecht.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:26 PM

Madison Ballet may take its "Dracula" on tour next year.
 

"I think the appeal for this show is not only the subject matter, but also the fact that it's not your typical ballet," Smith said.

 

"Trying to sell 'Cinderella' or 'Coppelia' or any of those on the road, it's hard," he said. "Selling 'Dracula's' rock and roll is easier than selling 'Cinderella' by Prokofiev," which the ballet last staged in 2010.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:28 PM

Atlantic City Ballet presents a new work inspired by the community recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

 

With a $27,000 grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund, the Atlantic City Ballet created events over the summer for people to share their memories of the storm and its aftermath. Founding director Phyllis Papas and choreographer Kristaps Kikulis helped participants express their recollections through movement.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

A review of the James Sewell Ballet by Caroline Palmer for The StarTribune.

 

The first half of the James Sewell Ballet program at Minneapolis’ Cowles Center is a fast-paced look back over two decades of dancemaking. The second half is forward-facing, focused on a future filled with possibilities. Put the two together and choreographer Sewell, with his daring troupe, deliver a well-rounded evening of contemporary ballet, judging from Friday’s opening night.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:35 PM

A review of "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" by Joan Acocella in the Nov. 4 issue of  The New Yorker. (Complete article is subscriber-only.)

 

....The fairies who come to bless the princess at her christening have traded in their pastel tutus for stringy skirts that are sort of purple and black and yellow, the colors of a bruise. (It takes nothing away from Bourne to say that his shows would be, perhaps, half of what they are without his longtime set and costume designer, Lez Brotherston. A crucial gift for a stage artist is to choose the right collaborators.)....

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:46 PM

A review of the Sarasota Ballet by Anna Dearing for YourObserver.com.

 

Three of the pieces on the program were created by veteran “Theatre of Dreams” choreographers — Kate Honea, Logan Learned and Jamie Carter — and three pieces were by virgin choreographers — Alex Harrison, David Tlaiye and Kelly Yankle. The program offered a variety of styles and themes offering delight to many styles and tastes. Of course the veteran choreographers’ pieces were more notably full of depth, levels of complication and length due to more experience, every piece was an achievement in itself.

 



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:48 PM

The Bolshoi Ballet's plans for a visit to New York are apparently up in the air.

 

The company’s plans for New York City were less clear. The Bolshoi announced this year that it plans to visit New York from July 12 through 28, to dance “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote” and “Spartacus,” and to give a concert performance of “The Tsar’s Bride,” the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov. There was speculation that the troupe would perform at Lincoln Center, but officials there said it would be premature to comment on the Bolshoi’s plans for New York and were less than forthcoming about what the holdup might be. Officials at the Bolshoi did not immediately respond to calls or an email seeking more information about the tour schedule.

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:17 AM

A review of Ice Theatre of New York by Brian Seibert in The New York Times.

 

Choreographically, Mr. Villella’s “Reveries” was a cut above everything else on the program, which also included premieres by Charles Klapow and Ice Theater’s artistic director, Douglas Webster. “Reveries,” made with translation help from Mr. Webster, is set to the Élégie from Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3: a suite famously choreographed by Mr. Villella’s old boss, George Balanchine. Beyond a few direct quotations, “Reveries” is saturated in Balanchine. Its subject is the elusive muse.

 

 




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