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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:55 AM

Diana Vishneva is critical of the appointment of Nikolai Tsiskaridze to lead the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

"There was no real reason for the change in leadership and there was no discussion with anyone from the Saint Petersburg ballet world," she said.

 

"The rector of the Vaganova Academy needs to be a person who has the necessary education for this. It should not be forgotten that this is a school – for children – and its leader should be morally irreproachable."

 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:03 AM

Manuel Legris' contract with the Vienna State Opera Ballet is extended.

 

However, with eight premieres in his first season as director, followed by exciting new works and guest appearances abroad, Legris has greatly raised the profile of the Vienna State Ballet, considered today to be one of the top companies in the world.

 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:06 AM

A review of Columbia City Ballet's "Dracula" by Katie Canavan for The Charleston City Paper.

 

Grant Show, best known for his role on Fox’s Melrose Place, is cast as Count Dracula in his premiere performance in a ballet production. Show lacks the fluidity and body control of a trained dancer, but he rose to the occasion in his pas de deux with Regina Willoughby, as he repeatedly threatens to turn her character into a vampire.

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:12 AM

Ballet Ireland presents "Carmen" and "The Nutcracker."
 

 

Ballet Ireland will be touring a new production of Carmen before taking on the popular Christmas tale of The Nutcracker.

 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:13 AM

Cork City Ballet presents a gala performance next month.

 

It comes at a cost, though. “People love to have the ballet there, to be able to go to performances and enjoy it all, but they don’t always realise just how expensive it is to put on each performance. I used to get tutus from New York but they cost £1,000 each. Now I go to the Perm or the Kirov, and visiting dancers often offer us costumes as well, which are always gratefully accepted.”

For this very special occasion, he [Alan Foley] is planning a gala performance with a programme to suit all tastes, including excerpts from Swan Lake, Paul Simon’s Bodyguard and Patricia Crosbie’s superb creation, Playboy of the Western World. He has also finalised arrangements to bring over prima ballerina Lucia Lacarra and her partner Marlon Dino to Cork Opera House in November.

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

The Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala is tonight.

 

The event also honors filmmaker and New Arts Axis director Wendy Levy and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck with Princess Grace Statue Awards; 24 awards are also given to emerging artists in theatre, dance and film.

 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:23 AM

A Scottish ballet teacher is cleared of all charges relating to an allegedly anti-Semitic remark made in class.
 

He said: “There is no evidence that the accused’s demeanour at the time, or anything else that he said, showed contempt, or malice, or ill will, towards Jews, so all that is left is a remark that was made in an artistic context.”

 

He said that while the remark, which the former pupils agreed was directed at the whole dance class, may have been an “ill-chosen analogy”, it was not made maliciously, or against an individual.

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:28 AM

John Neumeier's contract is extended.
 

Neumeier, 71, has led Hamburg's state ballet for 40 years and was made its "intendant" or artistic chief in 1996. His current contract had been scheduled to expire in 2015.

 

But the Hamburg authorities -- the state opera and the city-state's senate -- voted to extend his contract until 2019, the ballet company said in a statement.

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:32 AM

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Helene Kaplan for danceviewtimes.

 

In 1990 there would have been an almost insurmountable stylistic gulf between the Blues, danced by Cheryl Yeager and Julio Bocca, and the Greens, danced by Tharp's star Shelley Washington, Kevin O'Day, Keith Roberts, and Jamie Bishton. Twenty-three years later, a combination of expansion in training and deep experience in a changing rep made all three groups part of a continuum. The contrasting Greens were space-eaters in non-stop fluid motion, here in a tour-de-force performance by Leta Biasucci leading Kiyon Gaines, Jonathan Porretta, and Ezra Thomson. The only thing the men have in common is height, yet Gaines' lush muscularity, Porretta's ever-mellowing showmanship and precise movement, and Thomson's impossible-to-anticipate decisions, created a zany group of non-conformist adventurers fronted by Biasucci, who, movement-wise, was up for anything and seemingly had no limits.

 



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:52 AM

A review of San Francisco Ballet in "Cinderella" by Barnett Serchuk for Broadway World.

 

The dancing, on all fronts, was exemplary. Maria Kochetkova as Cinderella was outstanding. There was a quiet radiance about her; she was strong, but delicate, and her characterization was just as firm and believable as her dancing. Joan Boada as Prince Guillaume brought impressive and fleet foot work to his dancing, and proved to be an ardent partner. I'd like to see these two dancers in Giselle. All the others, too numerous to mention in this short review, proved that San Francisco Ballet's reputation as a company for strong technicians is was well merited. They are the equal of any New York based ballet company.

 



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:53 AM

Sarasota Ballet will hold a meet-and-greet at local shops.

 

Thus principal Danielle Brown, who loves her dog, Rudy, will be on hand at Wet Noses and Ellen Overstreet, who has impeccable fashion sense, will be at Lotus Boutique. (Don't be too literal, however. That the up-and-coming young Sareen Tchekmeydian will be at Burke Antiques does not imply she is over the hill. And no, Amy Woods is not getting married, at least as far as I know. ) A portion of any sales during the event will go back to the ballet.

 



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:55 AM

A preview of the Shanghai Ballet by Mary Ellen Hunt in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

"There are four great legendary tales in Chinese culture and 'The Butterfly Lovers' is one of them," says choreographer and company director Xin Lili by e-mail. "I was drawn to it because it is a beautiful love story - it expresses universal emotions."

 

Like many of her dancers, Xin is a product of the Shanghai Dance Academy, where she studied both ballet and traditional Chinese dance. Ingredients from both can be found in "The Butterfly Lovers," which was Xin's first major work for the company when it premiered 12 years ago.

 



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:12 PM

A review of Zhukov Dance Theatre by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

"Enlight" presents a problem, but fails to deliver a credible conclusion. A strobe-light episode is regrettable; that flickering illumination was kaput on the dance stage even before David Parsons gave us his "Caught" decades ago. Then, at the end, the four men unfurl a billowing white sheet and envelop Fallon within its folds. This image of the sheet as impromptu parachute seems torn from the pages of some history of dance in the Bennington years. The verdict here: The movement is mostly arresting, but the sinew that connects those episodes is missing.

 




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