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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, November 17

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A review of Ballet San Jose's gala:

http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_24542564/review-ballet-san-jose-gala-ushers-exciting-new

This gala was less a company's self-congratulatory celebration of its identity than a tribute to new artistic director Jose Manuel Carreño, the Cuban-born former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, who, clearly, still has the affection and admiration of many former colleagues.

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Meredith Blake interviews Matthew Bourne for the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-matthew-bourne-sleeping-beauty-20131118,0,7950605.story#axzz2l0h2shYP

"Sleeping Beauty" was a project Bourne had avoided for years, despite the success he had found with Tchaikovsky's other two ballets, "The Nutcracker" and — especially — "Swan Lake," which became a global blockbuster after its premiere in 1995.

"This one was hanging over me a little bit for a while," acknowledges Bourne, 53. His reluctance to complete the trilogy stemmed from what he saw as "Sleeping Beauty's" tepid love story: A princess, Aurora, pricks her finger on a cursed spinning wheel and falls asleep for a century until her prince awakens her with a kiss.

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A review of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet by Alexandra Tomalonis for danceviewtimes.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet gave Washington a more satisfying week of ballet than it has in the recent past. Even when imperfections of casting or preparation were visible, the overriding impetus of dancing the music – Balanchine’s Golden Rule – made the ballets live. It was a happy week (and sold out at the performances I attended).

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