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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:06 AM

An article from Forbes applies lessons from ballet to topics of interest to Forbes.

 

“A large part of a ballet dancer’s job is to make the difficult look easy, says the SFB site. “Ballet dancers strive to create the illusion of effortlessness.” Continuous effort while holding the bar high also enable workers in other fields to create masterful products and services.

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:08 AM

The third episode of the web series "city.ballet" is released.

 

If your heart beats faster for all the drama, drive, talent and tiny buns in "Center Stage," prepare yourself for the webseries of your dreams.

 

 

Related.

 

After working as an apprentice, the next rank on a ballet dancer's career ladder is the corps de ballet. As the support group for the lead roles, members of the corps do the most dancing and it's often classed as the most strenuous stage in a dancer's life.

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:10 AM

A review of Brandon Ballet by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

Octavio Martin, the former Sarasota Ballet principal who now serves as artistic director of the Brandon Ballet, called in favors from fellow Cubans and acquaintances around the ballet world to add some star power to his second annual "Dancing Through Generations" program presented at the Manatee Performing Arts Center Saturday night. Whether it was a one-shot injection of royalty or the catalyst toward realizing his lofty ambitions, however, remains to be seen.

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:20 AM

A preview of local Nutcracker offerings by Michael Kleinschrodt for The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

 

Nine productions of “The Nutcracker” are planned from now to the end of December in and around New Orleans, all but guaranteeing that southeast Louisiana residents will have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads this Christmas. In theory, die-hard fans can catch all nine productions, though the effort will require dedication.

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:21 AM

Houston Ballet coins it with its annual Nutcracker Market.

 

Surpassing 2012's record numbers, that's an attendance increase of 7.1 percent and an 8.1 percent bump in merchant sales at the Reliant Center holiday spectacular. That means a cool $4 million-plus for Houston Ballet Foundation coffers, as the dance company receives 10 percent of merchant sales in addition to ticket sales, event sales (preview party and fashion shows) and sponsorships.

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:28 AM

The Voice of Russia talks to dancers about the recent controversies in  Russian ballet.

 

“The main thing is how this change in leadership happened,” Yevgenia Obraztsova, a Bolshoi dancer who was with the Mariinsky Theatre until last year, told me in an interview by telephone from Moscow. “This is what upset everyone. This is the key thing,” she explained.

 

Obraztsova, who sounded strained, said that such a major change in a ballet school should have happened more slowly.
 

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

Judith Mackrell writes on the intersection of dance and advertising in The Guardian's blog.

 

However queasy you may feel about the trend, the industry is at least showing good taste in the talent they sign. Some wonderful performers are appearing on our screens, and most are granted a far more independent distance from their product than the hapless celebrity actors who have to deliver cheesily scripted endorsements of Chanel or Nespresso.

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:37 AM

A preview of local Nutcrackers in The Kitsap Sun.

 

The first of this year’s Kitsap productions of the timeless holiday ballet holds court in Poulsbo the weekend following the Thanksgiving feast, heralding the arrival of several other productions around the county, highlighted by the 40th-anniversary production from Bremerton’s Peninsula Dance Theatre, directed by Lawan Morrison and featuring live accompaniment from the Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Alan Futterman.

 

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:39 AM

An interview with Daniel Davidson.

‘I always think that as a dancer it’s so much more fun to play someone else other than you,’ says Scottish Ballet’s Daniel Davidson. ‘So I’m really into the character-based work, and like approaching it differently each time.’

 

For Christopher Hampson’s new ballet, Hansel & Gretel, Davidson will take on the role of the Sandman – a witch’s accomplice who helps lure the children to the gingerbread house.

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:41 AM

Carrie Seidman notes that Sarasota Ballet is featured in Pointe magazine.

 

The article includes a photo of dancers Christine Peixoto and Danielle Brown as the "Red Girls" in Ashton's 1930 work about Victorian era ice skaters. In accompanying text, writer Jennifer Stahl acknowledges that "under the direction of 'Sir Fred' devotee Iain Webb, the dancers of this small Florida troupe have become exquisite interpreters of Ashton's works." The company's presentation of a ballet that premiered in 1930 was, she writes, "as exciting as if it had been choreographed yesterday."

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:44 AM

Reviews of a triple bill at Sadler's Wells.

 

The Daily Express

 

Partnered by two excellent male dancers (Damian Smith and Clifton Brown), Taiwanese Martha Graham exponent Fang-Yi Sheu and the Shanghai-born classical star of San Francisco Ballet, Yuan Yuan Tan perform in short works by three of dance's most alert and innovative choreographers.

 

 

The Financial Times

 

 

Evenings of creations commissioned by a star dancer rather than a company are becoming increasingly conspicuous on the world stage. Sylvie Guillem and Diana Vishneva were trailblazers, and more dancers are seizing control in their wake – among them two stars from China and Taiwan, Yuan Yuan Tan and Fang-Yi Sheu, who headlined a short programme at Sadler’s Wells over the weekend.

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:48 AM

A review of the National Ballet of Canada by Denise Sum for danceviewtimes.

 

More concerning are the gender dynamics that play out in Kudelka's "Swan Lake". In the hunting scene, Siegfried's male friends are portrayed as chauvinists who objectify and eventually violate the sole young woman on stage. Drunk and disinhibited, the men carelessly shove the wench around, using her for their own gratification and entertainment. The scene escalates and ends with a violent gang rape. Only in a very twisted imagination does one find "gang rape" and "Swan Lake" in the same sentence. It is one of the most uncomfortable scenes to watch in a ballet.

 

 



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:50 PM

Ian Bethany and Grace Morton of Ballet Austin will dance in the Harmony School of Creative Art’s Nutcracker.

"I’ve never done a guest (appearance) like this for a school. It’s a good, special and humble feeling to see them all look at you with these wide eyes — I used to be one of those little children,” said Bethany, a Long Island, N.Y. native.

 

"This Nutcracker is particularly special to me because I am doing Cavalier, (the lead male role). It’s not a role I have ever done before…this is a chance for me to do something different and a little bigger.”

 




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