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#1 dirac

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:12 PM

A preview of Columbia County Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

No choreography is sacred for Jones who changes his dance patterns to suit the skills of his dancers. Most of Jones’ dancers at Columbia County Ballet are children with the bulk of his performers in The Nutcracker ranging from age 10 to 18. As dancers grow and graduate from high school, Jones has a new ensemble to work with year after year.

 

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:14 PM

A link and preview of the "Soloists" episode of the New York City Ballet web series, "city.ballet."

 

In this week's episode, "Soloists," dancers discuss the difficulty of soloist ranking -- a seniority based ranking system that can chip away at a dancer's confidence. Check our the fourth installment of the series above and see the entire project here.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

An op-ed piece on the Bolshoi's troubles by Simon Morrison in The New York Times.

 

Over a week ago, Mr. Filin flew to Germany for the latest operation to save his right eye, but the procedure had to be postponed. He returned to Moscow to confront a financial extortion allegation from a 19-year-old ballerina, Joy Womack, a native of Texas and member (until a few weeks ago) of the Bolshoi corps de ballet. An expurgated interview with Ms. Womack appeared in the newspaper Izvestia, which, for reactionary political reasons, has taken Mr. Tsiskaridze’s side in his campaign against Mr. Filin and the Bolshoi Theater administration. Senior dancers and teachers dispute her claims, and Mr. Filin just wants to get back to work; he’s hoping to realize his dream of a series of ballets to plays by Shakespeare, including “Hamlet” and “The Taming of the Shrew.”

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:20 PM

Nikolai Tsiskaridze testifies in court.

 

The Moscow Times

 

At a hearing at Moscow's Meshchansky District Court, Tsiskaridze said Pavel Dmitrichenko, a leading Bolshoi Ballet dancer who stands accused of orchestrating the attack, could not have been behind the attack because he was neither "conflictive" nor "aggressive."

 

 

RIA Novosti

 

Tsiskaridze told a Moscow court Monday that Dmitrichenko had “defended the rights of those who have little,” saying that Filin had no consideration for those people.

 

“Nepotism flourished in the theater under Filin,” Tsiskaridze said.

 

Independent Online

 

Tsiskaridze told a packed Moscow courtroom that Filin had created an unhealthy atmosphere at the historic establishment by picking favourites and demoting others out of personal spite.

He accused Filin of being known as “a poser and a hysteric”.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:25 PM

Olivia Bell gives her farewell performance.

 

After thousands of performances, more than 4500 pairs of pointe shoes and 18 years of aching joints,  Newcastle born-and-bred ballerina Olivia Bell will dance the final performance of her career on Monday. 

Bell, 35, will take her curtsy in front of a packed house that will include her husband and Newcastle parents following her role  as the lead in Paquita at Sydney Opera House.

 

 

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Bell has been with the Australian Ballet since 1995, after graduating from the Paris Opera Ballet School.

The 35-year-old left her home in Newcastle at the age of 15 to study dance in Paris.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:46 PM

A preview of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

However, Sendak was convinced by Stowell at their first meeting in New York City in 1981, two years before the ballet would debut in Seattle.

"I liked him immediately for not wanting me to do Nutcracker for all the obvious reasons but rather because he wished me to join him in a leap into the unknown," Sendak said at the time.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:47 PM

A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker by Pat Ashworth in The Stage.

 

Sir Peter Wright’s production is spellbinding in every respect, exquisitely danced and magnificently staged. It breathes enchantment, from the hushed moment when the candles are lit in the opulence of a Victorian Christmas, to the change of scale and technical tour de force that sees giant rats pouring from the fireplace and tightly boxed tin soldiers transformed into a living army.

 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:48 PM

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde prepares for her last Nutcracker.

 

Ballet Manila senior soloist Dawna Mangahas alternates with Lisa Macuja as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker cast also includes Rudy De Dios and Junmark Sumaylo alternating as the Nutcracker Prince, Alfren Salgado, Romeo Peralta, Glenn Ragel, Elpidio Magat and Manny Febra as Cavaliers, Marcus Tolentino as Drosselmeyer, Alvin Santos and Anselmo Dictado alternating as Fritz, Gerardo Francisco and Roduardo Ma alternating as the Harlequin Doll, Mylene Aggabao-Salgado as Columbine and Sergio Capa as the Moor. 

 



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:33 PM

Two reviews of the National Ballet of Canada.

 

The Globe and Mail

 

The most eagerly anticipated piece was James Kudelka’s …black night’s bright day…, the first ballet he’s created for the company since stepping down as artistic director in 2005. The work is gorgeous, and gives ballerina Heather Ogden the most beautiful role she has ever performed.

 

 

The Toronto Sun

 

The setting -- a huge rock, created by designer Hyemi Shin and lit by James F. Ingalls -- is also memorable in Robert Binet's Unearth -- so much so that it overshadows both Owen Pallett's original composition and a choreographic mission that suggests Binet has bitten off more meaning than he and his highly talented corps can digest, proving in the process that you never quite know what you're going to find under a rock.

 



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:52 PM

Marcie Sillman of NPR writes on the corps of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Thanks to sandik for sending in the link!

 

I was also captivated by Leta Biasucci; the jaunty angle of her chin just dares the audience not to look at her.

But it was in those Concerto Barocco rehearsals that I first really watched Chelsea Adomaitis. Tall, long-limbed and slim, Adomaitis fits into PNB's "tall girls" category, like a younger version of Laura Tisserand or the lovely Lindsi Dec. Unlike those two more experienced women, Adomaitis is just learning to tame her arms and legs. Russell periodically would call out to her, "Chelsea, watch your hips," in an effort to get Adomaitis to keep her long torso in line. Sweaty with concentration, the dancer would endeavor to comply.

 

 




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