Fort Wayne Ballet's Nutcracker has some new sets to show.
The most eye-catching will be the new “Candyland” style backdrop and set for Act 2 of the ballet, where Clara is whisked off to the land of The Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy.
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Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:10 PM
Westside Ballet's Nutcracker sells out.
The winter holiday season would not be complete without a local production of “The Nutcracker.” Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, in association with the Santa Monica College Symphony, presents its 40th Anniversary Nutcracker performances at the Broad Stage this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:12 PM
A preview of Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker by Alice Kaderlan in The Herald.
In a truly inspired move, Sendak created a scene that connects the first act to the second. Besides providing a logical transition between the plot-driven first act and the pure-dance second act, the scene also provides an added treat. If you look closely enough, you can spot a few "wild things" in the background.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:13 PM
Moira Macdonald announces the winners of The Seattle Times' Ballet Memories contest.
It was no easy task to pick a winner, but something about the three little girls in Tara Hook’s entry danced right into our hearts: a trio of deliriously happy five-year-olds, in party dresses and clutching ballerina cupcakes, attending their first “Nutcracker” and looking like some magical dream had just come true. Hook wins four tickets to PNB’s “Nutcracker” plus a $100 gift card to nearby Collections Cafe at Chihuly Garden & Glass; we hope she’ll find another night of magic.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:18 PM
A story on developments at the trial of Pavel Dmitrichenko and others for the attack on Sergei Filin.
Asked in court whether Dmitrichenko had asked him to beat up or hit Mr Filin, Zarutsky said: "Hit him - yes."
Zarutsky, who shifted from foot to foot and gesticulated agitatedly as he spoke, said he had hoped Dmitrichenko could help him get a gas line set up - apparently to his home near Dmitrichenko's in a dacha complex outside Moscow.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:20 PM
Dance listings in The New York Times.
Of the countless “Nutcracker” productions vying for our attention at this time of year, this company’s version, choreographed by Francis Patrelle, is among the more creative. Set in late-19th-century New York, “The Yorkville Nutcracker” takes audiences on a virtual tour of Manhattan landmarks like Gracie Mansion, the New York Botanical Garden’s Crystal Palace and the Central Park skating rink. The best part may be the special guests, also emblematic of New York in their own way: Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle, principal dancers with New York City Ballet.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:22 PM
Judith Mackrell writes on the experiences of black dancers Michaela DePrince and Precious Adams in The Guardian's arts blog.
She's [DePrince] aware of the criticism that might have been levelled at her decision to leave DTH – a company that has historically been a haven for black dancers and choreographers. But she insists that while she was motivated by purely artistic choices – the wider classical repertory offered by the Dutch company – she feels she is far more useful as a role model, performing with predominately white-skinned DNB – or as she vividly puts it, being one of the few "poppies among the daffodils".
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:25 PM
A feature on Boston Ballet dancer Lauren Herfindahl.
“I’m pretty busy,” said Herfindahl as she spoke of her crazy schedule. Sometimes, she has class from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and then rehearsals and shows later in the evening. That is hours of constant movement and precision that show how much she truly loves her craft.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:06 PM
Researchers say that ballet dancers, deprived of sunlight for long periods, benefit from vitamin D supplements.
Before any were given supplements, all were found to be vitamin D deficient or insufficient (not as severe but still low) during winter and only 15% achieved normal levels during the summer. Subsequently, 17 of the dancers were given oral vitamin D3 and seven were not. Significant increases in muscle strength and vertical jump performance were found among the group taking vitamin D. They also suffered fewer injuries, with 12 reporting no injuries and five a single injury, compared to those not given the supplements, only one of whom suffered no injuries with five reporting one injury and one dancer reporting two.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:14 PM
The Sangre de Cristo Ballet spruces up its Nutcracker.
Costumes have been upgraded and the pivotal battle scene, in which the Nutcracker Prince and his soldiers fight an army of evil rats, is more physical, according to Stephen Wynne, the artistic director.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:29 AM
A review of the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker by Rebecca Ritzel in The Washington Post. Thanks to YouOverThere for the link!
In this version of E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic (conceived by company founder Robert Joffrey, after a version performed by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) the Stahlbaum kids are played by adult company dancers of shorter stature. There’s great character acting throughout the party scene, but particularly by members of the Stahlbaum family. When Fritz (John Mark Giragosian) goes galloping by on a hobbyhorse, leading a herd of young boys who run over spinster aunts and nearly topple a sparkly cake, Mrs. Stahlbaum (Kara Zimmerman) shakes her head and gestures to Calmels as if to say, “He’s your son, dear,” and she doesn’t care one iota if the neighbors hear her say it.
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