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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:33 AM

Reviews of the Royal Ballet.

 

The Guardian

 

Few of these more adult versions survive, though, because The Nutcracker's popularity lies principally in its surface enchantment, in the gorgeous nostalgia of its Christmas festivities and its fairytale transformations. It's all about tradition, and in that regard Peter Wright's production for the Royal remains one of the best.

 

 

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Francesca Hayward, promoted only this year from the corps and drafted in for an injured Emma Maguire, is a tiny Clara with a featherlight delicacy and an affecting musicality.

Alexander Campbell is a compact but marvellously springy Hans-Peter, who more than holds his own when he joins in with the Russian dance in Act Two.

 

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

The Royal Ballet will visit Chicago.

 

Led by Director Kevin O’Hare, the Royal Ballet will present Carlos Acosta's production of “Don Quixote," a triple bill of Wayne McGregor's “The Art of Fugue,” Christopher Wheeldon's “Aeternum," and a still-in-progress piece from choreographer Liam Scarlett, which will premiere at the Royal Opera House in London in Feb. 2015. The Auditorium will be part of a three-city, 2015 tour of the United States that also includes the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:40 AM

A review in brief of Dances Patrelle's The Yorkville Nutcracker by Marina Kennedy for Broadway World.

 

Presented by Dances Patrelle, The Yorkville Nutcracker had its 18th Annual production at the Kaye Playhouse of Hunter College from December 5th through December 8th. With choreography by Francis Patrelle, the performance was a blend of the Dances Patrelle company dancers along with the children who hail from dance schools throughout the city. Guest performers of the New York City Ballet thrilled the audience; Jenifer Ringer as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jared Angle as the Cavalier.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:42 AM

A preview of Portland Ballet's Nutcracker (scroll down).

I’ve seen “The Victorian Nutcracker” several times and plan to attend again this year. Its salient features include a live orchestra playing Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score, conducted by Lawrence Golan, the former concertmaster of the Portland Symphony.

 

Portland Ballet Company, founded by artistic director Eugenia O’Brien, is Maine’s professional terpsichorean troupe. Some roles are danced by students of the associated ballet school, which includes a nationally recognized pre-professional training program.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:44 AM

A review of Martha Clarke's "Cheri" by Elizabeth Vincentelli in The New York Post.

Clarke has a fantastic eye, and she comes up with some striking visuals, some involving a floor-length mirror. There’s a dreamy quality here that’s enhanced by snippets of Ravel, Debussy and other piano pieces, performed live by Sarah Rothenberg.

Even so, “Chéri” struggles to create drama. The burner seems stuck on simmer — not quite the right setting for a show about passion.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

A link to the 'city.ballet' episode 'Relationships' from The Huffington Post.

 

A new episode of city.ballet asks: Is falling for your dance partner more than just enticing? The members of the elite New York City Ballet share their experiences in this steamy new episode.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:53 AM

The National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker will have a special guest.

 

Chris Hadfield, who became a Canadian sweetheart while commander of the International Space Station, will play the role of Cannon Doll during the 1pm performance on Dec. 24. The cannon dolls shoot cannons of confetti into the audience during the opening moments of the battle scene in the first act.

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:54 AM

A TV news feature on the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's Nutcracker. Video.

 

Rachael and Jordan sit down with artistic director, Patricia Barker and dancers, Nick and Laura Schult

 



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:04 AM

A review of the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker by Laura Molzahn in The Chicago Tribune.

 

It's a juggernaut, packed with professional and child dancers alike. The Chicago Philharmonic, the Joffrey's official orchestra, plays Tchaikovsky's nuanced score with loving care, in tailor-made cadences. Plus, this production boasts the best special effects in town—in a ballet whose surreal scene transformations represent one major reason to see it. I'm always chilled and thrilled when the walls of the Stahlbaum home, whether modest or palatial, get blown away into the universe to reveal the huge Christmas tree outdoors, in the midst of a starry, snowy night. And the Joffrey's towering Mother Ginger, designed by Muppets puppeteer Kermit Love, is no staid matron; she's essentially another dancer, sweeping and swaying around the stage.

 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:08 PM

A preview of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company's Nutcracker.

 

Over 100 dancers – 81 students and 23 company members – will be a part of this year's production of mice, daffodils, bonbons, soldiers, party guests and other characters in the magical Land of Sweets.

 

Dawnell Dryja, in her 12th season with Grand Rapids Ballet, and Stephen Sanford, in his 13th season – both the company's most senior veterans – are appearing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince, dancing together the Grand Pas de Deux in the Second Act for the first time in many years.

 

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:35 AM

A preview of Scottish Ballet's "Hansel and Gretel" by Kelly Apter in The Scotsman.

Over in one corner, a vast pile of shoe boxes and rows of school uniforms sit waiting to be fitted on to the various young “guest artists” joining Scottish Ballet on each leg of their tour. The lead roles of Hansel and Gretel are, of course, being played by dancers from the company – but the rest of the children will be drawn from local dancing schools.

 

It’s all part of artistic director Christopher Hampson’s wide-reaching plan to engage the people of Scotland in his first new creation for Scottish Ballet. Over the past year, the “Hansel & Gretel and Me” project has seen participants of all ages take part in workshops and competitions (including The Scotsman’s creative writing competition earlier this year) to help shape the new production.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:03 PM

A review of Martha Clarke's "Cheri" by Joe Dziemianowiczi n The New York Daily News.

 

Amy Irving, who plays Charlotte, Cheri’s mother and Lea’s so-called best friend, tells much of the plot via monologues by playwright Tina Howe. Irving, as always, is an elegant presence with a creamy voice. But the four speeches are intrusive.

Irving isn’t helped by her floor-scraping gown, which announces her entrance with a distracting whooshing noise that recalls Jacob Marley’s chains.

 


 




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