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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

A preview of the new year in dance by Neil Norman in the Daily Express.

 

January sees the London premiere of English National Ballet's Le Corsaire (London Coliseum, ballet.org.uk) which is Tamara Rojo's first full length commission for the company.

 

In between her duties as artistic director, dancing engagements and car commercials, the indefatigable Rojo has facilitated a rip-roaring Pirates Of The Coliseum ballet with Vadim Muntagirov channelling his inner Errol Flynn.

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:22 PM

Interviews with three "faces to watch" in dance by Pam Kragen in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

 

 

Performing with [San Diego] City Ballet is rewarding, though Gonzalez admits missing the stage time and audience response from the “Bad Boys” tours.

 

“It’s the ultimate rock star job for a dancer,” he said. “It took me a long time to get used to how quiet classical ballet audiences are.”

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:23 PM

An appraisal of Alexei Ratmansky by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

Balanchine and Ashton, though each made a few pieces based on novels or plays, in general worked hard against “the literary ballet”: the genre that gave you, in dance terms, the outlines of great books or plays while omitting the elements that made the originals great (and also omitted dancing all too often). Mr. Ratmansky, however, plunges ardently into this awkward genre in his “Anna Karenina” (2010) and “The Tempest” (2013). I can say his versions of these literary works are way superior to any others of my experience, but that’s not saying much. I’d still rather not have seen any of them. (Remember Anne Bancroft’s “Anna Karenina” solo in the film “The Turning Point”?)

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:29 PM

A  2014 preview of new productions by Zoe Anderson in The Independent.

 

The Winter’s Tale

Christopher Wheeldon’s new work for the Royal Ballet takes on Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy and redemption. How will Wheeldon handle a complex narrative – complete with time jumps and a bear – in dance form? He’ll be working with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley.

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:30 PM

Northern Ballet presents "Three Little Pigs."

 

Played out sans narration against an inspired backdrop – the pigs’ homes are reminiscent of expressionistic sets from 1920s silent films – the story is clearly and competently told. Innocence versus malice. Good versus evil. A live soundtrack – including Frank Churchill’s ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf’ and Charles Williams’ ‘The Devil’s Galop’ – directed and arranged by John Longstaff provides an identifiable and accessible musical commentary to the choreography by Hannah Bateman and Victoria Sibson.

 

 



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

Social pages item with pictures from San Francisco Ballet's gala launch party.

 

In anticipation from the big night, Bulgari at Union Square hosted the Opening Night Gala Launch party with The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary. Over 200 attendees, including dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, enjoyed a night of cocktails and mingling amidst the stunning backdrop of the Bulgari boutique.

 

 




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