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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:23 AM

Reviews of the English National Ballet's new "Le Corsaire."

 

The Daily Express

 

Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood was inspired by Byron's artistic contemporaries to create a magnificent fantasy world of oriental opulence. It works beautifully with Anna-Marie Holmes's smart updating of Petipa's original choreography.

 

 

The Independent

 

As the heroine Medora, Alina Cojocaru gives the flash steps exquisite finish, while romping gleefully through the melodramatic plot. Vadim Muntagirov, a princely dancer, finds his inner swashbuckler as her pirate lover. As the slave Ali, Junor Souza carries off the firework steps and shiny trousers with aplomb. Yonah Acosta gives the villain Birbanto real dash, with snarling flourish to his leaps and turns.

 

 

The Evening Standard

 

Vadim Muntagirov plays her seafaring hero Conrad and his steps are technically pristine, although he can’t match Cojocaru’s passion. Plus there are big-leaping roles for the impressive Junor Souza and Yonah Acosta (Carlos’s nephew), whose bad-guy acting might be one-note, but his dancing sings. Essential viewing? Hardly. But certainly an antidote to January gloom.

 

 

The Arts Desk

 

How silly is ballet allowed to be? It is a question that is not, well, as silly as it looks. English National Ballet’s director, Tamara Rojo, has set out her stall with a glitzy production of this 19th-century classic, her first full-length commission for her new company. What she’s selling from that stall, however, is moot. Le Corsaire has a great pedigree: choreography by Marius Petipa, with a central pas de trois that is (reduced from trois to deux) endless gala fodder for its spectacular swoony razzmatazz.

 

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:24 AM

A review of the "Paris Opera Ballet Gala" in Dubai by Natalie Long for Gulf News.

 

 

Ten soloists from the company — one of the world’s best, the real deal, in case you’ve been burned by less-than-proficient touring companies who have performed in Dubai before — perform selected dances from six works, spanning the classical and the contemporary in a mix balanced to please and surprise.

 

As always, a live orchestra would have made a difference; there were several hitches with the pre-recorded music starting, making it visibly difficult for the dancers to take their cues.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:34 AM

Korean dancer Lee Sang-man is dead at age 66.

 

In 1977, he joined the National Ballet Illinois, becoming the first Korean ballerino to sign with a foreign ballet company.
 

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:38 AM

Cape Town City Ballet celebrates its eightieth anniversary.

 Following a bumper festive season of magical ballet performances, Cape Town City Ballet proudly launches its 80th anniversary celebrations in 2014 with two splendid ballets performed in the idyllic open-air setting of Maynardville Park in Cape Town. The Firebird and Les Sylphides will be performed every Sunday, from 19 January until 16 February.

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:39 AM

Scottish Ballet's Sophie Martin talks about dancing in the company's new "Hansel and Gretel."

“It is good to have new things and to be able to do two very different roles is good for the mind as well, it keeps you active, not just physically, but mentally.

“That’s what’s great about being a ballet dancer, especially with Scottish Ballet, where you do a huge range of things. I really enjoy it.”

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:45 PM

A review of the English National Ballet by Keith Watson for Metro.

 

By contrast, the scene-stealing Junor Souza as slave boy Ali and Yonah Acosta as pirate second-in-command Birbanto, one a flurry of long-limbed leaps, the other all punchy attack, are totally at home in Le Corsaire’s bazaar milieu. These are both rising stars.

 

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

Michele Wiles is interviewed by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

 

 

“You never walk out of a Brian Reeder rehearsal feeling stifled or pressured,” she continued. “I always leave feeling free. I think it’s in the way that he trusts the dancers and allows them to explore. Brian is a big-picture thinker.”

 

Ms. Wiles, her long blond hair streaming down her back, exudes a quiet sense of calm. She isn’t a bossy boss, but, as Mr. Reeder noted, she knows what she’s willing to take a chance on.

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:49 PM

A preview of the Gala des Étoiles du ballet russe by Victor Swoboda in The Montreal Gazette.

Besides Makhalina and Venschikov, four other couples are scheduled to perform.

 

Bolshoi Ballet soloists Anna Nikoulina and Alexandr Voltchkov will dance an adagio from Yuri Grigorovich’s staging of Raymonda as well as an adagio from Giselle. Anything from Giselle is always welcome, but the greater curiosity value lies in Raymonda, which was seen here for the first time in its full version only in 2004, when the Bavarian Ballet presented Ray Barra’s staging.

 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:52 PM

An item on New York City Ballet's collaboration with JR in The Huffington Post.

 

Last year the dance institution invited Brooklyn-based duo FAILE to liven up the 2013 season's repertory with its very own ballet-inspired exhibition. And this year the NYCB is following up the inaugural experiment with round two: an Art Series partnership with public design extraordinaire, JR.

 



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:42 PM

American Repertory Ballet's executive director, Christine Chen, is stepping down.

 

Chen, who began working for ARB in November 2009, led the organization through a financial turnaround to three straight years of surplus budgets, while also expanding the company’s artistic and educational programming.  She leaves the organization following a landmark year which saw the premiere of two major works by Artistic Director Douglas Martin as well as a record-breaking 50th Nutcracker season.

 

 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:46 AM

An interview with Tanya Powell, the chairwoman of San Francisco Ballet's opening night gala.

 

Powell has overseen details surrounding pre-performance cocktails and black-tie dinner at City Hall with a team of dinner, decor and after-party chairwomen, and reports that the highest-priced tickets at the patrons, benefactor and grand benefactor levels ($1,250 to $3,500 each) are sold out. Tickets for the performance and after-party ($150 each) are still available.

 

 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:54 AM

An item on Natalia Osipova's adjustment to life in London.

 

Osipova, 27, who has become a sell-out draw since she was snapped up last April, said she was “really enjoying” life in London, despite the language barrier.

 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:57 AM

Judith Mackrell reports on what readers had to day about holiday dance performances and solicits readers' views on dance in the new year.

 

Christmas comments on Your move were dominated by reviews of Jewels (one of the Royal Ballet's two seasonally glittery productions) and a cornucopia of Nutcrackers.

 




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