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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:02 AM

A review of Louisville Ballet's Choreographer's Showcase by Elizabeth Kramer in the Courier-Journal.

 

There are 17 dances in this year’s showcase that opened last night and has three other performances. The styles range from the choreography rooted in neoclassical ballet to contemporary dance. Yes, there are some sharp elbows here and floor work to music that includes the band Passion Pit and Pop Will Eat Itself’s Clint Mansell.

Other pieces are created with various classic audio backdrops by composers including Beethoven, Bach, Bartok, Philip Glass and John Adams.

 

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:09 AM

An essay on dance and photography by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian's blog.
 

But set against these conventions is a new collaboration between New York City Ballet and the French street artist JR which rests on a concept which seems to be pleasingly less about PR and more about art.

 

JR (who styles himself a "photograffeur") is known for the giant photographic images that he flyposts on to public sites and buildings, and for the way his images subtly transmute faces and bodies into non-human elements such as paper, wood or vegetation.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:14 AM

A review of San Francisco Ballet's gala performance by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Two major additions to the roster hinted at marvelous evenings to come. Mathilde Froustey came to San Francisco from the Paris Opéra Ballet and her appearance Wednesday in Victor Gsovsky's "Grand Pas Classique" was a dazzler. Froustey revels in a pristine allegro technique, dispenses charm by the bucket and teases you with phrasing so original that she could drive you slightly mad, Davit Karapetyan tried on the cavalier and did a superior job despite a troublesome costume.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:22 AM

Dance listings in The Moscow Times.

 

Mayerling: Kenneth MacMillan's neoclassical ballet based on the Mayerling Incident — the series of events leading to the apparent murder-suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera. Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater. Jan. 30 and 31, 7 p.m.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:58 AM

A preview of Ballet Jorgen's "Romeo and Juliet."

 

Chilliwack fell in love with Ballet Jörgen when the company came to town last year performing Swan Lake, and the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society welcomes them back on Feb. 1 with their newest ballet interpretation, the classic romantic tale of Romeo and Juliet.

 

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

A review of New York City Ballet in "Jewels" by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

We can and should argue about aspects of their performances — other troupes performing this ballet have sometimes matched or surpassed the current standards of this company (which offers other casts next week) — but everything was intelligently focused, lucid, bold. Even some of City Ballet’s hitherto more guarded performers just now seem to be communicating their love of dancing. It’s infectious. They know this ballet intimately and made it newly engrossing.

 

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

Carlos Acosta is interviewed by Christiane Amanpour for CNN. Video.

 

Acosta tells Amanpour that the time has come for him to hang up those ballet slippers; he may only perform one more season.
After a career that started in the slums of Havana, where his father enrolled him in dance school when he was nine just to keep him out of trouble, he's a family man now with an infant daughter and soon-to-be-wife.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

An interview with Miami City Ballet corps member Christina Spigner.

 

One of the most valuable things Spigner learned through this experience and her overall time with Miami City Ballet was how to take care of her body.

"… the other schools were so rigid they didn’t teach you how to take care of your body and respect it when it needs to rest. I grew up believing that you aren’t very strong if you need a break. So I think it became clear that that is not the right attitude to have if you want to dance ‘till you’re 35 because your body is an instrument and the only one you have."

 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

Ballet San Jose looks to cut costs.

 

The South Bay's major resident dance company, which has long struggled with its finances, announced Thursday that it will cut its sparsely attended Saturday matinees as well as replace its substitute recorded music for a live orchestra at its Feb. 14-16 performances. Leaders of the troupe say these trims, which will save an estimated $125,000, will ensure that the company can balance its budget.

 

 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:49 PM

A Bloomberg News story on San Francisco Ballet's gala.

Osterweis said the ballet company, founded in 1933 and the oldest in the U.S., is “artistically world-class; we want to make it financially world class.”

 

Redoing the budget and introducing so-called Lean Ops have made a difference. The board would also like to boost the endowment to $150 million from $100 million. The current investment strategy includes hedge funds, equities and fixed income, while eschewing private equity and venture capital, Osterweis said.

 



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:38 PM

Florence Henderson is Nevada Ballet Theater's Woman of the Year.

 

The event is to honor Henderson on the event of her 80th (whoa) birthday, which is Feb. 14. The honorary chairwoman of the event is Osmond, the 2010 Woman of the Year. Standup comic Judy Gold (who has appeared on the Food Network cooking-competition show “Rachael vs. Guy” with Henderson) is the emcee. The ever-dynamic Bella Electric Strings will be on hand, performing a piece with a group of NBT dancers.

 

 




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