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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:21 AM

The National Ballet of Canada announces its 2015-16 season lineup.

 

Artistic director Karen Kain, who danced the role almost 20 years ago, announced the company’s 2014/15 season Monday will include a Canadian premiere of The Tempest and a world premiere of a dance created by principal dancer and choreographic associate Guillaume Côté.

 

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:24 AM

Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte inspires a program offered by the Grand Rapids Symphony with dancers from Grand Rapids Ballet.

 

The program titled “Music, Art, Dance” will present each of the brief musical compositions twice. The music alone will be played on the first half of the program, and dancers will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for the second half.

 

Each of the seven vignettes is overseen by a different choreographer, providing a variety of styles to complement the music.

 

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:25 AM

A review of the cinema broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet in 'Lost Illusions' by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

There is ample dramatic opportunity in this well-cast performance and the Bolshoi dancers made the most of it. Vishneva, a Taglioni twin, was utterly convincing in her exuberant Act II love scene with Lantratov and Shipulina made a fine red-haired hussy. Lantratov, a rising star, was impeccably in character throughout, though I'd love to have seen what American David Hallberg (interviewed during an intermission) did with the role, which he'd danced a month previous in Paris.

 

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:26 AM

Daria Klimentova announces her retirement.

 

Klimentova’s dance partner Vadim Muntagirov will return to ENB to dance opposite her in Derek Deane’s in-the-round production for her farewell performances.

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:29 AM

Nashville Ballet announces its 2014-15 season schedule.

 

A pas de deux for chestnuts of the repertoire and contemporary explorations — that's the 2014-15 season just unveiled by the Nashville Ballet. Starting in October with a revival of Tchaikovsky's evergreen Swan Lake, the season alternates favorites from past years (including its annual holiday blockbuster Nashville's Nutcracker) with more of the company's successful collaborations with visual artists and local musicians.

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:30 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Sondra Forsyth in Broadway World.

 

I promise I'm going to give you a complete and serious review of the New York City Ballet's performance at the Koch Theatre on Saturday, February 1st 2014. However, I can't resist starting with the two most endearing and unforgettable moments of the evening. First, a pair of prodigiously talented little girls danced with astonishing precision and panache as the Pearly Princesses in Balanchine's "Union Jack". Kudos to Natalie Glassie and Phoebe Golfinos who are surely headed for stellar careers if the promise they showed that night does indeed come to full flower.

 



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Posted 03 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

Two reviews of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in "The Prince of the Pagodas."

 

The Guardian

 

But lively as its concept is, this Pagodas stumbles at key moments. During the key first act in which Épine tries to marry Belle to the highest bidder, the jocularly stereotyped kings of the north, south, east and west present no kind of sexual threat, and it makes no sense for Belle to escape by running off with the sinisterly slithering Salamander (excellently danced by Joseph Caley). Also problematic are the long dance divertissements, whose choreography rarely rises above a bland fluency.

 

 

The Independent

 

Rae Smith’s stylised oriental sets take the breath away. Her stylish and sophisticated costumes conjure magic moods and accentuate flow and movement. The contoured leotard of the Salamander Prince perfectly set off a sinous and sensuous snaking performance by William Bracewell.

 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:43 AM

Jean Babilee has died at age 90.

 

“Angel and demon” was how Nathalie Philippart, his first wife and dancing partner, described him in Patrick Bensard’s film “Le Mystère Babilée” (2000). Rejecting conventions in dance and life, Mr. Babilée occasionally quit performing to travel abroad on his motorcycle, into his 80s. He last appeared onstage in 2003.

 

 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:02 AM

More stories on the retirement of Daria Klimentova.

 

BBC News

Vadim Muntagirov, who formed a formidable partnership with Klimentova at the ENB, is returning to dance the role of Romeo opposite the retiring ballerina. He recently announced he was moving to the Royal Ballet.

 

The pair will perform at the matinee on 14 June, the evening performance on 19 June and the Sunday matinee on the 22nd.

 

 

The Guardian

 

Klimentova, 42, said it was "a very sad moment for me but at the same time very exciting". She added: "I have given my ballet life to English National Ballet, with all the ups and downs. I will especially miss dancing with Vadim. I was waiting for him for 20 years but it was worth it as he took me to a different world."

 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:32 PM

The Picasso canvas curtain from "Le Tricorne" which has been on display at The Four Seasons for decades, may be moved, risking its destruction thereby. Thanks to innopac for forwarding this link!

 

On the surface, the dispute is about grout and tiles, but it is also a collision of values and taste. Ms. Breen said she suspected that one of the founders of RFR was just not a fan of “Le Tricorne” — a person who heard him discussing the work said he dismissed it as “a schmatte,” Yiddish for rag — and was using the damaged-wall argument as a pretense to ditch it for good.

 

 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:53 PM

Nancy Buirski, the maker of "Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun," writes about the life of Le Clercq for The Daily Beast.

 

Balanchine imagined he had brought on the illness. Just before a European tour, many in the corps de ballet were inoculated against polio. She, however, wanted to wait. She collapsed in Copenhagen, ending up in an iron lung. Balanchine did what he could to restore her spirit. Her friendship with Robbins is evoked in letters read by the actors Marianne Bowers and Michael Stuhlbarg.

 

 

 



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:21 PM

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet in "The Sleeping Beauty" by Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times.

 

“The Sleeping Beauty” is a long ballet, with many moments for smaller roles to shine: particularly Jonathan Porretta’s wicked Carabosse (disconcerting, though, to see him in a role that required so little dancing); Laura Tisserand, newly promoted to principal dancer, as a warm yet commanding Lilac Fairy; Leta Biasucci and Benjamin Griffiths sparkling in Act III’s charming Bluebird pas de deux. It’s the sort of evening that later haunts your dreams, in the prettiest possible way.

 



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:13 AM

A review of PNB by Alice Kaderlan for seattlepi.com. Thanks to sandik for forwarding the link!

 

Jonathan Porretta, arguably PNB’s finest actor, played the dastardly evil fairy Carabosse with great flair. Leta Biasucci and Benjamin Griffiths brought lightness and drama to the demanding Bluebird Pas de Deux. Griffiths always dances with great feeling and finesse; here, his series of off-center scissor-like jumps was a wonder to behold.  The young Biasucci, who dances Aurora in one of the four casts, is a young dancer to watch.

 



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:10 AM

An obituary for Jean Babilée in The Telegraph.

 

When the Petit company visited London in the late 1940s Babilée’s performances stunned the young ballet student Kenneth MacMillan, who would later become Britain’s leading dramatic choreographer. “He was the first man I saw really jump high,” said MacMillan – the Frenchman’s high-sprung spins and swift footbeats set a new standard for male athletic technique.

 

 

 




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