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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:20 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

 

Later, Mr. la Cour, crossing the stage on a slow diagonal walk, is unperturbed by Ms. Bouder’s manic firefly routine — she squiggles around his stoic form, desperate for attention. When he finally offers it, they battle through a rough, often violent, pas de deux. “Barber,” created for the American Music Festival in 1988, possesses an easy appeal, yet the modern juxtaposition, especially, could use more texture. Originally, the modern couple were Kate Johnson and David Parsons, former members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company; perhaps it’s time to cast a pair from the current Taylor group.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:22 AM

Zachary Catazaro is promoted to soloist.

 

Mr. Catazaro, 24, was born in Canton, Ohio, and studied at the School of Canton Ballet and at the New York City Ballet’s school, the School of American Ballet. The roles he has danced with the company include Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Cavalier and Hot Chocolate in Balanchine’s “Nutcracker,” Tony in “West Side Story” and Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet.” During the 2014 winter season, he has had leading roles in George Balanchine’s “Kammermusik No. 2” and “Diamonds” and in Jerome Robbins’s “Dances at a Gathering.”

 

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:25 AM

A review of the Hamburg Ballet by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

What is unmatchable is the dedication of the Hamburg dancers. Hélène Bouchet's Hippolyta approached perfection in its exquisite pointe work; Thiago Bordin was her ardent Theseus and a rather bland Oberon. Alexandr Trusch's Puck leaped, mugged and sprinkled fairy pollen with the best of them.

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:34 AM

A review of the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Megan Feeks in The Huffington Post.

 

On the plus side, the crisply neoclassical work showcases the dancers' technical brilliance, as well as the choreographer's talent for creating steps, structures and moods that mirror the complex music. It also provides the opportunity to glimpse the softer side of ABT's supreme Gillian Murphy -- now also a principal guest artist in her fiancé Mr. Stiefel's company -- with the elegant and sensitive partnering of Qi Huan.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:36 AM

Grand Rapids Ballet presents "Rubies" this weekend. Photo gallery.

"Rubies," a jazzy, high-energy work, choreographed to Igor Stravinsky's 1929 Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, in particular is a work that helps build ballet companies, Barker said.

 

"You have to work on it, and when you do it, you feel like you've achieved something," said Barker, who danced the work during her career with Pacific Northwest Ballet. "It's not only a gift to our dancers, it's a gift to our audience that they get to see it in Grand Rapids."

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:37 AM

A review of the Royal Ballet by Judith Cruickshank for danceviewtimes.

 

The extensive programme notes tell us much about McGregor's fascination with mathematics and geometry and how they underlie his choreographic decisions, but it will take a keener eye than mine to discern in what way his theories have been translated into dance. Geometry also forms the basis for Tauba Auerbach's brightly colour neons which provide the stage settings for the piece.  Auerbach also designed the costumes; unflattering all-over tights,  also in brilliant colours, often using contrasting panels. 

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:42 AM

Comment on the newly discovered BBC footage of the Royal Ballet by Sarah Crompton in The Telegraph.

You can also see, if you can get beyond the acutely embarrassing 1950s costumes that the corps de ballet are wearing, how good English dancing was at this point. Hands are imaculately shaped, heads move in unison, feet in line.

 

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:43 AM

Q&A with Colorado Ballet soloist Jesse Marks.

 

What do you do to prep for this type of character? There’s certainly an element of drag (otherwise a female would be cast), how do you find the balance between being a “masculine woman?”

 

The reason Ben Stevenson chose men to play the two step sisters is that our size and movement style is naturally less dainty than that of a woman.  Just having us stand next to Cinderella enhances her gracefulness and her beauty.  So instead of trying to be a “masculine woman,” I just try and be a woman, but allow my size and movement quality to take care of the masculine part.

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:46 AM

Two reviews of Sacramento Ballet by W. Mark Dendy for Digital Journal. Photo galleries.

 

"Acceptance," choreographed by the much sought after dancer and choreographer, Ma Cong, was on the playbill for the Sacramento Ballet's event celebrating love.

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:48 AM

A review of the Milwaukee Ballet by Elaine Schmidt in the Journal Sentinel.

The Milwaukee Ballet left the tutus, toe shoes and other trappings of classical ballet at home Thursday, as the company put its "Winter Series" program on stage at the Pabst Theater.

 

Costumed in simple, supple modern attire, the company brought several short, modern pieces to the Pabst, delivering them with the physical discipline and exquisite interpretive dancing audiences have come to expect.

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:26 PM

Peter Anastos makes a new piece, "Tchakovsky Waltzes," for Ballet Idaho.

 

“The guy was a waltz machine,” Anastos says. “He wrote some of the most beautiful waltzes for ballets, but there are so many other waltzes that people don’t know.”

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:00 PM

A review of Ballet San Jose by Janice Berman for San Francisco Classical Voice.

 

Things were looking a little iffy Friday night when the curtain went up on Serenade, launching Ballet San Jose’s first repertory season under new artistic director Jose Manuel Carreño. A budget shortfall had canceled the live orchestra as well as Saturday matinees for the opening of the three-program season, not an encouraging start for a new administration. In Serenade’s opening moments, the dancers looked scared and stiff; they fell a bit behind the music, and then one dancer simply fell (swiftly regaining her footing). But after five minutes, everything was beautiful at the ballet, remaining so throughout the rest of the evening.

 

 

 



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:50 PM

The Kiev Ballet brings "La Bayadere" to Montreal.

 

In Montreal, Nikiya will be interpreted by two principal ballerinas. Poster girl Natalia Matsak was the sensational lead in Kiev Ballet’s Swan Lake in Montreal three years ago. Her somewhat stolid Swan Lake Prince, Denys Nedak, will be her Solor at performances on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. The second cast has Olga Golytsia partnered with Czech-born Jan Vania, whom Montreal saw as Rothbart in Swan Lake.

 

 




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