A radio interview with Jenifer Ringer. Audio.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Jenifer Ringer, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, about her career in ballet and Dancing Through It.
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:50 AM
American Ballet Theatre will present a new production of 'The Sleeping Beauty.'
The production — which is being underwritten with a $2.5 million matching gift from David H. Koch, a trustee of Ballet Theater — will have sets and costumes designed by Richard Hudson, who will base them on the Bakst production of 1921. Mr. Hudson designed the scenery and costumes for Mr. Ratmansky’s version of “The Nutcracker” for Ballet Theater.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:51 AM
The Mariinsky and the Bolshoi perform at the closing ceremonies in Sochi.
Two of Russia's most famous ballet companies -- the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky -- performed in a sequence that told the story of the famed Ballets Russes and its founder, Serge Diaghilev. Members of the Bolshoi were distinguished with the color red, while the Mariinsky was bathed in blue.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:59 AM
In Forbes, Todd Essig wonders why there has been less discussion over the renaming of the former State Theater to honor its controversial patron.
Because of this sharp conflict between Koch’s record and the values of most New Yorkers, including ballet-lovers, protests about the renaming should be as popular as Citi Bikes and cronuts. But that has not happened. Instead, David H. Koch has his name on the theater and there has been barely a moral peep from well-educated, progressive New Yorkers. It is a curious incident of silence, like silent watchdogs signaling the familiarity of the thief.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:03 AM
A review of New York City Ballet by Sondra Forsyth for Broadway World.
Even so, the Martins' work was no match for the other two ballets on the program. I continue to be amazed that Martins has the temerity to put his ballets on the same bill with those of the masters, in this case Robbins and Mr. B himself. "Opus 19/The Dreamer", which Robbins choreographed in 1979 to Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major", depicts a man's yearning search for the elusive and ethereal woman of his imaginings. Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, as well as the corps of six couples, expertly executed the undulating moves that evoke an otherworldly ambience.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:10 AM
Dominic Antonucci of the Birmingham Royal Ballet is mugged in Manchester.
Dominic Antonucci was beaten and robbed by three thugs as he enjoyed an afternoon stroll through Ordsall Park.
The Greece-born US-raised dancer suffered cuts and bruises in the attack and needed surgery to repair a damaged retina.
The harrowing incident happened at 11am on Saturday, February 1, a few hours before the company took to the stage for a matinee performance of The Prince of the Pagodas as part of a theatre tour.
Two men and a teenager have since been charged in connection with the attack.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:18 AM
A report on Pacific Northwest Ballet: Petipa Exotique at the Guggenheim by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.
Mr. Fullington also reconstructed the three Bayadere solos. Again, these were certainly recognizable, but the older ones had more petit batterie and generally went at a faster clip. The first, the polka variation, was packed with little steps, and the dancer, Lieta Biasucci, did fall, but recovered nicely. The cabriole variation was more genteel, as the dancer didn't try to whack her nose with her legs, and had more arm variations; Angelica Generosa gave the beautiful choreography a gorgeous flow. The final variation, which in modern versions is often performed first, was much faster, so the balances weren't as strained, but it ended in the same charming run on point.
Brian Seibert's story in The New York Times.
Mr. Fullington wore his considerable erudition lightly, sharing the thrill of discovery when the notation matched a description in memoirs. His gentle wit acknowledged what might seem amusing about past conventions but also the comedy in present conditions (a corps de ballet of four rather than 48 for “La Bayadère”). He explained where the notation was partial: where it included one solo but not another, where it specified footwork and floor plan but not necessarily upper-body design or performance quality.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:22 AM
A review of "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" by Jennifer Merin for About.com.
Filmmaker Nancy Buirski's wonderfully compassionate and respectful profile of Le Clercq uses archival footage to show the beautiful ballerina's great performances, as well as capture telling moments in her childhood, dance training, relationships with other dancers and with the brilliant American choreographers George Balanchine, to whom she was married from 1952 to 1969, and Jerome Robbins.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:28 AM
Ivan Nagy has died at age 70. Obituary by Julie Engebrecht in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
But at the age of 35, at what many regarded as his peak, Nagy announced he was retiring. He said he knew far too many dancers who danced so long that they did permanent damage to their knees or backs. He wanted to avoid the physical ailments that plague so many dancers as they get older.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:30 AM
Cincinnati Ballet enters into a new agreement with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Cincinnati Ballet announced today that it has formed a new partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to share services. The ballet company will contract its accounting and financial services to the orchestra. That includes all daily needs such as processing invoices, payroll and insurance enrollment, monthly account reconciliations and budget reports.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:36 AM
The director, actor, and writer Harold Ramis has died at age 69.
Mr. Ramis was a familiar face at Bulls games, often with one of his three children. He played guitar and had a spiritual side as a supporter of the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living. A supporter of the Joffrey, he also had a hand in the making of a ballet documentary.
Harold Ramis was widely known for his work in comedy. But in the obituaries for the Chicago-bred actor, director, and writer who died Thursday at the age of 69, one thing tends to get overlooked. He also was a great fan of the Joffrey Ballet.
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