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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

Washington Ballet presents British Invasion: The Beatles & the Rolling Stones, along with a list of previous rock-oriented ballets.

 

Of course, Webre’s troupe is hardly the first to stake out this territory. Over the years, many toe-shoe-conversant companies and choreographers have turned to rock (or the sub-genre known as pop) for reasons that have doubtless included a desire for timeliness and beyond-the-ivory-tower relevance, a hope of broadening audiences, an appreciation for musical vigor, or — as dance critics sometimes gripe — a quest for novelty.

 

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:46 PM

The Queen is not a ballet enthusiast, reports Darcey Bussell.

“I’ve been very fortunate and danced for her a couple of times. I wouldn’t say ballet is her favourite thing,” said the former prima ballerina.

 

Asked if the Queen had expressly told her so, Bussell replied: “She has [and] I have to say I admire her for being honest.”

 

 

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:48 PM

Fomer Australian Ballet dancer Tiffany Moulton is taken off life support after a fall.

After completing her dancing career with the Australian Ballet, which spanned 1995 to 1999, Ms Moulton worked in an administrative capacity at the Australian Ballet’s Sydney office.

 

For the past three and half years however, she worked as a donor program manager at the Sydney Theatre Company.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

A review of San Francisco Ballet by Sean Martinfield in The Huffington Post.

 

Yuri Possokhov's Firebird was given its world premiere by San Francisco Ballet in 2007. The strength of the production and its proven appeal rests in its simplicity and the well-defined nature of the characters. This season's opening night performance featured Sarah Van Patten as the title character, Tiit Helimets and Sasha De Sola as the Prince and Princess, and Pascal Molat in the delectable role of the evil Kaschei. In contrast to its companion pieces in Program 3, the anthropomorphic component within fairytales provides an open gateway to the impossible. Possokhov removes extraneous opulence from his production and grants the hallowed Russian story a new life with his near comic book/cartoon approach.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:55 PM

A preview in brief of Tom Gold Dance by Jack Anderson in The New York Times.

 

The company features Sterling Hyltin, a principal dancer with City Ballet, and includes other members of that company and American Ballet Theater.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

A review of the National Ballet of Canada by Paula Citron in The Globe and Mail.

 

Aszure Barton created Watch Her for the National in 2009, and this return confirms its genius. The piece is multilayered, multifaceted, and because it is original to the National, the dancers fit the choreography like hand to glove.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

The executive director of Milwaukee Ballet resigns.

 

Crocker said artistic director Michael Pink will assume direction of the Ballet through the rest of this current season. A transition team is in place and will work to assess the leadership structure for the Ballet.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

Wendy Whelan talks about the renovated flat she shares with her husband, David Michalek.

 

The apartment reflects the couple’s interest in nature (on display are several birds’ nests from their weekend home in Hudson, N.Y.), for wood, for light (lots of candles), for the natural (sisal rugs) and for the Far East. There are a pair of miniature wooden Japanese houses on a shelf in the living room near a framed Hokusai woodblock print and a small storage chest from New York’s Chinatown.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

A review of the BalletBoyz by Lucy Golding in The Slough Express.

Unlike a number of companies on the circuit, the BalletBoyz cast, some of which can only be in their late-teens, have been plucked from open auditions where a little dancing ability and a bucket-load of charisma is the key to getting the job.

 

And looks quite clearly play part. The dancers are rather easy on the eye, a treat for women and gays alike. Thankfully, if you’re only in it for the muscles, an evening at Balletboyz can easily be disguised as appreciation for the ‘arts’.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:04 PM

An interview with Matthew Rees of the BalletBoyz.

Fortunately Nunn and Trevitt are more interested in what he was able to do rather than say he could do on paper.

 

“They don’t look for people that have gone to schools or got bits of paper,” said Rees. “They look for what you can do. I know a lot of other companies where if your CV doesn’t jump out at them they won’t give you a second look.”

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:08 PM

A review of Jenifer Ringer's "Dancing Through It" by Rebecca Ritzel in The Washington Post.

 

Until this point, Ringer’s book is a small-town-girl-makes-it-big story. In subsequent chapters, the tone is darker, and the details are less specific. Ringer’s father was transferred again (to Europe and then back to Washington), and she was alone in New York battling anorexia, then bulimia. She doesn’t attribute her problems to life in a ballet company but to having had little life experience and no support system. “There was only me and my obsession with food and failure,” she writes, noting that she was also spiritually alone because she had put God “up on my shelf.”

 

 

An interview with Ringer.

She says ballet is not alone in its focus on being uber-thin.

 

“It’s an aspect of our cultural in general right now,” Ringer says. “The images of female beauty that we see in magazines and advertisements show an unnatural emphasis on people being too thin.”

 



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:01 AM

Darcey Bussell bobs her hair.

It was last year that Miss Bussell starred in the Leading Ladies campaign for Marks and Spencer alongside Olympic medal winner Nicola Adams, artist Tracey Emin, novelist Monica Ali and actress Dame Helen Mirren.

 

The mother of two starred in the high-profile advertising campaign which was pitched as a celebration of successful women, highlighting their desire to remain fashionable as they mature.

 

 

 




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