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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:50 AM

A CNN story on male ballet dancers and their fight against stereotyping.

 

"It's not twee and pretty, that's for sure," said Jonathan Ollivier, who plays The Swan in what has since become one of the longest-running ballets in London's West End.

 

"We are bare-chested, we have feathered legs, and this quite striking beak on our face. It's quite masculine. All the guys are pumped up and it is very serious."

 

 



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:51 AM

Ballet Arkansas hires a new executive director.

 

Ballet Arkansas announced in June that it was raising $200,000 to secure rehearsal and office space on Main. Bearden said at the time that the new location would give the organization visibility within the community — something he said it had lacked in the past.

 

 



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:05 AM

A review of New York Theatre Ballet's 'Cinderella' by Holly Kerr for Broadway World.

 

Artistic Director Diana Byer's charming educational talks before the show are always engaging. They are a wonderful way to acquaint both young and adult audiences with the makings of a ballet. This talk centered on an entertaining demonstration by stage manager Pepper Fajans, who showed how the stage is marked with colorful tape to guide the dancers and props on the stage. This was followed by five adorable "dancing examples" (young students from New York Theatre Ballet's school) who made group patterns of squares, diagonals and triangles using the tape marks.

 

 



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

A "Talk of the Town" feature in the March 10 issue of The New Yorker on the struggle of New York City Ballet to replace the late Giorgio, the donkey featured in "Union Jack."

“We didn’t know exactly how old Giorgio was, but we did know that he originated the ballet, in 1976,” Marquerite Mehler, the company’s production stage manager, said. She was waiting in the wings for Peter Martins, N.Y.C.B.’s chief ballet master, who would evaluate the pony. “Giorgio was very calm and relaxed, but slow,” she said. “We sort of knew that it was the last time. A lot of people took pictures.”

 

Giorgio died last May. And Mehler, explaining, “I am somehow responsible for arranging the donkeys,” called Giorgio’s stable to ask if there was another animal that could take his place......

 


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:48 AM

A story on Dane Shitagi's photographs of ballet dancers, shot alfresco.

 

He has now amassed more than 1,000 images of strong and graceful ballet dancers for The Ballerina Project posing anywhere but onstage.

 

 



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:18 AM

An interview with Jean-Christophe Maillot by Susan Reiter for Playbill.

 

The collaboration between the two men has continued to enrich the company’s repertoire since they first joined forces on LAC. Since then, they have worked together on Choré, an unusual 2012 production that explores the world of Hollywood musicals, as well as on the recent Nutcracker (Caisse-Noisette Compagnie), and they are currently preparing for a new Taming of the Shrew which Maillot will create for the Bolshoi Ballet in July. “He allows me to not lose myself too much. It’s a question-answer relationship,” Maillot said of Rouaud, who had never seen Swan Lake, or even heard the score, before working on LAC.

 

 

 



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:20 AM

Riverside Ballet School may have to start looking for new digs.

Owner Glenda Carhart said she received an eviction notice from the owners of the Aurea Vista Building after the owner of Pixels, a bar located across the street, applied for a license to open a restaurant and nightclub on the ground floor of the historic 87-year-old building.

 

Carhart said parents protested, concerned about their children’s safety.

 



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:22 AM

A review of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

 

"Pas De Quatre", Sir Anton Dolin's pastiche of Jules Perrot's famous dance for four Romantic ballerinas, could have used more of an edge.  Only a lithograph remains of the original choreography, and Dolin created his work for four Ballets Russes dancers, who also posed in the well-known picture.  The four Kirkland dancers (Anastasia Barsukova, Michelle Katcher, Nicole Federov, and Katia Raj) caught the outlines of the Romantic style, but didn't have the inner sense of mystery; much of the problem may be that today the wafting arms and sloping shoulders can't help but evoke Edward Gorey.  It was a respectable and dutiful performance, but there are other genuine Romantic works that might have worked better.  But all in all, it was a thrilling evening, and I am grateful that the cavalry halted where I could see it, if only for a moment.

 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

An interview with Hiroto Saito.
 

 A few years later Saito went to work with Hong Kong Ballet.

 

In 2007, in Hong Kong, Saito met Canadian artistic director Bengt Jorgen. Jorgen convinced him to come to Canada and join his company. "Ballet Jorgen is a small company, but it performs a lot," Saito says. "And I needed to be kept busy. It was a perfect fit."

 

 




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