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Thursday, March 13


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:07 AM

English National Ballet offers classes for students with Parkinson’s disease.

The mirrored and barred ground-floor rehearsal room, decorated with an archive of posters from productions of London Festival Ballet which morphed into English National Ballet, was set with enough chairs for up to 40 people. The ballet teacher, Becky, led the class, assisted by several volunteers, ex-ballet dancers like Danielle and Angela – not forgetting Nathan, who accompanied us on the piano and drum and led the voice-work. The class was conducted as if we were professional dancers but with a natural cheerfulness, un-patronising encouragement and a great understanding of Parkinson's.

 



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 05:17 PM

Cincinnati Ballet announces its 2014-15 season.

 

Sept. 11-21 / The Kaplan New Works Series: This series sold out all 10 shows this season. Now it moves from ballet's 250-seat performance studio to the 437-seat Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center. Choreography from Jennifer Archibald of Arch Dance Company, Heather Britt, Amy Seiwert of Imagery, William Whitener and Morgan. All but the Whitener piece are world premieres.

 

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

A review of San Francisco Ballet by Rita Felciano for danceviewtimes.

 

Perhaps Wheeldon's most intriguingly choreographed passages came in the ballroom whose waltzing couples seemed ordinary enough until they were caught in some kind of madness that would whip through them some kind of temporary frenzy. That's where the darkness in Prokofiev score came most to the forefront, though I must confess I didn't understand its dramatic relevance. Wafting back and forth on the sidelines, the dancers became human scenery, but quite out of place with the toy king Albert (Ricardo Bustamente) and his Queen Charlotte  (Anita Paciotti, her hair a spitting image of the current British Queen). I kept thinking of Balanchine's "La Valse." Was this the Prince's nightmare, some dream?

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

Ballet Pensacola wraps up its season.

 

“One of the things that’s neat about this for audiences is that we don’t often perform strictly classical works,” Steinert said. “We’re more known for doing contemporary, edgier works. In ‘Timeless,’ audiences will see shifts from a classical tutu ballet piece to a romantic pas de deux, right to something neo-classical. There’s nothing in ‘Timeless’ that’s very, very contemporary, so this evening really sits in that classical and neo-classical area.”

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:50 PM

Lucinda Dunn announces retirement plans.

 

After 23 years on the international stage, Australia’s longest serving female principal Lucinda Dunn OAM has announced her retirement on the eve of the Australian Ballet’s new show.

 

 

Related.

 

Dunn, who turned 40 last year, has been Australia’s longest serving ballerina, with the Order of Australia Medalist performing at the top level for 23 years.

 

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:53 PM

An interview with ballet student Kuu Sakuragi.

 

The Interlake student will play the part of “real boy” Pinocchio, the human being the puppet wishes to become, in the upcoming installment of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Family Matinee series. As a featured performer, he must not only dance masterfully, but do so to express the emotions of his character. It’s a challenge he welcomes, he said.

 

 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 06:14 AM

A clip of Misty Copeland dancing on The Arsenio Hall Show.

 

Misty Copeland gives an amazing dance performance to close out the show.

 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 06:42 AM

An interview with Jean-Christophe Maillot by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

 

“It’s not a rereading of ‘Swan Lake,’ it’s another thing, which is why I’ve called it ‘Lac,’ ” Mr. Maillot said in French in his office, filled with books and photographs, several of which feature the company’s patron, his friend Princess Caroline of Monaco. “When you see ‘Swan Lake,’ you are fascinated by the beauty of Act II, but you are seeing the femininity of a dancer, not an animal. For me, there is something more aggressive and primal here.”

 




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