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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, May 4

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Allan Ulrich reviewed two premieres by Smuin Ballet:

http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Smuin-Ballet-review-2-premieres-point-to-future-5452560.php

Smuin Ballet opened its spring series and the climax of its 20th anniversary season Friday evening at the Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the kind of program one hopes to see more of from this source in the coming decade. This news-making bill featured two amiable premieres by familiar choreographers, both of whom capitalized on the remarkably high technical standards exhibited by the 16 dancers in a variety of material.

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Jill Sykes reviews Australian Ballet for the Sydney Morning Herald:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/dance/review-suite-is-a-work-in-progress-20140504-37q0r.html

So near yet so far. It's not that the performances were bad. Far from it. They were basically well danced with some strong highlights. But for a couple of short ballets that require the highest level of virtuosity and intense attention to detail to make their presentation worthwhile, opening night was less than ideal.


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A review of the last night of Sarasota Ballet's Ashton festival by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Thanks to Natalia for sending in the link!

From the Sarasota Orchestra's thundering renditions of the British and American national anthem, to a film clip of Ashton doing his trademark "Fred step" with prima Margot Fonteyn, to the indelible image of Logan Learned, as the "Blue Boy" in "Les Patineurs," endlessly turning as the curtain fell, rose, and fell again, the program could only be considered the frosting on an auspicious milestone for the company.

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