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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:00 PM

Reviews of the Bad Boys of Dance.

 

The Guardian

 

Director Rasta Thomas, whose own career as a classical dancer included stints with the Kirov and Dance Theatre of Harlem, says he created this show in order to take ballet into the 21st century, and inject it with the raw energy of street dance and jazz. Twyla Tharp, in fact, was successfully rocking the art form decades ago in works like Deuce Coup. Yet if Thomas's show turns out to be much lamer than its title, it's not because it's been pre-empted by history, but because it has so little style.

 

 

The Independent

 

Performed by the Bad Boys of Dance, Rock the Ballet is the wrong kind of bad. The posters promise high kicks and big jumps; on stage, the Bad Boys don’t know what to do with themselves between the tricks.

 

 

The Financial Times

 

A cast of male dancers, led by the notably agile Thomas, leap, offer the flashier ballet steps in brief bursts, and suffer the irruptions of the only woman in the cast, whose regrettable forte is barefoot scampering, emotion by numbers, and an over-generous desire to dispose herself in attitudes expressive of angst or come-hither eagerness.

 

 

 

The Evening Standard

 

And why not. This is not a show to be snotty about. The time whizzes by and the second half picks up when the disco beats kick in and they start to look like they’re really enjoying themselves. By the time their tops come off and it all goes a bit Chippendales there is much whooping from the (mostly female) audience. This is a suspend-all-judgment and drink-a-bottle-of-Lambrini-before-you-go show.

 

 

 



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:04 PM

A preview of "Rock the Ballet."

While some might berate the show for its cheesiness – figuratively speaking, it really does whiff of a strong stilton – there is no denying the talent of the individuals that have been unleashed on the Peacock Theatre’s stage. You only have to look at them – and there are a lot of people looking, trust me – to fathom their physical strength, which they put to good use with some spectacular turns, gravity-defying leaps and crowd-pleasing backflips.

 

 

 

More reviews.

 

WhatsOnStage

The boys may be bad, but they're disciplined by the powerful Canterna, dancing her own choreography with passion and verve. In bare feet throughout, she demonstrates an impressive athleticism and sexiness, partnered with superb strength and grace in the first act, Beautiful Day, by principal dancer James Boyd. There's a narrative of sorts – lovers who find each other and then fall out – but this act is really a series of short, sharp bursts of energy as the music sweeps through The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay and Aerosmith, ending with U2's "Beautiful Day".

 

 

 

Gay Times

 

 

The two stand out numbers were Donny Hathaway's A Song For You in act one, which gave everyone their 15 seconds to shine, literally, with Blake Zelesnikar holding himself for what seemed an eternity in a very elegant but difficult pose. The second was David Guetta and Skylar Grey collaboration Shot Me Down, showing a romantic entanglement from the two principals, interlaced with the bare chested boys.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:05 PM

Photos from "Rock the Ballet."

 

Rock the Ballet's thumping, pumping soundtrack of classic rock and pop hits includes Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger, George Michael's Faith, LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It, U2's With or Without You, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith, The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley. All massive global hits, collectively they have chalked up more than 800million hits on Youtube.

 

 



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:09 PM

A preview of the USA International Ballet Competition.

For Jackson, it's a chance to show off the renovated auditorium hosting the competition. It's named for Thalia Mara, the dance director who moved to the city in 1975 and brought the first competition to Jackson in 1979. Dancer and choreographer Robert Joffrey headed the international panel of jurors that year, helping establish the competition's credibility.

 

This year, jury is being led by Edward Villella, an acclaimed dancer under George Balanchine in the New York City Ballet who went on to found and direct the Miami City Ballet.

 



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:11 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre in "Cinderella" by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger.

 

Cinderella and her Prince aren’t the only ones celebrating. This exhilarating evening-length production also signals a sunny outcome for Ashton’s fans, who have waited for decades while ABT experimented with inferior versions of this 20th-century classic. For the dancers, of course, this week marks the beginning of a wonderful adventure, as Ashton’s ballet comes packed with opportunities for them to expand their technical and dramatic range.

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:09 AM

A review of the English National Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" by Louise Levene in The Financial Times.

 

The youngest Juliets are not automatically the best: Fonteyn, Maximova, Ulanova and Makarova all danced Shakespeare’s 13-year-old heroine well into middle age. Rojo, 40 last month, has the face and physique of a teenager but in scorning the stock gestures of girlie gaucherie – the lowered eyes, the ducking head, the fidgety fingers – she gives us a much cooler, more assured Juliet than the impetuous adolescent she first created for Deane 16 years ago. Her long stage partnership with Acosta makes for some carefully polished but rather bloodless pas de deux with none of the reckless timing needed to make the love scenes soar.

 

 

 

Review by Laura Dodge for Londonist.

 

International stars Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta excel in the lead roles. They’re a couple of grinning schoolchildren as they meet at Juliet’s balcony. Later, they give an impassioned and thoroughly convincing final death scene. English National Ballet dancers also sparkle as supporting characters, particularly James Streeter (Lord Capulet), who responds to his daughter’s disobedience with an anger that is terrifying even from several rows back.

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:13 AM

Roy Kaiser bows out at Pennsylvania Ballet.

 

Kaiser, who had moved from principal dancer to ballet master to associate artistic director, took over during a period of turmoil that had seen the board shut down the company after the previous director resigned in protest over budget cuts. That director – Christopher d’Amboise – had started his tenure by launching a campaign to save the company from bankruptcy.

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:18 AM

The artist Shirin Neshat collaborates with  Krzysztof Pastor on a film installation for Pastor's new version  of "The Tempest."

 

“We shot most of the film in Holland and now we’re watching the rehearsals and carefully going back between the dancers and the editing room,” Neshat says. The ballet is due for seven performances in Amsterdam and will later move to Warsaw, where Pastor is now the director of the Polish National Ballet. There are plans for a Singapore edition as well, and Neshat hopes the play will come to New York in the future.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:19 AM

The season at Jacob's Pillow gets underway with a gala.

 

Aside from cocktails, dinner, dancing and mingling with the artists, gala-goers will be treated to performances by members of the Hong Kong Ballet, which begins a Pillow engagement next week; Carmen de Lavallade, the legendary dancer and actress whose new show receives its premiere later next week; dancers from the Trey McIntyre Project in McIntyre's "Bad Winter"; and dancers of The School of Jacob's Pillow in the world premiere of a work by Jessica Lang, prepared in just four days.

 

 

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

Johannesburg City Ballet celebrates its tenth anniversary.

With a little massaging, the calves of the great Yvonne Mounsey would recall the hand of prolific choreographer George Balanchine in their first performance of Swan Lake in 1951. It was this repertoire that built the New York City Ballet.

 

She later returned, as Yvonne Leibrandt, to her farm near Pretoria where she and Faith de Villiers established the Johannesburg City Ballet, which would grow to become the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal, or Pact, as we remember it.

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:24 AM

Kara McLoughlin retires from Scottish Ballet. Item in brief.

 

But the show, in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, will also mark the retirement of the 35-year-old from the stage after a career with Scottish Ballet.

 



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

Additional stories on the move of "Le Tricorne"  from The Four Seasons.

 

The 19-by-20-foot curtain, called “Le Tricorne,” is being donated to the New York Historical Society, where it's expected to go on display after some conservation work, painting owner the Landmarks Conservancy said. The timetable isn't clear; the groups are working out the arrangements.

 

 

 

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With the offer from the New York Historical Society to house and display the curtain, Rosen has agreed to pay for removing the curtain, conservation work and relocation, Breen said.

 

"It's going to be a complicated and tricky move," she said.

 




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