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Wednesday, August 13


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#1 dirac

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:44 AM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings on five new dancers.

 

 

 

Three of the new hires -- Masahiro Haneji, Michaela King and Marisa Grywalski -- come from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s graduate program. Lucius Kirst and Jake Unger hail from Ballet San Jose and Houston Ballet II, respectively.

Mr. Haneji is a native of Japan who trained with the Houston Ballet Academy and Houston Ballet II before coming to the PBT School. He’s competed in a number of international ballet competitions, recently earning a bronze in the World Ballet Competition’s pas de deux category.

 

 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:58 AM

A preview of Chicago's annual Dance for Life benefit.

 

 

Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, said, "In curating this year's program, the Dance for Life Committee decided to represent many forms of dance. Since the Joffrey is a ballet company [rather than contemporary or jazz], we agreed to present one of the classics of the ballet repertoire, George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. This is a bravura work, with extremely difficult jumps, turns and lifts. This is a beautiful work, with dynamic music and brilliant partnering.

 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:13 AM

A review of "Armida" at  the Rossini Opera Festival by Shirley Apthorp in The Financial Times.

 

 

 


Ever faithful to the original score, Pesaro presented all of the work’s ballet music, accompanied by unhelpfully vapid dancing (choreography: Michele Abbondanza). Ballet in opera today, when it no longer serves the function of displaying juicy girls for the enjoyment of rich men in back boxes during the opera’s second half, seems a curiously aimless thing. Nightclubs have stolen the darkroom idea, opera houses have sanitised their back corridors – could that be a reason for supposedly dwindling audiences? – and in any case, to render ballet coherent for the modern opera-goer, a stage director needs to have a few more ideas than Ronconi.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:38 AM

Atlantic City Ballet celebrates its thirty-second season.

 

 

 

“Struggled” could be the understatement of the year, as funding quickly dried up when, for some outlandish reason, new casino investors deemed that gamblers neither enjoy nor appreciate ballet.

The troupe lost their home but continued to rehearse and perform throughout town — sometimes without heat or lights — forcing them to be, very literally, dancing in the dark. They eventually moved to a space in Galloway Township and would go on to perform at community colleges in the area.


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 04:22 PM

A review of the Mariinsky Ballet by Jann Parry for DanceTabs.

 

Ashton created Marguerite and Armand as a vehicle for two great ballet stars. The ballet was based on the particular qualities of Fonteyn and Nureyev, their stage presence and their relationship, as perceived by their adoring public. Recent revivals (banned during Ashton’s lifetime) could only be justified if the leading dancers were truly exceptional. Well, Diana Vishneva and Yuliana Lopatkina are; but Konstantin Zverev is no Nureyev. He should never have been cast, replacing Vladimir Shklyarov at short notice.

 

 



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:03 AM

Benjamin Millepied will present a new ballet for L.A. Dance Project.

 

Millepied will unveil the work at a three-day residency at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, with performances scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The new work is set to Philip Glass' music, though the company didn't specify which pieces. The costumes will be by Janie Taylor, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet.

 




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