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Tuesday, August 12

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Carlos Acosta says he's considering starting a new dance company in Cuba.

Acosta told Cuba's newspaper Granma that he would like to form a small company along neoclassical and contemporary lines.

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"I would like to create a small company to develop a neoclassical and contemporary line. I'm still maturing the idea of the project but it should become a reality in two years. In this way, the Cuban public will have more time to see me dance, because I want to settle here permanently," he asserted.

Acosta plans to say goodbye to stages after preparing a version of Carmen for the Royal Ballet of London, the company in which he's has been guest leading dancer over the last 11 years.

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Two reviews of the Mariinsky Ballet.

The Arts Desk

The Ashton has now suffered the fate its choreographer feared - it has joined the list of international star vehicles whistled up for leading ladies who love period frocks and a tragic death. The wheels of this particular one were never intended to travel very far, and the bad news is that last night Marguerite and Armand was tragic in all the wrong ways, blighted by insensitive casting. Diana Vishneva, scheduled to have Vladimir Shklyarov for her lover, was suddenly switched to Konstantin Zverev, a reasonable porteur thrust into a gladiatorial arena of expectations that he hasn't the right gifts to satisfy. It was deeply unfair both on him and on the ballet itself.

The Financial Times


The Mariinsky’s strength in depth was also apparent in Alexei Ratmanksy’s exhilarating Concerto DSCH. Set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto (zestfully played by Vladimir Rumyantsev), this all-too-short ballet is a feast of supercharged classicism. The breathless energy of the allegro movements reads at times like Soviet pastiche but the witty and poignant interaction of couple and trio hints at infinite dramatic possibilities.

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A tidbit from an obituary of Lauren Bacall, who has died at age 89.

. She went on to Julia Richman High School in Manhattan and also studied acting at the New York School of the Theater and ballet with Mikhail Mordkin, who had on occasion been Pavlova’s partner.

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A review of the Bolshoi Ballet by Marianne Adams for danceviewtimes.

By shifting the focus of the story away from the romantic fairy tale narrative, Grigorovich invites a philosophical inquiry centered on Siegfried’s psyche: What is his ideal woman like? How does the Prince wrestle with the demons of his darker side (embodied in the Evil Genius character) that keep testing his choices? Is any of it even real? With the right cast, this production has an infinite number of interpretive possibilities.

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Huntsville Ballet announces its 2014-15 season.

Huntsville Ballet Company will present a twist on a few classic productions along with some eclectic performances in this season's lineup.

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