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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:27 AM

A review of the Mariinsky Ballet by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian.

 

The Firebird opens what has easily been the best programme of the Mariinsky London season. In Marguerite and Armand, the company are pushed interestingly beyond their comfort zone: Ashton's elusive combination of dramatic naturalism and supercharged romance is a stylistic challenge. While Timur Askerov's Armand opts for a disappointingly wooden midpoint between the two, Uliana Lopatkina is a revelation. Her grand classical line makes Marguerite unquestionably queen of her own court, yet her body looks hollowed by illness, her happiness a fragile puff. Both exquisite and ravaged, this performance opens up fascinating views of Lopatkina's artistry in this late phase of her career

 

 

 



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:31 AM

Ballet dancer Instagram photo gallery (ladies only) from Glamour.

 

2. Isabella Boylston. Fashion and ballet have always gone hand in hand, and this American Ballet Theatre principal dancer knows it firsthand: Cushnie et Ochs made her custom wedding dress.

 



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

"Pillar of Fire" then and now.

A photo of “Pillar of Fire’s” original cast, alongside a photo of the cast from a 2003 restaging, is now on display (with dozens of other artifacts) as part of the Library of Congress’ new exhibit “American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years.”

 



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:45 AM

A preview of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s new program.

 

 

Mattress Suite is part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Allegro showcase.

 

The dancers wear underwear and the six segments include solos, duets and an all-male dance Threeway. All action is centred around one main prop - the mattress.

 



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:47 AM

Chambersburg Ballet Theater hosts an open house.

 

 

The open house will feature a performance by students attending the CBT School’s August Ballet Intensive in the premiere of a new ballet choreographed by guest faculty member Robert Steele, an internationally known ballet master. This neo-classic ballet, with a working title of “Pas de Six,” is being developed for CBT’s 15th anniversary Performances at Chambersburg’s Icefest on Feb. 1.



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:18 PM

New Line Cinema acquires the rights to Misty Copeland's autobiography.

 

In what’s shaping up to be The Blind Side set in the dance world, the film will chronicle Copeland’s striking rise to dance stardom. The late bloomer began training in ballet at age 13 while living in a welfare motel with her mother and siblings, learning so quickly she was dancing en pointe within months. She went from lessons at the local Boys & Girls Club to living part-time with a sponsor family while attending dance school. But as her ballet career escalated, so did a bitter custody battle between her mother and her host family.

 




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