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Saturday, March 18

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A review of Alberta Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" by Stephan Bonfield in The Calgary Herald.

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By all rights, this Edmund Stripe masterpiece is a fitting monument to Alberta Ballet innovation, and really, this Alice choreography, set to sublime music including William Walton’s gorgeous Façade Suite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s intimate ballet scores, ought to tour. Stripe’s is the equal of any other setting of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale and far superior to the more currently famous but insubstantial, choreographically crass Christopher Wheeldon version.

 

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Andrew Pfeiffer, costumier for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, has died at age 69.

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A good costume helps a dancer get into character. It makes you move the way you're supposed to.

 

So said Andrew Pfeiffer, better known as Pfeiff, who spent the better part of his career making "gravity defying" costumes for dancers at the Royal New Zealand Ballet company.

 

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The Vienna Festival Ballet presents "Swan Lake."

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......it was plain to see how the artistic director and world-renowned former ballet dancer Peter Mallek has built such a huge following since he founded The Vienna Festival Ballet in 1980.

 

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A review of American Ballet Theatre by Claudia Bauer for DanceTabs.

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Be careful what you wish for. The Boy in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream wishes for unlimited sweets; overfulfillment sends him to the hospital with sugar hallucinations. Ratmansky wished to re-create the 1924 two-act story ballet Schlagobers, using the original libretto and score by Richard Strauss. American Ballet Theatre gave his creation its world premiere on Wednesday, March 15, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, and what the audience got was a wafer-thin story heaped with decorative icing.

 

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A review of the Bolshoi Ballet by Ilona Landgraf in her blog, "Landgraf on Dance."

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So, finding little emotional support from the other leading dancers, it was up to Obraztsova to spin the magic thread of drama. She exuded energy, especially from the moment on when she writes the last lines of her love letter to Onegin. Obraztsova is blessed with natural, intense acting ability and total dancing. She utilized both for the role.

 

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A review of the Australian Ballet by Simon  Parris in his blog, "Simon Parris: Man in Chair."

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As with the recent, very successful tradition of staging thrilling triple bills of modern dance, the program for Faster gives a clear view of the terrific strength of the current company of dancers. To see eight of the ten Principal Artists perform on the one evening is a genuine thrill. This is further enhanced by the chance to enjoy unique combinations, such as Adam Bull and Chengwu Guo dancing together at the beginning of Infra.

 

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