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Wednesday, April 19

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A review of Northern Ballet in "Casanova" by Bruce Marriott for DanceTabs.

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Northern Ballet, formally Northern Ballet Theatre, are known for presenting new dramatic ballets on known stories that resonate with the public. Casanova seems to fit this mould well insofar as many have heard of him and particularly his sexual exploits, and surely there is nothing sexier than dancers for conveying love and sex from the most spiritual to the most base and carnal. While much of the advertising imagery naturally picks up on this sexual angle, as Tindall says, “Casanova’s life was epic…” and he wanted to cover the diversity of it. Tindall and his dramaturg, Ian Kelly, author of a Casanova biography, realised that his story was too vast to tell from A to Z and simplified things but probably not really enough and one is still left with a very long list of characters from an ambassador, inquisitors, an aristocratic nun, a senator, a castrato impostor… through to Voltaire and Madame de Pompadour and many more. Both the programme and Tindall, via the stage, do much to explain the action, but you’d be well advised to bone up on Casanova and this particular telling (link to synopsis).

 

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A review of New York City Ballet by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

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Nothing was more sensational than Tiler Peck’s performance in the opener, “Allegro Brillante” (1956). This ballet has been a first-rate vehicle for this intensely musical virtuoso for some years, but on Tuesday she broke through to a new fire-and-wind level of fervor; her brilliance was fueled by both abandon and vehemence.

 

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Ballet Idaho closes its season with "Peter Pan."

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The company worked with technicians from Flying by Foy, the renowned company that owns the patented — and super-secret — technology to fly people on stage, in film and on television. They’ve flown everyone from Katy Perry and Bono to the casts of “Mary Poppins” and “American Idiot.” They’ve worked on every production of “Peter Pan,” from the Broadway musical to its two live television broadcasts, and with dance companies, including Ballet Idaho.

 

The Foy technicians taught the dancers — and the stage crew who will support them — to gracefully lift off and float across the stage. For these first-time fliers, being up in the air took a little getting used to.

 

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