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kbarber

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    balletomane, ballet appreciation teacher, ballet-themed trip organizer
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  1. Ballet de Bordeaux

    Eric Quilleré has been named Directeur de la danse in Bordeaux. He was assistant director under Jude and has been interim director since Jude's departure. Also announced: a partnership for sharing productions with Paris Opera Ballet, and one ballet a year for 3 years from Angelin Preljocaj, including potentially a piece created on the Bordeaux company in the third year.
  2. Manuel Legris announced on his facebook page that he will step down as AD of Vienna State Ballet when his contract expires in 2020.
  3. 2017-18 season

    also the company will be performing Man in Black in Hamburg a couple of weeks later. Not that I suspect it requires huge amounts of rehearsal time (it only has four dancers).
  4. An interesting interview with the choreographer of Australian B's new version of Spartacus: https://australianballet.com.au/behind-ballet/spartacus-redux?utm_source=BB&utm_medium=EDM&utm_campaign=TAB&utm_term=17MKBEHINDBALLET179EM&utm_content=version_A&sourceNumber=28395
  5. At Film Forum New York starting January 3. There will be some live Q&As, details to follow Posted over from facebook, so apologies for any formatting weirdness https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarceloGomesAnatomyOfAMaleBalletDancer/posts/?ref=page_internal WED3 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing THURS4 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing FRI5 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing SAT6 12:30 – 13:55 InterestedGoing 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing SUN7 12:30 – 13:55 InterestedGoing 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing MON8 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing TUES9 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing WED10 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing THURS11 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing FRI12 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing SAT13 12:30 – 13:55 InterestedGoing 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing SUN14 12:30 – 13:55 InterestedGoing 14:20 – 15:45 InterestedGoing 16:15 – 17:10 InterestedGoing 18:10 – 19:35 InterestedGoing 20:00 – 21:25 InterestedGoing 22:10 – 23:35 InterestedGoing
  6. I just stumbled across this. I haven't read it so can't say whether it's good or not. from the author's website: THE BALLET LOVER exposes the beauty and cruelty of ballet, the performances, the back stage moments, and the personal dramas of the famous ballet dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova as seen through the eyes of an American female journalist. Paris, 1970s: the orchestra plays the first note of Swan Lake. In the audience sits Geneva, an American journalist and ballet lover, waiting for the heart-stopping beauty of the romantic duet to start, but instead she witnesses Rudolf Nureyev failing to catch his Russian partner, Natalia Marakova, allowing her to fall with a crash upon the stage. Geneva interprets the fall as an act of cruelty, a man with all the fame and power in the world brutally letting fall his partner. When other critics defend Nureyev, Geneva vows revenge on the page, creating havoc in her own career and discovering surprising parallels between herself and the fallen ballerina. https://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/0615722865/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_cmps_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews
  7. David Hallberg's memoirs

    I don't think it's fair to call a dancer who suffered one catastrophic, almost career-ending injury "injury-prone". By all accounts his "very long absence" was required for full rehabilitation. Perhaps you should read Hallberg's book.
  8. 2017-18 season

    If you want to see Guillaume, I would say that opening night is a safe(-ish) bet. First cast means opening night, 2nd cast 2nd performance, 3rd cast sometimes 3rd performance but sometimes a matinee. But they don't have matinees in Ottawa. Glad to be of help!
  9. Nijinsky in Ottawa

    I'm answering this in two places because you posted it in two places. they are not likely to announce it until a few weeks before. I expect first, second, third cast will be same as in Toronto though, which you can find in detail here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/11/detailed-nijinsky-casting-national.html the only difference being that Piotr Stanczyk, who was injured in November, will likely be back as second cast Diaghilev. I am on the NBOC's media mailing list and I post casting to my website as soon as I get it from them so if you subscribe to the website you will get it promptly. All three casts are excellent.
  10. 2017-18 season

    they are not likely to announce it until a few weeks before. I expect first, second, third cast will be same as in Toronto though, which you can find in detail here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/11/detailed-nijinsky-casting-national.html the only difference being that Piotr Stanczyk, who was injured in November, will likely be back as second cast Diaghilev. I am on the NBOC's media mailing list and post casting to my website as soon as I get it from them so if you subscribe to the website you will get it promptly.
  11. Ratmansky R&J Coming Up - Casting a Mystery !

    Who are Stash, Katya, and Genya, please? Not all of us are on a first-name basis with the Bolshoi Ballet, let alone on a familiarfirst-name basis.
  12. RDB season 2017/18

    I don't think Bournonville lovers are a dying breed, as witness how enthusiastically Ulrik Birkkjaer's small group was welcomed in NY and London a couple of years ago. I am organizing a group trip to Copenhagen for this festival and I had over 70 people who had expressed an interest when we thought it was a Bournonville festival. Only 12 have signed up for the less-Bournonville version. This just reflects Hubbe's vision, I think.
  13. 2016-17 season

    No I was not thinking of a "Binet turkey". The link you gave was not a review but a preview, quoting Kevin McKenzie and ... James Kudelka on the merits of the production. I was thinking of Alastair Macaulay: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/arts/dance/04cind.html?8dpc " James Kudelka’s “Cinderella,” on show this week at the Metropolitan Opera House with American Ballet Theater, would be a good idea for a ballet — if only Mr. Kudelka’s idea were about ballet and if only he had the choreographic stagecraft to make good on it. " and Clive Barnes: " But however good the dancing - and however entrancing Prokofiev's score - we're left with the plebian and taste-challenged vulgarity of Kudelka's staging and the sheer banality of his choreography. "
  14. RDB season 2017/18

    That's about the size of it. Apparently Hubbe wants to show the world that the RDB is not just about Bournonville. The 10 days also include Swan Lake (staged by Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe) Young Choreographers evening "An evening of modern dance" details TBA and an evening called "Hubberiet" which is like a talk show (in Danish) hosted by Hubbe and featuring guests from other artistic and non-artistic fields. There are supposed to be ballet-related events going on throughout the city, but no info about them till January.
  15. 2016-17 season

    I don't think any other company in the world is asking for Kudelka's Cinderella, are they? It was absolutely trashed by the critics in New York.
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