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  1. Thelma Schoonmaker introduces the digitally restored version of "Tales of Hoffman" at the Venice Film Festival, with video link to Martin Scorsese. Includes references to dance in film, Robert Helpmann etc. http://www.labiennale.org/en/mediacenter/video/71-46.html
  2. Such Sad News. A news report has been uploaded to youtube
  3. British Pathe has some footage of the production from Beryl Grey's performance in Swan Lake at the Bolshoi in 1958 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/beryl-grey-at-the-bolshoi/query/beryl+grey http://www.britishpathe.com/video/beryl-grey-performs-swan-lake-ballet-at-bolshoi-th/query/beryl+grey
  4. Sergei Filin Attacked

    He played Abderakhman in the recent broadcast of "Raymonda":
  5. I thought that this was a really good advertisement for "Graduation Ball" at Teatro Colon. I think it is aimed at children. I also think that they are using the melodies from Johann Strauss illustrated by clips from the production to help sell the ballet. It looks as if it is a really popular production.
  6. Sergei Filin Attacked

    I thought that the expressions/reactions of the dancers during the speech were particularly moving. I found some more footage of the Bayadere rehearsal in a report from the Moscow correspondent/Phil Black of Sunriseon7 (Australia). Focus now is on moving forward. There will also need to be some work to repair damage to their reputation. The clip includes some film of the press conference with Galina Stepanenko.
  7. Sergei Filin Attacked

    Is the translation given in this article/feature from Sky news? http://news.sky.com/story/1042573/bolshoi-acid-attack-dancers-return-to-stage
  8. I watched the documentary "Joffrey, mavericks of American dance" online on PBS last night : http://video.pbs.org/video/2320387369/ I really enjoyed the program. Great footage of Massine staging Parade with the Joffrey.
  9. Yuri Faier's recording of the Swan Lake ballet suite with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra (now available on MP3) was my introduction to Swan Lake. The record notes indicate that the Bolshoi presented Swan Lake with Gorsky choreography during their UK 1956 tour so I assume that this is the production that the Mikhailovsky theatre has revived and has just transmitted (the costumes and choreography of the Spanish dance on the DVD “Paul Czinner's 1956 The Bolshoi Ballet” match those in the Mikhailovsky production). The video below (no sound) shows the arrival of the Bolshoi company and the scenery in 1956. Yuri Faier is shown at 2 minutes, 40 seconds. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/arrival-of-bolshoi-ballet/query/bolshoi Performances of Swan Lake by the Bolshoi always take me back to my first memories of listening to the ballet suite – the interpretation of the music in the ballroom act is particularly special for me. In terms of yesterday's live stream from the Mikhailovsky, I loved the production, the dancers/dancing and the music. The ballroom act was my favourite because the interpretation of the music with the dancing brought back so many memories. Other highlights were the corps de ballet in the Gorsky choreography and of course the performances of the principal dancers. I also greatly enjoyed the competition and the performances by the stars during the grand prix on Wednesday and Thursday. http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/en/afisha/detail/151614/ http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/en/afisha/detail/151615/ Grand Pas Classique is a great favourite of mine so I particularly enjoyed the pas de deux performed by Olesya Novikova and Leonid Sarafanov. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed the performances of the more modern choreography, e.g., the pieces choreographed by Bigonzetti, Edward Klug and Nacho Duato.
  10. Hi Nyusan I've been enjoying the performance on: http://paraclassics.com/mikhailovsky-theatre-swan-lake-tchaikovsky-ekaterina-borchenko-victor-lebedev/ Usually it's possible to view a rerun of the performance for a few hours after the end of the transmission, so hopefully you might be able to catch up on anything that you might have missed.
  11. Sylvie Guillem

    Sylvie Guillem at the NCPA dance festival Beijing (videos) Interview with Sylvie Guillem http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultureexpress/20121114/101330.shtml Short feature on Sylvie Guillem's show http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultureexpress/20121114/101297.shtml Overview of NCPA festival, including review of Sylvie Guillem's show and discussion on the growth of dance in China http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultureexpress/20121114/101332.shtml
  12. Spanish TV feature on 22nd (2010) Ballet Festival of Havana with many dancers featuring Julio Bocca, Tamara Rojo, Loipa Araujo, Joaquin de Lux, Victor Ullate, Antonio “El Pipa”, Elier Bourzac and Ismael Albelo Neodans Aldo Lopez (In spanish) http://www.rtve.es/a...habana/1557757/ (probably no references to Agnes De Mille)
  13. I believe that the fiim may include some footage from Ann Barzel. I'm always interested in first hand accounts of Ballet Russes performances and of meetings with Diaghilev particularly when they are based in Paris. The film also covers the period where she curated exhibitions for the costume institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Didn't she write a catalogue for the exhibition Diaghilev: costumes and designs of the Ballets Russes?
  14. It's available now on the LPO website. Concert starts around nine minutes after the beginning of the video.
  15. "The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Academy of Arts join forces to present Music in the Courtyard, a unique outdoor concert that celebrates Impressionist masterpieces from the realms of visual arts and orchestral music, with kind support from JTI.....The expansive melodies and subtly shifting harmonies you can hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform in works by Ravel, Chausson and Dukas are the perfect musical counterpart to the paintings by Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Degas, and others, that feature in the Royal Academy’s From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism exhibition. Programme order with approximate timings Ravel Rapsodie espagnole (15 mins) Chausson Poème pour violon (16 mins) Ravel Une barque sur l'océan (7 mins) INTERVAL (20 mins) Duparc Mélodies (15 mins) Dukas La Péri (17 mins) Ravel La valse (13 mins) Fabien Gabel conductor Danielle de Niesesoprano Simone Lamsma violin The filmed concert has already been streamed live but will be available on demand from Monday for two weeks: Lots of supporting information/articles/video from the Guardian: http://www.guardian....monic-orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) http://www.lpo.org.uk/ra/index.html. The LPO has a twenty page booklet of program notes on its website.
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