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A review of Jessica Lang Dance by Deborah Jowitt in her blog, "DanceBeat."

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One of Lang’s missions seems to be the quiet demolition of ballet’s customs in regard to gender. The mix of sexes was malleable in almost every piece, made more so by recasting necessitated by the absence of Milan Misko. In the company’s six Jacob’s Pillow performances, three women danced The Calling four times, and a man (Jammie Walker) appeared in it twice.. Sometimes a male stepped into one of Misko’s roles, sometimes a female.

 

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The Bolshoi Ballet cancels the premiere of a new ballet based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev.

 

TASS

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The press service did not give any details of the decision to postpone the performance. A briefing on this topic will take place at the Bolshoi Theater on July 10.


 

 

BBC News

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Mr Serebrennikov has been a vocal critic of increasing censorship of the arts and has been critical of Russia's authorities.

 

His flat was raided, along with the state-funded theatre he heads, two months ago in an investigation into alleged embezzlement. The accountant and a former director of a company he founded were arrested.


The Guardian

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The details of Serebrennikov’s production had been kept tightly under wraps, with even the name of the dancer performing the main role a secret, Tatiana Kuznetsova, ballet critic for the Kommersant newspaper, wrote Saturday.


 

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A review of American Ballet Theatre's "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

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Shevchenko's opening Preghiera looked lovely, if a bit restrained and careful, and as yet she didn't have all the inner light that this emotionally exposed variation needs. There is no difficult choreography to hide behind and simplicity, like comedy, is hard. She danced the subsequent series of solos, with their witty timing and quick changes of direction, with a clear, sharp precision which showed off the choreography, but her dancing was more presentational than revealing, and as yet, she didn't have her own mystery, though her unmannered dancing had a regal and restrained beauty.

 

 

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A story on the cancellation of the "Nureyev" ballet by Shaun Walker in The Guardian.

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“The strangest thing here is how close Nureyev came to a premiere. Why wasn’t it postponed earlier?” asked Simon Morrison, a music historian at Princeton University who has recently written a history of the Bolshoi. He said “the frisson of intrigue, political or otherwise” has become part of the Bolshoi brand over the years, adding that he expected the production to make it to the stage eventually.

 

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