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Reviews of the Mariinsky Ballet.

 

The Daily Telegraph

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There’s more than a hint of both the magpie and the mission statement about the Mariinsky’s Contrasts mixed bill. Alberto Alonso’s expressionist Carmen Suite, created in 1967 for its Moscow-based rival the Bolshoi, is followed by Wayne McGregor’s contemporary Infra, made in 2008 for our very own Royal Ballet. Only after these very deliberate displays of latter-day variety does the company finally return to traditional, homegrown fodder, with Petipa’s glittering 19th-century showstopper, the Grand Pas from Paquita.

 

The Independent

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As Carmen, Diana Vishneva has great presence, but she can’t lift Alonso’s clichéd poses. The rest of the cast is stolid: when Konstantin Zverev is a stolid Jose, while Evgeny Ivanchenko’s bullfighter looks pompous.

 

The Financial Times

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So it proved on Tuesday night when this new/old Paquita won all our applause, with Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov lighting the big fireworks in grandest style: her elegance, wit and unforced brilliancies; his dashing prowess and clarity of means. It differs from an earlier (and corrupt, and who cares?) version that we have known and loved, but both are joys, and both tell of the nobilities of Mariinsky dance.

 

The Evening Standard

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Some dance with cool containment, others, like Vasily Tkachenko, bring fluidity and an urgent lyricism, while a bare-chested Filipp Stepin goes the full Russian with melodramatic flourish. They certainly do it justice; a reminder that while the classics might draw the crowds, this is not a company stuck in the past.

 

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More stories on the arrest of Talicia Martins.

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Talicia Martins and 20-year-old Jacob Flanagan were charged late last week with burglary and theft, and both were freed on bail. They're due in court Sept. 25 in Rockland.

 

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Surveillance footage of the two posted by Camden police showed Flanagan and Martins dressed in all black as they walked on a sidewalk. Flanagan appeared to briefly inspect a car before moving on.

 

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Septime Webre talks about his plans for Hong Kong Ballet.

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While praising the quality of the Hong Kong Ballet’s classical repertoire, Webre says he wants to add “a higher level of sophistication into the work made for the company”. He’s driven to create ballets designed to embody Hong Kong’s unique identity. Webre is particularly interested in Hong Kong films and says he has been inspired by his first experience of Cantonese opera.

 

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A review of the Mariinsky by Debra Craine in The Times.

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Loopy was Alberto Alonso’s Carmen Suite (1967), the opening attraction. Diana Vishneva, the internationally beloved Mariinsky ballerina, went into vampish overdrive as the titular seductress, but then the heavy-handed, leggy choreography (set to Rodion Shchedrin’s score) demands no less.

 

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Gossip links Diana Vishneva romantically with oligarch Roman Abramovich.

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“It was roundly derided as absolutely false from all corners at the time,” an Abramovich source told me. “If you search the Internet, you’ll see photos of Diana and Dasha together since then. They’re friends. The two families are. (Diana is married, too.) In fact, they’ve even worked together on projects.”

 

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs al fresco this month.

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The show features Pittsburgh Ballet dancers and choreographers performing five works, including short ballets from its “Millennial Movement.”

Orr, the artistic director for 20 years, said each are approximately 15 minutes long and feature three to 10 dancers per piece. He described it as an exciting addition with “young choreography and fresh new ideas.”

 

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A review of the English National Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" by Ilona Landgraf in her blog, "Landgraf on Dance."

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Nureyev also had a knack for showing psychological traits of the main characters and textures of relationships. Lord Capulet, for example, shook his daughter off like an annoying leech when she clung to his leg begging to be released from the marriage with Paris. But later, he was sensitive enough to keep Paris from kissing her hand. Differences in Romeo’s and Paris’s character were shown less subtly, but effectively. In the first act, Romeo was the only one of his group of friends who felt pity for a beggar and gave him a coin. The beggar, overwhelmed by this unexpected act of charity, dropped dead. In the third act, Paris, by contrast, arrogantly threw some money on the floor for the mandolin players whom he had engaged to greet his bride-to-be. Ironically, at this point, Juliet lay as though dead behind her bed’s curtain.

 

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Tulsa Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater next year.

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This “Creations in Studio K” marks the first time Tulsa Ballet has presented an evening of works by all female choreographers — a topic that has been much discussed in the dance press in the past few months.

 

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