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    balletomane, ballet appreciation teacher, ballet-themed trip organizer
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  1. Does anyone know anything about this? e.g. where the dancers other than Kolb and Iosifidi come from? Judging from the venue in Toronto, there will be no orchestra. Do we think it would be worth US$87/ Cdn$115 to see it? https://biletru.us/carmen-suites-stars-of-mariinskiy-theatre-s-peterburg-russia/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CarmenToronto&fbclid=IwAR2r_43O4sF8gmTBFu4Qk_jyLXm-P0ppiBaj8n6h_ezv_uYe3c0v4sgLD3c
  2. Countess Sybil de Daurice Ekaterina Barykina Raymonda, сountess' niece Olga Smirnova Andrei II, the King of Hungary Alexander Fadeyechev Knight Jean de Brienne, Raymonda's fiance Artemy Belyakov Abderakhman, Saracen knight Igor Tsvirko Clemence and Henriette, Raymonda's girlfriends Anastasia Denisova Maria Vinogradova Bernard and Beranger, troubadours Klim Efimov Ivan Poddubnyak Seneshal Nikita Elikarov Two Knights Dmitry Efremov Egor Khromushin "Raymonda's daydreams" Bruna Cantanhede Gaglianone Alexandra Trikoz Ana Turazashvili Angelina Vlashinets Victoria Yakusheva Xenia Zhiganshina First Variation ("Raymonda's daydreams") Antonina Chapkina Second Variation ("Raymonda's daydreams") Eleonora Sevenard Saracenic Dance Nina Biryukova Evgeny Triposkiadis Spanish Dance Anastasia Ermolaeva Kristina Karasyova Mazurka Anna Balukova Anton Savichev Hungarian Dance Oxana Sharova Vitaly Biktimirov Grand Pas Olga Barichka Antonina Chapkina Olga Kishnyova Ekaterina Smurova Alexandra Trikoz Victoria Yakusheva Ekaterina Zavadina Xenia Zhiganshina Ivan Alexeyev Batyr Annadurdyev Anton Gaynutdinov Alexei Gaynutdinov Fuad Mamedov Artur Mkrtchyan David Motta Soares Maxim Surov Four Cavaliers' Variation Aleksei Khamzin Ivan Poddubnyak David Motta Soares Denis Zakharov Variation (Grand Pas) Elizaveta Kokoreva Conductor Pavel Klinichev
  3. Livestreams cost 14 euros each and must be booked over https://www.staatsoperlive.com/ They must be watched within 72 hours of curtain time in Vienna. November 22, 2019 19:00 - 21:15 Peer Gynt Choreographie Edward Clug Music: Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Denys Cherevychko Solveig Nina Poláková Death Eno Peci A Deer Zsolt Török Åse, Peer Gynt's Mother Liudmila Trayan Ingrid, the bride Eszter Ledán The Woman in Green Rebecca Horner Aslak, a blacksmith Alexis Forabosco Mads Moen, the bridegroom James Stephens Anitra, Daughter of a Bedouin chief Céline Janou Weder January 3, 2020 Le Corsaire Choreographie Manuel Legris after Marius Petipa and others May 17, 2020 Sylvia Choreographie Manuel Legris after Louis Mérante and others
  4. Wow. exquisite costumes by CHANEL for Paris Opera Ballet's opening gala performance of Lifar's Variations.
  5. Design In Motion A NEW YORK CITY BALLET FALL FASHION GALA RETROSPECTIVE An exhibition celebrating innovative design and exhilarating performance. Experience a first-of-its-kind retrospective that showcases the incredible artistry of the New York City Ballet (NYCB) Costume Shop. The costumes on display were created for NYCB’s annual Fall Fashion Gala—one of the most exciting and anticipated events on New York’s cultural calendar. The Fall Fashion Gala was conceived by NYCB’s Board Vice Chair, Sarah Jessica Parker, and launched in 2012 with the legendary designer Valentino. On display is the work of twenty-six top fashion designers who collaborated with Marc Happel, New York City Ballet’s Director of Costumes. Accompanying the costumes are videos documenting each of the collaborations. The exhibition is open to the public and can be experienced on the first and third floors of INTERSECT. There is no admission fee. Mannequins for Design in Motion: A New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala Retrospective are generously provided by Frank Glover Productions. Designers Virgil Abloh of Off-White™ | Rosie Assoulin | Thom Browne | Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen | Tsumori Chisato | Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta | Giles Deacon | Alberta Ferretti | Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of MONSE and Oscar de la Renta | Prabal Gurung | Iris van Herpen | Carolina Herrera | Mary Katrantzou | Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo | Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida | Hanako Maeda of ADEAM | Zuhair Murad | Dries Van Noten | Gareth Pugh | Narciso Rodriguez | Jonathan Saunders | Olivier Theyskens | Valentino | Jason Wu 11am-10pm Daily, September 24, 2019 - October 20, 2019 Location INTERSECT BY LEXUS, 412 West 14th Street, New York NY 10014
  6. For the first time ever, there are more boys (16) than girls (11). Does anyone know if this is true of other vocational ballet schools? Article here https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/canadas-national-ballet-schools-graduating-class-1.5288565?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR0im0Xz57WXhcXRAQwn7ZZ-QpmV-h5SaTKuxeh_DfKu-UH8zQqUEEyprcA
  7. Greta Hodgkinson to Retire as Principal Dancer from The National Ballet of Canada Final Performance in Marguerite and Armand in March 2020 September 19, 2019 … Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Greta Hodgkinson will retire as Principal Dancer in 2020 after a remarkable career that spans 30 years. Ms. Hodgkinson will dance the title role in Giselle and appear in Petite Mort in November as well as The Nutcracker in December. Her final performance as Principal Dancer will be the seminal role of Marguerite in Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, acquired in her honour by Ms. Kain and the National Ballet, which makes its company premiere during the Winter Season February 29 – March 7, 2020. The 2019/20 season is Ms. Hodgkinson’s 24th year as a Principal Dancer with the company, a milestone achieved only by two other dancers in the National Ballet’s history: Ms. Kain and former Principal Dancer Veronica Tennant. “From the moment I saw Greta in class at Canada’s National Ballet School I knew she was a force to be reckoned with in every way,” said Ms. Kain. “She is a fearless, exquisitely musical dancer – and one of the most technically proficient artists I have known. She excels in the most classical of ballets and the most contemporary. Her contribution to this company cannot be understated. It has been a pleasure to watch her wonderful career.” “I am forever grateful to The National Ballet of Canada for the many incredible opportunities I have had to fulfill my dreams and dance here and around the world over the past 30 years. This privilege enabled me to grow as an artist in an immeasurable way,” said Ms. Hodgkinson. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the National Ballet, my colleagues, friends and especially the audience members who shared in the journey.” Ms. Hodgkinson has dazzled audiences and critics alike with her immaculate technique and dramatic power. She is a gifted interpreter of great classical roles and an instinctive collaborator on new work, making her a favourite with choreographers. Ms. Hodgkinson leaves a legacy of roles created for her including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Summer in The Four Seasons by James Kudelka. She has worked with such choreographers as William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Alexei Ratmansky, Glen Tetley, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite and Guillaume Côté. In addition to her acclaim in National Ballet productions, Ms. Hodgkinson has had an illustrious international career, performing on stages across the world with The Kirov Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet, Teatro Comunale di Firenze and others. She has enjoyed long standing partnerships with the National Ballet’s Rex Harrington, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Guillaume Côté and has danced with such partners as Roberto Bolle, Carlos Acosta, Marcelo Gomes, Massimo Murru, Laurent Hilaire, Federico Bonelli, Robert Tewsley, Tetsuya Kumakawa, Jason Reilly, Steven McRae and Matthew Golding. Offstage, Ms. Hodgkinson was invited to work with dancers of The Bolshoi Ballet to stage the Russian premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet in September 2017. She was also a Répétiteur for the world premiere of Frame by Frame by Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage. In 2017, Ms. Hodgkinson was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour and received two Citations from her home state of Rhode Island, the highest honour given by the state in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and contribution to the arts and culture. In 2000, Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in James Kudelka’s Swan Lake.
  8. Yes I love FIT! Wish I were closer. I saw the exhibition they did a couple of years ago about the wardrobe of Countess Greffuhle, one of Diaghilev's patrons. It was fabulous.
  9. The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York has announced this upcoming exhibition: Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse Special Exhibitions Gallery February 7, 2020 – April 18, 2020 Ballet is a centuries-old art form that consistently reflected and absorbed prevailing fashions. It was not until the interwar years of the twentieth century that ballet took its place in the western pantheon of modern high culture and began to influence many areas of creativity, including fashion. At the same time, the ballerina, the art form’s most celebrated practitioner, blossomed into a revered figure of beauty and glamour, and her signature costume — the corseted tutu — inspired many of fashion’s leading designers for the first time. Organized by Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT, Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse will illustrate the rise and subsequent influence of classical ballet and ballerinas on high fashion from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. The popularization of classical ballet during the mid-century owes much to the British and Americans. A French creation that was elevated to a supreme art form in Imperial Russia, classical ballet would become the most popular performing art in the United Kingdom during the 1930s and 1940s, and later, the United States. At its peak, from the early 1930s to mid-century, haute couture looked to classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty for aesthetic inspiration. Modern ballets performed in leotards and tights would also influence mid-century American activewear fashions. Most of the 80 objects on view in the exhibition will be high fashion garments, ranging from Parisian couture to British custom-made clothing to American ready-to-wear. Also included will be a small selection of costumes and rehearsal clothing illustrating the rich yet often overlooked connection between classical ballet and fashion. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book to be published by Vendome Press. Contributors will include Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Joel Lobenthal, Jane Pritchard, and Rosemary Harden. Image: Charles James ballgown, silk chiffon, satin, netting, and boning, 1954-1955, USA, gift of Robert Wells in memory of Lisa Kirk. Admission to exhibitions is free. Address Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992 Information: 212 217.4558 Hours Tues - Fri Noon - 8pm Saturday 10am - 5pm Closed Sundays, Mondays, and the following legal holidays: July 4th Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day New Year’s Day
  10. I thought the film was dreadful. At one point I said, "If she runs around one more time shouting "Nyikki", I shall scream". And then of course she did.
  11. I don`t think that`s fair to Harss at all.
  12. The OUP Dictionary is now the Oxford Dictionary of Dance (Craine and Mackrell, 2010).
  13. Here are Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays' 2019-20 trips. For more info please message me or email me at toursenlair@gmail.com You can also visit my website at https://toursenlair.blogspot.com/ 2019 New York Friday October 4 - Sunday October 6, 2019 (Canadian Thanksgiving is October 14) 3 days, 2 nights, 4 performances New York City Ballet: All Balanchine: Valse Fantaisie, Kammermusik No. 2, Union Jack Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Everywhere We Go (Peck) Serenade, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 (both Balanchine), Summerspace (Cunningham) Opus 19/The Dreamer (Robbins), New Lovette, New Liang, Symphony in C (Balanchine) This will probably be the only Tours en l'air New York trip of the 2019-20 season. 2020 Berlin and Dresden March 14 - 22, 2020 9 days, 8 nights 4 performances Berlin State Ballet: La Bayadere (Petipa, reconstructed by Ratmansky) The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa, staged by Marcia Haydée) Dresden Semperoper Ballet: The Four Temperaments (Balanchine), Black Milk (Naharin), new Fernandez, Errand into the Maze (Graham) Ballet Chemnitz: Swan Lake (Peci) Paris and Amsterdam March 29 - April 9, 2020 11 days, 10 nights 4 performances "I love Paris in the springtime..." (Who doesn't?) Paris Opera Ballet School: Coppelia Paris Opera Ballet: all Balanchine: Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, Serenade Dutch National Ballet: Four Seasons (Dawson), Yugen (McGregor), new Arques Nederlands Dans Theater 2: mixed program Milan and Rome Wednesday April 29 - Thursday May 7, 2020 Ballet of La Scala: Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) Rome Opera Ballet: Suite en Blanc (Lifar), Serenade (Balanchine), Bolero (Pastor) Note that I do not usually offer European trips with only two performances, but I am constrained by the company's schedules. Up to you to decide whether you are interested in a ballet trip with not very much ballet! Munich Munich Ballet Week May 23 - June 1, 2020 10 days, 9 nights, 8 performances Bavarian State Ballet: Coppelia (Roland Petit) Pictures at an Exhibition (Ratmansky), New Dawson, TBA Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Wheeldon) Jewels (Balanchine) Swan Lake (Barra) Spartacus (Grigorovich) The Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier) Bayerisches Junior Ballett München and Ballet School: mixed program Vienna (day trips to Brno, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia) June 4 - 12, 2020 9 days, 8 nights 5 performances Vienna State Ballet: Coppelia Sylvia (Legris) Contemporary Mixed Program Ballet of the National Theatre of Brno: Radio and Juliet (Clug) Ballet of the National Theatre of Slovakia: Giselle London June 12 - 21, 2020 10 days, 9 nights Royal Ballet: Preludes (Ratmansky), Tombeaux (Bintley), Symphonic Dances (Scarlett) Birmingham Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Theme and Variations (Balanchine), Chacona (Montero), new Cardim Royal Opera House Young Talent Festival: programs by European Junior Companies TBA Other possible performances by English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and other companies TBA
  14. at an NBOC donors' event in April she said she was about to have surgery. no details though.
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