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    October 15-17, 2004

    Choreography: Fernando Bujones

    Music: Santana

    Orlando Ballet, Orlando’s only professional ballet company, opens its 31st season with a must-see repertory program that has something for everyone. Ballet To Tango, Latin & Jazz is an extravagant combination of dance styles all in one spectacular performance. This program displays Orlando Ballet’s versatility and the dancers’ ability to go to the edge in everything from a new classical ballet by Artistic Director Fernando Bujones, to a new world premiere with Tango compositions choreographed by Elizabeth Gillaspy, to the popular Latin piece of Maria Julia Landa’s Let’s Dance Salsa and the fireworks finale of Allison Harts Jazz ballet, To the Rhythm – with music by Santana. Prepare to be thrilled.

  2. ABT will be performing in Dallas in November.

    from TITAS


    November 16 & 17, 2004

    Back in Dallas for the first time in over 30 years!

    Experience the passion, power and movement of one of the world's most revered and innovative dance companies. The full company of New York's American Ballet Theatre will electrify the McFarlin Auditorium stage, featuring such phenomenal talents as Jose Manuel Carreño, Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Belotserkovsky, Nina Ananiashvili, Ethan Steifel, and many more. Since 1940, the American Ballet Theatre has performed in the greatest theatres around the world, creating a tradition of passion, innovation, and athleticism that transcends cultural boundaries and touches the soul of ballet lovers old and new.

    "Defining the best in American dance!" -San Francisco Chronicle "A guaranteed crowd pleaser!" -The Globe and Mail

  3. I just returned from the 2004 TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet. It was a great evening! Here is my first ever review :)

    The first act opened with Jose Manuel Carreno (ABT) and Lorna Feijoo (Boston Ballet) in Adam's Giselle Pas De Deux (Act 2). It was well excecuted, although not my favorite. The two were very good, but that is one pas that I prefer to see in the whole ballet. I feel it loses some meaning without the scenery and the rest of the story to go along with it.

    Rhasta Thomas performed Roger C. Jeffrey's Last Kiss, a contemporary piece, next. Thomas's lines and jumps were awesome! The lighting also added a great effect to the piece.

    The next piece was Patricia Barker and Jeffrey Stanton (both of PNB) performing Balanchine's Agon. I don't believe I have ever seen this performed live, and it was a treat. Barker's legs and feet were beautiful and she definitely has strong technique. Stanton partnered Barker very well...the two were great.

    Lauren Anderson and Andrew Murphy of Houston Ballet performed the Black Swan Pas de Deux next. I was not as impressed with these two performers. Anderson never fully convinced me of her role as a swan and Murphy lacked expression, although he was a good dancer technically.

    Christopher Vo, a graduating senior from Booker T. Washington (a performing arts school in Dallas) was a special guest in tonight's performance. He performed a piece choreographed by Dwight Rhoden called Growth (A Part of a Bigger Picture). Christopher Vo is one to look for in the future.

    The second act opened with Barker and Stanton again performing Balanchine's Stars and Stripes. The two had great chemistry on stage and really played it out well. Technically everything went well and it was fun to watch. Once again, I was impressed by Barker's beautiful lines and turns. Stanton impressed me with his character and was also technically strong.

    Anderson and Murphy returned on stage to perform Stevenson's Cinderella Ballroom Pas de Deux. The two looked better in this piece, although still not of the quality of the other performers tonight. The choreography was interesting to watch, as I have never seen it before.

    Christopher Vo performed a second solo by Jessica Lang. It was an excerpt from Oblivion and Some Look Back. Again, well excecuted and a dancer to watch grow into an artist.

    The most exciting performance this evening was Rasta Thomas and Chiaki Yasukawa (Orlando Ballet) in the Le Corsaire Pas de Deux. The adagio was beautiful...then on to Rasta's variation. He excecuted it with the expected power and exquisite jumps. Yasukawa's variation was also wonderful. Her turns were all great and she has a beautiful arabesque. The coda was by far the best part, however... Most notable were Yasukawa's fouettes, which were as follows: single, single, back attitude turn into a double fouette about four times then she went into 3 singles and a double...ending with a triple pirouette! Rasta proceeded to match her wonderful turns with a series of turns in a la seconde, ending in multiple pirouettes. The two recieved a standing ovation at the end!!! :wink:

    The last performance was Feijoo and Carreno in Don Quixote pas de deux. A special treat, as both dancers are Cuban. They started off a little shaky, but ended strong....both excecuting multiple pirouettes and Feijoo producing double fouettes in the coda. It was also worthy of a standing ovation.

    The 2004 TITAS Command Performance of International Ballet started out slow, but ended very strong! I hope to be able to attend again next year....if anyone else attended, do please review!! I am interested to hear how others thought it went!

  4. I went :innocent: It was a lot of fun and exciting. Stella Abrera and Xiomara Reyes were there at the beginning and had to leave early but I was lucky to get their signatures. Paloma Herrera, Irina Dvorovenko, and Maxim Belotserkovosky were all inside the gallery at a table signing away. I got pictures with them and their autographs. All dancers were very nice and it was a great event:)

  5. Well, I ordered this full length....I like it and the quality is good, however... the variation that I ordered it on is not quite right. I like the music that is on ABT's Corsaire (Gillian Murphy's variation) and I thought maybe I could record off of my video, until I realized there is clapping in it! Any suggestions on how I can solve this one? I need something close to this version, but it's for a performance so I can't have clapping in it! I have a while until I need it but any help would be greatly appreciated!

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