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    critic, editor of danceviewtimes.com and teaches ballet history at the Kirov Academy of Ballet
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  1. Alexandra

    Another new RDB article

    Thanks for the question, Drew. I really can't say. I haven't been over there since 2000. (I spent a lot of time in Copenhagen in the '90s, but after I finished my biography of Kronstam I stopped going.) I'm only in touch with a few people -- very knowledgeable and devoted balletomanes -- and when the new "Napoli" first came out I was surprised to learn that they liked it. "It's so good to see something new," as one put it. Hubbe's "Folk Tale" was really loved, I was told. I've been told, and have read, that many Danish ballet fans have been sick of "Bournonville" for some time now, and resent him for being "cute and charming". We do have some Danish readers of this forum, and a few regular visitors to the company, and I'd love to know what they think.
  2. Alexandra

    Another new RDB article

    About the current Festival, with a special word about "Etudes." NOTE: The article is in Danish BUT if you scroll down, you'll find an English version. HÜBBE’S COMPANY
  3. Alexandra

    Is Bournonville Still Alive?

    Looking at this thread, I'm not sure! Thanks for your post, Drew. I've seen a Bournonville influence as well, or perhaps they both share a vision of dance. The "Bournonville generalists" were 3 or 4 people in the early 90s who touted Bournonville and probably did love him, but whose productions were.....lacking in life. The generation before them (Hans Brenaa in everything; Kirsten Ralov, the mistress of Bournonville style and director of several productions; and Henning Kronstam's "La Sylphide" and Act 1, at least, of "Napoli") flowered with Kronstam's 1979 Bournonville Festival. I haven't seen the company in awhile, so I can't say whether Hubbe's approach to Bournonville is fair. He's certainly not scheduling much of it, though. Others who've seen the company recently?
  4. For some interesting answers to that question, here's Eva Kistrup's interview with Danish dance critic Alexander Meinertz: Is Bournonville still alive?
  5. Alexandra

    Liam Scarlett's Queen of Spades for the RDB

    Jane, did you see it?
  6. I noticed this morning that when I searched for "ballet performance DVDs" nearly every one that came up on the list said to hurry, only 1 in stock, or 5 in stock, etc. There were very few "More on the way" notices. Has anyone else noticed this, or read/heard that Amazon is no longer going to sell ballet DVDs?
  7. MALCOLM McCORMICK, DANCER, COSTUME DESIGNER, DANCE HISTORIAN DIES AT 90 We just posted an obituary for Malcolm McCormick, noted costume designer and dance historian, on the DanceView blog here: http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/danceview/
  8. Alexandra

    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    Here's the link to the NYTimes article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/arts/dance/peter-martins-resigns-ballet.html
  9. Alexandra

    Laetitia Pujol Bids Farewell To POB

    I admired her dancing very much. Thanks to all who posted.
  10. danceviewtimes is both pleased and proud to announce that Martha Sherman, who contributes to danceviewtimes as well as other publications, has a new blog, Martha's Dance Card. You'll find interviews, features and other articles about dance there. Her first piece -- In Dialogue with a canary torsi about CAST/STAGE/AUTHOR -- is a two-part interview with a very interesting artist. Click and read!
  11. Alexandra

    danceviewtimes's 2000th post!

    Thanks very much, everyone! (I haven't been around much lately, I'm sorry to say, but the school year is windindg down, and I hope to visit a lot in the summer.)
  12. I know there are quite a few dvt readers here (thank you!) and I wanted you to know that we just put up a review by Mary Cargill of the Boston Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty". It is our 2000th post! http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2017/05/heres-looking-at-you.html Thank you to all of our writers, and readers, who have made this possible -- and to the internet, 'cause an online publication is a lot cheaper than publishing a small press magazine! -- and reaches more people!
  13. Alexandra

    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    I think "Etoile" is still the official top rank of POB dancers.
  14. Alexandra

    Monday, February 6

    A review of the Mariinsky Ballet's "The Little Humpbacked Horse" (Alexei Ratmansky) for danceviewtimes. A Boy and His Horse
  15. I saw opening night, and loved it. I usually enjoy Ratmansky's ballets, and I thought this one was very...original, even for him. and full of zest and high spirits. And the dancers were fabulous! I did a lecture on this ballet at the Kennedy Center Saturday, and asked how many people had seen it and if they liked it, and at least 80% of them (looking at the raised hands) did. I was a bit surprised, as the opening night audience was fairly quiet, until the final scene.