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    critic, editor of danceviewtimes.com and teaches ballet history at the Kirov Academy of Ballet
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  1. Sorry! I missed this. Thank you, Karen.
  2. A review of Alexei Ratmansky's "Giselle" by Alexandra Tomalonis.
  3. Thank you for letting us know, RG. Sad news indeed. Don was very important as a writer and editor for such a long time.
  4. Marat Daukayev taught at KAB for awhile, and was very loved. He's an excellent teacher and a very kind man. This post has been up for awhile, and I haven't heard any follow up news, but I hope things will work out for them.
  5. Very sad news. He was known as a great teacher, indeed, and influenced so many dancers.
  6. I'm so glad to read this! Thanks for posting this, maps. Here's a link to a piece I wrote about Ratmansky's Harlequinade: Ratmansky's Harlequinade
  7. Thanks for that, Imspear. I think not that many people are familiar with "Harlequinade," which often makes for box office problems in DC.
  8. "Harlequinade" will play the Kennedy Center this week. Here are a few links to articles and reviews on danceviewtimes about the ballet that opened in New York last spring. Petipa Laughs "Alexei Ratmansky's Harlequinade" January 22, 2018 by Mary Cargill City Center's Studio 5 presentations, like the Guggenheim's Works & Process series, offer glimpses into the creative process, but the City Center's are held in a working studio, with the audience forming a U-shape around the speakers, which gives a casual, immediate air to the presentations. The most recent featured the
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. For some interesting answers to that question, here's Eva Kistrup's interview with Danish dance critic Alexander Meinertz: Is Bournonville still alive?
  13. 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?
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