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  1. Paquita

    Jiri Jelinek

    It appears Canada's loss is Australia's gain -- it was just announced that former NBoC principal Jiri Jelinek is joining the West Australian Ballet: http://www.danceaustralia.com.au/news/new-appointments-at-wab He will be missed! He also has a new website: http://www.jiri-jelinek.com
  2. This is great news! I would love to see them both. Too bad Bridgett Zehr isn't coming too.
  3. That's great news! Looks like I'll be making another road trip to Ottawa next year:)
  4. I am going to be in London this October and definitely would love to see this exhibit!
  5. Just saw the preview screening tonight (it opens in Toronto tomorrow). Definitely an inspiring story with some great moments of dancing. I especially enjoyed the scenes when Li is training in Beijing. But I agree with Helene that the whole thing felt more like a TV-biopic than great cinema. Some of the lines were just so cliche, like Liz's "What about MY feelings?" or Li's "Here, I just feel so FREE!" (or something along those lines). As for the Houston Ballet scenes, I wasn't familiar with Murphy's "Swan Lake", so I found those segments rather surprising/odd. They also showed "Rite of Spring" (the Tetley version, I presume?). The filming is a bit frustrating - the jumps are shown in slow-motion and the turns are shown in fast-forward, making it hard to fully appreciate Chi's musicality and technique. Amanda Schull actually doesn't get a lot of dancing time. She really only dances in one scene, when she is practicing in the studio and meets Li for the first time. Overall, I quite enjoyed the film and would recommend it to other ballet fans, but I'm not sure if I would recommend it to those who don't have a particular interest in ballet. Oh and I think the funniest line in the whole movie was: "my aunt used to have a cat named chairman me-ow"
  6. Good news, the Stars of the 21st Century gala is returning to Toronto Oct. 14, 2010 at the Sony Centre! Stars of the 21st Century
  7. He fits the description, except for "dark".
  8. I saw "The Young Victoria" over the holidays and enjoyed it. I thought the lead actors had good chemistry and the sets and costumes were lovely. But I agree that there isn't much in the way of dramatic tension and I still found the characterizations a bit superficial. It's a real departure from "C.R.A.Z.Y.", probably Vallee's best-known film (which I would highly recommend).
  9. Not sure if he has been mentioned, but Seto Himedi has taken some outstanding photos over the years for Japan's "DANCE magazine".
  10. I have never traveled with them before, but their offerings look very tempting! Here is a link with information for an upcoming Washington, DC tour in Feb. 2010 and other possible tours.
  11. Here is a link to the announcement (now posted on the NBoC blog) with a photo of the cover shot.
  12. The NBoC just posted a note on their facebook page that Karen Kain is going to be on the cover of September's issue of Chatelaine (it's a Canadian women's magazine, I'm not sure if it's available in the US?). She was on the cover of the same magazine in 1973 after she appearing in "Sleeping Beauty" with Nureyev for the first time, which the company will perform again this fall.
  13. Oh that is disappointing for us Canadians:( I've only seen him in Cranko -- R & J and Taming of the Shrew -- and in those, he was excellent. Very confident technically, and a strong partner with natural acting abilities. I was looking forward to seeing more of him. Hopefully even though he is staying with Stuttgart he will still be able to come do some guesting at NBoC.
  14. I agree with you there! Thank you for sharing your impressions here, sunday! It sounds like it was a wonderful first Bayadere. It must have been so special to meet the dancers afterward. Hope you'll continue to report on Corella's performances!
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