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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Queen of Balances: Viengsay Valdes

Here she is in her signature show-stopping Don Quixote grand pas de deux, with Osiel Gounod (Cuban National Ballet):



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ballets available online on BC's Knowledge Network

BC's Knowledge Network is offering several dance productions free online (accessible only in Canada), including Graeme Murphy's Romeo and Juliet (Australian Ballet, Madeleine Eastoe and Kevin Jackson),
 

David Bintley's Cinderella (Birmingham Royal Ballet, Iain MacKay and Elisha Willis),


James Kudelka's The Four Seasons (National Ballet of Canada, Rex Harrington, Chan Hon Goh, Greta Hodgkinson, Martine Lamy)



and the Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty (Alina Cojocaru and Federico Bonelli) and Nutcracker (Alina Cojocaru as Clara, Stephen McRae as the Prince, and Miyako Yoshida as the Sugar Plum Fairy.).
Follow this link: http://knowledge.ca/programs/dance

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Upcoming Ballet Broadcasts on PBS Great Performances

June 21, 2013 at 9 PM (National repeat from 2009 Season)
NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ




July 26, 2013 at 9 PM
DANCING AT JACOB’S PILLOW: NEVER STAND STILL



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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Up to 68% off Eifman Ballet Rodin in Toronto

Groupon is offering deep discounts on Boris Eifman's Rodin at the Sony Centre in Toronto, May 23-25:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-sony-centre-5

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Friday, May 17, 2013

A visit to Freed's pointe shoe factory

A very interesting article detailing a visit to Freeds of London, famous pointe shoe manufacturer:
http://spitalfieldslife.com/2013/05/16/at-freed-of-london-ltd-ballet-theatrical-shoemakers/#comment-110571

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Half price tickets for Boris Eifman's Rodin in Toronto

Travelzoo has the following offer:
The following seating areas are available for the performance on Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sony Centre in Toronto:
  • Rear Orchestra Sides LLL-PPP ... $27.50 (reg. $55)
  • Orchestra Centre W-PPP ... $37.50 (reg. $75)
  • Orchestra A-U ... $47.50 (reg. $95)
The Los Angeles Times raves, "you find the same in-your-face intensity, the same graphic sensuality, the same appetite for special effects and the same sense of pervasive darkness that distinguish the newest blockbuster films and hit television dramas."

"Rodin" is set to music by Saint-Saens, Massenet and Ravel.

Book by May 20. 
 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Video: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Danish Ballet

This behind-the-scenes documentary by Royal Danish Ballet dancer Julien Ringdahl follows Alban Lendorf, Carling Talcott, and Cecilie Lassen as they deal with the difficulties (and joys) of being a dancer in the weeks leading up to Christopher Wheeldon's new production of The Sleeping Beauty.

1,2,3 Dance - full length version from Julien Ringdahl on Vimeo.

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Tuesday 11 March – Thursday 20 March 2014

Copenhagen and Hamburg 4 performances

Royal Danish Ballet:

Manon (MacMillan)

Napoli (Bournonville)

Optional second performance of Napoli

Hamburg Ballet:

Vaslav, Ruckert Lieder, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen (all Neumeier)

Onegin (Cranko)

BOOKING JUNE 2013

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Ballet in Cinema Broadcasts for Canada 2013-14

Royal Ballet:
DON QUIXOTE Live – Wed., October 16
THE NUTCRACKER Live – Thur., Dec. 12
THE NUTCRACKER Encore - Sun., Dec. 22
GISELLE Live – Mon., January 27
A WINTER’S TALE Live – Mon., April 28
Reminder: The live broadcast of this ballet on April 28th is NOT being shown in Canada and the US.  
 
Bolshoi Ballet:
SPARTACUS Live – Sun., October 20
SLEEPING BEAUTY Live – Wed., Mar 19
SLEEPING BEAUTY Encore - Sun., Apr 13
JEWELS Live – Sun., January 19
LOST ILLUSIONS Live – Sun., February 2
THE GOLDEN AGE Live – Sun., March 30
NDT (Nederlands Danse Theater): To be announced

Visit http://www.cineplex.com/Events/DanceSeries/Home.aspx
for Canadian theatre listings, showtimes, and to buy tickets. 

For US theatre listings, please visit the Emerging Pictures website for a location near you. Only Bolshoi performances are being broadcast. 
http://www.emergingpictures.com/ballet/

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Profile of Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky, American Ballet Theatre: NYC-ARTS | Profile from NYC-ARTS on Vimeo.

includes interviews with David Hallberg, Julie Kent, and Sarah Mearns.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

National Ballet of Canada Carmen casting



Carmen Don José Michaela Garcia Escamillo
Wed. June 5th   @ 730     Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Robert Stephen Jiří Jelinek
Thurs. June 6th @ 2 Tina Pereira Jonathan Renna Tanya Howard
Christopher Stalzer McGee Maddox
Thurs. June 6th @ 730 Greta Hodgkinson Piotr Stanczyk Stephanie Hutchison Keiichi Hirano Jiří Jelinek
Fri. June 7th @ 730 Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Robert Stephen Jiří Jelinek
Sat. June 8th @ 2 Tina Pereira Jonathan Renna Tanya Howard Christopher Stalzer McGee Maddox
Sat. June 8th @ 730 Greta Hodgkinson Piotr Stanczyk Stephanie Hutchison Keiichi Hirano Jiří Jelinek
Sun. June 9th @ 2 Tina Pereira Jonathan Renna Tanya Howard Christopher Stalzer McGee Maddox
Sat. June 15th @ 730 Heather Ogden Guillaume Côté Xiao Nan Yu Robert Stephen Jiří Jelinek
Sun. June 16th @ 2 Greta Hodgkinson Piotr Stanczyk Stephanie Hutchison Keiichi Hirano McGee Maddox


All performances at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. For tickets:
http://national.ballet.ca/performances/season1213/Carmen/#AbouttheBallet-tab

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National Ballet of Canada gala repertoire and casting

The NBOC's "Mad Hot Ballet " gala at 6:30 pm on June 12 will feature the following pieces:
Por Ti by Spanish choreographer Luis Martin Oya will make its company premiere and will be performed by Principal Dancers TBA and Piotr Stanczyk.
Principal Dancers Guillaume Côté and Greta Hodgkinson will dance the Summer pas de deux from The Four Seasons by James Kudelka.
Enkeli, choreographedby Côté, will be performed by Corps de Ballet members Emma Hawes and Brendan Saye. Enkeli was originally created for The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize and Mr. Côté received the Audience Choice Award for choreography.
Guest artist Svetlana Lunkina will perform a pas de deux from Don Quixote with Piotr Stanczyk.
The performance will conclude with excerpts from Carmen by Davide Bombana, performed by Principal Dancers Heather Ogden and Guillaume Côté with Artists of the Ballet.
All guests are invited to attend a Carmen-themed reception in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room following the performance, complete with Spanish-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

To buy tickets: http://national.ballet.ca/ecomm/ticketing/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=1474


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Great video: Ballet, what's in it for men

A great piece from Australian Ballet in which Adam Bull, Christopher Rodgers-Wilson, Cristiano Martino, and Cameron Hunter explain why they are ballet dancers:



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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beautiful MacMillan pas de deux: rehearsal video

Jenna Roberts and Iain MacKay of Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearse MacMillan's rarely seen Pavane pas de deux, to music by Fauré:

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Pavane rehearsals from Rob Lindsay on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why you want to go to Copenhagen to see ballet

Among the Royal Danish Ballet's many fabulous dancers is Alban Lendorf. Here he is in La Sylphide, Etudes, and Swan Lake. Look at those beautiful jumps and beats!!!









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Tuesday 11 March – Thursday 20 March 2014
Copenhagen and Hamburg 4 performances
Royal Danish Ballet:
Manon (MacMillan)
Napoli (Bournonville)
Optional second performance of Napoli
Hamburg Ballet:
Vaslav, Ruckert Lieder, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen (all Neumeier)
Onegin (Cranko)
BOOKING JUNE 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

TV Profile of Guillaume Cote

Global TV's 16x9 featured Guillaume Cote on Friday May 10th, now available online:
http://globalnews.ca/video/553276/full-story-the-dancer



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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Wheeldon's Cinderella in San Francisco:reviews

For a synopsis and reviews from the Dutch National Ballet performances, click here.  

Click on the title  to take you to the article.

Carla Escoda: San Francisco Spares No Expense on a 21st Century ...
Spanish, Russian and Balinese princesses vie for a reluctant Prince Guillaume's affections in Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella for San Francisco Ballet ...
www.huffingtonpost.com/.../san-francisco-spares-no-expense_...


Christopher Wheeldon's 'Cinderella' Premieres At San Francisco Ballet (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

The San Francisco Ballet has never shied away from a challenge (it is the oldest company in the nation, after all), and this Friday's national ...

No fairy godmother in this 'Cinderella' - San Francisco Chronicle

www.sfchronicle.com/.../No-fairy-godmother-in-this-Cinderella-446440...
6 days ago – For a Cinderella ballroom coach like no other, Wheeldon acquired the services of ... San Francisco Ballet rehearses Wheeldon's Cinderella.

San Francisco Ballet – Cinderella – San Francisco

By Aimee Tsao Dance tabs 


DanceTabs
Christopher Wheeldon's new Cinderella for San Francisco Ballet is spied in 2 more casts by Aimée Tsao. Some nice dancing but still rather an OTT Broadway-style extravaganza:
http://dancetabs.com/2013/05/san-francisco-ballet-cinderella-another-look-san-francisco/

Review: San Francisco Ballet works magic with Wheeldon's 'Cinderella'
San Jose Mercury News
Christopher Wheeldon was smart to choose the Grimm Brothers' "Cinderella" for his first evening-length ballet, which the San Francisco Ballet opened Friday at the War Memorial Opera House in a sold-out run. This two-hour, 33-minute ballet in three acts ...

SF Ballet review: 'Cinderella' charming
San Francisco Chronicle, Alan Ulrich
"All Cinderellas should look and dance as well as this one".

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Pure Magic in San Francisco Ballet Cinderella

San Francisco Ballet

By Janice Berman, San Francisco Classical Voice

Christopher Wheeldon's 'Cinderella'—A Smash Hit for Season Finale at SF Ballet
Examiner.com
Christopher Wheeldon's CINDERELLA is pure magic. Together with librettist Craig Lucas, the choreographer takes the age-old folk tale and develops a number of delectable twists which, like Cinderella's missing shoe, are a comfortable match to the ...

SF Ballet Reviewed: Modernly Divine “Cinderella
The San Francisco Appeal
Christopher Wheeldon's new “Cinderella” is simply spectacular. ... A co-production with Dutch National Ballet, this “Cinderella” made its US debut at San Francisco Ballet last Friday to high expectations, hard-to-contain excitement, and a sold-out ...

Christopher Wheeldon's Take on Prokofiev's 'Cinderella'
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — On Wednesday the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will present a world premiere and an update of an old ballet at New York City Ballet's spring gala. Yet over this past weekend he was presenting a different premiere in the Bay ...

The Two Sisters
Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes

Cream rises to the top
Bay Area Reporter
San Francisco Ballet's Cinderella (choreography: Christopher Wheeldon) is already sold out. Before it opened, rumor has it, it was sold out. Don't let that stop you. You must go. Somebody's mother-in-law always gets sick, and you can get her ticket on ...

"Cinderella" Sells Out
San Francisco Examiner
If a sold out week-long run of Christopher Wheeldon'sCinderella” is anything to go by, San Francisco Ballet should note that story ballets and fairy tales sell. “Cinderella,” which opened at the War Memorial Opera House on May 3 and closes May 12 ... 

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Online streaming of Maryinsky II opening gala

On line for the next six months:
http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Gala_Inauguration_Theatre_Mariinsky_II_Saint_Petersbourg/

Ballet highlights:
- video tour of new theatre to music from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
- entrance of the Shades from La Bayadere
- Uliana Lopatkina in an excerpt from Neumeier's The Nutcracker
- Vaganova students, followed by company in finale of Etudes
- Diana Visheneva in an excerpt from Carmen Suite
-  Ekaterina Kondaurova performs The Dying Swan
- opening of The Rite of Spring (Hodson reconstruction) followed by Sasha Waltz's new version for the company
- Olga Esina and Alexander Sergeyev in Petit's "Leda & the Swan"
- Oxana Skorik and Vladimir Shklyarov in the finale from "Diamonds"

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Wheeldon Cinderella Cinema Broadcasts

The Dutch National Ballet production starring
Matthew Golding
Anna Tsygankova
Larissa Lezhnina
Nadia Yanowsky
Megan Zimny Gray
Remi Wortmeyer

will be broadcast in cinemas as follows:

 Verenigd Koninkrijk | United Kingdom

> Bluewater: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May2013
> Bristol: Showcase Cinema de Lux
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Cardiff: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Coventry: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
Cromer: Regal
08 mei | May 2013
> Derby: Showcase Cinema de Lux
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Dudley: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Elgin: Moray Playhouse
02 mei | May 2013
Falmouth: Phoenix
o8 mei | May 2013
> Glasgow: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Leeds: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Leicester: Showcase Cinema de Lux
02/05/2013
05/05/2013
> Nottingham: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
Okehampton: New Carlton08 mei | May 2013
> Paisley: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Peterborough: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Reading: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Street: Strode Theatre
30 mei | May 2013
> Teesside: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
> Walsall: Showcase
02 mei | May 2013
05 mei | May 2013
Workington: Plaza
26 juni | June 2013
> Ystradgynlais: The Welfare
02 mei | May 2013

Australië | Australia

> Bondi: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Canberra Manuka: Greater Union
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Castle Hill: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Chermside: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Cronulla: Greater Union
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Indooroopilly: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Innaloo: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Macquarie: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Marion: Event
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Maroochydore: Birch, Carroll & Coyle
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Newcastle: Greater Union
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013
> Pacific Fair: Birch, Carroll & Coyle
11 mei | May 2013
12 mei | May 2013

Brazilië | Brazil

Curitiba: UCI Estacao Plaza Show
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Curitiba: UCI Palladium Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Fortaleza: UCI Iguatemi Fortaleza
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Juiz de Fora: UCI Independencia Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Recife: UCI Recife Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Recife: UCI Tacaruna Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Recife UCI Casa Forte
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Ribeirao de Preto: UCI Ribeirao Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Rio de Janeiro: UCI Norte Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Rio de Janeiro: UCI New York City Center
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Salvador: UCI Iguatemi Salvador
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Salvador: UCI Paralela Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Sao Paulo: UCI Analia Franco
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Sao Paulo: UCI Jardim Sul
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013
Saop Paulo: UCI Santana Shopping
08 juni | June 2013
09 juni | June 2013

Hongarije | Hungary

> Budapest: Urania National Film Theatre
28 april 2013

Nederland | Netherlands

> Breda: Chasse Cinema
16 juni | June 2013
Wageningen: Heerenstraat
9 mei | May 2013

Nieuw Zeeland | New Zealand

Albany: Event
12 mei | May 2013
Chartwell: Event
12 mei | May 2013
New Plymouth: Event
12 mei | May 2013
St Lukes: Event
12 mei | May 2013
Westgate: Event
12 mei | May 2013

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Hamburg Ballet trip possibilities 2014

I am looking at two different Tours en l'air trips including Hamburg for next year. If you are potentially interested in either, please let me know (toursenlair@gmail.com) as soon as possible. This does not commit you to anything, but it helps me to know which trip to concentrate on. The first trip, being a couple of days shorter and not in high season, will cost less than the second one, but until I have a clearer idea of the amount of interest I will not be able to give a price estimate. Both trips would include some sightseeing. The July trip could possibly be made shorter. This is the time for you to let me know what would suit you best!

Kinderszenen
Tuesday 11 March – Thursday 20 March 2014

Copenhagen and Hamburg 4 performances

Royal Danish Ballet:

Manon (MacMillan)

Napoli (Bournonville)

Optional second performance of Napoli

Hamburg Ballet:

Vaslav, Ruckert Lieder, Chopin Dialogue, Kinderszenen (all Neumeier)

Onegin (Cranko)

BOOKING JUNE 2013 
 





Tuesday 1 July – Sunday 13 July 2014

Hamburg 7 performances

Hamburg Ballet:

Hamlet, Vivaldi, As You Like It (all Neumeier)

Liliom (Neumeier)

Onegin (Cranko)

Messiah (Neumeier)

Othello (Neumeier)

Tatiana (Neumeier)

Nederlands Dans Theater:

Mixed program

BOOKING JUNE 2013

 

Dance Open Ballet Festival Gala streaming online

Watch the Gala of International Ballet Stars DANCE OPEN on-line:
http://www.tv100.ru/video/view/hii-mejdunarodnyy-festival-baleta-dance-open-95001/  
Anastasia Stashkevich (Bolshoi Theater of Russia)
Iana Salenko (Staatsballett Berlin)
Yonah Acosta (English National Ballet)
Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet)
Jason Reilly (Stuttgart Ballet)
Anna Tsygankova (Dutch National Ballet)
Matthew Golding (Dutch National Ballet)
Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet)
Joseph Gatti (Boston Ballet)
Jurgita Dronina (Dutch National Ballet)
Fabien Voranger (Semperoper Ballett Dresden)
Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)
Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theater)
Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Theater of Russia)
Semyon Chudin (Bolshoi Theater of Russia)
Elena Algado (Entredos Ballet Espanol)
Miguel Angel Corbacho (Entredos Ballet Espanol)
Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Theater of Russia)
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera (Staatsballett Berlin)
Mikhail Kaniskin (Staatsballett Berlin)
Lucia Lacarra (Bavarian State Ballet)
Marlon Dino (Bavarian State Ballet)  
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Paul Taylor Dance Company on PBS tonight

Great Performances is  showing a performance of Paul Taylor Dance Company tonight:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/paul-taylor-dance-company-in-paris/about-the-film/1649/

Brandenburgs is one of Taylor’s magnificent collection of works set to music by a master of the baroque.  The dance’s exuberance matches the ferocious energy of Bach’s spirited concertos. Mary Clarke of the Manchester [UK] Guardian wrote, “Beauty is the only word for Brandenburgs… [which] celebrates the good things in life.  Such a radiant, seamless flow of invention that the choreography seems an entirely natural way of moving to this music.”
Beloved Renegade is set to Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.”  The dance was inspired by the life and work of 19th Century American writer Walt Whitman, who revered the body and soul as one and who famously loved all with equal ardor. It depicts the experiences of an artist described in a line from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”: “I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul.”
Scenes from Whitman’s life include watching youngsters at play, and tending to the afflicted just as the poet nursed wounded soldiers during the Civil War. After his own mortality is foretold, the poet bids poignant farewell to those who love him. He is then embraced by a benevolent feminine spirit with “the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding death.”

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