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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

David Hallberg in conversation

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, David Hallberg, Principal Dancer for American Ballet Theatre and Premier Dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet, will sit down for a moderated conversation with Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser titled David Hallberg: In Conversation with Michael Kaiser. Mr. Kaiser will conduct a frank and open discussion exploring Mr. Hallberg’s thoughts on his technique and training, his opinions on the world of ballet, his performing with the acclaimed American Ballet Theatre, and the experience of being the first and only American Premier Dancer at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet in its 237-year history. The hour-long conversation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Family Theater and will be streamed live over the Kennedy Center website.
Tickets for this event are free. General admission tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the Kennedy Center Box Office, by calling (202) 467-4600, or by visiting kennedy-center.org.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Alina Cojocaru joins English National Ballet

ENB made the following announcement today:

Alina Cojocaru to Join English National Ballet

Alina Cojocaru, one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, is to join English National Ballet.
  
Speaking of her new role, Alina Cojocaru said: “I am very excited to be joining English National Ballet next season.  I am attracted by the opportunities the repertoire offers, the combination of the classics and the chance to work with choreographers I really admire. I have always enjoyed dancing and performing in the UK and am delighted that English National Ballet will give me the chance to reach new audiences outside London.  Not shy of challenges, I look forward to what the future might bring. Sharing Tamara's passion for the art form and for artistry, I am excited about what lies ahead."

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “I am so happy to welcome Alina to the Company.  She is one of the dancers I most admire. Her exquisite technique, dramatic qualities and artistry have been a constant inspiration to many, including me. I know that the dancers in the Company will be thrilled to have an artist of her stature join us and I am sure that we can give Alina the artistic challenges and opportunities she seeks.”

Alina’s debut with English National Ballet will be in the Company’s new restaging of Le Corsaire.  She will dance the role of the heroine Medora on the opening night in Milton Keynes (October 17– the start of the Company’s Autumn tour) Other productions which Alina will appear in include Nutcracker in the Christmas season at the London Coliseum, Lest We Forget, the programme of ballets inspired by the Great War at the Barbican, London, in April 2014 and Romeo & Juliet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall in June.

Alina will join the Company as Lead Principal.  She will continue to make guest appearances with Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, two companies with which she has an established relationship. 



ENB's 2013-14 season:

Le Corsaire
17 October–30 November 2013, and 11–15 February on tour
9–19 January 2014, London Coliseum

Nutcracker
20-23 November 2013, on tour
11 December–5 January 2014, London Coliseum

Lest We Forget
2–12 April 2014, Barbican Theatre

Romeo & Juliet
11-22 June 2014, Royal Albert Hall

Cojocaru and her partner Johan Kobborg recently left the Royal Ballet after many years there.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video: Ballet dancer's day from hell

Former New York City Ballet star Edward Villella talks about his career, and (from about 5:25 on ) about just how physically demanding ballet is.
Wonderful clips from Balanchine's Tarantella, Glinkiana, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Rubies, and Villella recalls a day which would rank as every dancer's nightmare.

A&E Revue: Edward Villella from Lalita Khosla on Vimeo.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Visiting dance companies Toronto area 2013-14

Shanghai Ballet will be performing The Butterfly Lovers at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga
The Butterfly Lovers ( choreography XIN Lili)  is the story of two lovers LIANG & ZHU who meet at school while Zhu has disguised herself as a man, she falls in love with Liang but he is unaware that she loves him, or that she is actually a woman. Through their travels Liang discovers the truth and they fight against an arranged marriage for Zhu to stay together.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Hammerson Hall
Tickets: Adult $35-$75, Child $30-$50 (HST included, service fees extra)
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Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Hammerson Hall
Tickets: Adult $35-$75, Child $30-$50 (HST included, service fees extra)
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http://www.livingartscentre.ca/index.php/shows/event-listing/event/619-shanghai-ballet-1.html

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal will be performing at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Wednesday November 20 at 8 pm.
Regular: $49
Your Price: $39
Senior/Student: $25

Inspired by the innovative spirit of modern jazz, this internationally renowned dance company celebrates its 40th anniversary by taking three incredible pieces on the road. Zero In On – a duet danced to the music of Philip Glass; Night Box – a piece reflecting the world in which we are living; and Harry – that alternates group sequences, trios and duets in a fabulous extravaganza of dance. Combining the aesthetics of classical ballet with many other styles of dance, BJM presents sexy, explosive, original and accessible works.

http://www.burlingtonpac.ca/what-s-on/event_/les-ballets-jazz-de-montreal_8197.html



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Herman Cornejo & Alessandra Ferri on Broadway

Inspired by the classic 1920 novella by controversial French author Colette, Cheri is Martha Clarke’s newest interdisciplinary work, an exciting fusion of theatre, live music, and dance featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri, actor Suzanne Bertish, pianist Sarah Rothenberg, and text by Tina Howe. This tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris is a timeless, powerful exploration of sensuality, love, and our preoccupations with youth and age.

Plot summary

The novel is about the separation of Chéri and his lover of six years, the much older Léa de Lonval (as the novel opens he is 25 and she is 49). The two believe their relationship is casual until they are separated by Chéri's marriage at which point they realize they are in love. They spend a miserable six months apart, at which point Chéri appears at Léa's home. They spend the night together and Léa begins to plan their new life together. However, when she learns that Chéri had returned for the moral strength to be a husband, she gives him courage then releases him to return home.

Adaptations

The novel has been adapted to film twice, in 1950 and 2009; and television twice, in 1962 and 1973.
A ballet of Chéri premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in September 1980. The ballet was choreographed by Peter Darrell, while the music was composed by David Earl. The ballet was danced by the Scottish Ballet with the lead roles of Lea and Chéri danced by Patrick Bissell and Galina Samsova. The set was designed by Philip Prowse. This ballet was revived by the Hong Kong Ballet in 1989.

DATES

November - December 2013

VENUE

The Irene Diamond Stage


Signature Theatre Company is located at:
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 244-7529
Fax: (212) 714-9083

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Carlos Acosta rep and casting July-August 2013 London

Carlos Acosta  Classical Selection
London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2
Tuesday 30 July - Sunday 4 August 2013
Performances: Tuesday 30 - Saturday 3 August at 7.30pm; Sunday 4 August at 3pm (no performance Thursday 1 August)
Tickets: £10 - £85
Ticket office: 020 7845 9300 www.eno.org or 0844 412 4300 www.sadlerswells.com

Full programme and cast

Winter Dreams           MacMillan                    Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Dying Swan                Fokine                         Melissa Hamilton
Rhapsody                  Ashton                         Yuhui Choe & Ricardo Cervera
Sheherazade               Fokine                        Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Manon                       MacMillan                    Leanne Benjamin & Nehemiah Kish
Diana and Actaeon    Vaganova                   Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Mayerling                  MacMillan                    Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin & Ricardo Cervera
Gloria                        MacMillan                    Nehemiah Kish & Melissa Hamilton
Requiem                   MacMillan                    Carlos Acosta & Leanne Benjamin
Rubies                      Balanchine                  Ricardo Cervera & Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Apollo                       Balanchine                  Carlos Acosta & Marianela Nunez
Tryst                        Wheeldon                    Eric Underwood & Melissa Hamilton
Memoria                  Altunaga                      Carlos Acosta


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