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Sunday, September 29, 2013

New York City Ballet 2013-14 season promo video




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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Video: Mathias Heymann in Paquita



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MATTHEW GOLDING TO JOIN THE ROYAL BALLET

The Royal Opera House made this announcement today.  Huge congratulations to Matthew!

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, announced today that Matthew Golding is to join the Company as a Principal in February 2014. His first performance will be on 27 March dancing alongside Natalia Osipova in The Sleeping Beauty.

Matthew is currently a Principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet. Born in Canada, he trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington D.C. In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix from the Youth American Ballet Competition and received a prize scholarship at The Prix de Lausanne to attend The Royal Ballet School. Graduating in 2003, he joined American Ballet Theatre before moving to his current company in 2009.

Matthew first danced as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet, partnering Zenaida Yanowsky in La Bayadére, earlier this year.
Speaking about the appointment, Kevin O’Hare said: “I have very much enjoyed watching Matthew dance over last few years, and in particular, when he made his UK debut with us last Season. I am very pleased he is joining the Company and we look forward to welcoming him next year as the latest addition to our world class roster of Principals.”

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

VERY cool video of a day in the life of Boston Ballet

In this incredibly cool video of Boston Ballet in time lapse and slow-motion, shot  mostly from above, you can see the dancers taking class and rehearsing Balanchine's Serenade. LOVE it!


A Day of Grace with Boston Ballet from David Gifford on Vimeo.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Principal Casting Bolshoi Live Broadcast of Spartacus October 20


Spartacus, Leader of the GladiatorsMikhail Lobukhin
Crassus, leader of the roman armyVladislav Lantratov
Aegina, courtesanSvetlana Zakharova
Phrygia, sweetheart to SpartacusAnna Nikulina
GladiatorDenis Savin


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Amazing season ticket deal from National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet of Canada announced today a new kind of subscription which makes ballet very affordable.  It is an interesting concept. For less than  $60 a ticket, you get whatever is the best seat left available in the house as of 5 pm the day before your performance date. This could end up being in the 5th ring, where standard individual ticket prices are $56, but it could equally be in prime orchestra seating, where standard individual ticket prices are $184. In my experience of buying tickets for the National Ballet of Canada, best available seating the day before a performance is usually in the orchestra, so this is an amazing deal. A very interesting initiative to get people to come to the ballet and fill those last-minute empty seats.

Here is the info from the NBOC's website.

New! Premium Rush Subscription
See six ballets for $357 and sit in the best available seat.

New this year, the Premium Rush subscription gives you six ballets for only $357.
Your seat is guaranteed in the best available location!
Your seat could be in the Orchestra, Ring 5 or even the Grand Ring!
Choose a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evening subscription
and get the best available seat in the Four Seasons Centre.
Only a limited number of Premium Rush subscriptions have been made available
– first come, first served. 
See dates and repertoire >
How it works:
  1. Select from a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evening subscription.
  2. Upon ordering, you will receive an email confirmation including all of
    your performance dates.
  3. One week prior to each performance, you will receive an email
    reminder with information on the ballet you are about to see.
  4. At 5:00 pm the day before each performance, you will receive your
    tickets (including your seat location) by email.
It’s as simple as that.
To order and for more information:
Call the box office at 416 345 9595
(Premium Rush Subscription is currently not available online).

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NYCB's Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck

A lovely video from Vanity Fair about the partnership on- and off-stage of these two stellar principals at New York City Ballet. Footage from Apollo, Le Corsaire Pas de deux (with some pretty amazing turns in attitude devant and fouettés), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Stars and Stripes, Duo Concertant,
 Also, Peck dancing with "jookin'" sensation Lil Buck to klezmer music!



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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYCB dances After the Rain at dawn Sept 12 on 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center


 
NEW BEGINNINGS
SUNRISE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
New York City Ballet Presents New Beginnings
a Short Film Created on Location at Four World Trade Center
As a Gift to the City of New York City
See New Beginnings at www.YouTube.com/nycballet
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, one day after 
the 12th anniversary of 9/11, New York City 
Ballet will release New Beginnings, a short film 
that captures an extraordinary and moving 
performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the 
Rain filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor terrace 
of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
With One World Trade Center (previously known as 
the Freedom Tower) and the iconic New York City 
skyline as a backdrop, two NYCB Principal 
Dancers, Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour, perform 
an excerpt from Wheeldon’s poignant pas de deux 
as dawn signals the beginning of a new day in New York City.
Created as both a testament to the resilience of 
the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of 
the city that New York City Ballet calls home, 
New Beginnings will be released worldwide at 
sunrise (6:34 a.m. EST) on Thursday, September 12 
on the New York City Ballet YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/nycballet.

“Like the rest of the world, everyone at New York 
City Ballet was deeply affected by the events of 
9/11. Now, 12 years later, as a revitalized World 
Trade Center site begins to re-emerge, the New 
York City Ballet would like to offer this film as 
a gift to our great city,” said NYCB Ballet 
Master in Chief Peter Martins. “Dance really is a 
powerful universal language, and the New York 
City Ballet is deeply honored to be able to 
present this remarkable and touching performance 
of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain to 
people both here in New York, and all across the globe.”

New Beginnings has been directed by Davi Russo, 
was developed in collaboration with DDB New York, 
and produced by Radical Media.

On September 11, 2001, the New York City Ballet 
was on a European tour that had taken the Company 
from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Athens, Greece, and 
finally to Parma, Italy, where the Company was 
scheduled to perform as part of the Verdi 
Festival at the Teatro Regio that evening. As 
news of the events unfolding at home in New York 
began to make its way to the dancers of the New 
York City Ballet, the sense of fear and loss 
became more and more overwhelming, and Martins 
ultimately decided to cancel that evening’s 
performance. 

“While we had come to Italy to 
dance, there were still so many questions about 
what was happening in New York, and still so many 
family members and friends unaccounted for, that 
it was simply not possible to ask the dancers to 
perform that evening,” said Martins.

By curtain time, the entire sold-out audience had 
arrived at the Teatro Regio, and stood in silence 
and mourned with the Company and the rest of the 
world as Martins addressed the audience to say 
that while the Company could not perform that 
evening, New York City Ballet would be back the 
next night. “We came here to dance, it is what we 
do, but our hearts are breaking and it is simply 
not possible for us to perform this evening,” 
said Martins from the stage of the theater. “But 
we will be back tomorrow, and we will be honored 
to perform for all of you then,” he said.
NYCB did perform at the Teatro Regio the 
following evening, September 12, 2001, and now 12 
years to the day, New York City Ballet offers New 
Beginnings, which features an international team 
of collaborators, including a director (Russo) 
who was born and raised in New York City, a 
British choreographer (Wheeldon), an American and 
a Danish dancer (Kowroski and la Cour), and a 
ballet set to a score by the Estonian composer 
Arvo Pärt, which provides a moving backdrop to a 
film of profound and powerful beauty.

Royal Ballet productions available for digital download

The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake, starring Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares, is now available to rent or buy via the on-demand platform Digital Theatre. Frederick Ashton's Sylvia will also soon be available, and plans are to continue to add ballets.
Prices are as follows:

Rent for 48 hours £3.99 €4.49 $US4.99

Rented productions are made available in your library for 30 days with 48 hours to complete viewing from the first time you begin playback. You can watch Rentals when online directly through your browser, via the Digital Theatre Desktop Player or on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Buy £8.99 €12.99 $US12.99

Purchased productions are yours to keep forever, and can be watched online through your browser, downloaded to watch offline via the Digital Theatre Desktop Player or enjoyed on one of our supported devices. Standard Definition purchases are normal broadcast quality, meaning smaller file size and quicker downloads when compared to a HD purchase.

Buy HD £10.99 €17.99 $US17.99

Like Standard Definition purchases, High Definition productions are yours to keep forever, and can be watched online through your browser, downloaded to watch offline via the Digital Theatre Desktop Player or enjoyed on one of our supported devices. High Definition purchases are the highest quality available and perfect for customers with HD televisions, monitors or Retina Displays.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty DVD available September 30



Here is the link to amazon.ca and amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

This production is on tour in the US in the fall of 2013, for dates click here.


  • DES MOINES | PERFORMING ARTS, CIVIC CENTRE

    Friday, 27 September 2013 to Saturday, 28 September 2013
    Box Office: +1 (515) 246-2322
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC


  • CLEVELAND | Playhouse Square

    Tuesday, 01 October 2013 to Sunday, 13 October 2013
    Box Office: 216-640-8800
    TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON 26th AUGUST!


  • SCHENECTADY | Proctors

    Tuesday, 15 October 2013 to Sunday, 20 October 2013
    Box Office: 518-346-6204
    TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON 6th SEPT!


  • NEW YORK | CITY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    Wednesday, 23 October 2013 to Sunday, 03 November 2013
    Box Office: 212-581-1212
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE!


  • CHARLOTTE, NC | BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS, Belk Theater

    Tuesday, 05 November 2013 to Sunday, 10 November 2013
    Box Office: 704-335-1010
    TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON 3rd SEPT!


  • WASHINGTON DC | KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    Tuesday, 12 November 2013 to Sunday, 17 November 2013
    Box Office: 800-444-1324
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC!


  • LOS ANGELES | AHMANSON THEATRE

    Thursday, 21 November 2013 to Sunday, 01 December 2013
    Box Office: 213.972.4444
    TICKETS GO ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC SEPTEMBER
  • - See more at: http://www.new-adventures.net/productions/sleeping_beauty/venue_tour#sthash.Zi5y5rdB.dpuf



  • DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS, CIVIC CENTRE
    27 Sep 13 to 28 Sep 13
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC
  • CLEVELAND Playhouse Square
    01 Oct 13 to 13 Oct 13
    TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON 26th AUGUST!
  • SCHENECTADY Proctors
    15 Oct 13 to 20 Oct 13
    TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON 6th SEPT!
  • NEW YORK CITY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
    23 Oct 13 to 03 Nov 13
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
  • - See more at: http://www.new-adventures.net/productions/sleeping_beauty/venue_tour#sthash.Zi5y5rdB.dpuf

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    Sunday, September 8, 2013

    David Hallberg interview now available online

    If you missed the live streaming last night of David Hallberg in conversation with Michael Kaiser at the Kennedy Center, you can now view it online over the Kennedy Center's website.
    Here's the link:
    http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=A81876

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    Saturday, September 7, 2013

    Cute video: Giselle-in-the-diner

    Colorado Ballet has just produced this cute promo trailer for Giselle:



    http://youtu.be/DUmtDMPbU_E

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    Monday, September 2, 2013

    Iana Salenko, Evgenia Obraztsova Guest with Royal Ballet


    Iana Salenko, Principal of the Staatsoper Ballet Berlin; and Evgenia Obraztsova, Principal of the Bolshoi Ballet, will perform with The Royal Ballet this Autumn.
    Iana Salenko will dance the role of Kitri in two performances of Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote with Steven McRae as Basilio on Saturday 5 and Tuesday 8 October. The Kiev-born dancer joined the Staatsoper Ballet Berlin in 2005 after dancing with the National Opera in Kiev.
    Steven will be partnered on Friday 18 October by Royal Ballet Soloist Akane Takada, who makes her debut as Kitri.
    Evgenia Obraztsova will dance the role of Juliet alongside Steven McRae in Romeo and Juliet on Tuesday 22 October and Thursday 14 November. The Bolshoi Principal first performed with The Royal Ballet in 2009, dancing in The Sleeping Beauty at Covent Garden. Evgenia joined the Bolshoi in 2012 after dancing with the Mariinsky Ballet.

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    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    Royal New Zealand Ballet Giselle Film at TIFF

    The Toronto International Film Festival will be screening the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Giselle.
    Director Toa Fraser (whose Dean Spanley played the Festival in 2008) has not only captured a remarkable new production, but has added allusions to a fictional parallel offstage love story between the two principal dancers in such a way that both tales — the real and the imagined — are enhanced.
    The core of the film is a new staging by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg of the classic by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year. In the ballet, a peasant girl, Giselle (Gillian Murphy), falls in love with Albrecht (Qi Huan), a nobleman who has concealed his true identity. When Giselle discovers that Albrecht has deceived her — and is engaged to someone else — she dies of a broken heart. For his deception, Albrecht is thrown into the hands of the Wilis, spirits of women jilted by their lovers. Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis (Abigail Boyle), seeks revenge on Albrecht, but a resurrected Giselle intervenes.
    Offstage, Fraser's nuanced, fleeting images propose the ways that a real-life love story between the two lead dancers might inform their work in the ballet, and vice versa.




    Monday September 9, 7:15 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre
     Wednesday September 11, 9:15 am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
     Sunday September 15, 2:45 pm TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

    According to Gillian Murphy's twitter account, she will be in attendance at the September 9 screening.

    You can try buying tickets on TIFF's extraordinarily unhelpful website here: http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/festival/2013/giselle

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    PNB live-streams Twyla Tharp lecture demonstration

    Scheduled for Sep 25, 2013
    Hear from iconic choreographer Twyla Tharp, Pacific Northwest Ballet's first Artist-in-Residence, as she rehearses the Company onstage at McCaw Hall in Waiting at the Station, her latest creation for PNB.

    The lecture-demonstration will be broadcast LIVE on Sep. 25 starting at 6:30pm Pacific Time (3:30 pm Eastern time)

    Click on this link:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/pacificnwballet?v=_mlIKtb5Kso

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