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Friday, February 28, 2014

45% off National Ballet of Canada tickets

For the 2014-15 season, The National Ballet of Canada is extending its 45% discount off single ticket prices for the 4-performance Thursday afternoon subscription to all subscribers. Previously this discount was available only to seniors, students, and children.
This means you can see great ballet for as little as $31.25 per show (in the 5th ring)!
Seniors, students and children are also eligible for a 45% discount for the full 6-performance subscription (which includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Sleeping Beauty as well as the four ballets listed below) for Saturday matinees.

Thursday Afternoon Subscription

Series of 4 ballets. Same day, same seats.

New! 45% Discount open to all.



New Subscribers 

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To order by phone please call 416 (1 866) 345 9595 during regular Box Office hours.

Performances

2:00 pm
Thursday Afternoon
 
ManonNov 13
NijinskyNov 27
ChromaMar 5
TempestJun 4

Thursday Afternoon Subscription Prices

SectionThursday
Afternoon
45% off
Orchestra 1.1$411
Orchestra 1.2$354
Orchestra 1.3$275
Grand Ring$546
Ring 3$327
Ring 4$230
Ring 5.1$125

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All Subscription Prices include HST and Service Charges. No additional charges will be added.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

$35 tix anywhere in the house for National Ballet of Canada

NBOC is running a promo for the remaining performances of A Month in the Country and Watch Her. The former is a masterpiece by Frederick Ashton, a sublimely beautiful ballet about unrequited love that will tug at your heartstrings.
And you can see it from some of the best seats in the house for only $35. This is an amazing deal. Use the promo code "SOCIAL" on the NBOC website.

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Ballet Jorgen ticket giveaway

I have five pairs of tickets to Ballet Jorgen's production of Romeo and Juliet (choreography by Bengt Jorgen) for this coming Saturday, March 1, in Toronto.  Email me before noon on Friday if you wish to be entered in the draw (first come, first served).

http://youtu.be/LUGNuZTZPQc



other performances:

February


Feb 28 Romeo & Juliet - Toronto, ON Betty Oliphant Theatre

March


Mar 1 Romeo & Juliet - Toronto, ON Betty Oliphant Theatre


Mar 7 Romeo and Juliet - Markham, ON Flato Markham Theatre


Mar 8 Romeo & Juliet - Windsor, ON Chrysler Theatre


Mar 15 Romeo & Juliet - Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place


Mar 19 Romeo & Juliet - Sarnia, ON Imperial Theatre


Mar 29 Romeo & Juliet - Ottawa, ON Centrepointe Theatre

April


Apr 3 Ballet in the Studio - Toronto, ON BJC Studios


Apr 4 Ballet in the Studio - Toronto, ON BJC Studios


Apr 12 Romeo & Juliet - Summerside, PEI Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre


Apr 16 Romeo & Juliet - Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium


Apr 17 Romeo & Juliet - Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium


Apr 23 Romeo & Juliet - St. John's, NL St. John's Arts and Cultural Centre


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Recreating Petipa

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers and dance historian Doug Fullington present excerpts from the works of 19th-century French ballet master Marius Petipa. Revived from century-old dance notation, selections from Petipa's famed La Bayadère and Le Roi Candaule, as well as his staging of the swashbuckler Le Corsaire, will be accompanied by two violinists performing period scores in the traditional rehearsal medium of 19th-century St. Petersburg.

(Start at 7:30)

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Antonijevic Ballet Portraits Exhibition


Aleksandar Antonijevic, retiring Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, will be showing an exhibit of portraits of his colleagues this May. This is how he describes the photographs:

" I wanted to in some way, celebrate my colleagues, the dancers of The National Ballet of Canada, and the only way I know how to, is through my fine art photography. I have created a series of large portraits in which I examine the relationship between a private and public persona. Our most recognized and established Principal Dancers I photographed in productions that have left an impressive mark on their careers and the younger members of the company as themselves: young, inexperienced and hungry individuals that are trying to carve an artistic road for themselves."


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Bolshoi New York season schedule & special offers

Lincoln Center Festival has announced its Bolshoi lineup for this coming July:

The Ultimate Bolshoi Experience Buy Package
Experience the combined forces of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus, together, for the first time ever, in New York. Buy tickets to all three ballets and save 15%. Buy tickets to all three ballets and The Tsar's Bride and save 20%. Offer excludes lowest price tickets.

The Tsar’s Bride (Opera), July 12–13Learn More
Avery Fisher Hall
The Tsar’s Bride might be Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular opera inside Russia, but this work from 1899 remains a gem to be discovered in much of the rest of the world. A passionate story based on the true tale of Marfa, the ill-fated peasant bride of Ivan the Terrible, its musical variety, arias, ensembles, and grand subject matter make it a perfect fit for the company’s brilliant soloists and resplendent Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus.
 
Swan Lake, July 15–20Learn More
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Don Quixote, July 22–23Learn More
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Spartacus, July 25–27Learn More
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Offer available until March 15, 2014
Single Tickets on Sale to Members March 24
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bolshoi Marco Spada live broadcast casting

Casting for the live broadcast on March 30 (possibly other dates in the US) has been announced.

Marco Spada, bandit
David Hallberg
Angela, his daughterEvgenia Obraztsova
Marchesa Sampietri, daughter to the Governor of RomeOlga Smirnova
Prince Frederici, betrothed to the Marchesa, in love with Angela
Semyon Chudin
Count Pepinelli, captain of the dragoons
Igor Tsvirko
Friar Borromeo, the monastery treasurerAlexei Loparevich
Prince Osorio, Governor of RomeAndrei Sitnikov
The BrideAnastasia Stashkevich
The GroomVyacheslav Lopatin
Friends to Marchesa SampietriYulia Grebenshchikova
Olga Marchenkova
Anna Okuneva
Anna Tikhomirova
Friends to Marco SpadaIvan Alexeyev
Artemy Belyakov
HarlequinsYan Godovsky
Anastasia Gubanova
Daria Khokhlova
Artur Mkrtchyan
Svetlana Pavlova
Alexander Smoliyaninov
Servants to the MarchesaAlesya Gradova
Elizaveta Kruteleva
Yulia Lunkina
Svetlana Pavlova
Anna Rebetskaya
Anna Voronkova
Bandits’ mollsAnna Antropova
Anna Leonova
Victoria Litvinova
Maria Zharkova
BanditsKarim Abdullin
Yegor Khromushin
Klim Yefimov
Dmitry Yefremo


For a synopsis of this ballet, please see this post:
http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/01/marco-spada-replaces-golden-age-for.html

Here is Evgenia Obraztsova in rehearsal:




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Hamburg Ballet cancels Chicago performances due to fire

An electrical fire broke out at the Harris Theater in Chicago yesterday forcing the cancellation of both scheduled performances of Hamburg's 3rd Symphony of Gustav Mahler. Subsequently this announcement was made (from Hamburg Ballet's facebook page)

HAMBURG BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CHOREOGRAPHER JOHN NEUMEIER SPEAKS ON CANCELLATION

CHICAGO (February 19, 2014) Internationally-acclaimed and Milwaukee-born choreographer John Neumeier speaks on the subsequent cancellation of Wednesday and Thursday nights presentation of Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler.

Says Neumeier: To cancel a performance is a particularly devastating moment for me, especially after the great success of Nijinsky last season at the Harris Theater. Chicago is not just another city. Chicago, for me, is very special because it is here that I attended my first professional ballet school. Its incredibly significant, for me, to return with one of my works.

To move a company of 60 dancers and 50 staff members is an enormous undertaking. That we were able to do it is a miracle in itself. We are very thankful that the Harris Theater invited us again, and we sincerely apologize to all the peoplefriends, relatives, and audience members. Ive never had to do this in 44 years as a ballet director, but the security of my dancers and staff, as well as the audience, must always be the highest priority.

After all the troubles we had with the costumes and the containers from Germany [the ship carrying these was delayed by bad weather on the US eastern seaboard], and after the great help we received from Brigitte Lefèvre, Director of the Ballet of the Paris Opéra [who flew their costumes for the piece to Chicago, where extra staff were hired to refit them for the Hamburg dancers], we were so looking forward to this weeks performances. The rehearsals were going wonderfully until we had to evacuate the Theater. The worst thing that can ever happen is to cancel a performance.

I'm very grateful that weve formed a special relationship with the Harris Theater. I'm confident that well be returning very soon in the future.
  More (translated and summarized from the Hamburg Ballet blog, where there are some pics): http://www.hamburgba...chtet.html#more
Around 1 pm two loud bangs were heard and then smoke was seen. Within minutes the stage and dressing rooms were evacuated. People grabbed only what was closest to hand. There was some consternation because the stage is about six storeys underground at the Harris Theater, but the evacuation up the stairs (about 90 people) was orderly. The dancers, however, were wearing only practice clothes and ballet slippers, and it was just above freezing in Chicago, somewhat chilly to be standing outside the emergency exit of the theatre. They did a quick inventory of who was wearing what, and jackets, sweaters, socks, etc. were redistributed out among the company. The sidewalks were covered with puddles.

After a few minutes, it became clear that the situation in the theater was really serious and they would not be let back in, they moved a few hundred meters to a subway station , where it was a little warmer . Many of the male dancers and staff of the company carried ballerinas over the puddles, because they had only slippers and leg warmers on. They waited in station in the hope of being able to at least retrieve their clothes from the theater .

Nothing doing. The theater was closed for several hours. For over 90 company members another solution had to be found. They all took taxis to the hotel where one team was waiting with money, another with new room keys , because most of them were still in the theater. After about an hour all were in their hotel rooms.

One of the Harris Theater's founders laid on a dinner for the whole company at the hotel, and that was when John Neumeier announced that Thursday's performance was also cancelled.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Youth America Grand Prix Galas Performers

YAGP has announced the names of the international stars appearing at the galas in connection with the finals of the YAGP competition:
 
"STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW" GALA
April 10th, 2014 7:00pm
 
Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet)
Isabella Boylston* (American Ballet Theatre)
Skylar Brandt* (American Ballet Theatre)
Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre)
Marlon Dino (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Joseph Gatti* (Freelance Artist)
Matthew Golding* (The Royal Ballet)
Mathias Heymann* (Paris Opera Ballet)
Lucia Lacarra (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Sarah Lane* (American Ballet Theatre)
Alicia Graf Mack (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre)
Evan McKie (National Ballet of Canada & Stuttgart Ballet)
Lauren Post* (American Ballet Theatre)
Calvin Royal III* (American Ballet Theatre)
Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre)
Cory Stearns* (American Ballet Theatre)
Gabe Stone Shayer* (American Ballet Theatre)
Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Ballet)
Katherine Williams* (American Ballet Theatre)
 
FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY
 
Emmy-Award Winner Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars" 
 and Gemma Bond of American Ballet Theatre 
with Costumes and Design by Ralph Rucci
and Original score by Karen LeFrak
 
15th ANNIVERSARY CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION 
April 11th, 2014 7:00pm
 
Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)
Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet)
Seymon Chudin (Bolshoi Ballet)
Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)
Marlon Dino (Munich State Opera Ballet) 
Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet)
Joseph Gatti* (Freelance Artist)
Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet)
Lucia Lacarra (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Lauren Lovette* (New York City Ballet)
Joaquin De Luz (New York City Ballet)
Alicia Graf Mack (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)
Brooklyn Mack* (Washington Ballet)
Evan McKie (National Ballet of Canada & Stuttgart Ballet)
Sara Mearns* (New York City Ballet)
Iana Salenko (Berlin State Opera Ballet)
Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre)
Beckanne Sisk* (Ballet West)
Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Ballet)
Taylor Stanley* (New York City Ballet)
Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)
James Whiteside* (American Ballet Theatre)
 
FEATURING PREMIERES BY 
Marco Goeke, Evan McKie, Justin Peck, and Andrea Schermoly 
 
* Denotes YAGP alumni.
 
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bolshoi Lost Illusions US screening dates Feb-March

Pathé Live has just listed all the US dates for LOST ILLUSIONS, check locations and dates here: http://www.pathelive.com/uploads/documents/us-screenings-lost-illusions.pdf

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Lovely video about tutus

Yet another great video from Australian Ballet.



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Friday, February 14, 2014

National Ballet of Canada Onegin casting



Onegin Tatiana Lensky Olga Prince Gremin
Wednesday 19 March @ 730 pm McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Evan McKie Elena Lobsanova Patrick Lavoie
Thursday 20 March @ 2 pm
Aleksandar Antonijevic Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Stacey Shiori Minagawa Jonathan Renna
Thursday 20 March @ 730 pm McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Evan McKie Elena Lobsanova Patrick Lavoie
Friday 21 March @ 730 pm Guillaume Côté Greta Hodgkinson Naoya Ebe Jillian Vanstone Etienne Lavigne
Saturday 22 March @ 2 pm McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Evan McKie Elena Lobsanova Patrick Lavoie
Saturday 22 March @ 730 pm Aleksandar Antonijevic Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Stacey Shiori Minagawa Jonathan Renna
Sunday 23 March @ 2 pm Guillaume Côté Greta Hodgkinson Naoya Ebe Jillian Vanstone Etienne Lavigne


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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

National Ballet of Canada casting Swan Lake



Odette / Odile        
Siegfried                  Rothbart                
Saturday 8 March @ 730 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Patrick Lavoie
Sunday 9 March @ 2 pm Xiao Nan Yu McGee Maddox Etienne Lavigne
Wednesday 12 March @ 730 pm Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk James Leja
Thursday 13 March @ 730 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Patrick Lavoie
Friday 14 March @ 730 pm Xiao Nan Yu McGee Maddox Etienne Lavigne
Saturday 15 March @ 2 pm Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk James Leja
Saturday 15 March @ 730 pm Greta Hodgkinson Guillaume Côté Jonathan Renna
Sunday 16 March @ 2 pm Svetlana Lunkina Evan McKie Patrick Lavoie


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Vail International Dance Festival 2014


The 2014 Vail International Dance Festival will see American Ballet Theater's Herman Cornejo make his debut in George Balanchine’s “Rubies” alongside New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck with the Pennsylvania Ballet on the festival's opening night. Cornejo, Peck, and NYCB principal Robert Fairchild will perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company in a reworking of Graham’s 1940 “Letter to the World,” not seen in its entirety since 1988.

Other dancers at the festival:
tango artist Gabriel Misse
NYCB's Chase Finlay, Zachary Catazaro, Joseph Gordon and Lauren Lovette,
Boston Ballet's Jeffrey Cirio and Misa Kuranaga,
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Carla Korbes
Royal Ballet's  Matthew Golding and Beatriz Stix-Brunell
ABT's Isabella Boylston. 

The festival runs from July 27 to Aug. 9 in Vail, Colo., under the direction of  Damian Woetzel.

Also featured: the return of Wendy Whelan’s “Restless Creature” project; a collaboration between the Taiwanese modern dancer Fang-Yi Sheu and the classical Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa; and new works by the Memphis jooker Lil Buck, and the contemporary dance choreographers Brian Brooks and Matthew Neenan.


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  • Sun. Jul. 27, 2014

    Opening Night


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Mon. Jul. 28, 2014

    Pennsylvania Ballet


    Balanchine Celebration 
    Balanchine Celebration includes the masterpieces Serenade, Tarantella and Stravinsky Violin Concerto
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Wed. Jul. 30, 2014

    UpClose: Jewels


    Pennsylvania Ballet & Special Guests
    Vilar Performing Arts Center
    6:30 PM 
    Hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel, this benefit evening focuses on George Balanchine’s masterpiece Jewels, his full evening plot-less ballet in three acts entitled Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. In the unique UpClose rehearsal-style format, excerpts from each section of Jewels will be performed by Pennsylvania Ballet along with special Festival guests including Carla Körbes, Tiler Peck and Festival Artist-in-Residence Herman Cornejo.
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Fri. Aug. 01, 2014

    International Evenings of Dance I


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Sat. Aug. 02, 2014

    International Evenings of Dance II


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Mon. Aug. 04, 2014

    NOW: Premieres


    Hosted by Damian Woetzel
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Tue. Aug. 05, 2014

    Dance for $20.14


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM
    This popular sampler performance showcases a variety of Festival artists in a mixed-bill evening. With specially-priced tickets for every seat in the house, Dance for $20.14 features ballet and Memphis jookin’ artists, along with the powerhouse contemporary dance company BalletX. Tickets on sale June 2014.
    • Specially priced tickets on sale June 2014
  • Wed. Aug. 06, 2014

    Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Vilar Performing Arts Center
    6:30 PM 
    The Vail premiere of a collection of ballets created specially for celebrated ballerina Wendy Whelan. The project began in Vail in 2012 with the pairing of Whelan and Brian Brooks in a new duet for NOW: Premieres. That acclaimed collaboration led to Whelan commissioning three more dynamic choreographers to join her in creating a full evening entitled Restless Creature. Joining Whelan in this unique collaborative performance are Kyle Abraham (The Serpent and the Smoke); Joshua Beamish (Waltz Epoca); Brian Brooks (First Fall) and Alejandro Cerrudo (Ego Et Tu).
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Thu. Aug. 07, 2014

    Martha Graham Dance Company


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM 
    In its only performance of the Festival, the Martha Graham Dance Company presents masterpieces by its founder Martha Graham, one of the 20th century's most influential artistic voices. Joined on stage by guest artists, the evening’s program features Errand Into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and the world premiere of The Letter Suite – a new arrangement of the 1940 masterwork Letter to the World. Inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and not seen in its entirety since 1988, The Letter Suite (working title) will feature guest artists Tiler Peck, Herman Cornejo and Robert Fairchild alongside stars of the Graham Company. The evening closes with Echo, a new work created in 2014 by Andonis Fondiakis which demonstrates how the Martha Graham Dance Company is building on its legacy with new repertory for the 21st century.
     
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Fri. Aug. 08, 2014

    Ballroom Spectacular


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM 
    Latin dance sensations Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and Liana Churilova create a unique made-for-Vail showcase with ballroom champions from around the world performing a variety of dances, from the waltz to the rumba, cha-cha, merengue, samba, tango and foxtrot.
     
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014
  • Sat. Aug. 09, 2014

    Dance TV


    Vail International Dance Festival
    Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
    7:30 PM 
    The Festival closer brings the thrill of dance on the small screen to life, with spectacular artists from hit shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance" and more. Lineup includes Anna Trebunskaya from "Dancing with the Stars," Alex Wong, Allison Holker and tWitch from “So You Think You Can Dance,” Lil’ Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild, with more to be announced…
    • Fan Club Pre-Sale March 19 / Public Sale March 25, 2014

Discount on National Ballet of Canada Swan Lake in Toronto: book by Feb 14

$100 Seats in Grand Ring and Orchestra (regular up to $244)
Swan Lake on March 12 and 13 only

For Swan Lake on Wednesday, March 12 or Thursday, March 13, pay just $100 for premium seats in the Grand Ring and Orchestra – big savings of up to 59%.
The perfect Valentine’s Day gift – this is a limited time offer until February 14 only and seats are first come, first served.
Order online with the promo code VALENTINE or call the box office at 416 (1 866) 345 9595.
This year give your Valentine what they really want – a night at the ballet!

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