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Monday, March 31, 2014

Royal Ballet live broadcasts 2014-15

The Royal Ballet has announced that the following performances will have a live cinema relay (dates may be different in the US and Canada):

Manon October 16, 2014
Cast:
Manon Marianela Nuñez
Des Grieux Federico Bonelli

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland December 16, 2014
Swan Lake 17 March, 2015
La Fille mal Gardée 5 May, 2015

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bolshoi live broadcasts 2014-15 start with Legend of Love

In today's live broadcast from the Bolshoi of Marco Spada, it was announced that the 2014-15 season of live broadcasts will start on October 26, 2014 with Yuri Grigorovich's Legend of Love. Here is a description from the Oxford Dictionary of Dance:

Legend of Love

(orig. Russ. title Legenda o liubvi)
Ballet in three acts with choreography by Grigorovich, libretto by Nazim Hikmet, music by Arif Melikov, and design by Simon Virsaladze. Premiered 23 Mar. 1961 by the Kirov, Leningrad, with Kolpakova, Moisseyeva, Gribov, and Gridin. It is based on a play by the Turkish writer N. Hikmet and explores the conflict between love and duty through the story of its heroine, Queen Mekhmene-Banu. She sacrifices her beauty to save the life of her ailing sister Shirien, but regrets her action when Shirien falls in love with her own lover, the painter Ferkhad. On her orders, he sacrifices his love for Shirien to go and build a waterway through the Iron Mountain to bring water to his thirsty people. Unusually for its era, the work eschewed the mime-orientated narrative of much Soviet ballet, relying on pure dance to tell the story. It was re-staged for the Bolshoi (by Grigorovich) in 1965 and was frequently performed in E. Europe.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Royal Ballet Winter's Tale Live Broadcast casting

For the broadcast on April 28 (not available in Canada), casting is as follows:

Hermione
Lauren Cuthbertson
Leontes
Edward Watson
Perdita
Sarah Lamb
Florizel
Steven McRae
Paulina
Zenaida Yanowsky
Polixenes
Federico Bonelli

Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon
Music
Joby Talbot
Designs
Bob Crowley
Lighting design
Natasha Katz
Silk Effects Designer
Basil Twist
Projection Designer
Daniel Brodie

 
Act One will last for about 40 minutes, followed by a 30 minute interval. Act Two will last for about 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 25 minutes.

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Discount on Opera Atelier's Persée

Join Opera Atelier for this thrilling opera-ballet.
In his position as the king's composer, Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) created the opera Persée for Louis XIV. The opera was considered the crowning achievement of 17th century French music theatre and was widely recognized as Lully's greatest work. Filled with dancing, fight scenes, monsters and special effects, this truly spectacular music drama recounts the thrilling story of Perseus, son of Zeus, as he battles the monstrous snake-haired Gorgon Medusa to rescue princess Andromeda from her terrible fate.



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Friday, March 21, 2014

Interview with Marcia Haydee

An interview with the legendary Brazilian ballerina best known for being Cranko's muse in Stuttgart.

The first minute is an introduction in Russian, but after that, questions are in Russian subtitled in English and Marcia Haydee's answers in English.



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nureyev & Guillaume Coté Films @ Montreal's FIFA this weekend

The International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal will be offering two screenings of a ballet documentary double bill this weekend, March 22nd and 23rd (click on the links to purchase tickets:

Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 18h30
Place des Arts - Cinquième Salle 

Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 13h30
Université du Québec à Montréal - Salle 1 

Le Vertige de l'étoile will also be shown:
Québec, VENDREDI, LE 25 AVRIL  20H25  
Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec
 


Le Vertige de l'étoile

CANADA //2014 / COLOR / 52 MIN / FRENCH, ENGLISH S.T. FRENCH

Canadian Guillaume Côté belongs to ballet’s international élite. A principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, he is also a talented composer and choreographer. Following the artist over a two-year period, Le vertige de l’étoile features him in dazzling performances with The Kings of the Dance, in London in Romeo and Juliet, and in Monterrey in a duet with his wife, principal dancer Heather Ogden. The film also captures his daily life in Toronto, as well as a visit to his family in Lac Saint-Jean. A unique opportunity to discover the world of ballet and contemporary dance through the trajectory of one of its most accomplished artists.



Passion Noureev, La

UNITED STATES / FABRICE HERRAULT / 2013 / COLOR, B & W / 60 MIN / FRENCH S.T. ENGLISH

From the moment of his dramatic leap to freedom at Paris’s Bourget Airport in 1961, Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) was embraced as a ballet idol. On the 20th anniversary of his death, Fabrice Herrault, an eminent New York ballet teacher and film collector, has assembled an impressionistic tribute that shows the artist in some of his early performances through archival footage, much of it previously unseen, revealing “Rudi” at the peak of his powers. As director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Nureyev guided the careers of rising stars, among them Sylvie Guillem and Isabelle Guérin; the latter joined the filmmaker and dance historian Helene Ciolkovitch to share memories of her mentor.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mikhailovsky Ballet NY November casting, including Vasiliev Osipova

*subject to change

GISELLE, OU LES WILIS
Nov. 11, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov
Nov. 12, 2:00 pm Kristina Shapran, Victor Lebedev.
Nov. 12, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev
Nov. 13, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov

THE FLAMES OF PARIS
Nov. 14, 7:30 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev
Nov. 15, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Zaytsev
Nov. 15, 7:30 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev
Nov. 16, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev

TRIPLE BILL: CLASS CONCERT THE LADY AND THE HOOLIGAN PRELUDE
November 18 and 19, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

DON QUIXOTE
Nov. 20, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Nov. 21, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Victor Lebedev
Nov. 22, 2:00 pm Oksana Bondareva, Leonid Sarafanov
Nov. 22, 8:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev
Nov. 23, 2:00 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

All performances at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York. Tickets are: Orchestra & 1st Ring $29, $55, $89, $129 & $149; 2nd & 3rd Ring $29, $55, $89 &$129; 4th Ring $55, $89, & $129. There also will be only 25 Premium ticket packages for each performance (best in the Orchestra, souvenir program, a glass of champagne, meet company members). Buy 2 programs get a 10% discount; 3 programs with a 20% discount. Tickets on sale beginning this Monday, March 17th at the box office and at (212) 496-0600; or by Fax at (212) 580-2545 and on the web. http://davidhkochtheater.com/

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Toronto Screening of The Marvelous Girl

Choreographed by Ballet Jorgen's Hiroto Saito and starring two Ballet Jorgen dancers, Taylor Gill and Daniel da Silva, Johnny Vong's  The Marvelous Girl  is a 14-minute film in which a young paraplegic girl has an encounter with the "boy from her dreams", who moves her in unexpected ways. 



The Marvelous Girl will screen in Toronto as an official selection of the ReelWorld Film Festival in the shorts program Innovation. One screening only!

April 4, 2014
5:00 pm
Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

Buy your tickets here: http://goo.gl/R3a0wC
— with Taylor Gill.

Photo: At last! The Marvelous Girl will screen in Toronto as an official selection of the ReelWorld Film Festival in the shorts program Innovation. One screening only!

April 4, 2014
5:00 pm 
Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

This ballet by George Balanchine premiered in 1968 (based on Broadway musical from the 1930s), almost 50 years ago. And yet, we still see the tired old cliche in the media "Ballet is not about tutus and tiaras anymore" as if that were a new thing.

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Slaughter on Tenth Avenue stage rehearsals from Rob Lindsay on Vimeo.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet broadcasts in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa/Gatineau etc.

Paris Opera Ballet live broadcasts of Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty and a Balanchine/Millepied mixed bill in select cinemas in Quebec (including one in the Outaouais for those in the Ottawa region) have been announced.
Below is the list of cinemas. Click on the links to go to a cinema near you; you may then have to rummage around on the website to find the page for the ballet broadcasts (sometimes listed under "opera").
Tours en l'air will be organizing a group trip to Montreal to see  Paris Opera Ballet performing Paquita October 17-19. Booking will open in late May. If you are interested in joining in, please email me.

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VALLEYFIELD (CANADA) CINéMA 7 DE VALLEYFIELD
GATINEAU (CANADA) CINEMA AYLMER (CANADA)
MONTREAL (CANADA) CINéMA BEAUBIEN

MONTRéAL (CANADA) CINéMA DU PARC
QUéBEC (CANADA) CINéMA LE CLAP
QUéBEC (CANADA) CINEMA LE SCENARIO
SHERBROOKE (CANADA) LA MAISON DU CINéMA
SHAWINIGAN (CANADA) LES CINéMAS BIERMANS

Prices below are for the cinema in Aylmer and may vary in other locations.
 
 
JEU 20
MAR


19 h 

La Belle au bois dormant  The Sleeping Beauty
Opéra national de Paris

Musique: Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski
Chorégraphie et mise en scène: Rudolf Noureev d'après Marius Petipa (Opéra national de Paris, 1989)
Décors: Ezio Frigerio
Costumes: Franca Squarciapino
Lumières: Vinicio Cheli

La Princesse Aurore Myriam Ould Braham
Le Prince Désiré Mathias Heymann

 

 


Prix web
Général
21,69 $
Enfant (3 à 13)
16,34 $

En vente maintenant!

DIM 30
MAR


13 h 

La Belle au bois dormant
Opéra national de Paris

Prix web
Général
21,69 $
Enfant (3 à 13)
16,34 $

JEU 16
OCT

19 h

Balanchine / Millepied
Opéra national de Paris

LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL (original version of Symphony in C)

Musique (Symphonie en ut majeur): Georges Bizet
Chorégraphie: Georges Balanchine (Opéra national de Paris, 1947)
Costumes: Christian Lacroix

DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ
CRÉATION

Musique (version intégrale): Maurice Ravel
Chorégraphie: Benjamin Millepied
Décors: Daniel Buren
Lumières: Madjid Hakimi

Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet


Prix web
Général
21,69 $
Enfant (3 à 13)
16,34 $

En vente maintenant!
DIM 26
OCT
 
13 h

Balanchine / Millepied
Opéra national de Paris


Prix web
Général
21,69 $
Enfant (3 à 13)
16,34 $

En vente maintenant!
 

Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty broadcasts ticket giveaway (US screenings)

Daily until March 17, Fathom Events is giving away four tickets to the Royal Ballet broadcasts in the US of  The Sleeping Beauty .
http://fathomevents....ent-Sweepstakes

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Find a Royal Ballet live broadcast near you

The Royal Opera House now has a handy tool for finding when and where their live performances are being broadcast near you:

http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/

Click on the ballet you want to see and it will take you to a search page where you can enter your location.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet to visit North America

The Royal Ballet will be touring their new Don Quixote by Carlos Acosta and a mixed program of works by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, and Liam Scarlett to Chicago, New York, and Washington in June 2015
The Paris Opera Ballet will be bringing their full-length Paquita to Montreal in October 2014.

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Live Streaming of "Breakfast with Bournonville" from Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Ballet School will be live streaming its "Breakfast with Bournonville" performance from the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on Wednesday 12th March at 930 am European time (430 am Eastern Time).
http://kglteater.dk/live
It's a program put together by the senior classes of the school especially for a teenage audience, featuring some of the Bournonville classics and their own choreography.
The Tours en l'air group that will be visiting Copenhagen will be in the audience, so we'll wave if the cameras pan round to us (you'll know who we are because we'll be the ones who are somewhat older than teenagers).

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Monday, March 3, 2014

San Francisco Ballet Cinderella casting

SFB has announced casting for Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella. All performances at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco.




Cinderella
Prince
Edwina
Clementine
Benjamin
Tuesday March 11 @ 8 pm
Maria Kochetkova
Joan Boada
Sasha De Sola
Frances Chung
Taras Domitro
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 7:30PM
Yuan Yuan Tan
Luke Ingham
Sasha De Sola
Dores Andre
Hansuke Yamamoto
THURSDAY, MARCH 13—8PM
Frances Chung
Davit Karapetyan
Elizabeth Powell*
Ellen Rose Hummel*
Diego Cruz*
FRIDAY, MARCH 14—8PM
Sarah Van Patten
Tiit Helimets
Sasha De Sola
Dores Andre
Myles Thatcher
SATURDAY, MARCH 15—2PM
Maria Kochetkova
Joan Boada
Elizabeth Powell
Ellen Rose Hummel
Taras Domitro
SATURDAY, MARCH 15—8PM
Yuan Yuan Tan
Luke Ingham
Sasha De Sola
Dores Andre
Hansuke Yamamoto
SUNDAY, MARCH 16—2PM
Sarah Van Patten
Tiit Helimets
Elizabeth Powell
Ellen Rose Hummel
Myles Thatcher
SATURDAY, MARCH 22—2PM
Frances Chung
Davit Karapetyan
Elizabeth Powell*
Ellen Rose Hummel*
Diego Cruz*
SATURDAY, MARCH 22—8PM
Maria Kochetkova
Joan Boada
Sasha De Sola
Dores Andre
Taras Domitro
SUNDAY, MARCH 23—2PM
Yuan Yuan Tan
Luke Ingham
Sasha De Sola
Frances Chung
Hansuke Yamamoto

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$25 tickets for Ballet Jorgen Romeo and Juliet this Friday

Ballet Jorgen is offering an amazing deal on tickets to its R&J (choreography Bengt Jorgen) this coming Friday, March 7 in Markham. This is a very effective small-company version of the ballet to the famous score by Prokofiev, and is an excellent way to introduce young children to ballet with little pain to your wallet! I recommend it, as do tthe other people who went to see the show with me in Toronto this past weekend.

To book tickets, click here and use the promo code JORGEN:
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NYCB displays at top Madison Ave. boutiques

If you're in New York mid-March, be sure to check out this special event.
Madison Avenue is celebrating New York City Ballet’s (NYCB) 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center with a weeklong event, On Your Toes on Madison Avenue, March 15 – 22, 2014. The world’s most prestigious accessory retailers: Agent Provocateur, Alice + Olivia, Bally, Barneys New York, Chanel, Kara Ross New York, Kate Spade New York, Longchamp, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Schutz and Tory Burch will feature dazzling window displays of NYCB costumes, toe shoes and memorabilia, host receptions and talks to benefit New York City Ballet. On March 20, select participating retailers will invite guests to “Shop with the Dancers”, a private event where NYCB company dancers including Maria Kowroski, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar and Andrew Veyette will make in-store appearances at each participating boutique giving guests the opportunity to engage with the dancers and shop to support the ballet.
On Your Toes on Madison Avenue is presented by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) in association with AVENUE magazine benefiting New York City Ballet.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bavarian State Ballet live streams La Bayadere

Two ballet evenings in full and live online from Munich:
http://www.staatsoper.de/tv 

15 March 2014 at 7:30pm CET (2:30pm EDT and 11:30am PDT.)
La Bayadere (Petipa/Bart)
Lucia Lacarra (Nikiya), Marlon Dino (Solor)

These two dancers are well worth seeing!

21 June 2014 at 7:30 pm CET (1:30pm EDT and 10:30am PDT).
Les Ballets Russe:
Les Biches (Nijinska)
L'apres-midi d'un faune (Nijinsky)
Scheherazade (Fokine)



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Saturday, March 1, 2014

DVD giveaway: La La La Human Steps


A Blu-Ray disc of Edouard Lock's Amelia, performed by La La La Human Steps, could be yours!

The DVD also includes a "25 Years of La La La Human Steps behind-the-scenes documentary.

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The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity. Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with the delicate sensual lighting of André Turpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience. The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed’s most famous works, created in the 60s for the Velvet Underground.
LaLaLa Human Steps: Andrea Boardman, Nancy Crowley, Mistaya Hemingway, Keir Knight, Chun Hong Li, Bernard Martin, Jason Shipley-Holmes, Billy Smith, Naomi Stikeman, Zofia Tujaka
Musical composition: David Lang Musicians: Alexandre Castonguay cello, Simon Claude violin, Njo Kong Kie piano & musical direction, Nadine Medawar vocalist


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