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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tutu umbrellas

I want these for my patio!

(Outside Lviv National Opera, Ukraine).


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Landmark Cinemas in Canada to show Royal Ballet cinemacasts

In addition to the Cineplex theatres who will be showing the Royal Ballet live broadcasts this year, some Landmark cinemas will also be showing selected performances. For the September 27th showing of Romeo and Juliet, the complete list of Canadian cinemas participating is as follows:

AB: Calgary [Lx2], Edmonton [C, L], Lethbridge [C]
BC: Campbell River [L], Coquitlam [C], Courtenay [L], Kamloops [L], Langley [C], Nanaimo [L], New Westminster [L], North Vancouver [L], Penticton [L], Richmond [C], Vancouver [C]
MB: Winnipeg [C, L]
NB: Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John (all Cineplex)
NL: St. John's [C]
NS: Dartmouth, Halifax, Sydney (all Cineplex)
ON: Ancaster [C], Barrie [C], Belleville [C], Burlington [C], Collingwood [C], East Gwillimbury [C], Etobicoke [C], Gloucester [C], Guelph [C], Kanata [L], Kingston [C], Kitchener [L], London [C], Niagara Falls [C], Oakville [C], Orleans [L], Oshawa [C], Ottawa [C], Peterborough [C], Sarnia [C], Scarborough [C], St. Catharines [L], St. Thomas [C], Sudbury [C], Thunder Bay [C], Toronto [Cx3], Vaughan [C], Whitby [L], Windsor [C]
PE: Charlottetown [C]
QC: Brossard, Cote Saint-Luc, Kirkland, Laval, Montreal (2), Sherbrooke, Ste-Foy (all Cineplex)
SK: Regina, Saskatoon (all Cineplex)
http://www.cineplex....nts/DanceSeries (click on "showtimes" link)
http://www.landmarkcinemas.com/en.aspx (click on the icon of the Romeo and Juliet poster)
Admission prices
Cineplex: $20 / $19 / $13 - plus SCENE loyalty points
Landmark: $17 / $15 / $12

Start times are not uniform, although most screenings will begin at 12:55 pm. West of Ontario, Landmark Cinemas will be going with earlier start times (meaning, for example, that screenings in Greater Vancouver will be starting three hours apart depending on the theater). Start times in Atlantic Canada are traditionally later than in the rest of the country.

For other showings at Landmark, you have to go to the incredibly cumbersome Landmark website, choose a theatre near you, and then click on the "Experiences" tab and scroll WAY down to the Royal Ballet icon and click on it. 

Bolshoi Ballet performances will be shown only at Cineplex theatres. For the complete list of Bolshoi and Royal Ballet live broadcasts, please click here.

In spite of the cinema chains' best efforts to keep these performances top secret, please support ballet broadcasts in Canada to make sure we keep getting them.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bolshoi's Artem Ovcharenko to play Nureyev in film


Artem Ovcharenko, premier of the Bolshoi Ballet,  has been approved for the role of Rudolf Noureev in the film by director Carlson Smith. The shooting will be done by a team from London especially for the BBC.

Certainly Ovcharenko has a striking facial resemblance to Nureyev.

 


Born in Dnepropetrovsk, USSR (now Ukraine), Artem Ovcharenko began studying ballet at the Dnipropetrovsk State Choreographic School when he was 11 years old. At the age of 17, he entered the Bolshoi Ballet Academy where he participated in the Academy’s tours to the U.S., Greece, Germany, China and other countries. He graduated in 2007 and was admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet in the corps de ballet.

As one of the promising young generation of the Bolshoi company, Artem’s repertoire covers most of the classical romantic roles: Romeo, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Prince Siegfried, as well as leading roles in neoclassical productions such as George Balanchine’s Apollo and Jewels; Lady of the Camellias by John Neumeier, Onegin by John Cranko, Lost Illusions by Alexei Ratmansky, and Marco Spada by Pierre Lacotte. With an ever-eager interest in exploring new roles, Artem has had much success in the contemporary ballets staged at the Bolshoi, such as Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Classical Symphony by Yuri Possokhov, and The Taming of the Shrew by Jean-Christophe Maillot.
Artem has participated in the Bolshoi Ballet tours to Asia, Europe and Americas, and he is a welcome guest star in famous international companies such as Berlin State Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Hamburg State Opera, and also at international ballet festivals and national culture projects.
Artem took part in some prestigious dance competitions, receiving gold at the Tanzolymp in Berlin in 2006, and another at the Arabesque competition in Perm in 2008. In 2009 he won a Special prize “To the best partner” at the International competition of ballet dancers, and was awarded with “The Rising Star” nomination. In 2010 he took part in the International Festival "World Ballet Stars" in Donetsk, Ukraine. In January 2011, he performed with Bolshoi principal, Nina Kaptsova at the 6th Prague Ballet Gala, and in August, he danced with Anna Tikhomirova, at the closing gala-concert of the 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations in Hanoi. In July 2012, he and Anna Tikhomirova participated in Rossiya K’s "Grand Ballet Project", (televised in December 2012), where they were awarded the Grand Prix as "Best Ballet Duo".
In 2013, Artem Ovcharenko was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Zakharova, Polunin to star in Bolshoi Giselle cinemacast

Casting has been announced for the live cinema relay of Giselle from the Bolshoi on October 11 (dates may vary by country). Albrecht will be the much-talked-about prodigy Sergei Polunin.

Giselle, peasant girlSvetlana Zakharova
Count Albrecht Sergei Polunin
Hans, the gamekeeperDenis Savin
Berthe, Giselle's mother Anna Antropova
Bathilde, Albrecht's brideEkaterina Barykina
Duke, father to BathildeAlexei Loparevich
Wilfreed, count's armour bearerDmitry Dorokhov
Giselle's friendsNelli Kobakhidze
Anna Leonova
Olga Marchenkova
Anna Okuneva
Yanina Parienko
Victoria Yakusheva
Myrtha, the Queen of WilisEkaterina Shipulina
Two WilisAngelina Karpova
Ana Turazashvili
Peasant Pas de DeuxDaria Khokhlova
Igor Tsvirko
ConductorPavel Klinichev




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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Livestream Paloma Herrera farewell in R&J

Former ABT star Paloma Herrera's farewell performance will be in Maximiliano Guerra's Romeo and Juliet at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. It will be streamed live on Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 pm ART, (7pm Eastern and 4pm Pacific).

http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en-vivo

The last livestream from Buenos Aires failed to transmit the video, so let's hope this one works!







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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Darcey's Ballerina Heroines on Knowledge TV

Former Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell takes a journey from 18th century France to 1950s America to explore the changing role of the ballerina and the challenges faced by her predecessors. This 60-minute documentary airs on British Columbia's Knowledge Network on Wednesday September 16 at 9 pm Pacific Time and Thursday September 17 at 1 am Pacific Time. Knowledge is available outside BC on the Bell satellite service. 

https://youtu.be/_EtlAhr_UtI

 



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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ferri and Cornejo to dance R&J with ABT in June 2016

Alessandra Ferri, one of the world's best Juliets, will be returning to the role in MacMillan's ballet for one performance only with American Ballet Theatre next June 23 at the Metropolitan Opera House, the  New York Times has announced. Her partner will be the brilliant Herman Cornejo. Ferri is 52 years old, and retired from dancing a few years ago but has been making a comeback and will also be performing in John Neumeier's new ballet based on the life of actress Eleonara Duse in Hamburg this year.

Definitely worth a trip to New York!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Royal Ballet Romeo rehearsals live stream this Friday

Romeo and Juliet rehearsal to be live-streamed on 11 September 2015

Insights event will feature Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano rehearsing the star-crossed lovers' pas de deux, and Alexander Campbell being coached through Mercutio's solos.

The Royal Ballet in rehearsal © ROH 
A Royal Ballet rehearsal of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet will be live-streamed via YouTube and the Royal Opera House website from 7.15pm BST (2.15 pm EDT) on 11 September 2015.
The event — one of a number of upcoming live-streams from the Royal Opera House — will feature members of the Company rehearsing both pas de deux and solos, as well as being interviewed. Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano will rehearse the act one and three pas de deux, and Alexander Campbell will be coached through Mercutio's solos from acts one and two. The session will be led by Senior Ballet Master Christopher Saunders.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

World Ballet Day Full Schedule

Following the success of last year's unprecedented collaboration, five of the world's leading ballet companies will again come together for World Ballet Day, a day of live-streaming via YouTube on 1 October 2015.
The Australian BalletBolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet will again partner to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies in the studio, on tour, and in performance.

Broadcast Live on YouTube

Pick a company channel and watch with viewers from around the world.
World Ballet Day LIVE will be broadcast on each of the five participating ballet companies’ YouTube pages.

Schedule  (Times are indicated in Eastern Standard Time.)
10:00 pm – 3:00 am       The Australian Ballet
3:00 – 6:00 am              Bolshoi Ballet
6:00 – 11:00 am            The Royal Ballet
11:00 am – 4:00 pm       The National Ballet of Canada
4:00 – 9:00 pm              San Francisco Ballet


This year, World Ballet Day LIVE will include pre-recorded footage from a wide range of regional dance organizations geographically close to the five participating companies. Confirmed companies as of this press date include Bangarra Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, National Ballet of China, Nederlands Dans Theater, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Scottish Ballet. 

The Australian Ballet
30 Sep  - October 1 2015
22:00 - 3:00 EDT, 19:00 - 24:00 PDT
Melbourne

Programming

The Australian Ballet once again kicks off World Ballet Day LIVE from its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

Company Class


Rehearsal

Artistic Director David McAllister’s brand new production of The Sleeping Beauty

Behind the Scenes

The Australian Ballet School
Audience Engagement Programs
Ballet Philanthropy
The Magical Wardrobe Department

Sneak Preview

Take a sneak peek at a new ballet for children


Bolshoi Ballet

01 Oct 2015
03:00 - 06:00 EDT, 00:00 - 03:00 PDT
Moscow
Programming Enjoy a tour of productions from the past year, and a preview of what is to come as the Bolshoi Ballet heads into it’s 240th season.

Morning Class


Recent Productions

Radu Poklitaru’s Hamlet
Yuri Possokhov’s Hero of Our Time

Rehearsals


Preview of Upcoming Season

World premieres, revivals, special projects, festivals, international tours, guest company presentations on the Bolshoi Theatre stages, and a gala dedicated to the memory of Maya Plisetskaya.

Interviews Throughout the Day

Interviews Throughout the Day

Vladimir Urin, Sergei Filin, Yuri Possokhov, Boris Akimov, Brigitte Lefevre, Azarii Plisetski, and more!
  
The Royal Ballet
01 Oct 2015
06:00 - 11:00 EDT, 03:00 - 08:00 PDT
London


Programming

Go behind the scenes of The Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet, and listen to a discussion about the future of ballet in the United Kingdom.

Company Class


Behind the Scenes

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet

Discussion: The Future of Ballet

Hosted by The Royal Ballet and featuring experts from Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, and Scottish Ballet


The National Ballet of Canada
01 Oct 2015
11:00 - 16:00 EDT, 08:00 - 13:00 (PDT)
Toronto


Programming

Join The National Ballet of Canada at the Place des Arts in Montréal as they take audiences behind the scenes during their fall tour.

Company Class

Rehearsal

Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale

Behind the Scenes: On Tour

Go behind the scenes at dress rehearsals of William Forsythe’s the second detailMarco Goecke’s Le Spectre de la Rose, and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma

San Francisco Ballet
01 Oct 2015
16:00 - 21:00 EDT, 13:00 - 18:00 (PDT)
San Francisco


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

One of Europe's oldest opera houses, the magnificent Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, opened in 1780. Check out the spectacular interior in this short video. I hope to organize a Tours en l'air trip to see Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux​ and its not-too-distant neighbour the Ballet du Capitole du Toulouse in 2017.  (Plus sample the local wines, of course!)

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