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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pennsylvania Ballet puts the ballet-haters in their place



Pennsylvania Ballet
A Facebook user recently commented that the Eagles had "played like they were wearing tutus!!!"

Our response:

"With all due respect to the Eagles, let's take a minute to look at what our tutu wearing women have done this month: 

By tomorrow afternoon, the ballerinas that wear tutus at Pennsylvania Ballet will have performed The Nutcracker 27 times in 21 days. Some of those women have performed the Snow scene and the Waltz of the Flowers without an understudy or second cast. No 'second string' to come in and spell them when they needed a break. When they have been sick they have come to the theater, put on make up and costume, smiled and performed. When they have felt an injury in the middle of a show there have been no injury timeouts. They have kept smiling, finished their job, bowed, left the stage, and then dealt with what hurts. 

Some of these tutu wearers have been tossed into a new position with only a moments notice. That's like a cornerback being told at halftime that they're going to play wide receiver for the second half, but they need to make sure that no one can tell they've never played wide receiver before. 

They have done all of this with such artistry and grace that audience after audience has clapped and cheered (no Boo Birds at the Academy) and the Philadelphia Inquirer has said this production looks "better than ever". 

So no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus. If they had, Chip Kelly would still be a head coach and we'd all be looking forward to the playoffs."

Happy New Year!
http://paballet.org/george-balanchines-nutcracker™-22-4

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blue Ceiling Dance presents dead reckoning



Wednesday, January 13 - Saturday January 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday January 17 @ 2 pm

The Theatre Centre

1115 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON 

tickets: $25 general admission, $20 student/senior/CADA/CAEA
Theatre Centre box office phone: 416 538 0988
www.theatrecentre.org

Combining choreography by Blue Ceiling dance artistic director Lucy Rupert and internationally renowned ballet choreographer Peter Quanz in his experimental, contemporary vein, Blue Ceiling’s new production explores the power of the mind to produce what we need in times of great distress. 

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s experience of a disembodied presence guiding him from near death on his disastrous 1914 expedition to Antarctica, dead reckoning also sources the experiences of the artists involved for a work that is utterly personal, geographic and historical. 

The choreographers perform with Toronto dance dynamos Elke Schroeder and Sky Fairchild-Waller for a unforgettable romp through images, sensations, stories and exquisite physicality. Three duets flow into each other, each holding onto the residue of the last. 

Search for me in the Wasteland choreographed by Peter Quanz, performed by Quanz and Rupert

Recipes for Disaster choreographed by Lucy Rupert, performed by Sky Fairchild-Waller and Elke Schroeder

At this altitude choreographed and performed by Lucy Rupert with animated light.

Blue Ceiling dance has been creating, producing, commissioning and presenting intimate works of dance and dance theatre since 2004. Under the direction of Lucy Rupert, the company aims for virtuosic performances springing from the power of the imagination. Combining historical, personal and contemporary perspectives on the spark of inspiration, Blue Ceiling works weave the myriad voices of all collaborators into each new work, for a unique, embodied performance each time. The company has travelled throughout Ontario and to New York, Montreal and Germany and has received commissions from DanceWorks, Dusk Dances, the Whole Shebang and Dance Ontario.

“Rupert is a choreographer with an immense imagination” (Globe and Mail)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Louis XIV movie Le Roi danse screening in Toronto

  • January 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (just north of Spadina subway station, on the west side of Spadina 
  • FREE admission!
Louis XIV, the French Sun King,  has two passions: establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right, and artistic brilliancy as a dancer. He starts asserting himself against the entourage of his mother, the regent during his minority, by launching a 'fitting' new, mainly musical display of baroque show. The musical genius Jean-Baptiste Lully, a Florentine upstart of unbridled ambition, quickly gains the king's absolute trust, despite the nationalist and aristocratic opposition to a low-born Italian, and thus turns the normally socially humble post of court composer into a 'ministerial portfolio of culture' of Cabinet rank. 

The movie depicts the baroque era of Louis's reign in all its sumptuousness, and recreates some of his most famous dancing roles.

https://youtu.be/BMvpvDjFvHA


 

Release in December 2000 (115min)
Directed by: Gérard Corbiau
Stars: Benoît Magimel
Type: History, Music, Drama
The movie will be screened in French with English subtitles.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bolshoi Ballet Taming of the Shrew Cinema broadcast casting

The Bolshoi Ballet's Taming of the Shrew, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, music by Dmitry Shostakovich, will be relayed to cinemas on Sunday January 24 2016 at 1255 pm at select Cineplex theatres in Canada, for US theatre locations click here:
http://www.fathomevents.com/event/bolshoi1516-the-taming-of-the-shrew/more-info/theater-locations

https://youtu.be/xDMU-l59cis


Cast

Katharina
Ekaterina Krysanova

Petruchio
Vladislav Lantratov

Bianca
Olga Smirnova

Lucentio
Semyon Chudin

Hortensio
Igor Tsvirko

Gremio
Vyacheslav Lopatin

The Widow
Yulia Grebenshchikova

Baptista Artemy Belyakov

The Housekeeper
Anna Tikhomirova

Grumio
Georgy Gusev

Maidservants Daria Bochkova
Anastasia Gubanova
Diana Kosyreva
Yanina Parienko
Ana Turazashvili
Daria Khokhlova

Servants Batyr Annadurdyev
Dmitry Dorokhov
Dmitri Zhuk
Alexei Matrakhov
Anton Savichev
Maxim Surov




Thursday, December 10, 2015

NBOC Nutcracker casting update

There have been quite substantial changes to the original casting announced by the National Ballet of Canada for their upcoming Nutcracker performances, due to Guillaume Coté and Evan McKie having to withdraw from the role of Peter/Nutcracker Prince.
Here is the latest casting.

All performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto.
Choreography by James Kudelka.

For tickets: www.national.ballet.ca

All casting subject to change.

 


The Sugar Plum Fairy Peter/The Nutcracker Snow Queen Baba Uncle Nikolai
Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Alexandra MacDonald Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm Heather Ogden McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Sunday, December 13 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Harrison James* Elena Lobsanova Stephanie Hutchison* Jonathan Renna
Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 pm Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm Heather Ogden McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Tanya Howard Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Alexandra MacDonald Stephanie Hutchison* Jonathan Renna
Saturday December 19 at 2:00 pm Jurgita Dronina* Naoya Ebe* Emma Hawes* Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jonathan Renna
Saturday December 19 at 7:00 pm Sonia Rodriguez Piotr Stanczyk Alexandra MacDonald Rebekah Rimsay Jack Bertinshaw*
Sunday, December 20 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Harrison James* Hannah Fischer* Stephanie Hutchison* Jonathan Renna
Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Jenna Savella Alejandra Perez-Gomez Francesco Gabriele Frola
Tuesday, December 22 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Harrison James* Elena Lobsanova Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 pm Heather Ogden McGee Maddox Xiao Nan Yu Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Wednesday, December 23 at 1:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Tanya Howard Alejandra Perez-Gomez Francesco Gabriele Frola
Wednesday, December 23 at 5:30 pm Svetlana Lunkina
Piotr Stanczyk Emma Hawes* Stephanie Hutchison* Jack Bertinshaw*
Sunday December 27 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Harrison James* Jenna Savella Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
Sunday December 27 at 5:30 pm Svetlana Lunkina Piotr Stanczyk Elena Lobsanova Stephanie Hutchison* Jack Bertinshaw*
Monday, December 28 at 1:00 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Hannah Fischer* Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Tuesday December 29 at 1:00 pm Elena Lobsanova McGee Maddox Emma Hawes* Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi
Tuesday December 29 at 5:30 pm Svetlana Lunkina Piotr Stanczyk Elena Lobsanova Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jack Bertinshaw*
Wednesday, December 30 at 7:00 pm Jurgita Dronina* Naoya Ebe* Jenna Savella Rebekah Rimsay Robert Stephen
Saturday, January 2 at 1:00 pm Jurgita Dronina* Naoya Ebe* Hannah Fischer* Alejandra Perez-Gomez Jack Bertinshaw*
Saturday, January 2 at 5:30 pm Jillian Vanstone Skylar Campbell Alexandra MacDonald Rebekah Rimsay Francesco Gabriele Frola
Sunday, January 3 at 1:00 pm Tina Pereira Harrison James* Emma Hawes* Andreea Olteanu Dylan Tedaldi


 
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Friday, December 4, 2015

WIN! Royal Ballet at Bloor Cinema ticket giveaway

Courtesy of the Bloor Cinema in Toronto (Bloor, just east of Bathurst), Tours en l'air has some tickets to give away.

THE ROYAL BALLET: FOUR ONE-ACT BALLETS
SUN, DEC 20 - 11:30 AM
Liam Scarlett's Viscera, Carlos Acosta's Carmen, Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Robbins's Afternoon of a Faun.
I have five pairs of tickets, value $32 per pair of tickets. Only one pair of tickets per entrant.
To enter: email me at toursenlair@gmail.com pasting 
ROYAL4
into the subject line.
Please enter exactly as shown and do not put anything else in the subject line.
Contest closes December 14.

THE ROYAL BALLET: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
MON, DEC 28 - 11:30 AM
I have five pairs of tickets, value $32 per pair of tickets. Only one pair of tickets per entrant.
To enter: email me at toursenlair@gmail.com pasting  
ROYALALICE
into the subject line.
Please enter exactly as shown and do not put anything else in the subject line.
Contest closes December 14.






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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Misty Copeland doc returns to Bloor Cinema in January




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Showings
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 4:15 PM Buy
 
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 6:30 PM Buy
 
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 6:30 PM Buy
 
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 6:00 PM Buy
 
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 9:00 PM Buy
 
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 6:30 PM Buy
 
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 4:00 PM Buy
 
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 8:45 PM Buy
 
 
 
Film Info
Run Time:85 min
Director(s):Nelson George
Country:USA
Released:2015
Rating:STC 
 
A Ballerina's Tale
In 2013, Misty Copeland was given the lead role in the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) production of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. She danced beautifully the night of the performance, but offstage it was discovered that she had six fractures in her left shin, leading many to doubt she would dance again. A hit with Doc Soup audiences, A Ballerina’s Tale is an intimate look at Misty during a crucial period in her life, from the triumph of Firebird and subsequent painful recovery to her return to ballet and emergence as a pop sensation. Shining a light on important issues in the world of ballet, including the absence of women of colour and the detrimental focus on skinny bodies, A Ballerina’s Tale is a remarkable story of how great talent and willpower can open doors in a very exclusive world.

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