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Friday, March 6, 2015

Joaquin de Luz and Bach

the wonderful Joaquin de Luz of New York City Ballet. It's not too late to sign up for my trip to NY in May or Saratoga Springs in July to see him and the rest of the amazing company (plus American Ballet Theatre in NY)

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

PNB livestreams Forsythe lecture-demo March 11th

From Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time Remind Me Share

Legendary choreographer William Forsythe will join Pacific Northwest Ballet on stage for a rare lecture-demonstration on the eve of the first American program devoted entirely to his work. The evening will feature a candid interview of Mr. Forsythe by Peter Boal, a peek behind the curtain to watch Mr. Forsythe working with PNB dancers, and an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. William Forsythe’s career focused primarily in Germany with Ballet Frankfurt, and now has just been named associate choreographer at Paris Opera Ballet. PNB will perform two Forsythe PNB premieres: New Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, along with the return of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. PNB has been performing Forsythe work since the 1998 Company premiere of Artifact II. This is Mr. Forsythe’s first visit to PNB to work directly with PNB dancers, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this groundbreaking artist to our studios.



Go to this link for the livestream:
http://pnb.org/live/

 

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Tokyo World Ballet Festival 2015 announced

The Japan Performing Arts Foundation has announced dates for this year's "World Ballet Festival". In previous years this festival has included many full-length ballets and a couple of galas, but this year it seems to be reduced to two different gala programs (rep to be announced). Dancers from Paris Opera Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Cuban National Ballet.

WORLD BALLET FESTIVAL 2015 - TOKYO



■ Date

Program A
Saturday 1 August 2015, 2:00p.m.
Sunday 2 August 2015, 2:00p.m.
Tuesday 4 August 2015, 6:00p.m.
Wednesday 5 August 2015, 6:00p.m.
Thursday 6 August 2015, 6:00p.m.


Program B
Saturday 8 August 2015, 2:00p.m.
Sunday 9 August 2015, 2:00p.m.
Tuesday 11 August 2015, 6:00p.m.
Wednesday 12 August 2015, 6:00p.m.
Thursday 13 August 2015, 6:00p.m.


■ Venue

Tokyo Bunkakaikan

■ Prices

S=Y26,000 A=Y23,000 B=Y20,000 C=Y16,000 D=Y12,000 E=Y8,000 ■Set tickets(program A and program B) will be on sale from 10:00am Saturday 4th April, 2015 *only telephone
■Tickets will be on sale from 10:00am Saturday 18th April, 2015>

[Cast]
Female: Amandine Albisson(only Program A) / Silvia Azzoni / Alina Cojocaru / Aurélie Dupont / Maria Eichwald / Isabelle Guérin / Maria Kochetkova / Sarah Lamb / Anna Laudere / Myriam Ould-Braham / Tamara Rojo / Iana Salenko / Viengsay Valdés / Diana Vishneva 


Male: Mathieu Ganio(only Program A) / Osiel Gouneo / David Hallberg / Mathias Heymann / Johan Kobborg / Manuel Legris / Alban Lendorf / Vladimir Malakhov /
Steven McRae / Hervé Moreau / Vadim Muntagirov / Marijn Rademaker / Edvin Revazov / Alexandre Riabko / Daniil Simkin / Friedemann Vogel 


*Performers are subject to change. 

For more info:
http://www.nbs.or.jp/english/contents/schedule/world-ballet-festival-2015/


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Choose your own adventure": Wayne McGregor's Chroma

Felix Paquet
Félix Paquet : photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic


Opening Night Debut: Félix Paquet 
Born in Québec City, Québec, Félix Paquet joined the Corps de Ballet in 2014.He makes his debut in Chroma tonight, the opening of Chroma with The Man in Black, Allegro Brillante and Carousel (A Dance).
Is there a different process to learning contemporary choreography like that in Chroma?
Unlike the choreography for a classic piece, there is no set dance vocabulary for an original work like Chroma by Wayne McGregor. When Guest Répétiteur Antoine Vereecken came to work with us on Chroma, he showed us the different positions we had to hit, but how we get to each is up to us. It’s a little like “choose your own adventure," as we physically find the connections between the positions, which is why the work is a little different every time you see it. I’ve never done anything like it. It’s extremely difficult, but I'm also able to put my own individual stamp on it which is so rewarding.
What is it like partnering with the more experienced dancers?
My pas de deux partner is Tanya Howard but I also partner Greta Hodgkinson, Svetlana Lunkina and Xiao Nan Yu. At first I was just shocked that I had the opportunity to dance with them. Initially it felt really intimidating but all of the dancers have been very helpful and supportive. Throughout the rehearsal process the other male dancers have given me pointers, especially when it comes to partnering, which has made me feel more confident and the demanding role a little easier. It has been a great experience and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. 
What is the biggest difference dancing in a work like Chroma that has a small cast compared to the larger works like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?
I think the biggest difference is that dancing in Chroma is very intimate and everyone has more than one partner. In larger works like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I have a very specific role and there isn't always as much interaction between all of the dancers in the work.
I also find that because the cast is smaller and because of the nature of the choreography, we really need to mould to each other and feed off of each other's energy. It's very intense and the result is so magical.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Kickstarter campaign for Guillaume Côté film

From Anymotion Productions:

Dear Friends 
We are creating a short dance film of the 2013 creation Being and Nothingness (Part 1), set on Greta Hodgkinson and choreographed by Guillaume Côté. The film will be directed by award winning director Alejandro Alvarez. 
Being and Nothingness (Part 1), is an ideal piece to be viewed on video, with its delicate movement and subtle nuances. By filming this amazing collaboration of two great artists, we will be able to give access to the work to anyone, anywhere through the universal medium of Itunes and Vimeo.  In addition, it is our hope that the film will be viewed in Film Festivals around the world.
To deliver the piece, we have teamed up with Crystal Ballet, a company based in the UK committed to bringing a new perspective to the traditional art form by producing online high quality dance content. 
We all know the reality of the arts industry and the difficulty of sharing our work with the masses.  We have created a KICKSTARTER campaign in the hopes that this can be a project produced by many and enjoyed by even more.  
So please check out our project on KICKSTARTER at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/740176627/the-being-and-nothingness-project  
or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AnymotionProductions).

You can show your support by pledging or by spreading the word for us, and be a part of making this video happen!
Thank you in advance for your help
The Anymotion Productions team



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Evelyn Hart launches pre-professional summer ballet intensive

Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

One of Canada's greatest ballerinas, renowned for her sublime artistry, Evelyn Hart is launching a summer intensive program July 6 to August 1, Mon-Fri: 10 - 6 pm Sat: 10 - 1 pm. An incredible opportunity for any teenagers who are serious about ballet. 

From her website, http://www.evelynhart.ca/curriculum.html


"This session will consist of intensive mentoring of a select group of dancers in the art of classical ballet. We’ll be focusing on refining your technique, pointe work, variations, and pas de deux (enrollment dependent).  As well, a contemporary element, including technique, improvisation and choreography.



This intensive is aimed at male and female dancers, aged 14 to 20, who have solid classical ballet training.  It would also be an ideal program for those who are looking to put the finishing touches on their approach to the art as they prepare for a future professional career.



The program will be very selective, with space for only 20 dancers.  That way, I’ll be able to give everyone direct, customized attention.  I am envisioning an intimate, collaborative experience!"

Also teaching will be Alys Shee (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Louis Laberge-Coté. For more information, visit Evelyn Hart's website.  


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Friday, February 27, 2015

National Ballet of Canada short films screen with Ballet 422

Films by National Ballet of Canada Choreographic Associates Robert Binet and Guillaume Côté make their Hot Docs debut at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on February 27 with the new film, Ballet 422.
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at the New York City Ballet (NYCB) as dancer and up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work. Ballet 422 illuminates the process behind creating a ballet within the ongoing cycle of rehearsals and performances at one of the world’s great ballet companies.


WHITE RUSH
D: Dylan Tedaldi | 2014 | Canada | 7 minutes
Concept and choreography by Robert Binet; Commissioned by The Royal Opera House for the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014
White Rush examines the relationship between the four adult children of Leda, a prominent figure in greek mythology. Two are fully mortal while two are divine but the product of Leda's rape by Zeus, creating a complex dynamic. 


From Rob Binet: "Called 'exceptionally beautiful' by The Guardian, White Rush was commissioned by The Royal Opera House and first screened in London in September and we are very excited that it's now going to be having it's North American premiere! The film features four brilliant dancers from The National Ballet of Canada: Svetlana Lunkina, Félix Paquet, Emma Hawes and Jack Bertinshaw and the music of Nils Frahm.

Dylan and I, as well as some of the cast, are going to be at the 3pm screening this Saturday and we'd love to see lots of you there!" White Rush will be screened at the following times:
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:45 PM 

 
LOST IN MOTION IID: Ben Shirinian | 2011 | Canada | 2.5 minutes
Staring and choreographed by Guillaume Côté
A young man loses himself in his environment so that his movements reveal the world that exists in his imagination, transcending reality through his muse of dance.

LOST IN MOTION II
D: Ben Shirinian | 2013 | Canada | 3.5 minutes
Staring Heather Ogden, with choreography by Guillaume Côté
Exploring the spectrum of emotions experienced by an artist baring their soul, this film showcases Artist's state of mind by depicting her within an ominous, yet atmospheric environment, as she dances in solitude.


Lost in Motion screening dates and times:
SAT February 28, 2015
1:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
SUN March 1, 2015
1:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
MON March 2, 2015
6:30 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
WED March 4, 2015
4:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
FRI March 20, 2015
4:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
SUN March 22, 2015
3:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
FRI March 20, 2015
4:00 PM - Lost in Motion I and II
SUN March 22, 2015
7:45 PM - Lost in Motion I and II


Ballet 422 showings:
Fri, Feb 27 6:45 PM Buy

Sat, Feb 28 1:00 PM Buy

Sat, Feb 28 3:00 PM Buy

Sun, Mar 1 1:00 PM Buy

Mon, Mar 2 4:30 PM Buy

Mon, Mar 2 6:30 PM Buy

Tue, Mar 3 3:30 PM Buy

Wed, Mar 4 4:00 PM Buy

Fri, Mar 6 4:30 PM Buy

Fri, Mar 20 4:00 PM Buy

Sat, Mar 21 3:15 PM Buy

Sun, Mar 22 3:00 PM Buy

Sun, Mar 22 7:45 PM Buy

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Nureyev & Friends: A Gala Tribute DVD

Nureyev & Friends: A Gala Tribute DVD is now available from the usual sources (Amazon etc.)

This performance, recorded in 2013, includes the following pas de deux, with some of today's top ballet stars:


La Sylphide  (Bournonville) Iana Salenko and Marian Walter
La Bayadere Shades (Petipa) Evgenia Obraztsova and Evgeni Ivanchenko
Manon bedroom pdd   (MacMillan) Tamara Rojo and Federico Bonelli
Two Pieces for HET   (van Manen) Maia Makhateli and Remi Wortmeyer
Raymonda act 3  (Petipa) Aurelie Dupont and Mathias Heymann
Sleeping Beauty act 3 grand pas de deux  (Petipa) Evgenia Obtaztsova and Dimitri Gudanov
Manfred  (Nureyev) Mathias Heymann
Marguerite and Armand   (Ashton) Tamara Rojo and Rupert Pennefather
Swan Lake act 2  "White Swan" (Ivanov) Daria Vasnetsova and Evgeni Ivanchenko
Le Corsaire   (Petipa) Aleksandra Timofeeva and Vadim Muntagirov

Nureev & Friends DVD on Sale from D&D Art Productions on Vimeo.


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Livestream: Mariinsky Ballet March 19




 Thursday 19 March at 730 pm Russian time, there will be a live ballet stream from the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg over the following link:
http://mariinsky.tv/n/e
St Petersburg is 8 hours ahead of Eastern Time, so this will start at 1130 am in Toronto. The webcasts seem to be archived for a short while after the live transmission. 

XV International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY

An artistic evening with Viktoria Tereshkina

The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Ovsyanikov

The programme includes:

I. The Legend of Love (Act II)
Music by Arif Melikov
Libretto by Nazim Khikmet
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich (1961)
Set, costume and lighting design: Simon Virsaladze

Shyrin: Alina Somova
Ferkhad: Kimin Kim
Mekhmeneh Bahnu: Viktoria Tereshkina
The Vizier: Yuri Smekalov


II. Schéhérazade (choreographic drama in one act)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scenario by Léon Bakst and Michel Fokine after Arabian Nights fairytales
Choreography by Michel Fokine (1910)
Reconstruction by Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa
Set and costume design by Anna Nezhnaya, Anatoly Nezhny after original sketches: Léon Bakst

Shahriar: Vladimir Ponomarev
Zobeide: Viktoria Tereshkina
Zobeide’s Slave: Danila Korsuntsev
The Odalisques: Olga Belik, Viktoria Brilyova, Anastasia Zaklinskaya


III. “Paquita” Grand pas
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Choreography by Marius Petipa (1881)
Revival consultants: Pyotr Gusev, Lidia Tiuntina, Georgy Konishchev
Set design by Gennady Sotnikov
Costume design by Irina Press

Soloists: Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Great stuff in February's Tours en l'air Ballet Newsletter


Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
Ballet Appreciation Courses
www.toursenlair.blogspot.ca
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email: toursenlair@gmail.com






Dear Balletomane,

In this newsletter:

  1. New Kudelka piece to Brahms Intermezzi
  2. Bolshoi Broadcast: Romeo and Juliet
  3. Casting for National Ballet of Canada Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  4. Vote for the National Ballet of Canada to receive $25K from Royal Bank
  5. Videos

Saratoga Springs Trip Now Booking!

Bear in mind that this is a great Ballet Bargain. You get to see one of the world's top companies in many different ballets without paying Manhattan prices. Always Tours en l'air's most affordable ballet trip!

New York City Ballet

in

Saratoga Springs, NY

10-12 July 2015

3 days, 2 nights

3 ballet performances

Works by Balanchine, Wheeldon, Ratmansky, Peck, and Robbins

BALLET BUCKET LIST*

New York City Ballet performing Balanchine and Robbins

The unique experience of seeing ballet in the outdoor setting of Saratoga Springs,
in a theatre designed to George Balanchine's own specifications

For more info, click here.


Deadline for New York May ballet trip is next Tuesday.
For more info, click here.



Erik Bruhn Prize Competitors Announced


For more info, click here

 



New Kudelka piece to Brahms Intermezzi
James Kudelka will be choreographing a piece for the Coleman Lemieux company to Brahms' beautiful intermezzi for piano. It will premiere as part of the Art of Time series in Toronto, Apr 9–11, 2015, 8PM, Harbourfront Centre
Click here for more info.



Justin Peck's Ballet 422 doc screening in Toronto and the US


This film has been getting rave reviews. For more info, click here. Justin Peck's choreography will be featured on both my NY May trip and the Saratoga Springs trip.
 

Mark Morris's L'Allegro... on PBS Great Performances March 27


Set your digital recorders! Do not miss this amazing life-affirming dance work. Broadcast times may (almost certainly will) vary according to your PBS station.

For more info, click here.




Intro to Baroque Dance classes in Toronto

TUESDAYS' BAROQUE DANCE AFTERNOON SALON at Dance Teq Centre, 226 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5V 1Z6  For more info, click here.


Far from Denmark: Ballet Arizona's Napoli

What do you do when your sets are stuck in transit? Click here for my report on Ballet Arizona's triumphant Napoli.
 
Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden in Conversation - A Fundraiser
National Ballet of Canada dancers Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden, who recently became parents to baby Emma, in conversation at "A Passionate Partnership", a fundraiser for Dance Collection Danse, the national centre dedicated to Canadian theatrical dance history.
Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 PM . Click here for more info.

Bolshoi Broadcast: Romeo and Juliet (Grigorovich choreography)
Sunday, March 8, 1255 pm
The Bolshoi Ballet Encore

Romeo: Alexander Volchkov Juliet: Anna Nikulina
Select Cineplex Theatres
in Canada
For US locations, click here.

Click here for casting for National Ballet of Canada Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Click here to vote for the National Ballet of Canada to receive $25K from Royal Bank 

 
Videos:

A lovely Jewels trailer from Dutch National Ballet
http://youtu.be/vMJQaniYU38
The Sergei Polunin video that has gone viral (in case you've missed it)
https://vimeo.com/user37156732/sergeipoluninhoziertakemetochurch
Jerome Robbins' Goldberg Variations (which is part of my NY trip):
http://youtu.be/yZVIKIhrAGw

Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays


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