Monday, September 15, 2014

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE LAUNCHES YouTube CHANNEL


American Ballet Theatre has launched the ABT YouTube Channel, under the channel name of “ABTBalletTheatre.”  Offering an in-depth and candid look at the Company, the ABT YouTube channel showcases current dancers in two or three minute vignettes.  Taped segments explor
e experiences and points of view of ABT dancers, while adding to the experience of ABT performances with behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals and day-to-day Company life.  Videos featuring special events and Company activity will also be posted.
American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel covers such topics as performance rituals, perseverance and competition.  Featured Meet the Dancer segments highlight dancers from each rank of the Company.  The channel provides users with a new social media experience in addition to ABT’s Facebook and Twitter presence.
Access to the ABT YouTube Channel can be found at www.youtube.com under the channel name of “ABTBalletTheatre.” 

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"Only When I Dance" airing on BC's Knowledge Network

This documentary about two teenagers from the Brazilian favelas aspiring to become ballet dancers will be aired on Knowledge on Wednesday October 1 at 9pm Pacific and Thursday October 2 at 1 am Pacific. Knowledge programs are often also streamed online for Canadian residents.


http://youtu.be/TW_liaAqwuw

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cineplex cancels all Royal Ballet broadcasts in Canada

Cineplex theatres made this extremely disappointing announcement, without explanation, on September 11:

 CANCELLATION NOTICE 
We regret to advise that the following performances from Royal Opera House for this season of the FRCE Dance Series have been cancelled and removed from the schedule effective September 11, 2014:
· Manon – October 16, 2014
· Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – December 17 & 20, 2014
· Swan Lake – March 18, 2015
· La Fille mal gardée – May 6, 2015

If you have purchased tickets for any of the above performances, they can be fully refunded or exchanged for a ticket to one of the Bolshoi Ballet performances this season.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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Interview with the Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov

Vadim Muntagirov: ‘I'm a mixture of Russian blood and the English school’

The Royal Ballet’s newest Principal on training in Perm, the challenges of moving to London as a teenager and why he’s looking forward to flexing his acting muscles:

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/vadim-muntagirov-i-am-a-mixture-of-russian-blood-and-the-english-school

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Boys at the School of American Ballet

A short documentary (12 minutes) about the Boys Program at SAB, the school associated with New York City Ballet. Some remarkably poised young boys!



http://youtu.be/VllP_nNcWis

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National Ballet of Canada Alice reviews, New York

Brian Seibert, New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/arts/dance/alices-adventures-in-ballet-love-story-added.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=nytimesarts&_r=0
"As the Queen of Hearts, Greta Hodgkinson gave the most vivid performance. Dylan Tedaldi was a sprightly White Rabbit, especially in his jazzy late solo. There was fine dancing in smaller roles and good character work through the ranks (a droll Rex Harrington as the ineffectual King of Hearts). Guillaume Côté’s elegance didn’t make the Knave any less blandly sunny, and Jillian Vanstone’s pretty ballet manners colored this Alice’s passivity insipid."

Leigh Witchel, Robert Johnson, Apollinaire Scherr, Sarah Wolff, Laura Jacobs, Eliza Minden, Alexandra Ansanelli, Joel Lobenthal, The Barre Flies
(http://thebarreflies.com/reviews/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/)

Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World (http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/BWW-Reviews-Wheeldons-ALICE-Gets-a-Score-of-Dance-10-Story-3-20140912)
"If you're in the New York City area and reading this before September 14th, I encourage you to head to Lincoln Center in order to experience "Alice" for yourself. I came out of the theater feeling happy and refreshed. I'm pretty sure you will as well!"

Deborah Jowit, ArtsJournal

"The members of the National Ballet of Canada perform their roles with gusto—excellently skilled in their dancing and vivid in their acting. 

Lauren Gallagher, DanceTabs
"Corps member Francesco Gabriele Frola cuts a fine figure even in a frog suit, standing out with an elastic buoyancy, lofty leaps, chiseled form and on-target musicality. Anyone would be hard-pressed to believe that Lunkina was debuting in the role of the Queen, since she appears to be made for it."
 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mikhailovsky Ballet New York November season with Osipova Vasiliev

THE MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET

David H. Koch Theater (Lincoln Center)

November 11–23, 2014

Live Orchestra

Ardani Artist proudly presents for the first time in the United States The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia for a special two week engagement November 11 – 23, 2014 at the David H. Koch Theatre (Lincoln Center) NYC. There will be four programs for this premiere engagement performed with a live orchestra. The Mikhailovsky Ballet USA engagement is supported by the Russian Miistry of Culture.

Three Centuries Of Russian Ballet is the 3rd program of the engagement, on Tuesday, November 19 & Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm. NOTE Update of this program for the first ballet

LE HALTE DE CAVALERIE (Ballet in one act): Music Ivan Armsheimer; Libretto and Choreography: Marius Petipa, revived by Pyotr Gusev; General Partner of the production: LenSpecStroy Limited Company

THE LADY AND THE HOOLIGAN (Ballet in one act): Music: Dmitry Shostakovich; Choreography: Konstantin Boyarsky revised by Mikhail Messerer; General Partner of the production: LenSpecStroy Limited Company.

PRELUDE (Ballet in one act): Music: George Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten; Choreographer, Stage Designer, Costume Designer: Nacho Duato; Lighting Designer: Brad Fields.
The Box Office is open and tickets are on sale for this historic event.

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 can be purchased at the box office and at (212) 496-0600; or by Fax at (212) 580-2545 and on the web. http://davidhkochtheater.com/

CASTING*

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

Three Centuries of Russian Ballet: LE HALTE DE CAVALERIE 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
*subject to change

The Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2013, celebrated the 180th anniversary of its founding and the 80th anniversary of its Ballet Company. The Ballet Company did not become a permanent fixture at the theater overnight, however: it was a gradual process that began in 1918, when the Mikhailovsky Theatre shifted its focus from drama to musical theater. Even before the Ballet Company was officially founded by Fyodor Lopukhov in 1933, the theater played host to some significant events that are now considered an important part of world ballet history. In 1923, the young Giorgi Balanchivadze, who later changed his name to George Balanchine, staged dances in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel at the theater. It was there that the renowned ballet The Bright Stream to Dmitry Shostakovich’s score was first staged in 1935 by Lopukhov. At various times in its history the following outstanding Russian ballet masters have taken the helm of the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company: Leonid Lavrovsky, Pyotr Gusev, Igor Belsky, Konstantin Boyarsky, Oleg Vinogradov, Nikolai Boyarchikov, Farukh Ruzimatov, and Nacho Duato. At present, the Company’s Ballet Master in Chief is Mikhail Messerer. Mikhailovsky Ballet is a young, thriving company that effortlessly combines classical traditions with a modern look, and does not shy away from creative experiments. The Company’s Principal Dancers include world-class stars, as well as recent graduates from Russia’s top ballet schools and academies.

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Bolshoi's Marco Spada available as livestream

In case you missed the cinema broadcast of Pierre Lacotte's revival of the Romantic ballet  Marco Spada in the spring, you can now stream it from
http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/live/danse/danse-classique/marco-spada-par-pierre-lacotte-au-theatre-bolchoi-158711
The story is very silly, but there is lots of great dancing from
David Hallberg - Marco Spada /
Evgénia Obraztsova - Angela /
Olga Smirnova - Marquise Sampietri /
Semion Chudin -  Prince Frederici /
Igor Tsvirko - Comte Pepinelli 

http://youtu.be/jXeFr3JiN1U



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Dance & Fashion Exhibit


Dance & Fashion Exhibit

FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) 

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

Dance & Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015
MFIT's upcoming exhibition Dance & Fashion is a stunning exploration of the relationship between these two embodied art forms. Organized by the museum’s director, Dr. Valerie Steele, and set in a dramatic mise-en-scène created by architect Kim Ackert, Dance & Fashion features nearly 100 dance costumes and dance-inspired fashions, ranging from the 19th century to the present, many of which have never been exhibited.

Dance & Fashion opens with a superb display of ballet costumes and related fashions from the 1830s and 1840s, the era of the Romantic ballet. A rare Spanish-style costume worn by the great ballerina, Fanny Elssler, is accompanied by fashions of the period. A costume by Christian Bérard for Symphonie Fantastique, along with a costume by Mme Karinska for Ballet Imperial, demonstrates the evolution of classic ballet costume, while a costume from Creole Giselle for the Dance Theater of Harlem evokes the continuing appeal of the Romantic ballet.

Stella McCartney, man’s tattoo costume for Ocean’s Kingdom, Fall 2011, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT Rodarte, woman’s costume for Two Hearts, Spring 2012, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT. Halston, woman’s costume for Tangled Night, 1986, lent by Martha Graham Dance Company. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Christian Dior’s Black Swan ball gown epitomizes ballet’s influence on fashion design. Conversely, Marc Happel, costume director of New York City Ballet, has said that his costumes for Symphony in C were inspired by fashions designed by Dior and Balenciaga. The pointe shoes of famous dancers such as Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn are juxtaposed with high-fashion styles by Christian Louboutin and Noritaka Tatehana that were inspired by ballet shoes.

The Orientalism of the Ballets Russes (1909-29) has also influenced generations of fashion designers, from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. A costume from Schéhérazade, 1910, designed by the artist Léon Bakst and recently acquired by The Museum at FIT, is the centerpiece in a display of extraordinary fashions and costumes, including a couture ensemble from Yves Saint Laurent’s 1976 Ballets Russes collection and an ensemble by Ungaro worn by Princess Caroline of Monaco. There are also costumes worn by dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Among the fashion designers who have created costumes for the ballet are Yves Saint Laurent and Riccardo Tischi of Givenchy (for the Paris Opera Ballet), Christian Lacroix, and Jean Paul Gaultier, plus Valantino Garavani, Prabal Gurung, Giles Mendel, Olivier Theyskens, Rodarte, and Iris Van Herpen, all of whom have created costumes for New York City Ballet.

Rick Owens, ensemble, Spring 2014, lent by Rick Owens. Photograph © The Museum at FIT. Olivier Theyskens, woman’s costume for Spectral Evidence, Fall 2013, Lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT. Valentino, woman’s costume for Sophisticated Lady, Fall 2012, lent by New York City Ballet. Photograph © The Museum at FIT.

For the modern dance section, the Martha Graham Dance Company has loaned noteworthy dresses, some designed and worn by Graham herself, and others the product of a close collaboration between Halston and Graham. Once adamantly opposed to ballet, modern dance choreographers have increasingly incorporated elements from ballet and other dance genres, resulting in new forms of modern and post-modern dance. Dance & Fashion includes several important African-Caribbean-inspired costumes from Katherine Dunham, a costume from José Limon’s Moor’s Pavane, and one from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Fashion designers featured who have created costumes for modern dance include Narciso Rodriguez for Morphoses, Francisco Costa for Elisa Monte, and Tara Subkoff for Stephen Petronio, among others. A highlight is a costume from Merce Cunningham’s Scenario designed by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, juxtaposed with a CDG “bump” dress, which inspired the dance costume.

In addition to ballet and modern dance, there is a flamenco dress and a selection of flamenco-inspired dresses by designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Paquin, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph Lauren. Recently, Rick Owens was so inspired by African-American step dancers that they performed at his runway show in Paris. Examples of his designs are also included.

Also on view is art work by David Michelek featuring ballerina Wendy Whelan, and a series of 13 photographs and a video by acclaimed dance and fashion photographer Anne Deniau, also known as Ann Ray, in collaboration with performers from the Paris Opera Ballet.  In addition, there are selected dance videos, as well as videotaped interviews with Marc Happel, costume director of the New York City Ballet, and others.

A multi-author book, to be published by Yale University Press, will accompany the exhibition. A two-day symposium on October 23-24, 2014, that will be free and open to the public, will further explore dance and fashion. There will also be a series of free lectures, workshops, and tours as part of the museum’s Fashion Culture program.


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Monday, September 8, 2014

World Ballet Day 5 Companies Livestream

   #7
Global First: Five World-Class Ballet Companies,
One Day of Live Streaming on

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

www.national.ballet.ca/worldballetday

Australian Ballet I Bolshoi Ballet I The Royal Ballet I
The National Ballet of Canada I San Francisco Ballet

September 8, 2014… The first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies. This online event will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 when each of the companies will stream live behind the scenes action from their rehearsal studios.

Starting at the beginning of the dancers’ day,   each of the five ballet companies – Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet – will take the lead for a four hour period streaming live from their headquarters starting with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. The live link then passes across time zones and cultures from Melbourne to Moscow to London to Toronto to San Francisco.

The live streaming will take viewers on a journey into the rarely seen backstage lives of ballet dancers. This unusual access will throw a spotlight on the differences in style between the five companies as they follow a very similar routine but approach choreography and performance in the ways that have made them unique on the world stage. Starting with morning class to warm up the body with different exercises, moving on to rehearsals for their upcoming performances, the day will be a celebration of dance, the athleticism and unparalleled dedication of all those involved in creating a world-class ballet company.

Viewers will be able to engage and interact with dancers, choreographers and coaches who live and breathe ballet every day of their working lives, asking questions throughout the day as well as having the opportunity to contribute by submitting a film of themselves doing a pirouette wherever they are in the world. These will be edited into a film celebrating the worldwide appeal of dance.

The day’s streaming will be repeated on YouTube in full so that viewers around the world can catch up on any parts of the day they missed. Edited highlights will then be made available for further viewing.

Full details of the unique day’s activities will be available in due course. The National Ballet of Canada’s live stream will begin with company class and continue with rehearsals of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic masterwork, Manon, which opens the 2014/15 season at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on November 8, and John Neumeier’s transformative work, Nijinsky, which runs November 22 – 30.

Link to World Ballet Day trailer >





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Friday, August 29, 2014

London ballet trip February 2015

Onegin

I have added a new ballet trip to the 2014-15 schedule, draft itinerary below. Please get in touch if you might be interested.

Wednesday 18 February – Saturday 28 February
 
Wednesday 18 February: Arrive London


Thursday 19 February: Royal Ballet, Swan Lake


Friday 20 February: Daytrip by coach to Milton Keynes, about 1.5 hrs from London, Evening: Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands
 

Saturday 21 February: Daytrip by train to Birmingham (about 2 hours from London); Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet Serenade (Balanchine), Lyric Pieces (Lang), In the Upper Room (Tharp)


Sunday 22 February: At leisure


Monday 23 February: Visit Royal Ballet Upper School and backstage tour of Royal Opera House


Tuesday 24 February: Private guided tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum dance collection, then visit the special exhibition “The Wedding Dress 1775-2014”. Evening: Royal Ballet choreographic workshop


Wednesday 25 February: Day At leisure. Evening: Meeting of the Ballet Association (guest speaker tba)


Thursday 26 February: daytrip by train to Birmingham. Visit to Elmhurst School of Dance (BRB feeder school). Matinee performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet Coppelia. BRB sometimes has special talks before their Thursday evening performances, which we could attend before returning to London.


Friday 27 February: Royal Ballet: Onegin


Saturday 28 February: Depart London


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Royal Ballet livestream 6 September 2014




Dance performances from Deloitte Ignite to be live-streamed on 6 September 2014
 
Programme includes extracts of The Firebird, The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, and a special commission from Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili.


Sampling the Myth, a programme of mixed works to be staged at Deloitte Ignite 2014, will be live-streamed via The Royal Opera House YouTube Channel at 6.50pm BST (1:50 pm Eastern Time) on Saturday 6 September 2014. The event will be available to watch online anywhere in the world (with a small number of exceptions).

The programme combines dance and visual art in a modern exploration of ancient myths through performance and film and will feature:
a special commission from Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili and choreographer Aakash Odedra based on the myth of Prometheus.

Extracts from:

Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird and The Dying Swan; 

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; 

George Balanchine’s Apollo;

Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl

World premiere of a new piece by Rambert’s Miguel Altunaga.

Three short dance films created by:
 the National Ballet of Canada’s Robert Binet, Also directed by NBoC's Dylan Tedaldi and featuring Emma Hawes, Svetlana Lunkina, Jack Bertinshaw and Félix Paquet
 rising choreographic talent Charlotte Edmonds,
 internationally renowned choreographer Kim Brandstrup.

Casting has been confirmed for the live stream:
Roberta Marquez and Bennet Gartside will perform a pas de deux from Mikhail Fokine's The Firebird 
Edward Watson and Liam Mower will perform a pas de deux from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.
Rambert dancers Miguel Altunaga, Estela Merlos and Hannah Rudd will perform Dark Eye, a short work based on the idea of 'The Fates'.
Yuhui Choe and Valeri Hristov will perform the Act III pas de deux from Frederick Ashton's Ondine 
Marianela Nuñez will perform a solo from Mikhail Fokine's The Dying Swan
Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood will perform an extract from Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl.
Federico Bonelli will perform a solo from George Balanchine's Apollo



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet livestream 4 October

The POB October 4 performance of Harald Lander's masterpiece Etudes, along with pieces performed by the POB school, will be livestreamed on www.culturebox.fr. Also included will be the company and school's annual défilé.
Livestream starts at 7:30 pm European time (1:30 pm Eastern Time); it will be available online for some time afterwards.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

How to buy a ticket online for a Cineplex ballet broadcast

Cineplex makes it almost impossible to negotiate the navigation required to buy a ticket for their ballet broadcasts on their website, but you can in fact do it. Herewith the Tours en l'air guide to Cineplex ticketing.

1) Go to this page:
http://cineplex.com/Events/DanceSeries

Scroll down a bit and all of the performances are listed.

2) Click on the date you want to attend under "Showtimes" for the ballet you want to see.

3) The next page may remember what city you are in from a previous visit, but if not, click on the city that does appear and type the name of your city in its place; hit enter.

4) Once you have the right city, scroll down to find the cinema where you want to attend, and click on "Show movies and showtimes"

5) If you want to take advantage of the discount for a 3-show package, click on "series ticketing".

5a) Log in, sign up, or proceed without logging in
5b) Select the dates and times you want for your package and then "proceed". From there it's pretty straightforward.

6) If you want to buy a ticket to just one show, click on the showtime (e.g. 7:00 in the little box)
 6a)  Log in, sign up, or proceed without logging in
6b) Select the date and time you want, and then "proceed". From there it's pretty straightforward.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New version of La Fille mal Gardée in Australia

West Australian Ballet  (located in Perth) and Queensland Ballet (located in Brisbane) are co-producing a new version of La Fille mal Gardée, set in the 1950s and with choreography by French choreographer Marc Ribaud, former artistic director of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
More details in this article, which mistakenly states that this is the most frequently staged version, when of course that honour goes to Frederick Ashton's.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/arts/a/24764156/50s-flavour-in-wayward-ballet/
The score is the same as that put together by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Herold's early 19th-century version, and the synopsis seems to be identical.

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