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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Exciting summer 2015 at Jacob's Pillow dance festival

Lots of exciting companies coming to Becket, Massachusetts next summer. I'm thinking of combining a visit to Jacob's Pillow with my July trip to see New York City Ballet in Saratoga Springs (still waiting for them to announce their dates and rep).
 

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

June 13-June 14, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Ballet BC

June 24-June 28, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

New York Theatre Ballet in Cinderella

June 24-June 28, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely

July 1-July 5, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

BODYTRAFFIC

July 1-July 5, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

July 8-July 12, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Big Dance Theater in Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature

July 8-July 12, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

July 15-July 19, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang in Monchichi

July 15-July 19, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO

July 22-July 26, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus

July 22-July 26, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Daniel Ulbricht & Stars of American Ballet

July 29-August 2, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Jessica Lang Dance in The Wanderer

July 29-August 12, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

August 5-August 9, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

The Sarasota Ballet

August 12-August 16, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

La Otra Orilla

August 12-August 16, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

L.A. Dance Project

August 19-August 22, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

Liz Gerring Dance

August 19-August 23, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre

Martha Graham Dance Company

August 26-August 30, 2015 | Ted Shawn Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

MADboots Dance

August 26-August 30, 2015 | Doris Duke Theatre

Ted Shawn Theatre

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Royal Danish Ballet casting & rep, Joyce Theater NY January 2015

Gudrun Bojesen in La Sylphide


The Program and Casting (subject to change):
All choreography by August Bournonville

A Folktale (Pas de sept)
Music: Niels V. Gade
Amy Watson, Femke Slot, Ida Praetorius, Kizzy Matiakis
Sebastian Haynes, Gregory Dean, Marcin Kupinski (1/13, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17 at 8pm),
Andreas Kaas (1/15, 1/17 at 2pm, 1/18)

The Flower Festival in Genzano (Pas de deux)
Music: H.S. Paulli
Dancers: Ida Praetorius (1/13, 1/14, 1/17 at 8pm), Diana Cuni (1/15, 1/17 at 2pm, 1/18)
Andreas Kaas (1/13, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17 at 8pm), Ulrik Birkkjaer (1/15, 1/17 at 2pm, 1/18)

Jockey Dance from From Siberia to Moscow
Music: C.C. Møller
Dancers: Sebastian Haynes, Marcin Kupinski (1/13, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17 at 8pm),
Andreas Kaas (1/15, 1/17 at 2pm, 1/18)

La Sylphide, Act II
Music: Herman Løvenskiold
Dancers: The Sylph: Gudrun Bojesen (1/13, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17 at 8pm),
Susanne Grinder (1/15, 1/17 at 2pm, 1/18)
James: Marcin Kupinski/Gregory Dean
3 Sylphs: Susanne Grinder/Amy Watson, Kizzy Matiakis, Femke Slot
The Witch: Sorella Englund/Sebastian Haynes

Conservatoire (Pas de trois)
Music: H.S. Paulli
Dancers: Gudrun Bojesen, Diana Cuni, Amy Watson (1/14 only), Ulrik Birkkjaer

Napoli, Act III
Music: H.S. Paulli
Dancers: Gudrun Bojesen, Diana Cuni, Amy Watson, Femke Slot, Susanne Grinder,
Kizzy Matiakis, Sebastian Haynes, Gregory Dean, Ulrik Birkkjaer, Andreas Kaas,
Alban Lendorf, Marcin Kupinski

To purchase tickets:
http://www.joyce.org/performance/the-royal-danish-ballet-principals-and-soloists/#.VJCib8kkr6g



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Bolshoi Live Broadcast Swan Lake casting

Odette-OdileSvetlana Zakharova
The Princess MotherYekaterina Barykina
Prince SiegfriedDenis Rodkin
The Evil GeniusArtemy Belyakov
The TutorAlexei Loparevich
The FoolIgor Tsvirko
Friends to the PrinceNina Kaptsova
Kristina Kretova
Master of CeremoniesAlexander Fadeyechev
Hungarian BrideAngelina Karpova
Russian BrideMaria Vinogradova
Spanish BrideAnna Tikhomirova
Neapolitan BrideXenia Zhiganshina
Polish BrideMaria Semenyachenko
Three SwansAngelina Karpova
Olga Marchenkova
Ana Turazashvili
Four SwansYulia Lunkina
Svetlana Pavlova
Margarita Shrainer
Anna Voronkova

Broadcasts in Canada at some Cineplex theatres, January 25, 2015 at 1255 pm. Check your local listings.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ganio & Abbagnato in Paris Sleeping Beauty

If you're in France, or have a way around geoblocks, Mathieu Ganio, Eleonora Abbagnato in Paris Opera Ballet (Nureyev's) Sleeping Beauty, Wed 17 December, 23h55 European time (555 pm Eastern Time): http://www.france3.fr/…/la-be…/diffusion-du-17-12-2014-23h55. 
Also starring
  • Mathias Heymann 
  • Myriam Ould-Braham 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

School of American Ballet on Live from Lincoln Center (PBS)

Watch The School of American Ballet's students take "Swan Lake" from the rehearsal studio to the stage.
Live From Lincoln Center goes behind the scenes at SAB in an episode airing this month on PBS. Check your local listings: http://to.pbs.org/12CzT1B
It is also streamed online till next June at this link: 
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365385279/
but unfortunately is geoblocked for Canadians. 

As usual, if you are Canadian, it is very difficult finding out if and when your local PBS affiliate is showing this. If you are in Toronto: Bell subscribers: airing on KCTS (PBS Seattle) this Sunday at 4 pm Pacific Time (7 pm Toronto time). Rogers subscribers: Doesn't seem to be available on WNED Buffalo (who are balletophobic as far as I can tell).
If you have a PVR, program it to catch Live from Lincoln Center and it will  record it for you.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Royal Danish Ballet's Andreas Kaas on exchange with National Ballet of Canada

Andreas Kaas

Dancer Exchange: Andreas Kaas
As part of a dancer exchange, Andreas Kaas from The Royal Danish Ballet is currently in Toronto for six weeks to rehearse and perform with The National Ballet of Canada. The NBOC interviewed him:
This is actually your third time in Toronto.
While I was a student at The Royal Danish Ballet School I came in 2009 for the Assemblée Internationale at Canada’s National Ballet School. It was really exciting for me to be exposed to dance at such a wide level. And I returned in 2012 to participate in The Tenth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.
What was it like to compete?
It was all incredible, especially because I danced with my best friend, Ida Praetorius. We’ve grown up together since we were seven years old and we had just joined the The Royal Danish Ballet four weeks before we were informed we would represent the company.  We were really excited to learn from the process of preparing for a big competition and were grateful for the experience, but as the youngest competitors we thought there would be no chance of winning. Furthermore I sprained my foot in rehearsal two days before the competition. Thankfully I received physical therapy from the National Ballet’s practitioners. The night of the competition there was so much adrenalin in my body that I couldn’t feel any pain. Ida and I decided that we would simply enjoy our experience on stage together and mostly focus on the connection between us.
And you won!
The choreographer of our modern piece, Alessandro Sousa Pereira, was announced as the winner of the choreographic prize and we were thrilled that his piece was recognized. Then Ida was announced as the female winner and I was overwhelmed with happiness that my best friend won.
I figured that three members of one company wouldn’t win, but it was a great feeling to hear my name called and to hear the cheering from the audience and from the other dancers and directors on stage with us.
I just celebrated the two year anniversary of that great night with fellow competitor Brendan Saye last week.

Bruhn Competition
What are you hoping to gain out of this dancer exchange?
It was amazing to be invited by Karen Kain to dance with The National Ballet of Canada, but also a little scary. Everything is so familiar and comfortable at home and I miss my colleagues who I work with every day. But it is a great experience to have new challenges, to see how a different company works and to learn from the great teachers and dancers here. I hope to return home with some new perspectives.
Is there a Nutcracker tradition in Denmark?
There is! We do Balanchine’s Nutcracker every second year, alternating with August Bournonville’s A Folk Tale, which is taking place this year. I’m impressed with James Kudelka’s version – it’s very beautiful and there is a lot of dancing for the entire company. For me it’s fun to dance to some of the music that I find most beautiful in The Nutcracker but are parts that are danced only by women in other versions. I never thought I’d get an opportunity to dance to these parts.
What are you dancing?

I’m part of a Flower couple, I’m dancing in the Arabian section and I dance as an Icicle in the Snow Trio.
How are rehearsals going so far?
A little bit overwhelming to learn three parts in a very short time! I’m trying to get the steps and find the musicality during run-throughs. It’s pushing me to learn fast. I’m relying on the support of the other dancers who are helping me along so I don’t look too bad or get too far out of place. Give me a couple more days and I’ll have it down!

The Nutcracker
is onstage December 13 — January 3.

You can see Andreas dancing a pas de deux from John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias here  (starting at 34:30).

Andreas Kaas. Photo courtesy of The Royal Danish Ballet.
Alessandro Sousa Pereira, Ida Praetorius and Andreas Kaas of The Royal Danish Ballet, winners of The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Neumeier's Illusions like Swan Lake available on DVD


John Neumeier's rethinking of Swan Lake, which combines the traditional story with that of "Mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria, is absolutely brilliant, much more dramatically compelling than most Swan Lakes. Two of my Tours en l'air Ballet Holiday groups have seen it (performed, appropriately, by the Bavarian State Ballet) and loved it. 

So I was thrilled when I heard that a DVD is now available. This is a reissuing of a 2001 Hamburg Ballet production, with the following cast:
The King: Jiri Bubenicek
The Man in Shadows: Carsten Jung
Natalia, the King's fiancee: Elizabeth Loscavio
Alexander, friend of the King: Alexandre Riabko
Claire, his fiancee: Silvia Azzoni
A Ballerina as Odette: Anna Polikarpova
Siegfried, her partner: Jacek Bres
The Queen Mother: Anna Grabka
Prince Leopold: Lloyd Riggins
Sets and costumes (gorgeous!) by Jurgen Rose

The DVD does not seem to be available in North America, but I ordered mine from French amazon:
http://www.amazon.fr/Tcha%C3%AFkovski-Illusions-cygnes-Chor%C3%A9graphie-Neumeier/dp/B00O3MZTES/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418072475&sr=8-1&keywords=illusions+comme+le+lac+des+cygnes

It arrived in Toronto 11 days after I ordered it, and cost about 25 euros (approx $36 Cdn), taxes and shipping included. Although the DVD says it is a PAL version, and amazon says it may not work outside of Europe, it works on both my laptop and my portable DVD player.

A great gift idea for the ballet lover who has everything!

http://youtu.be/4UFdvR3QeqU


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gift suggestions for ballet lovers

 
Yesterday I mentioned the "Ballerina Couture" line of leotards.

For the less active balletomanes on your list whose true talent lies in being an audience member, why not one of the stunning ballet-themed bags produced by Totem bags:

1) photos of ballerinas by "Tarzan Dan" Freeman: Tina Pereira, Caitlin Lockwood, Bridgett Zehr, Melissa Richardson and Crystal Costa.
http://www.totembags.ca/signature-series-tarzan-dan-tdfoto-ca/?sort=newest 

 


2) and of National Ballet of Canada productions. Since the bags are made from recycling the publicity banners for the company's productions, designs vary from one year to the next.
http://www.totembags.ca/the-national-ballet-of-canada/?sort=newest 



These bags are also for sale at:
1) the Ballet Boutique at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, open during performances. Check www.national.ballet.ca for performance times. 
2) the National Ballet School's Shoe Room on Jarvis Street 2 blocks south of Wellesley


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