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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fred, Ginger, Coco, Igor, and some scantily clad male dancers

I've come across quite a few interesting items in the last few days:

1) Fred and Ginger meet Abba with amazing results. Enjoy! (They don't just THINK they can dance... they really can!!)


2) Matthias Heymann, an "etoile" at the Paris Opera Ballet at the very young age of 22, struts his stuff for French TV (it takes a while to load and you have to get past the presenter's intro)


3) The Australian Ballet has a new production of a ballet based on Der Rosenkavalier (but with new music) choreographed by Graeme Murphy, who did most of the choreography for Mao's Last Dancer (still playing in Toronto, by the way)
(This also takes a while to load, and in view of the number of scantily clad ballerinos, audience discretion is advised ;-) )

4) Coco & Igor movie
now playing in Toronto, a movie that gives insight into the momentous Ballets Russes visit to Paris and the life of the 20th century's most significant ballet composer (even though some of us don't like his music oops did I say that??). Anyone interested in a group outing, let me know!

At the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Igor Stravinsky premieres his The Rite Of Spring. Coco Chanel attends the premiere and is mesmerized. But the revolutionary work is too modern, too radical: the enraged audience boos and jeers. A near riot ensues . Stravinsky is inconsolable. Seven years later, now rich, respected and successful, Coco Chanel meets Stravinsky again - a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris after the Russian Revolution. The attraction between them is immediate and electric. Coco offers Stravinsky the use of her villa in Garches so that he will be able to work, and he moves in straight away, with his children and consumptive wife. And so a passionate, intense love affair between two creative giants begins.more »
Showtimes
Cumberland 4 - Alliance Cinemas
159 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00

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