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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jason Reilly and Matthew Golding featured on Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada (French-language CBC) chose to report on the participation of two Canadians, Jason Reilly of the Stuttgart Ballet and Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, in the recent Dance Open Festival in St Petersburg. It's about time the Canadian media started paying attention to the numerous Canadian ballet dancers who are enjoying stellar careers abroad. Footage and interview starts at 27:11 of this link:
http://www.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/medianet/6671292

Here is the English version:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/04/26/dancers-russian-festival.html
I take issue, though, with the last sentence: " for both dancers it’s a chance to make a name for themselves among ballet’s elite."
Golding and especially Reilly have already made a name for themselves amongst ballet's elite! Canada's media are just slow on the uptake.

You can see the gala onlineon 100TV-channel website on May 12 at 8:20 a.m. Eastern Time.
http://www.tv100.ru/live/


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ABT Sleeping Beauty casting July 2013


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (updated June 22)

                                               

Aurora Prince
Mon. July 1st @ 730 Paloma Herrera Marcelo Gomes
Tues. July 2nd @ 730 Hee Seo Vadim Muntagirov
Wed. July 3rd @ 2 Sarah Lane Daniil Simkin
Wed. July 3rd @ 730 Maria Kochetkova Herman Cornejo
Fri. July 5th @ 730 Gillian Murphy Corey Stearns
Sat. July 6th @ 2 Xiomara Reyes Alban Lendorf
Sat. July 6th @ 8 Veronika Part James Whiteside


                                               


Bluebird Florine
Mon. July 1st @ 730 Isabella Boylston Ivan Vasiliev
Tues. July 2nd @ 730 Misty Copeland Joseph Gorak
Wed. July 3rd @ 2 Yuriko Kajiya Jared Matthews
Wed. July 3rd @ 730 Isabella Boylston Ivan Vasiliev
Fri. July 5th @ 730 Sarah Lane Daniil Simkin
Sat. July 6th @ 2 Stella Abrera Sasha Radetsky
Sat. July 6th @ 8 Misty Copeland Blaine Hoven


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

ABT Sylvia casting June 2013


SYLVIA (ASHTON)

                                            

Sylvia Aminta
Mon. June 24th @ 730 Gillian Murphy Marcelo Gomes
Tues. June 25th @ 730 Polina Semionova Roberto Bolle
Wed. June 26th @ 2 Veronika Part Cory Stearns
Wed. June 26th @ 730 Paloma Herrera Jared Matthews
Thurs. June 27th @ 730 Xiomara Reyes Herman Cornejo
Fri. June 28th @ 730 Polina Semionova Roberto Bolle
Sat. June 29th @ 2 Gillian Murphy Jared Matthews
Sat. June 29th @ 8 Xiomara Reyes Herman Cornejo


Updated June 26.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

ABT Swan Lake casting June 2013

SWAN LAKE
Casting updated June 4, 2013. Subject to change. 

                                               

Odette/Odile Siegfried
Mon. June 17th @ 730 Polina Semionova David Hallberg
Tues. June 18th @ 730 Veronika Part Cory Stearns
Wed. June 19th @ 2 Hee Seo Marcelo Gomes
Wed. June 19th @ 730 Isabella Boylston Daniil Simkin
Thurs. June 20th @ 730 Gillian Murphy James Whiteside
Fri. June 21st @730 Maria Kochetkova Herman Cornejo
Sat. June 22nd @ 2 Julie Kent Marcelo Gomes
Sat. June 22nd @ 8 Paloma Herrera Cory Stearns

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

ABT Romeo and Juliet casting June 2013


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ROMEO AND JULIET (MACMILLAN)
Casting updated June 4, 2013. Subject to change.

                                              

Juliet
Romeo
Mon. June 10th @ 730 Diana Vishneva Marcelo Gomes
Tues. June 11th @ 730 Polina Semionova David Hallberg
Wed. June 12th @ 2 Hee Seo Roberto Bolle
Wed. June 12th @ 730 Xiomara Reyes Herman Cornejo
Thurs. June 13th @730 Paloma Herrera James Whiteside
Fri. June 14th @ 730 Natalia Osipova David Hallberg
Sat. June 15th @ 2 Gillian Murphy Cory Stearns
Sat. June 15th @ 8 Julie Kent Roberto Bolle

Saturday, April 20, 2013

ABT Ratmansky Triple Bill casting May-June 2013

Alexei Ratmansky Triple Bill

                                     

Symphony No. 9 New Ratmansky 2 New Ratmansky 3
Fri. May 31st @730 Polina Semionova
Marcelo Gomes
Herman Cornejo
S. Messmer
Craig Salstein
David Hallberg
Paloma Herrera
Julie Kent
Isabella Boylston
Diana Vishneva
Clinton Royal
Natalia Osipova
Ivan Vasiliev
Sat. June 1st @ 2 Veronika Part
Roberto Bolle
Jared Matthews
Stella Abrera
Sasha Radetsky
James Whiteside
Y Kajiya
Hee Seo
Sarah Lane
Gillian Murphy
Cory Stearns
Xiomara Reyes
Daniil Simkin
Sat. June 1st @ 8 Polina Semionova
Marcelo Gomes
Herman Cornejo
S. Messmer
Craig Salstein
David Hallberg
Paloma Herrera
Julie Kent
Isabella Boylston
Diana Vishneva
Clinton Royal
Natalia Osipova
Ivan Vasiliev
Mon. June 3rd @ 730 Veronika Part
Roberto Bolle
Jared Matthews
Stella Abrera
Sasha Radetsky
James Whiteside
Y Kajiya
Hee Seo
Sarah Lane
Gillian Murphy
Cory Stearns
Xiomara Reyes
Daniil Simkin

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ABT Le Corsaire casting June 2013

LE CORSAIRE
Updated June 4, 2013. Casting subject to change

                         











Tues. June 4th @ 730 Natalia Osipova Ivan Vasiliev Herman Cornejo Daniil Simkin Isabella Boylston
Wed. June 5th @ 2 Gillian Murphy Marcelo Gomes
Stephen McRae Marcelo Gomes Misty Copeland
Wed. June 5th @ 730 Xiomara Reyes Herman Cornejo Daniil Simkin Ivan Vasiliev Sarah Lane
Thurs. June 6th @ 730 Veronika Part Cory Stearns Jared Matthews James Whiteside Y Kajiya
Fri. June 7th @ 730 Paloma Herrera Marcelo Gomes Sasha Radetsky Ivan Vasiliev Stella Abrera
Sat. June 8th @ 2 Natalia Osipova Ivan Vasiliev Herman Cornejo Daniil Simkin Isabella Boylston
Sat. June 8th @ 8 Gillian Murphy Denis Matvienko Stephen McRae Marcelo Gomes Misty Copeland

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Friday, April 19, 2013

ABT Don Quixote casting May 2013

DON QUIXOTE

                                         

Kitri Basilio
Fri. May 24th @ 730 Xiomara Reyes Herman Cornejo
Sat. May 25th @ 2 Paloma Herrera Cory Stearns
Sat. May 25th @ 800 Natalia Osipova Ivan Vasiliev
Mon. May 27th @ 730 Polina Semionova Cory Stearns
Tues. May 28th @ 730 Natalia Osipova Ivan Vasiliev
Wed. May 29th @ 2 Veronika Part James Whiteside
Wed. May 29th @ 730 Gillian Murphy Dennis Matvienko
Thurs. May 30th @ 730 Isabella Boylston Daniil Simkin

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

ABT Mixed program casting May 2013




Drink to  me Only with Thine Eyes               A Month in the Country Symphony in C                   
Tues. May 21st @ 730 The Company Julie Kent
Roberto Bolle
Paloma Herrera
James Whiteside
Veronika Part
Cory Stearns
Xiomara Reyes
Herman Cornejo
Sarah Lane
Craig Salstein
Wed. May 22nd @ 2 The Company Hee Seo
David Hallberg
Stella Abrera
E. Tamm
Polina Semionova
Marcelo Gomes
Natalia Osipova
Ivan Vasiliev
S. Messmer
Jared Matthews
Wed. May 22nd @730 The Company Julie Kent
Roberto Bolle
Paloma Herrera
James Whiteside
Veronika Part
Cory Stearns
Xiomara Reyes
Herman Cornejo
Sarah Lane
Sasha Radetsky
Thurs. May 23rd @ 730 The Company Hee Seo
David Hallberg
TBA
E. Tamm
Polina Semionova
Marcelo Gomes
Natalia Osipova
Ivan Vasiliev
S. Messmer
Jared Matthews

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Degas's Little Dancer becomes a musical

It's been made into a ballet , La Petite Danseuse de Degas, at the Paris Opera Ballet, and recently a book, Painted Ladies, by Cathy Marie Buchanan, and now the story of Degas's Little Dancer is going to be made into a musical:

"The songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award winners for “Ragtime,” will collaborate with the Tony-winning director Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) on the world premiere of the new musical “Little Dancer” in October 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the center announced Wednesday."
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/a-degas-sculpture-inspires-a-new-musical/

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National Ballet of Canada Romeo & Juliet photo gallery

Please click here for pictures from Act I of Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet, starring Heather Ogden, Guillaume Coté, Piotr Stanczyk, Robert Stephen, and Jiri Jelinek.

http://www.johnrossballetgallery.co.uk/index.php?twg_album=National+Ballet+of+Canada+Romeo+%26+Juliet

and another one here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancetabs/sets/72157633272227400/

For a compilation of links to reviews, click here:
 http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2013/04/natl-ballet-of-canada-romeo-and-juliet.html

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National Ballet of Canada Romeo and Juliet London reviews

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'Romeo and Juliet,' With National Ballet of Canada, in London
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times
LONDON — Alexei Ratmansky's production of the three-act Prokofiev balletRomeo and Juliet” is engaging for both its individual and ensemble choreography, lively in its storytelling and visually attractive, with discreetly traditional Renaissance ...


National Ballet of Canada at Sadler's Wells: Light tragedy in Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet

The National Ballet of Canada's new version of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, debuted at Sadler's Wells on Wednesday night. This agreeable version of the classic is built on Ratmansky's quiet, gentle classical style....
OneStopArts
London Dance: National Ballet of Canada © Bruce Zinger

Highs and Lows in Canada National Ballet’s Romeo

Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

I really wanted to enjoy this Romeo and Juliet more than I did...

Review: National Ballet of Canada - Romeo and Juliet - Sadler's Wells

Performance: 17 - 20 April 2013
Reviewed by Graham Watts - Friday 19 April 2013
Londondance.com
Ratmansky’s production is to be commended on many counts, not least the primary focus on smooth and interesting choreography through the decluttering of the stage and delayering of narrative. 
National Ballet of Canada Romeo and Juliet
London, Sadler’s Wells
17 April 2013
Jann Parry, Dance Tabs


Alexei Ratmansky evidently decided that the freshest way to approach Romeo and Juliet was to forefront as many characters as possible rather than concentrating on the doomed lovers. In his 2011 production for the National Ballet of Canada, he fleshes out the roles of Juliet’s nurse, Friar Lawrence, Paris and the Capulet parents, all of whom hold themselves to blame for the joint suicides. Everybody gets the chance to dance.

Romeo and Juliet, Sadler’s Wells, London – review

The National Ballet of Canada returns to London after a long absence but its rendering of Ratmansky’s ballet is gaudy and too earnest


Dance review: Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, London

The Independent - ‎2 hours ago‎
Returning to London after more than quarter of a century, the National Ballet of Canada brings Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet as a calling card. Now based at American Ballet theatre, the ex-director of the Bolshoi is one of the world's most in-demand ...

Romeo And Juliet At Sadler's Wells: Canadian Ballet Returns to London

Londonist - ‎55 minutes ago‎
The National Ballet of Canada hasn't come to the UK for 26 years. It therefore makes a very welcome return this week with Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells. The ballet is new to this country, created by Alexei Ratmansky for the Canadian company in 2011, ...

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, London

The Stage - ‎1 hour ago‎
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most popular and most performed ballets in the world, with most of the major troupes having a version in their repertories. National Ballet of Canada has danced John Cranko's production for some 40 years but, to celebrate the ...

The National Ballet of Canada: Romeo And Juliet, Sadler's Wells - dance review

Evening Standard - ‎2 hours ago‎
Do we need another Romeo & Juliet? The National Ballet of Canada certainly thought so when they commissioned the darling of classical ballet, Alexei Ratmansky, to make one for their 60th anniversary in 2011, and they chose to showcase it on their first trip ...

Romeo and Juliet, National Ballet of Canada, Sadler's Wells

The Arts Desk - ‎8 hours ago‎
The combination of Romeo, Juliet and the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky should be almost too much for the blood pressure. Those defiant lovers, that emotive yet intellectual young Russian craftsman of ballet. Hence the huge turn-out of balletomanes for ...

National Ballet of Canada: Romeo and Juliet – review

The Guardian

It was brave of National Ballet of Canada to mark their first London visit in 26 years with a production of Romeo and Juliet. The Sergei Prokofiev classic is at the heart of British ballet culture, with versions by Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton and especially Kenneth MacMillan all well-known and much-loved. This interpretation is by Alexei Ratmansky, a choreographer who is arguably their natural heir.


Romeo and Juliet, National Ballet of Canada, Sadler's Wells, review -...

The National Ballet of Canada's production of Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells had some vividly memorable passages but lacked a sense of headlong impetuosity, says Sarah Crompton.

Dance review: Romeo and Juliet, The National Ballet of Canada, Sadler's Wells

Express.co.uk 
FROM John Cranko's ferocious grunge version to Kenneth MacMillan's psychodrama of teenage lust, Shakespeare's play is nothing if not elastic. Alexei Ratmansky's interpretation re-balances the narrative without breaking new ground. By: Neil Norman ...
[ed.: John Cranko's ferocious grunge version?????] 

The National Ballet of Canada
'Romeo and Juliet'
by Stuart Sweeney, ballet-dance.com

 


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ABT Onegin casting May 2013

ABT May-July 2013 Season at the Met (Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center), New York, NY. Casting subject to change.

ONEGIN



Tatiana
Onegin
Olga
Lensky
Tues. May 14th @ 730
Julie Kent
Roberto Bolle
Sarah Lane
Daniil Simkin
Wed. May 15th @ 2
Irina Dvorovenko
Cory Stearns
Gemma Bond
Blaine Hoven
Wed. May 15th @ 730
Hee Seo
David Hallberg
Yuriko Kajiya
Joseph Gorak
Thurs. May 16th @ 730
Julie Kent
Roberto Bolle
Sarah Lane
Daniil Simkin
Fri. May 17th @ 730
Diana Vishneva
Marcelo Gomes
Isabella Boylston
Jared Matthews
Sat. May 18th @ 2
Polina Semionova
David Hallberg
Yuriko Kajiya
Joseph Gorak
Sat. May 18th @ 8
Irina Dvorovenko
Cory Stearns
Gemma Bond
Blaine Hoven
Mon. May 20th @ 730
Diana Vishneva
Marcelo Gomes
Isabella Boylston
Jared Matthews



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