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Monday, October 26, 2009

National Ballet School Assemblée Internationale

An exciting 50th anniversary gathering is being held at Canada's National Ballet School in November, with all of the world's best ballet schools represented. There will be some interesting performances:

Performance Schedule

PROGRAM A – Wednesday November 18, 7:30pm

  1. Canada’s National Ballet School
    Swan Lake, Act I Scene II
    Choreographed by Erik Bruhn

  2. Royal Danish Ballet School
    Napoli, Pas de Six
    Choreographed by August Bournonville
  3. San Francisco Ballet School
    Haffner Symphony
    Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson
  4. Palucca Schule Dresden
    Testbild Engerlinge
    Choreographed by Anke Glasgow
  5. Royal Conservatory (The Hague)
    Falling Angels
    Choreographed by Jiri Kylian

  6. National Ballet Academy (Amsterdam)
    For a Close Friend
    Choreographed by Jan Linkens
  7. Hamburg Ballet School
    Choreographed by John Neumeier
  8. Rotterdam Dance Academy
    Blue Dance duet
    Choreographed by Ton Simons

    TOTAL RUNNING TIME with intermissions – 2hrs 36min

PROGRAM B – Thursday November 19, 7:30pm

  1. Royal Ballet School (London)
    Choreographed by Liam Scarlett
  2. Canada’s National Ballet School
    Swan Lake, Pas de Deux
    Choreographed by Erik Bruhn
  3. Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
    Pas de Quatre
    Choreographed by David Moroni

  4. Paris Opera Ballet School
    Suite de danses
    Choreographed by Yvan Clustine
  5. National Ballet School of Cuba
    Ballet Majisimo
    Choreographed by Jorge Garcia

  6. San Francisco Ballet School
    Fractals, Parish Maynard Adagio & Male V
    Choreographed by Parish Maynard
  7. John Cranko School (Stuttgart)
    In and Out
    Choreographed by Hans van Manen
  8. Rotterdam Dance Academy
    Once A Tango
    Choreographed by Neel Verdoorn

    TOTAL RUNNING TIME with intermissions – 2hrs 36min

Student CHOREOGRAPHIES – Friday November 20, 7:30pm & Saturday November 21, 2:30pm

  1. Hamburg Ballet School – Words Unsaid, choreographed by Sasha Riva
  2. Paris Opera Ballet School – A Corps, Essence, choreographed by Florent Melac
  3. Royal Danish Ballet School – Elements, choreographed by Viktoria Falck-Schmidt & Ida Praetorius
  4. Canada’s National Ballet School – a currently untitled work, choreographed by Sara Coffield
  5. National Ballet School of Cuba – Danzon Barocco, choreographed by Denia Luisa Suárez Leyva
  6. John Cranko School (Stuttgart) – Hidden Fears, choreographed by Alessandra Spada

  7. Royal Ballet School – Brush Strokes, choreographed by William Bracewell
  8. Partner schools without student choreographers – Improvisation AI09, directed by NBS' Shaun Amyot
  9. San Francisco Ballet School – Time Piece, choreographed by Myles Thatcher
  10. Canada’s National Ballet School – Elegy for a Round World, choreographed by Helen Clare Kinney
  11. Royal Winnipeg Ballet School – The Sea Within Us, choreographed by Alex Lantz
  12. Canada’s National Ballet School – Surge, choreographed by Rob Binet
For more info:

Stars of Cuban National Ballet

I'm trying to put together a group to see Stars of Cuban National Ballet at the Living Arts Centre in MIssissauga on Tuesday, December 8. According to the website, program includes In the Shadows of a Waltz, choreography by Alicia Alonso on a waltz by Strauss, Principal Dancers and the Cuban National Ballet corps de ballet; Dolls, Cuban music on the story of a Cuban doll and a toy soldier; The Nutcracker, pas de deux; Acentos, five male dancers, very technical interpretation; Pas de trois, from Swan Lake, 1st act; Intermittencies of the Heart, romantic and dramatic duo; Don Quixote (suite), Toreadors, Majas, Espada,Mercedes, Kitri and Basilio in the Grand pas de deux. I'm not quite sure what "very technical interpretation" means!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kirov and Bolshoi in Washington

I'm very excited about how the trip to see the Kirov (Maryinsky) and Bolshoi in Washington DC from February 13-17 is coming together. What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both of these companies within the space of a few days, without having to trek to Russia. And they're both performing their signature ballets, Sleeping Beauty and Spartacus. Should be fun! Finalized details will be available next week.