Archive - March 2012

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Paris Opera Ballet – La Bayadère – Paris

At the end the curtain came up once again, and Brigitte Lefèvre (artistic director of the ballet) and Nicolas Joel (director of the opera as a whole) emerged to announce the promotion of the evening’s Solor, Josua Hoffalt, to the ultimate rank: étoile. There were buckets of tears, from Hoffalt, Gilbert, and Dupont. In fact, it was the high point of the evening. An uncontrolled release of emotion...

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Olivier Awards 2012 – Dance Nominations

Here are the just released dance related nominations. Good luck to all! OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE THE DESIGN TEAM for their work on the Royal Ballet’s ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND at the Royal Opera House. EDWARD WATSON for his performance in THE METAMORPHOSIS at the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House SYLVIE GUILLEM for her performance in her production of 6000 MILES AWAY at...

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Royal Ballet and ROH2 Dance – the 2012-13 Season

An important event yesterday – the Royal Opera House annual press conference – with Kevin O’Hare announcing his first season as incoming Royal Ballet Director. He takes over from Monica Mason in the summer. I found myself Tweeting before (on reading the press releases) and during the press conference – on #roh201213. Here is the stream in all its contorted Tweetiness and...

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Royal Danish Ballet – ‘Ballet for Beginners’ Dans2Go bill – Copenhagen

One of the posters for the Royal Danish Ballet's Dans2Go programme, now in its second year, describes it as 'Ballet for Beginners': it's intended primarily as a taster evening to show new audiences what ballet can do, via three short pieces covering the widest possible range. All tickets cost 150 kroner – about £17 – or half that for under-25s or students, so it's not surprising that every...

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Royal Ballet – Singers Announced For Wayne Mcgregor / Mark Ronson Collaboration

SINGERS ANNOUNCED FOR WAYNE McGREGOR / MARK RONSON COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL BALLET A star-studded line up of singers was announced today to accompany The Royal Ballet onstage in a new work, choreographed by Wayne McGregor with music by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt. The ballet, entitled Carbon Life, will be set to a cycle of nine love songs which will be sung by Boy George, Alison Mosshart of...

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Barbican 2012/13 Season – New Work From Michael Clark Company

2012/13 does not look a great year for dance at the Barbican – judged by today’s press release anyway. It mainly comes down to Michael Clark it seems. Now Clark is not to be sniffed at by anybody and we much look forward to the premiere of course… but hopefully more dance will come in 2013 and the second part of the season. The Michael Clark Company part of the press release...

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Boston Ballet – Play with Fire triple bill – Boston

But in Sharper, aggressively awkward movements are kept to a minimum: the ugly is reduced, and the residue now acts like a tonic of wit. And for the first time in Elo’s work, at least in my experience, we find a lyricism and beauty so profound they sometimes took my breath away.

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Ballet Black – Storyville quad bill – London

'Storyville' is a familiar morality tale, but Cira Robinson’s heartfelt commitment as Lola makes us care anew. Hampson has indeed turned her into a star... 'Captured' is a triumph for the company and Martin Lawrance, the choreographer.

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Pennsylvania Ballet – Pushing Boundaries bill, Riolama Lorenzo’s final performances – Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s dance community and a legion of dance fans have been filling the Merriam Theater this week to catch the final performances of Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Riolama Lorenzo. Pushing Boundaries is great programming to mark the occasion and to show the future of this company, going into its 50th season next year. Rio, as she is affectionately known, started out as a member of NYCB...

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