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Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes Magazine Special
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes
Jann Parry at the V&A exhibition we've all been longing to see - can it possibly meet all our expectations?
Jane Pritchard reviews Andrew Foster's opus on a great dancer and one of the great beauties of the stage - 'an important and delightful book...'
Reflections on the
London's BFI (British film Institute) has had a season of Ballets Russes films. Jane Simpson sees a couple of classic BBC Omnibus specials about Diaghilev and
Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Le Chant du Rossignol
Bruce Marriott sees a rare pubic screening of a documentary about a lost Ballet Russes work and Hodson & Archer's meticulous reconstruction of it. They even answered questions...
Discuss Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Events
From last months magazine...
Indroduction to the V&A Exhibition
Jane Pritchard interview - the exhibitions curator
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
"In Don Quixote, Valdes's balances are phenomenal, particularly when she moves from attitude, to retire, through to develope devant, all without any help from her partner. Like Alina Cojacaru, she wears Gaynor Minden pointe shoes with those chunky boxes that help her balance for what seems likes minutes. Right to the end, Valdes pulls off the tricks..."
New York City Ballet
'Danses Concertantes' bill:
"(on Danses Concertantes) These days, the designs of the mid-century genius, Eugene Berman, are best known for their untimely ends: his eccentric Giselle and sublime Romeo and Juliet for American Ballet Theatre were lost in warehouse fires. To see Berman's work recreated is a thrill, especially these retro-avante-garde ones, whose bright, saturated colors suggest the future..."
'Namouna - a Grand Divertissement, Four Seasons' bill:
"...last Friday she (Whelan) danced full-out (in Namouna), as if by sheer willpower she'd turned her clock back ten years. Once again she showed us why she's one of the world's greatest dancers, and that crazy, incongruous kiss she planted on Angle at the curtain could just as well have been meant for each of us in her audience."
'NYCB Opening Night':
"On a night dedicated to principals, the company looked in great form as we were reminded of the strength in breadth among their top tier. Janie Taylor, making a welcome return and her NY debut as the waltz girl in Serenade, was as ghostly-crazy as ever, flinging herself into the choreography with her combination of passion and pathos."
"The Carolina Ballet opened its 2010-2011 season with a distinctly varied mixed bill in Raleigh's Fletcher Opera Theater. Anchored by the fantastically designed Firebird, the company once again displayed its stylistic range and depth of young talent."
Zhukov Dance Theatre
'Project 3: Shared and Divided, Cinematic':
"Six individualistic dancers with prodigious skills comprised the casting for the two pieces Zhukov created for his third season of Zhukov Dance Theatre. I saw the second night of Project 3 September 17 and was blown away by the individual caliber yet collective cohesiveness of the half dozen young artists."
'Stars of the White Nights Festival: La Bayadere,
"Her Nikiya was again a revelation. In Act 1 she was exquisite in the dance with her slave, which was one of the better additions of this Soviet production. After the wedding divertissements in Act 2, her solo with the basket of flowers with the fatal snake hidden inside was totally mesmerising."
Dutch National Ballet
'Nijinsky: Dancer, Clown, God':
"Pastor only falters when he stops trusting the audience and starts overstating the story. One senses his anxiety that the dance alone does not suffice; too often, the flow is interrupted so that some narrative exposition can be shoe-horned in. He would do well to abandon the moments of broad pantomime, giving us instead more of his raw, tender, surprising choreography."
Diaries and weblogs
'Price, Prize and Priviledge'
"People talk about The Place Prize with an equal measure of disdain and excitement; some say that dance cannot be measured by points or votes and that it is a shame for there to be winners and losers in a non competitive medium; others say that it is an amazing investment in new talent that creates a sense of excitement and anticipation and raises the profile for dance as an artform. I tend to agree with both of these views."
In August 2008 Rym joined Northern Ballet after training at the Central School of Ballet in London and where she first kept a weblog for us.
'Blame it on the boogie'
"All throughout August we have been rehearsing so hard that I didn’t have time to write. And even if I had stolen some minutes, all I could have said was ‘Rehearsed swans. It’s very hard. My feet hurt.’ And that’s unbearably tedious for both me and you" (weblog home)
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