A very nice interpretation of the Ravel piece. Pity the lighting of the video recording is not always so good.
Johan Inger, formerly Artistic Director of Cullberg Ballet and a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT), has created a very interesting view for the Compania National de Danza and performed in Madrid in 2012.
Probably Johan Inger changed his choreography for the Finish National Ballet, after so many years.
I think a worthy contribution for the Finnish National Ballet 90th anniversary gala show, January 2012 and an earned Lucas Hoving Award for best production and the Danza & Danza Award for this ballet.
Love the dancing.
- The Faces of The Het Nationale Ballet (The Dutch National Ballet) (balletthebestphotographs.wordpress.com)
Principals and soloists dancers of Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet), The Amsterdam Music Theatre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Ballet Dancers as Brands (nytimes.com)
Ballet has always had a handful of major stars, like Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sylvie Guillem, whose fame and box-office appeal allowed them to maintain jet-setting careers. But the practice has grown in recent years, with some of the biggest names in the ballet world — Ms. Osipova, David Hallberg, Sergei Polunin, Ivan Vasiliev, Alina Cojocaru — now not only switching among troupes, but often belonging to more than one company at a time.
Some stars have asked to join the Paris Opera, he noted. “But I don’t want to do that,” he said. “Then you are like an opera company: You buy your dancers, you buy your productions. That’s very hard on your own dancers, who have worked so hard. A ballet company has to be a team, to come from a vision, or it doesn’t have integrity.”
- Alina Cojocaru: ‘Now I’ve cut the ropes that were holding me, I can experiment’ (theguardian.com)
For Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer at English National Ballet, life is good. She loves the company, which she joined after leaving the Royal Ballet earlier this year, and has “a wonderful relationship and understanding” with its artistic director, Tamara Rojo. She’s also winning ecstatic reviews in ENB’s new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate). In fact, there’s only one cloud on 32-year-old Cojocaru’s horizon. “I’m missing Johan,” she says.
- A ballet director choreographs dance for immigration (nbclatino.com)
Saturday will be the world premiere of “Hogar” (“Home”) in New York City’s Apollo Theater. This is Vilaro’s latest choreography, featuring 12 dancers and created with acclaimed Russian composer Lev Zhurbin. It is set to original music around the themes of family, home, and immigration.
The future for ballet is bright for Latino audiences, according to Vilaro, thanks to the popularity of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Also, Latino dancers are becoming more visible.
“Cuban National Ballet dancers have become major super stars in national ballet companies…[and] it has become more acceptable for men to dance,” says Vilaro. “We are at a place where we are becoming leaders in the dance world, and that’s why we’re here.”
- REVIEW: Royal Opera House ballet ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ – ‘breathtaking’ (theglobaldispatch.com)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a breathtaking adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. The production features so many remarkable components: a score by Joby Talbot, Bob Crowley amazing set designs and costumes – all wrapped together with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.
Sarah Lamb as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland photo Johan Persson/ROH courtesy of Fathom
Viewed at the Fathom Event, the camera shots enhanced the production, giving viewers close-ups and capturing the emotions of the players.
- Interview: Danielle Muir, Royal Ballet School graduate, Staatsballett Berlin company member (dressingroomwriters.wordpress.com)
Even with floods of young dancers, all with pristine technique, documenting their lives and training all over the globe, it is rare to find one as articulate and thoughtful in their speech as they are in their dancing. Danielle Muir is one of the exceptional few. Danielle recently made the leap from student (a graduate of The Royal Ballet School) to professional (company member of Staatsballett Berlin), and speaks of this transition with the candidness and poise of someone well beyond her years. Her awareness of the differences between the world of a student and the experience of a professional is only surpassed by the advice she passes on to aspiring dancers, originally given to her by a teacher: “Take your work seriously, but not yourself.”
- What you should know about dancers (before you judge us). (rootswingsprettythings.wordpress.com)
We dance through ridiculous amounts of pain. Many of us consume painkillers more often than we eat, taking well above the recommended dosage. Why? Imagine this: You’re dancing in a ballet. You have a role to fulfill. Whether it’s a leading role or a corps de ballet spot, it’s an opportunity that you “don’t deserve” (because that’s what you’re taught—you’re never worthy) so you better dance your little heart out and prove yourself, because there are plenty of other dancers just waiting for you to fail so they can take your place. If you’re hurting, you won’t sit out because that means you’ll probably be replaced.
- Ballet San Jose review: New leader, radiance (sfgate.com)
What may have been the starriest collection of ballet dancers assembled on a Bay Area stage in this century welcomed their colleague José Manuel Carreño to Ballet San Jose on Saturday evening at the Center for the Performing Arts. The career of the famed Cuban dancer and now company artistic director in some way inspired the program’s 12 numbers, only a couple of which gave observers any clue as to what the troupe will look like after the high-priced talent has flown away.
For sheer sparkle Saturday, NYC Ballet’s Megan Fairchild ran away with many of the honors when she teamed with buoyant Daniel Ulbricht for a snazzy, up-tempo performance of Balanchine’ “Tarantella.” She is a model of allegro brilliance; he bangs the tambourine with the best of them.
- Ballet show to honor Woodard (yaledailynews.com)
This week, Yale ballet dancers will perform in honor of former Calhoun Dean and fellow dancer Leslie Woodard.
The Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company’s winter show, titled “Metamorphoses,” opens today at the Off-Broadway Theater. The performance is dedicated to former Calhoun Dean Leslie Woodard, who passed away last month. Dancers will explore the themes of transformation and change through excerpts and variations from several classical ballets, including ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Giselle.’ In addition to being a popular theme in the classical ballet repertoire, the idea of metamorphosis is one that many Yale students can identify with as they come into their own during college, members of the YUBC said.
- VNOB talents stage special dance performance (vietnamnews.vn)
Artists of the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet Theatre will stage a special performance featuring classical and contemporary dance tomorrow night.The performance’s first part will present two one-act ballets La Ventana and Flower Festival in Genzano by Danish choreographer and ballet master August Bournonville. Both of the ballets have been choreographed especially for Vietnamese artists by Frank Andersen – former Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet.
The second part will feature the debut of the contemporary dance Secret Garden, Choreographed by Macedonian artist Sasha Evimova.
Walking Mad (excerpt)
Choreography: Johan Inger
Set & Costume Design: Johan Inger
Lighting design: Erik Berglund
Music: Maurice Ravel, Bolero
(The Original 28 Min. Work Also Incorporates Arvo Pärt)
Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera
Linda Haakana, Johanna Nuutinen, Anna Sariola, Henrik Burman, Antti Keinänen, Nikolas Koskivirta, Johan Pakkanen, Samuli Poutanen, Emrecan Tanis
Finnish National Ballet 90th Anniversary Gala, January 2012
World Premiere: Netherlands Dance Theatre 2001
Johan Inger, formerly Artistic Director of Cullberg Ballet and a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT), has created a breathtaking work for nine dancers that is set to Ravel’s Bolero and reflects Socrates belief that “our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness.” Choreographed for Netherlands Dance Theatre in 2001, Inger received the Lucas Hoving Award (Dutch) for best production and the Danza & Danza Award for this…
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