National Opera of Ukraine, 03.11.2015
- Dancers swan into town for two shows (adelaidenow.com.au)
Demand from South Australian audiences for a second season had been steadily increasing for more than a decade, said the company’s artistic director, David McAllister.“It would be our great desire to be able to come back every year twice to Adelaide because of the fact that there is the demand there,’’ he said.
- Review: ‘Swan Lake’ Features an Authoritative Sara Mearns (rss.nytimes.com)
Sara Mearns, leading the first of four casts of “Swan Lake” and opening New York City Ballet’s four-week fall season at the David H. Koch Theater on Tuesday, has moved light years beyond the melodramatic clichés with which this ballet is usually saddled. The foolish “Black Swan” notion of this ballet makes Odette the good, passive victim and Odile the actively evil demon, while Prince Siegfried looks like a moron for thinking one could be the other. Ms. Mearns, however, interpreting the double role with completely authoritative individuality, makes both heroines arrestingly multilayered. Her Odette reveals a capacity for voluptuous passion within doomed captivity; her Odile is extraordinarily cool, enigmatic, even poignant, notwithstanding sweeping brilliance.
- New York City’s Dance Card Is Full This Fall (wnyc.org)
Harss told Johnson, “There are so many young choreographers in ballet right now, it’s a time to dip your foot into ballet.” At City Ballet’s, for example, its opening gala will feature four new works each from a different, young choreographer.
- New Birmingham Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake announced aimed entirely at young children (birminghamhippodrome.wordpress.com)
Birmingham Royal Ballet recently announced that for the first time ever, they will present a ballet production aimed at children here in their Birmingham Hippodrome home. First Steps: A Child’s Swan Lake will be performed here on Friday 2 October at 1pm. We spoke to BRB Assistant Director Marion Tait ahead of the show to find out moreThis is the first time BRB have put on a production specifically aimed at children at Birmingham Hippodrome. Were you finding that there was a demand for more child friendly performances?“We found that recently the venues around the UK that we take the tours to had been asking for things like pre-performance talks [for the main ballet] and child friendly performances. It was also pointed out to us that a lot of companies already do this type of thing so it’s a case of getting out there and doing what they are doing – only we are doing it better of course!”
- Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Peacock Theatre review (standard.co.uk)
Their take on Swan Lake provides the highlight, offering plenty of comic material in its fantastical plot and classical conventions. After all, a gang of blokes in tutus and giant fake lashes might be faintly ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than ballet is anyway, when you think about it.
- Match of the day: Music director marries jailbird’s ex (slippedisc.com)
Wedding bells ring out in St Petersburg for Mikhail Tatarnikov, chief conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and glamorous ballerina Angelina Vorontsova.
Angelina bade farewell to her former boyfriend, the Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, when he was found guilty of organising an assault on the former Bolshoi chief Sergei Filin, who almost lost his sight in an acid attack. Pavel was jailed for six years by a Moscow court in December 2013.