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Live in Cinemas May 5th, 2015 La Fille mal Gardée Trailer (The Wayward Daughter) The Royal Ballet


 

La Fille mal gardée trailer (The Wayward Daughter) | The Royal Ballet – YouTube.

 

Find out more here: http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/la-fille-mal-gardee-live-2015

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Ballet San Jose Needs Donations by March 14 Deadline!


José Manuel Carreño adjusts Ommi Pipit-Suksun in company class. Photo by Alejandro Gomez

Ballet San Jose Needs $550,000 To Stay Afloat

Posted by Kristin Schwab on Friday, Mar 06, 2015 (reposted from Dance Magazine)

Ballet San Jose announced this week that it must raise $550,000 by March 14 to keep its doors open.

The company has a troubled past when it comes to leadership and funding. For instance, it sought out loans to help cover what critics more or less dubbed as over-ambitious seasons during the final decade of artistic director Dennis Nahat’s leadership. In 2013, former American Ballet Theatre dancer José Manuel Carreño was appointed AD. As we reported in our January 2014 feature, during his first season, the company’s prospects were looking up. Though Carreño had little to no experience running a company, his fame helped donations rise during the 2012–13 season and Ballet San Jose nearly broke even, compared to a $1 million operating loss in the previous year.

In a press release, BSJ said that if it is open come September 2015, the company will rebrand itself as Silicon Valley Ballet—a move to more closely identify itself with the neighboring tech community.

Visit the donation page here

via Dance Magazine – If it’s happening in the world of dance, it’s happening in Dance Magazine..

Atlanta Ballet’s World Premiere Ballet Adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ CAMINO REAL


Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet's World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams' CAMINO REAL

Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet’s World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ CAMINO REAL

February 27

3:36

2015

This spring, Atlanta Ballet will present the world premiere of a ballet based on “Camino Real” by Tennessee Williams, the renowned playwright who authored such American classics as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Choreographed by Atlanta Ballet choreographer in residence Helen Pickett, Williams’ “lost classic” of love, redemption and courage will debut March 20-22 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Check out pictures and renderings from the show below!

Inspired by Williams’ 1953 Broadway play of the same name, the story is told from the perspective of Kilroy, a character based on patriotic iconography from the WWII era. The young American soldier and onetime prizewinning boxer finds himself trapped in the surreal, dead-end town of Camino Real forced to grapple with mortality, the burning desire to connect and the will to live.

Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet's World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams' CAMINO REAL

Through his journey to bring renewed hope to the town of lost souls, Kilroy meets a cast of unlikely characters from various periods of history and pop culture, such as Casanova, Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Marguerite (The Lady of the Camellias), and Lord Byron, who together struggle to escape their fates.

“This is your classic good versus evil story,” said Pickett, whose adventure with the play began five years ago when her father handed down his copy from his college theater days, suggesting it would make a good ballet.

“I read it once and put it away, not understanding how I might tackle the content,” said Pickett. “A year later, I picked up the play again, and found my way into the story: focus on the characters first. Now, it is such a part of my reality, I can’t imagine how I will let go of these characters.”

Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet's World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams' CAMINO REAL

Pickett announced the project shortly after accepting her residency with Atlanta Ballet in 2012 and has been working on the production ever since. Every aspect of the ballet, from the music to the costumes to the set design, has been a collaborative effort between Pickett and the team of artists she assembled.

To design the whimsical costumes, Pickett chose award-winning designer Sandra Woodall, who she has known since her days as a student with San Francisco Ballet. Woodall then introduced Pickett to lighting designer David Finn, whose commissions include Cirque du Soleil and numerous other major U.S. ballet companies. Finn then recommended set designer Emma Kingsbury, who he subsequently worked in tandem with on the scenic design. The rich, textured score, which Pickett has described as a character all its own, is the creation of composer Peter Salem.

“All of these people truly enjoy the art of collaboration,” said Pickett. “They are magnificent artists that bring all their ideas to the table. We are like mix masters; we just throw all of our concepts into the bowl and stir and filter. I am in love with each of them and their visions.”

The final layer of the creative process was the choreography- a collaboration as well with Atlanta Ballet’s full 23-member company. Pickett began working with the Company in September, devoting full days to rehearsal to ensure that the 75-minute ballet would be complete by its March premiere. By opening night, more than 300 rehearsal hours will have gone into bringing the production to stage.

To add to the theatricality, Pickett has also challenged several of the dancers to learn lines. Williams’ text – actual excerpts from the play – will be spoken by the principal characters throughout the ballet.

“It’s a new situation for them,” said Pickett in a 2014 interview with Creative Loafing. “But they are opening and unfolding in incredible ways. I wouldn’t have asked them to do this the first time we worked together. You have to build trust between you and the performer so that a person feels like they can open up, so cracks can happen in those walls, maybe even a breakthrough can happen.”

Atlanta Ballet’s world premiere of “Camino Real” will open at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, March 20 with a red carpet opening night. Three performances will follow, including the finale on Sunday, March 22.

Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet's World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams' CAMINO REAL

Tickets start as low as $20 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.atlantaballet.com or call 404-892-3303. For groups of ten or more, call Atlanta Ballet Group Sales at 404-873-5811, ext. 207.

via Photo Flash: First Look- Atlanta Ballet’s World Premiere Ballat Adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ CAMINO REAL.

 

Via : Broadway World

Tamara Rojo: Axing dance in schools will restrict ballet to wealthy – Telegraph


Tamara Rojo: Axing dance in schools will restrict ballet to wealthy - Telegraph
Artistic Director and principle dancer Tamara Rojo & Fabian Reimair from English National Ballet rehearse Akram Khan ‘s new work: Dust, as part of a program entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ in commemoration of the start of World War I, at The Barbican Centre in London Photo: Araud Stephenson

Tamara Rojo: Axing dance in schools will restrict ballet to wealthy

Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet criticised the decision of former education secretary Michael Gove to cut dance from the school curriculum

Artistic Director and principle dancer Tamara Rojo & Fabian Reimair from English National Ballet rehearse Akram Khan ‘s new work: Dust, as part of a program entitled ‘Lest We Forget’ in commemoration of the start of World War I, at The Barbican Centre in London Photo: Araud Stephenson

By Keith Perry 11:47PM GMT 05 Dec 2014

Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet has criticised the decision of former education secretary Michael Gove to cut dance from the school curriculum, saying it risks making dance a preserve of the better off.

Ms Rojo said it was unfair as it meant “those that don’t have the means won’t have access to dance”.

She told the Evening Standard that is was particularly unwise to take dance out of schools as there was evidence of overwhelmingly improved results in maths taught through movement and 100 per cent increase in confidence.

The ENB itself offers tickets for as little as £10 to enable people to enjoy live dance. “We try to ensure that it is an art form that is accessible to everybody,” she said.

The Spanish dance star and her company are preparing to open their traditional Christmas production of Nutcracker followed by a run of Swan Lake.

Rojo said Nutcracker was important because the company had been performing it for more than 60 years. She added: There are two dozen Nutcrackers going round the United States. it is a very important tradition because for so many people it’s the first time they come to see ballet at all or to see a live performance in an orchestra.

“It’s a family tradition that goes from generation to generation and serves as an introduction to the art form.”

The challenge, she said, was to keep those first-time visitors – but audiences for dance have been growing. She praised both Billy Elliott, which overturned many prejudices about boys doing ballet, and Strictly Come Dancing for helping to foster a new passion.

But she rejected any notion she might follow Darcey Bussell in becoming a judge on the BBC show saying: “I think Darcey does a wonderful job.”

Rojo, 40, boosted the ENB’s fortunes when she returned as principal and boss two years ago but she said the pressure was shared with the arrival of major dancers such as Alina Cojocaru and guests including and guests including Ivan Vasiliev.

But she warned she would not be able to dance for as long as Sylvie Guillem who will retire next year at 50.

“She has an incredible physicality that I sadly don’t have. My end will come much earlier than that.

The Nutcracker runs at the London Coliseum from Thursday to January 4.

via Tamara Rojo: Axing dance in schools will restrict ballet to wealthy – Telegraph.

New Choreography/Mariinsky Ballet: Репетиция балета “Бэмби” – The Birth of Bambi/In the Jungle


The Birth of Bambi
The Birth of Bambi

Composer: Andrei Golovin
Choreographer: Anton Pimonov
Librettist and Designer: Anna Matison
Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivaev

via Репетиция балета “Бэмби” – YouTube.

Evening of one act ballets by Anton Pimonov: The Birth of Bambi. In the Jungle (Classical Ballet)
In the Jungle

Composer: Andrei Golovin 
Choreographer: Anton Pimonov
Librettist and Designer: Anna Matison
Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivaev

Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballets” Swan Lake to Go on a 7 City U.S. Tour, Beginning 3/31


Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” to Go on a 7 City U.S. Tour, Beginning 3/31

Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” to Go on a 7 City U.S. Tour, Beginning 3/31

February 25

6:16

2015

The esteemed Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” will embark on a seven-city U.S. tour beginning in Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 31. Ten performances will showcase the classic fantasy ballet “Swan Lake,” featuring the renowned music by Tchaikovsky and an impressive cast of some of the world’s best dancers. The Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, adhering to the signature aspects of Russian ballet as a whole: true expressivity, dramatic presentation and impeccable technical presentation.

“We are thrilled to bring the Saint Petersburg ‘Russian Ballet’ to the U.S. and believe the audience will enjoy themselves,” said Ernesto Texo with Texoart Cultural Productions.

Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” performers are graduates of Saint Petersburg’s prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, founded in 1738, and continue to perform on the oldest stages in Saint Petersburg. Consistently delighting sold-out audiences worldwide with world-class dancers and dazzling costumes, the Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” continues to make international touring a large part of its contribution to furthering Russian dance and culture.

Created in 1990 by the family of professional ballet dancers, The Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” dynasty is more than 100 years old. Artistic Director Alexander Bruskin is a former soloist of the famed Kirov Ballet, a former classmate of the renowned Mikhail Baryshnikov, and a former student of legendary ballet instructor Alexander Pushkin.

The Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” has successfully conducted more than 50 tours worldwide in countries including Japan, England, Ireland, Spain, the U.S., France and Germany among many others, and has participated in 10 international ballet festivals. Today, the repertoire includes such masterpieces as “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote.” Each ballet is performed in its original choreography, and the Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” perceives its main mission to be the preservation of such choreographic authenticity.

The Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” U.S. performance schedule, venue and ticket information is as follows:

Tuesday, March 31

Riverside Theater

116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.)

Tickets: On sale now | $60 | $80 | $100

Available at the Riverside Theater Box Office or pabsttheater.org.

Tuesday, April 7

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla.

8 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now | $45 | $65 | $85 | $100 | $120

Available at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Box Office, vanwezel.org, or by phone at 941-953-3368.

Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 – Two performances!

Lucas Theatre

32 Abercorn St., Savannah, Ga.

7 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now

Available via lucastheatre.com, or by phone at 912-525-5050.

Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 – Two performances!

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana St., Houston

7 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now

Available at the Jones Hall Box Office or houstonfirsttheaters.com.

Thursday, April 16

Lila Cockrell Theatre in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

200 E. Market St., San Antonio

7:30 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now $40 | $65 | $80 | $95 | $110

Available at the Alamodome Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 – Two performances!

AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House – Margaret McDermott Performance Hall

2403 Flora St., Dallas

7 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now

$43.50 | $53.50 | $63.50 | $103.50 | $123.50 | $143.50 | $163.50

Available at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, ticketdfw.com, or by phone at 214-871-5000.

Thursday, April 23

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

1419 Basin St., New Orleans

7:30 p.m.

Tickets: On sale now | $60 | $85 | $130

Available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater Box Office (day of show only), or in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets,ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit http://spbt.ru.

via Saint Petersburg State “Russian Ballet” to Go on a 7 City U.S. Tour, Beginning 3/31.

 

Save the Date!!!Dance Against Cancer 2015 Trailer-Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht, producers


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/118718377″>Dance Against Cancer 2015 Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user9362802″>Jetpacks Go!</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

via Dance Against Cancer 2015 Trailer on Vimeo.