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~ Eifman Ballet ~
30th Anniversary Season

'Anna Karenina'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 29, 2007, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

In a fourth program by the Eifman Ballet during this celebration of their thirtieth season, the company presented one of its newer works, “Anna Karenina”, which was created just two years ago, prior to their 2005 US tour. It seemed fitting to view this piece in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, where the breathtakingly restored ornate red, gold and white baroque interior offers luxurious surroundings in the manner in which Anna herself would have attended the theatre.

'Chaika' ('Seagull')
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 23, 2007,
Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Even more so than with his exquisite “Red Giselle”, Boris Eifman’s “Chaika”, or “The Seagull”, is a departure from the eponymous classical novel on which it is based, but only in form. With yet another glimpse at the philosophical ideas behind a major historical work, Eifman here uses his ballet as the jumping ground from which to explore themes such as the development of art, the search for new forms, love, and career, all in a new setting: that of the ballet studio.

'Red Giselle'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 22, 2007, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
A decade after its initial premiere, Eifman Ballet’s “Red Giselle” continues to uphold the genius with which it first greeted audiences, presenting the darkly tragic tale of the famous Russian ballerina, Olga Spessivtseva in a realistic macabre mood. As the choreographer notes in the program, this ballet is not a biography of Spessivtseva, but rather “an attempt to illustrate the lives of those talented (artists) who were forced to flee Russia” during the time of the Revolution.

by Catherine Pawlick -- June 20, 2007, Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg


Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

So You Think You Can Dance 2007
by CriticalDance Forum participants, started off by LMCTech

I'm obsessively watching this show, I hat to admit. It's become my new guilty pleasure.

A few thoughts:

1. I am fascinated by the auditions featuring delusional civilians whove never had any training who think they can be a dancer. I am baffled by them. There has got to be a whole psychology thesis in these people.

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The Men of the Ballet Russe
by Kathy Scott -- June 9, 2007, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles
A remarkable reunion occurred at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Five of six former Ballet Russe male dancers gathered to be honored, and hundreds of their colleagues, friends, students and balletomanes joined them.  Dressed elegantly in black tie, George Zoritch, Marc Platt, Victor Moreno, Paul Maure, and Andrei Tremaine enthusiastically posed for photographs and chatted with well-wishers, some who traveled across the country to attend.

Hosted by local radio host P.J. Ochlan, the evening featured portions of a to-be-released documentary about the men interspersed with live dancing. Members of the Burbank, Calif.-based Media City Ballet performed short excerpts from ballets in the Ballet Russe repertoire, introduced by former partners and students of the honorees.


Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Coppelia'
by David Mead -- June 6, 2007, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
In some ways “Coppélia” is the perfect ballet. After all, there’s a touch of pantomime, some rather more subtle humour, folk dance, classical ballet, an easy to follow story, and for the kids among us, some great dancing toys and dolls. But perhaps what makes it complete is that it’s about real people...

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill
by David Mead -- June 13, 2007, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK
I’ll admit to never having been completely comfortable with Oliver Hindle’s “The Four Seasons”. “Summer”, a section made much earlier than the rest, still looks fabulous. Jenna Roberts, Victoria Marr and Elisha Willis were especially alluring as they postured and posed at the poolside in their blue swimsuits.

Kirov Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by Catherine Pawlick -- June 27, 2007, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Paris Opera Ballet - 'La Fille mal gardée'
by Elizabeth McPherson -- June 22, 2007, Palais Garnier, Paris, France

American Ballet Theatre - 'Manon'
by Rosella Simonari -- June 11, 2007, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

American Ballet Theatre - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Cecly Placenti -- June 8, 2007, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill
by Ana Abad-Carles-- June 4, 2007, Royal Opera House, London, UK

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Bill
by David Mead -- June 2, 2007, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK


editors' choice

· Edinburgh International  Festival
August 10 - September 2, 2007 -- Edinburgh, Scotland
Dance events include Scottish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Trisha Brown Dance Company

· Vail International Dance Festival
July 29 - August 11, 2007 -- Vail, Colorado
Besides the debut of the Wheeldon Company, the festival also includes Pacific Northwest Ballet under Peter Boal and stars from the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey.



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