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St. Petersburg Scenes
Catherine Pawlick reports on November's dance delights

Igor Zelensky's Artistic Evening
November 12, 2008 -- Mariinsky Theatr
Artistic soirees occur several times a year at the Mariinsky. Mid-November brought one of Igor Zelensky back to this stage from his current hideout in Siberia, where he is director of the Novosibirsk Ballet.  The evening opened with "Apollo", a work in which Zelensky has been lauded repeatedly. Yana Selina, Anastasia Nikitina, and Viktoria Tereshkina danced his three muses. This was Nikitina's debut as Polyhymnia, and she danced the mask-holding variation with bright energy

Mariinsky Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
November 15, 2008 -- Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Ballet - Mixed Bill
November 16, 2008 -- Mariinsky Theatre

San Francisco Ballet
Fall Tour 2008

San Francisco Ballet - Mixed Bill
by Carmel Morgan -- November 25, 2008, J. F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, America’s oldest professional ballet company, the San Francisco Ballet, embarked on a U.S. tour. Washington, DC was lucky to be included as one of the company’s destinations. During the first two evenings of the company’s DC visit, they performed a mixed repertoire program featuring Balanchine’s classic “The Four Temperaments” along with two recently commissioned works – Mark Morris’s “Joyride” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Within the Golden Hour.”

San Francisco Ballet - Mixed Bill
by Kathy Lee Scott -- November 12, 2008, Orange Country Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

America's oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet, celebrated its 75th anniversary with new works and a four-city tour. It brought several of those new works to the Orange County Performing ArtsCenter in Costa Mesa.


Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...
National Ballet of Canada - "The Seagull"
by Kate Snedeker

It’s not every night at the ballet that you need a flowchart of relationships to keep the story straight. Then again when you combine Chekov and Neumeier, the result is far from ordinary. Chekov’s “The Seagull” is perfect source of inspiration for John Neumeier whose streamlined and emotive production translates the classic play into the ballet world. Drawing from his own experience in crafting characters and an eclectic score ranging from Tchaikovsky to Evelyn Glennnie, Neumeier has created a ballet that brings the emotion of the play to the balletic stage.On Friday evening, more than half a decade after its creation, the National Ballet of Canada gave the “Seagull” a stunning North American premiere. Barely a week after a slightly underwhelming season opening triple bill, the company came forward with a truly inspired performance. Whereas the dancers were good last week, on this night they looked energized, well rehearsed and engaged – a company with a soul.

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Les Ballets Trockadéro de Monte Carlo
by David Mead
In 1974, a group of ballet enthusiasts founded a small company with the aim of presenting a playful parody of classical ballet en travesti. Thirty-four years later, Les Ballets Trockadéro de Monte Carlo, or the Trocks as they are affectionately known ... is a huge worldwide phenomenon. During their recent visit to Birmingham, Trocks dancers Joshua Grant (Katerina Bychkova, Ashley Romanoff-Titwillow) and Raffaele Morra (Lariska Dumbchenko, Pepe Dufka) took time to talk...

Benjamin Millepied: Making Many Ballets
Dean Speer
I try to focus on finding my own voice in movement and content. How steps are put together has become more important to me. I love working with groups now – before it was difficult making large, group dances, but a sense of ease has just developed through my work here at PNB. I use a group to create images and use them in more complex ways. This means that I have to be more prepared, and when I am, it opens up more opportunity to make the style more interesting...



Mark Morris Dance Group - 'Romeo and Juliet'
by David Mead -- November 5, 2008,
It is not commonly known that the Prokofiev score for “Romeo and Juliet” that we all know and love is significantly different to the original, the changes being made following requests by Leonid Lavrovsky in 1940. But let’s get one thing straight. Mark Morris’ “Romeo and Juliet” is neither a restoration nor a reconstruction of the original. Rather it is what composers Simon Morrison and Gregory Spears call a “historical recovery” in which they have removed the 1938 additions, reordered what was left, and scored a happy ending based on Prokofiev’s manuscript annotations

Trey McIntyre Project - 'Surender', 'Leatherwing Bat', 'The Reassuring Effects'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 5, 2008, Harman Center for the Arts, Washington, DC
Trey McIntyre, like another talented young choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, recently formed his own company to showcase his works. McIntyre’s nine-member company, “Trey McIntyre Project” (“TMP”), became a full-time, year-round company this year.  As part of its 25-city US touring season...

Tulsa Ballet - 'Don Quixote'
by Gretchen Collins -- September 19, 2008, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Don Quixote himself would have approved of Tulsa Ballet’s version of his story as choreographed and staged by Anna-Marie Holmes. Even in his dreams, Quixote could not have come up with the magical garden in Act II or the sumptuous sets by Thomas Boyd.  But it was the dancers of Tulsa Ballet who brought it to life.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - New Works Program: What's New Is Old Again
by Dean Speer -- November 8, 2008, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington

Printz Dance Project and Siamsa Tire
by Becca Hirschman -- November 7, 2008, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason, CA

Royal Ballet of Flanders - 'Impressing the Czar'
by David Mead -- November 6, 2008, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK

'Three Dancers - The Romance of Dance'
by Carmel Morgan -- November 6, 2006, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater, American University, Washington, DC

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - Mixed Programme
by David Mead -- November 5, 2008, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham, UK

National Ballet of Canada - 'Symphony in C', 'Polyphonia', 'In the Upper Room'
by Kate Snedeker -- November 5, 2008, Four Seaons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada

Royston Maldoom - 'Performance'
by Annie Wells -- November 1, 2008, Venue, City

Shen Wei Dance Arts - 'Re- (Part I)' and 'Map'
by Carmel Morgan -- October 29, 2008, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. - 'Chino Latino', 'Khaybet', 'Meditations', 'Hyphen'
by Carmel Morgan -- October 24, 2008, Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Washington Ballet's 'Genius 2' Program
by Carmel Morgan -- October 23, 2008, The J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

Ballet Jörgen - 'Anastasia'
by Kate Snedeker -- October 18, 2008, River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Company Stefanie Batten Bland: sbb birdlegs - 'The Polished Hoes', 'Beneath Our Feet, a tale of a comet'
by Renée E. D'Aoust -- October 13-14, 2008, Café de la Danse, Paris, France

Oregon Ballet Theatre - 'Swan Lake'
by Dean Speer -- October 11, 2008, Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

editors' choice

· Sydney Festival
January 10-31, 2009 -- Various venues in and around Sydney, Australia
For three weeks, the festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and globally covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums.

· Dance on Camera Festival
January 6-17, 2009 -- Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center Plaza, and other venues in NY
The festival celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance as combined with the intimacy of film.



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