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Mar 2010
in this issue
[updated Mar 27, 2010]

'Sleeping Beauty'

The History of "The Sleeping Beauty" Through The Eyes Of A Prince
by Karen Barr -- July, 2005, National Arts Center, Ottawa

It’s the opening for The National Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The dress rehearsal starts in one hour, but before the show, a group of approximately 200 of the Centre’s charitable donors assemble for a pre-performance talk. Barry M. Bloom, Senior Development Office for the Ballet, thanks the crowd for helping to give the arts life, before introducing the speaker, Peter Ottmann.

Pacific Northwest Ballet
by M. Geoffery D'Onofrio -- February 4, 2010, McCaw Hall, Seattle

Although opinions on this point are certainly likely to differ (and to some widely so), if there could be said to be one ballet in the classical repertory that has the potential to elicit the attention of both those not necessarily inclined to ballet in general and satisfy the predilection of those who are, then surely Petipa’s and Hynd’s “The Sleeping Beauty” (and in especial Pacific Northwest Ballet’s recent presentation thereof) is that ballet.

Mariinsky Ballet
by Carmel Morgan -- February 9, 2010, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC

New York City Ballet
by Colleen Boresta -- February 7, 2010, Lincoln Center, David Koch Theater, New York

Forums Flashes
Direct from the CD forum...

Kirov-Mariinsky Festival 2010
(April 14-24, 2010)

by Buddy

There are several women who will be very prominent at this year's Festival who interest me very much and who share similarities. They are Svetlana Zakharova, Alina Somova and Natalia Osipova. They have all been associated to one degree or another with 'flamboyance' (big jumps, high leg extensions, etc.)

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"15 Days of Dance: The Making of 'Ghost Light'" by Elliot Caplan
by Carmel Morgan
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during the process of choreographing a ballet? Elliot Caplan gives you that rare opportunity with his remarkable documentary “15 Days of Dance: the Making of ‘Ghost Light’,” a monumental 22-hour film commissioned by the Center for the Moving Image at the University of Buffalo.

Choreography of Bernd Roger Bienert
by Carmel Morgan

On January 25, 2010, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, DC, presented films, a live solo performance, and a moderated discussion with Austrian choreographer Bernd Roger Bienert at the Embassy of Austria. Bienert, who is tall and looks much more youthful than his experience suggests, began studying ballet at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School.


Seattle Dance Project 3 - 'For Whom The Dance Toils'
by Dean Speer -- 31 January 2010, ACT Theatre, Seattle
Anyone who has ever put on a major event of any kind or produced a work of art or a book already knows how much work it is. Seattle Dance Project directors Julie Tobiason and Timothy Lynch have the courage, energy, and vision to not only put their shows together – and sometimes to dance in them – but also to tackle the next two-thirds leg of the work, which is to promote them. This kind of artistic ambience gives organizations the fire to sustain and institutionalize themselves – being so necessary to longevity and growth.

Washington Ballet - 'The Great Gatsby'
by Heather Desaulniers -- February 27, 2010, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
I love watching ballet, but I rarely describe it as fun. Whether abstract or narrative, many ballets are just not that entertaining, focused instead on the complex, obscure and sometimes somber. These serious undertones and overtones can be a bit of a downer. Art should challenge us, but is it too much to ask for there to be some good old-fashioned revelry mixed in alongside the doom and gloom?

'Jason and Friends' - An Evening of Choreography by Jason Garcia Ignacio
by Heather Desaulniers -- February 20, 2010, Dance Place-Washington, D.C.
Throughout his book, ‘Choreography Observed,’ writer Jack Anderson poses important and challenging questions about the act of watching dance. Of all the issues this important book addresses, the exploration of focus specifically spoke to me. Are we visually drawn to choreography, to particular dancers, to the group dynamics or to the overall picture of theatrical movement?

Joffrey Ballet - 'Cinderella'
by Kathy Lee Scott -- January 28, 2010, Music Center, Los Angeles, California
Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater brought Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet to the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, for a five-day run of the fairy tale, "Cinderella." The Jan. 28 - 31, 2010 performances were the first time the company had appeared in the West Coast city since 1991.

Havana Rakatan
by Ana Abad-Carles -- February 9, 2010, Peacock Theatre, London
Ever since their first visit to London in 2007, Havana Rakatan has been a regular show at Peacock Theatre. Their long seasons every year at the London venue speak volumes for the appeal this show has for London audiences. The combination of great live music and unmatched energy in the dance routines seem to work as an antidote for the cold and dark evenings in the British capital during its winter months.

Ballet Nice Méditerranée
by Saul Marziali -- January 20, 2010, Opéra de Nice, Nice, France
Together with Gabriella Frezza, the director of the new high school for ballet in Sanremo, I had the chance to watch a program presented by the "Ballet Nice Méditerrannée", which is the new name for the former "Ballet de l'Opera de Nice". Eric Vu An, one of the most shining Etoiles of the Paris Opera under the direction of Rudolf Nureyev, has been directing the company since September 2009.

Idan Cohen - 'Dancing Israeli Identity: Looking Backward, Looking Forward'
by Carmel Morgan -- February 18, 2010, American University, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
American University’s Center for Israel Studies, Jewish Studies Program, and Performing Arts Program, in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation presented “Dancing Israeli Identity: Looking Backward, Looking Forward” showcasing the choreography of Idan Cohen, an award-winning young Israeli choreographer and presently a Schusterman Visiting Artist at Amherst College.

Bolshoi Ballet - 'Spartacus'
by Carmel Morgan -- February 16, 2010, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington, DC
The Bolshoi Ballet’s “Spartacus” upheld the company’s reputation for big, bold productions. On opening night at the Kennedy Center, the dancers shined in their rousing rendition of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s 1968 ballet. Grigorovich, now white haired, joined the cast during the curtain call. He smiled and applauded their commendable efforts. The women in the audience, however, were perhaps most enthusiastic about the performance.

editors' choice

· Houston Dance Salad
April 1-3, 2010 -- Wortham Center, Houston, Texas
The Festival presents some of the world's greatest dance companies.

· Mariinsky X International Ballet Festival
April 15-25, 2010 -- Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ballet superstars take to the stage.

· Dublin Dance Festival
May 8-23, 1010 -- Dublin, Ireland
The Festival celebrates international contemporary dance.



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