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Author:  jeffsh [ Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:18 pm ]
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Shanghai Ballet will perform China premiere of La Valse this week.

A rare dance of madness
By Zou Huilin
Updated: 2007-08-25 07:11
SHANGHAI: The Shanghai Ballet Company will premiere Maurice Ravel's La Valse choreographed by American Ballet maestro George Balanchine (1904-83) on August 30-31 at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

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Caption for the photo is wrong. It's a photo for Serenade.

On your toes for Balanchine shows
By Zhang Qian 2007-8-25

Shanghai Ballet will stage the "Magic of Dance - Balanchine and Beyond" with two Balanchine shows next Thursday and Friday, the China premiere of "La Valse" and "Serenade."

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Author:  jeffsh [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:47 am ]
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here is a belated review of last week’s performance. It will be a summary of my impression of both performances on August 30 and 31.

The program opened with world premiere of a PDD choreographed by ex-NYCB dancer Edwaard Liang commissioned by Shanghai Ballet. Two Principal Dancers in pale color dresses danced to slow movement from Tschaikovsky piano concerto. They are the best dancers in the company. Female dancer Fan Xiaofeng has guested one year in Australian Ballet in 2004-5 and done quite lot of Balanchine there. I especially like the two consecutive symmetrical arabesques where Xiaofeng facing side stage while Sun Shenyi stood behind her, facing inside and holding her raised leg.

This is followed by three small pieces. A solo danced by newly promoted male Principal Wu Husheng by Chinese choreographer Wang Yuanyuan. Yuanyuan did most of choreography in Raised the Red Lantern from National Ballet of China. Then comes excerpt from a modern piece again by Yuanyuan. This piece was premiered in 2005 along with Shanghai Ballet’s premiere of Serenade. Next comes another solo by Wu Husheng choreographed by Bertrand d’At. Wu danced this solo during New York Ballet Competition in June and got silver medal. (No gold is awarded this year).

After intermission is Serenade. The dancing overall is pretty good. The lighting is always the problem. They seem to unable to get the blue lighting right like NYCB. The original cast for Angel girl from two years ago was injured. The new girl has problem doing the two arabesque turns while her leg was held by the boy. One of the best poses I have seen is performed by Maris Kowroski. I think that photo can be found on NYCB website.

I am very happy for the China premiere of La Valse. As mentioned in one of newspaper interview by Artistic Director, it’s not very typical Balanchine. I have not seen this piece for many years. So it’s almost like discovering a new piece. When the curtain went up showing 3 girls on stage, a light wave of applause came from the audience. This is pretty rare in China. Chinese audience is not famous for our applauses. The dimly-lit backdrop and the poses by the girls must have impressed the audiences. The 3 girls are very graceful in their arm and hand gestures. I do not remember this part at all. It’s quite impressive. Xiaofeng danced the girl in white on opening night while another Principal did second night. Husheng did male lead for both nights. Chinese dancers are not used to doing waltz. But overall it’s a very good performance with only two and half week’s rehearsals (including learning the new pieces as well touch up Serenade too).

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:32 am ]
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Thanks so much for this review, Jeff. It's great to hear how Balanchine is performed in China from an experienced ballet watcher.

In Europe it tends to be the classic full-length ballets, rather than mixed bills, that are the audience favourites - how is it in China?

Author:  jeffsh [ Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:36 am ]
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sorry for the late reply. I have not log in for a while.
yes, Chinese audiences like full-length too. We have Swan Lakes several times a year. Many Russian companies come to Shanghai doing Swan Lake.
I hope Shanghai Ballet will repeat the same mix-bill soon. Jeff

Author:  jeffsh [ Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:43 am ]
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Shanghai Ballet performs at Beijing Dance Festival

In the mood for dance
By Chen Jie
Updated: 2007-11-19 07:16

Beijing's classical music fans have enjoyed their month-long festival and now it is the turn of dance lovers to celebrate.

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