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December 11, 2013
More Drama In Russian Ballet World, This Time In St. Petersburg
Altynai Asylmuratova, the former star ballerina and revered artistic director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy (one of the world's most prestigious), has resigned - and she's decamping to another company that has become something of a refuge for Russian dancers.
The New York Times 12.10.13
Backstage At English National Ballet
"It's 11 o'clock in the morning and row upon row of well-sculpted men are pirouetting in a small room to the tinny notes coming from an upright piano."
The Independent (UK) 12.11.13
December 10, 2013
Romania Insider 12.09.13
The Huffington Post 12.09.13
December 8, 2013
December 6, 2013
Explaining What Happened At The Bolshoi Ballet
Ismene Brown, a London dance journalist who has been following and often translating the Russian media's extensive coverage and knows some of the players, gives inside info and analysis of the Filin attack, the trial, and the whole affair's effects on the company.
The Arts Desk (London) 12/04/13
December 5, 2013
Alvin Ailey Co. And Wayne McGregor Stretch Each Other
Artistic director Robert Battle, looking to expand the repertoire and stylistic range of a troupe that had become a bit predictable, engaged McGregor to stage his stark and hyperkinetic Chroma
on the Ailey dancers. They're the first non-classical group to perform the work - and (to McGregor's happiness) the first that's dark-skinned.
The New York Times 12/04/13
When A Choreographer Joins The Circus (Yes, Ringling Bros.)
"He's choreographed such musical hits as Rock of Ages, Dreamgirls,
... and Blades of Glory
. Now Kevin Wilson is taking on a new venture: choreographing what has been called 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' Wondering how this creative director pulls together a cast and crew that includes everything from clowns to a horse named 'Comanche?' We wondered, too."
The Indianapolis Star 12/04/13
December 4, 2013
The Guardian (UK) 12/03/13
Rambert Dance Co. Opens New Home On London's South Bank
"Claiming it to be the first major purpose-built dance venue to open in London for a decade, the touring dance company's new six-storey base includes three main rehearsal studios, an archive, and physiotherapy facilities."
The Stage (UK) 12/02/13
December 3, 2013
The Independent (UK) 12/03/13
Bolshoi Acid Attack Verdict Due Tuesday
"The Meshchansky District Court in Moscow is expected to start delivering a verdict to the [defendants] at 0800 GMT. ... If found guilty of plotting the January attack with his two co-defendants, Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, could be sent to a penal colony for nine years, the term sought by the prosecutors last week."
GlobalPost (AFP) 12/02/13
December 2, 2013
Elizabeth Streb Pushes Dance With Physics
"I force myself on scientists and try and ask some odd questions about quantum physics and particle physics and what would happen if you morphed up those extra six dimensions from superstring theory and put them on the body, what would the body look like? Or - I mean, what does it mean to go in the fifth direction, the sixth direction, the seventh direction."
Baryshnikov Still Kicking At 65
"The words "Baryshnikov" and "sucked" don't naturally fit together comfortably, but in sitting with Baryshnikov for a spell, you get the strong sense that he's less interested in perfectionism in his artistic endeavors than in mind-expanding adventurism. And these days, he prefers to succeed or fail with collaborators."
Washington Post 11/29/13
December 1, 2013
Give A Choreographer £10,000, And See What She Does With It
Rosemary Lee, who just won Britain's Bonnie Bird award: "I am longing to return to the studio. ... As an independent artist with a family it is not easy finding the time, resources, and opportunities to research and experiment with dancers."
Washington Post 11/29/13
November 29, 2013
The New York Times 11/29/13
November 27, 2013
Ousted Bolshoi Star Nikolai Tsiskaridze Testifies In Acid Attack Trial
The popular and outspoken dancer "told a packed Moscow courtroom that [Bolshoi Ballet director and acid attack victim Sergei] Filin had created an unhealthy atmosphere at the historic establishment by picking favourites and demoting others out of personal spite. He accused Filin of being known as 'a poser and a hysteric' ... [who] always insulted people and yelled at everyone."
GlobalPost (AFP) 11/25/13
November 26, 2013
How The Bolshoi Is Like Russia
"Ballet is a self-destructive art, privileging the will over the body. Great dancers retire in physical ruin; the next generation assumes their roles. That same impulse has been observed politically over the course of Russia's history. The nation has repeatedly dismantled itself in the service of renewal. Institutions are collapsed, or allowed to collapse, to facilitate their transformation by the ruling powers. The Bolshoi will emerge from this time of troubles to better reflect the nostalgic imperialism of Vladimir Putin's Russia."
The New York Times 11/26/13
The Globe and Mail (Canada) 11/22/13
November 24, 2013
The New York Times 11/23/13
The Observer (UK) 11/23/13
November 22, 2013
Ballet's Top Stars Become Brands In Their Own Right
"A wave of international ballet stars are increasingly leaping from company to company, creating their own brands and becoming more like world-traveling conductors and opera stars. In doing so, they are ... changing an art form long defined by national styles that dancers perfected as they grew up with - and stayed loyal to - a single company."
The New York Times 11/21/13
Russian Ballet Dancers Talk About All The Turmoil
The trial of a Bolshoi soloist for the acid attack on the boss, the sudden installation of a fired Bolshoi principal at the Mariinsky's historic dance school, accusations of backbiting and bribery ... Three of Russia's top ballet stars (including Nikolai Tsiskaridze, the fired one) speak publicly about the mess.
Voice of Russia 11/18/13
The Wall Street Journal 11/20/13
November 21, 2013
Joy Womack Describes Backstage Conditions That Led Her To Quit Bolshoi Ballet
"I felt I was forgotten and unimportant to them. I begged to be put in corps de ballet just to be able to dance on the stage. 'No', they would say. 'You are sticking out, you are too different, you raise your leg too high, you do it way too emotionally.' ... They even forgot to pay my salary on time and would sporadically pay me something in cash when they realized I was there."
Los Angeles Times 11/20/13
Ousted Bolshoi Theater Director Testifies In Acid Attack Trial
Anatoly Iksanov "told the court he was aware of a 'difficult relationship' between [ballet chief and victim Sergei] Filin and [defendant Pavel] Dmitrichenko but never personally witnessed any animosity. ... Looking straight at Dmitrichenko, Iksanov dismissed the dancer's claims that Filin had threatened staff and even extorted $100,000 from the troupe chief."
Yahoo! News (AP) 11/20/13
ABT's Project Plié, Developing The Next Generation Of Dancers Of Color
Diversity in the ranks of dancers at U.S. ballet companies is an ongoing concern. American Ballet Theatre's CEO, Rachel Moore says that "the real issue is the pipeline" - not enough minority dance students have the opportunity to get top-level training. So ABT created Project Plié to start addressing that problem.
November 20, 2013
The Moscow Times 11/19/13
TV Advertisers Discover The Power Of Dance
"Not only have adverters cottoned on to the fact that the art form is having a global moment, but they're discovering that dance has its own expertise at combining the subliminal emotional message with the instantly striking image. However queasy you may feel about the trend, the industry is at least showing good taste in the talent they sign."
The Guardian (UK) 11/18/13 (includes video)
November 19, 2013
The Guardian Launches Dedicated Dance Blog
Judith Mackrell: "For the last few months, I've been posting online-only stories, open threads and videos alongside my reviews, booking tips and feature writing, but for the first time these will be gathered together in one place. We're also hoping to make the blog a forum where readers and writers can discuss a range of issues around the artform, both above the line and below it."
The Guardian (UK) 11/18/13
Los Angeles Times 11/17/13
November 18, 2013
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/15/13
November 17, 2013
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/14/13
November 15, 2013
U.S. Ballerina Spells Out Allegations Of Bribery At Bolshoi
Joy Womack, the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi's ballet academy and join the company, "described a deeply troubled organization in which casting decisions were based not only on talent but also on payoffs and personal relationships."
The New York Times 11/15/13
Louisville Ballet Artistic Director To Retire In July
"The Louisville Ballet has announced that artistic director Bruce Simpson, 64, will retire at the end of this season. Yesterday, Simpson informed the dancers, board of directors and staff that he will complete his tenure in July, when his current contract expires."
WFPL (Louisville) 11/14/13