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Baryshnikov’s Choice

In Paris / Gerald W. Lynch Theater, NYC / August 1-5, 2012 In Paris:  It’s the quietest production imaginable, built—by Dmitry Krymov—through words (in Russian, French, and English), grainy black and white projected images (most often of words), haunting song, and a flying rig.   It dramatizes a short story by the Russian writer Ivan Bunin.  It sold out for five days in New York, at the intimate Gerald W. Lynch Theater, and is about to embark on an extended tour. It tells the story of an aging exiled White Russian army general living a … [Read more...]

Glimpses #10: “Bayadère,” the movie

Just when I thought I needed to go to France to see the Paris Opera Ballet in a worthy repertory beyond Giselle, the invaluable Emerging Pictures screened the company’s production of La Bayadère, in Rudolf Nureyev’s final version of the 1877 ballet by Marius Petipa.  (New Yorkers are more familiar with the Natalia Makarova treatment presented by American Ballet Theatre.)  The dancing, led by Aurélie Dupont, Josua Hoffalt, and Ludmila Pagliero—and a female corps de ballet that constitutes a star in itself—illustrated a notion of classical … [Read more...]

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