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Backstage on The Dancers Company tour

The Dancers Company tour kicked off triumphantly in Tasmania last week, and is now heading towards Victoria. Come backstage with us to see the dancers getting ready to shine in Paquita, Rimbombo and Act III of Swan Lake. Did you … Continue reading ?

Difficult Pairings

Dakshina / Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company Anna Sokolow’s “Frida”, “September Sonnet”, “Magritte Magritte” Dance Place July 19, 2014 by George Jackson copyright 2014 by George Jackson Dancers of the Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Show More Summary

The Villainess: classic TV hellcats

In honour of Gamazatti, the “don’t-tell-me-no”, knife-wielding princess of La Bayadère, we’re celebrating the Villainess in all her deliciously evil (and often deliciously glamorous) forms. Today, TV! The small screen punches above its weight when it comes to larger-than-life baddies. … Continue reading ?

Lincoln Center FestivalBolshoi's Tiger Paws in Swan Lake 7/18

Perhaps we can wonder whether the all-Grigorovich content for the Bolshoi Ballet’s current tour was arranged during the post-Filin trauma when Grigorovich supporters (a.k.a. anti-Filin, anti-progressives) saw a potential opportunity for restructuring influence. In January of 2013 when Filin was...

"Attention: Clean-up in the Culture section"

Here's hoping that the NYT's maintenance staff has sufficient cleaning solvents to restore Alastair Macaulay's chair seat after today's orgasmic eruption over David Hallberg. Oh Lord: Ballet — large parts of which are still old-fashioned and riddled with class distinctions...

Creepy-cute: the Victorian Christmas Card

One of the greatest charms of our upcoming production of Peter Wrights The Nutcracker is its luxurious design by John Macfarlane. As the Sun Herald said, “it’s like a Victorian Christmas card come to life.” In Victorian England, Christmas cards … Continue reading ?

Spice spice baby – where to eat Indian in Melbourne

The heady swirl of Bollywood-inspired colour in our upcoming production of Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère is sure to whet your appetite for India. Food writer Jane Ormond suggests a tasty handful of places to sate it. Good morning India Indian … Continue reading ?

Musical Chairs

“Elena’s Aria” Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Gerald W. Lynch Theater New York, NY July 13, 2014 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2014 by Martha Sherman “Elena’s Aria” is a dance made of women and chairs. At first glance, it seems that simple. Show More Summary

Swans Away

"Swan Lake" Bolshoi Ballet David H. Koch Theater New York, NY July 15, 2014 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2014 by Mary Cargill Corps in "Swan Lake" Photo © Damir Yusupov Ballet companies, it seems, might as well program "$wan Lake" and be honest about it, since there are no productions around resembling the original Petipa/Ivanov story. Show More Summary

observations 7/17

The International Ballet Competition - Varna will live-stream competitions at 8pm Central European Summer Time on July 26th, 27th, 29th, and 30th at this link: Just so you know, the schedule on the IBC-Varna website suggests that the...

Behind the scenes of our La Bayadère shoot

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

The lavish Indian design of Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère inspired a shoot featuring Soloist Robyn Hendricks as the ballet’s spoilt princess Gamzatti, who’ll go to any lengths to win the handsome warrior Solor. As a rajah’s daughter, Gamzatti wears costumes … Continue reading ?

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