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Another black eye for ballet while making America grate again

This is not a political blog. In fact, we go out of our way to avoid national political hot-topics even though they might draw parallels to the dance world and even supply a little humor. But now this. This is...

South Korean Soldiers At The DMZ Are Taking Ballet Barre Class – To Relieve Stress (!)

“Wearing shorts and T-shirts along with their dancing slippers, members of the army’s 25th Division are taught each week by a ballerina from the Korean National Ballet under a programme that began last year … intended to ease the stress of guarding the world’s most heavily fortified border.”

Washington Ballet hires Korean National Ballet principal

In the latest sign of high artistic aims for her company, Washington Ballet Artistic Director Julie Kent has hired Eun Won Lee, a top-rank ballerina with Korean National Ballet, the Washington Ballet announced today. Lee, a willowy dancer with fine technical and musical strengths, has won honors at many international competitions, including the Korea Ballet […]

All is forgiven

3 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Giselle" The National Ballet of Canada Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto, Canada June 15, 2016 By Denise Sum copyright © 2016 by Denise Sum There are few ballets as enduring as "Giselle". This recent inspired performance...Show More Summary

Death of an Argentine-Soviet composer

Sergey Kortes, who has died aged 82, migrated with his Communist parents in 1955 to the workers’ paradise. They settled in Minsk, where he rose to become head of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre and a People’s Artist of Belarus. Kortes added a shimmy of tango to the austerities of Soviet and Belarus […]

Lost in Translation

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Le Petit Prince" The National Ballet of Canada Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Toronto, Canada June 4, 2016 By Denise Sum copyright © 2016 by Denise Sum The classic French novella "Le Petit Prince" makes interesting material for a new ballet, with plenty of imagination, fantasy, and philosophical explorations. Show More Summary

Barbra Streisand, Kit Harrington, Hamiltonys, Ellie Goulding, Nina Turner, Josh Dixon: NEWS

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

HELLO, GORGEOUS. Barbra Streisand sings “At The Ballet” from A Chorus Line with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley. POLLS. Clinton has 11 point advantage over Trump in new national poll from Reuters: “The online poll, conducted from Mon… Read The post Barbra Streisand, Kit Harrington, Hamiltonys, Ellie Goulding, Nina Turner, Josh Dixon: NEWS appeared first on Towleroad.

Bucharest opera chief raises petition against her ballet director

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The nefarious history of Bucharest National Opera continues. Part XVII. Johann Kobborg, the Danish ballet director ousted by a xenophobic campaign and supposedly reinstated by the ‘neutral’ new boss, Beatrice Rancea, writes: Just heard that instead of managing ONB with vision and courage, Mrs. Show More Summary

Maestro move: An American takes charge in Armenia

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Armenia’s National Academic Opera and Ballet in Yerevan has appointed Constantine Orbelian as artistic director. Orbelian, 60, was born in San Francisco and made his name as a concert pianist, recording extensively for Delos. His uncle, for whom he is named (and sometimes confused) is a successful Armenian-Russian film composer. In 1991 he became chief conductor […]

The prince we do not see

The National Ballet makes sense of a startlingly adult children’s fable The post The prince we do not see appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The following artists have left Bucharest National Opera

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

As xenophobic agitation continues, the ballet company is being denuded: Resigned Dawid Trzensimiech – principal Daniela Norman – corps George Murray (unclear situation) Florica St?nescu (from managerial position) Johan Kobborg Henry Dowden – soloist Lucas Campbell – First Artist Diana Tudor – First Artist Gina-Marie Leathem – Corps Dianyu Wu – Corps Unpaid Leave Rebecca Haw […]

Julio Bocca Returns To His Ballet Company, A Month After His Mysterious Departure

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

At the beginning of April, Bocca suddenly announced that, for “personal reasons,” he was temporarily stepping down as artistic director of Uruguay’s National Ballet. This week, equally unexpectedly, he appeared at a gala to announce that he was back – with two new lieutenants: Sofía Sajac (interim director while he was away) as co-director and […]

Bucharest: Deputy PM denies anti-foreign agenda

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Latest from the seething cauldron of Bucharest National Opera. Vasile Dâncu, the deputy prime minister, has flown in Beatrice Rancea as the new interim manager of BNO. Rancea, a former ballet dancer, is general manager of Ia?i National Opera, which she has greatly upgraded by getting the film director Andrei ?erban to stage Lucia di Lammermoor, Les […]

Is This How The Civil War At Romania’s National Ballet Got Started?

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The conflict over Johan Kobborg’s job as artistic director of the Bucharest National Opera’s ballet company has spun out of control. Craig Turp traces the seeds of the trouble to a right-wing nationalist website, and he gives a solid recap and analysis in English of how the mess has unfolded so far.

English National Ballet Gets A New Executive Director

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Patrick Harrison is currently executive director of the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Prior to which he was director of commercial operations at the National Theatre.

Romania’s Culture Minister Resigns Over Ballet Crisis (Yes, Crisis!)

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a posting on his Facebook page Wednesday, after he failed to solve a conflict at the Bucharest National Opera that has seen three shows canceled so far.”

Romania’s Culture Minister Steps Down as Ballet Dispute Continues

The minister, Vlad Alexandrescu, said he was stepping down after failing to resolve a dispute at the Bucharest National Opera.

Johan Kobborg And Alina Cojocaru Barred From Entering Bucharest’s Opera House Unescorted

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In a letter dated April 25 that was sent to the Bucharest National Opera’s security department, Cojocaru, Kobborg” – who is supposed to have been reinstated as artistic director of the house’s ballet company – “and seven others can only enter if they are permanently supervised by security.”

Chaos At Bucharest’s National Opera House: Latest General Manager Lasted One Day, Performances Cancelled, Musicians And Dancers Split Into Factions

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Last week, in an attempt to win back Johan Kobborg, the house ballet’s artistic director – along with his superstar fiancée, Alina Cojocaru, and all the company’s non-Romanian dancers – the culture minister brought back the former general manager whose replacement led to the crisis. But that general manager, George C?lin, had been removed because […]

Johan Kobborg Returns To Romania’s National Ballet After Government Deal

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Following a firestorm at the Bucharest National Opera that culminated in the near-collapse of the ballet season and the intervention of the prime minister, the culture minister has reinstated Kobborg as the ballet’s artistic director and brought back, for a three-month interim period, the general manager whose departure (due to corruption charges) precipitated the entire […]

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