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Much that was superb musically: Eugene Onegin from Belarus at Birgitta Festival in Tallinn

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Act 1 - National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet of Belarus at Birgitta Festivalphoto Heiti Kruusmaa Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin; Anastasia Moskvina, Oksana Volkova, Vladimir Petrov, Yuri Gorodetsky, Andrei...Show More Summary

Esa-Pekka Salonen Takes Newly-Created Post At Finnish National Opera And Ballet

For five years beginning next month, Salonen will be the company’s first Artist-in-Association. “[He] will take on responsibilities as a conductor, composer, artistic advisor and ambassador. He will also act as an ambassador for the FNOB in developing new partnerships, and will mentor emerging Finnish conductors.”

Esa-Pekka Salonen takes new job

The summer news drought is over. Finnish National Opera and Ballet has just announced that it has appointed composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to be Artist in Association, a newly created, five-year position. ‘In this capacity, Salonen will have a broad remit: conducting performances, introducing his compositions into the repertoire and acting as artistic advisor. The […]

Get your Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony BINGO card right here

The Olympics' Opening Ceremony is a biennial opportunity for the host nation to show off its distinguishing traits (London 2012: James Bond, health care, J.R.R. Tolkien; Sochi 2014: ballet, shoddy technical preparation). As such, the...Show More Summary

Albanian National Opera And Ballet Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The total budget of Albania’s Ministry of Culture for 2016 has been set at just over 9 million euros – but only some of this is allocated for the country’s main cultural institutions. The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet gets about 2 million euros but the institution hosts the biggest artistic troupe in the […]

The Ballet National De Marseille – Dance And Protest In The Wake Of France’s Terror Attacks

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Co-artistic directors Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten have two themes to their work at the company: “Le Corps du Ballet” (deliberately not corps de), and “‘Le Corps en Révolte’, the body in revolt, where ‘the ballet is used almost for protest’, says Greco. The aim is to create a space for demonstration, ‘like Taksim […]

‘Our average budget for an opera is 600 Euros’

Ilir Kerni has resigned as head of Albania’s National Theatre of Opera and Ballet after less than two years in the job. He says the left-wing Government cut the budget to next-to-nothing, less even than neighbouring Kosovo, which is not a fully-recognised state. Read here. 

Lincoln Center FestivalNational Ballet of CanadaThe Winter's Tale – 7/30 matinee

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Last January in a winter’s tale of sorts, Guillaume Côté and Sonia Rodriguez were scheduled to debut in their roles as Leontes and Hermione with the National Ballet of Canada at The Kennedy Center, but, alas, they got snowed out...

A Long Winter's Night

3 weeks agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"The Winter's Tale" National Ballet of Canada David H. Koch Theater New York, NY July 29, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" is a play about jealousy, madness, grief, regret, and redemption,...Show More Summary

observations 7-30

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

If you haven't seen National Ballet of Canada's The Winters Tale, rush to get a ticket to one of the final three performances at Lincoln Center. Check back here tonight or tomorrow for Haglund's review. –––––––––––––––––––– Monday at 10:00am, BAM...

New Boss Has Big Plans For Texas Ballet Theater

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Incoming executive director Vanessa Logan’s goals include “joining the national touring circuit and expanding the group’s presence in Dallas … [as well as making TBT] a tier-one ballet company within the next 10 years. For that, the organization will have to reach an annual budget of at least $14 million.”

Misty Copeland on Protein, Ballerina Bodies, and Unconventional Meditation

4 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Labeling Misty Copeland a prodigy isn’t blown-up hyperbole; it’s a fact. She launched her ballet career at the age of 13 (geriatric in ballerina years) at a Boys and Girls Club and within a year skyrocketed to national acclaim. Last year, she became the first African-American woman to achieve principal ... More »

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

2 months 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

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

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

2 months agoArts / 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

2 months agoLGBT / 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

3 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

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