What’s on in the ballet world

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Hello ballet lovers!

If you’re interested in starting to learn ballet, why not go and get inspired by watching the pro’s do it. This year for Christmas the Queensland Ballet are performing the beloved ‘Nut Cracker’ at QPAC in south bank. Even if you’ve seen the Queensland Ballet perform before, you won’t be any less blown away by the talent and exquisite art form before your eyes. With beautiful costumes, stage sets and of course the incredible dancers let’s see if you can even spot out some of the techniques you are learning right now! But hurry Ballerina’s as theres only a few tickets left! – Buy your tickets here!

But even if you can’t make it to see the show, luckily  you won’t completely miss out. The courier mail have organised a special screening at the Piazza  on the 21st of December. The Piazza will come alive with sparkling dance, stunning sets and costumes, bringing the enchanted production and its host of fanciful characters to life. There’s entertainment beforehand from 5pm with the screening at 6pm!

The Courier-Mail Piazza, The Parklands, South Bank, 4101, Queensland, Australia

Here’s a little inspiration, a behind the scenes video for the Queensland Ballet Nutcracker:

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And don’t forget to keep stretching those feet!

The Ballet Bible x

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Guangzhou Ballet Troupe: East and West get in step

The Guangzhou Ballet Troupe, one of China’s largest ballet companies, went to the West Coast for a performance on Friday, October 21st, at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver.

 

The Guangzhou Ballet Troupe was started in 1994 by Zhang Dandan, a former dancer with the National Ballet of China. In the company’s inaugural performance in Vancouver, the troupe will be performing a selection of excerpts from their extensive repertoire of western ballets such as Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Don Quixote and Chinese contemporary and classical ballets such as That Day, This Moment and Butterfly Lovers.

via Guangzhou Ballet Troupe: East and West get in step.

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The Manassas Ballet Theatre company kicks off its season with classic ‘Sleepy Hollow’ tale

The Manassas Ballet Theatre company will perform “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday October 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday October 23 at 3 p.m.


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The production opens the company’s 2011-12 season, which also includes “The Nutcracker,” “Peter and the Wolf” and “Swan Lake.” All productions are held at the Hylton center and accom­panied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

The ballet is an interpretation of the classic short story by Wash­ington Irving, in which Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones battle for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, and an encounter with the mys­terious Headless Horseman one autumn evening tips the scales in one suitor’s favor.

via Ballet company kicks off its season with classic ‘Sleepy Hollow’ tale | InsideNova.

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Alexander Grant, Dancer With Royal Ballet, Dies at 86 – NYTimes.com

Alexander Grant of the Royal Ballet, who is famous for many influential roles, died on September 30 at the age of 86.


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Alexander Grant, whose portrayal of childlike suitors, muddled husbands, English eccentrics, pirate chiefs and Shakespearean rustics made him one of British ballet’s most beloved stars, died on Friday in London. He was 86.

His death was confirmed by Jean-Pierre Gasquet, his longtime companion. Mr. Grant had been ill for eight months after a hip operation left him hospitalized with infections and pneumonia.

via Alexander Grant, Dancer With Royal Ballet, Dies at 86 – NYTimes.com.

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Cleopatra is queen of ballet

Artistic director David Nixon OBE and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg worked together to come up with “Cleopatra,” a production that explores the life of one of the most powerful women in the world during her time. The captivating story debuted at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 27th September to 1st October.

 

Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra – billed the must-see ballet of 2011 – is back on tour following a critically acclaimed debut in spring this year.

The remarkable story of one of the world’s best-known icons will be visiting the Theatre Royal Nottingham from 27th September to 1st October.

This new production is choreographed by artistic director David Nixon OBE to a score composed by celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, best known across the world for Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Cleopatra explores the life of arguably the most powerful woman in the world in her time, and her passionate love affairs with Marc Antony and Julius Caesar.

via Cleopatra is queen of ballet – News – Retford Trader Guardian.

Went to see @northernballet Cleopatra in Notts tonight and it was, how can I say,I am speechless: Best ballet since R&J at the ROH 2 yrs ago
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Paul McCartney’s ballet get unfavorable reviews from critics

Paul McCartney of the world-famous Beatles band created a 50-minute long ballet called “Ocean’s Kingdom.” Unfortunately, during the performance, the audience was there to see McCartney rather than the ballet. The ballet debut received unfavorable reviews from the media.

 

(Reuters) – Paul McCartney’s ballet debut writing an orchestral score and tale of love about an ocean dwelling princess received poor, early reviews on Friday that called his music agreeable but the story and staging bland.

via Paul McCartney’s ballet stumbles with critics | Reuters.

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Hallberg Talks About Joining The Bolshoi Ballet : NPR

David Hallberg, a South Dakota native and one of the most talented male dancers in the world, is the first foreign dancer to become a “premier” dancer with the famed Bolshoi Ballet. He will, however, remain as a principal dancer with the New York-based American Ballet Theater.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet is making history. For the first time, a foreigner – an American, no less – will join the Bolshoi as a principal dancer. He is 29-year-old David Hallberg, who’s currently with American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Hallberg has wowed critics and audiences with his strength, precision, elegance and nobility on the stage. Now, he’s taking his talents to Moscow. He told me that when he got the offer, he was stunned.

via Hallberg Talks About Joining The Bolshoi Ballet : NPR.

 

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National Ballet of Canada celebrates 60th anniversary with a tour stop in Vancouver

The National Ballet of Canada will perform The Man in Black by James Kudelka, The second detail and Emergence by choreographer Crystal Pite at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24 at 8 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary and new season the National Ballet of Canada is taking its show on the road and for the first time in four years it will be here in Vancouver.

The Toronto-based company is set to take over the Queen Elizabeth Stage for three performances. Each show consists of four distinct pieces, three of which are making their Vancouver debut.

via National Ballet of Canada celebrates 60th anniversary with a tour stop in Vancouver.

 

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Russian Ballet in Abu Dhabi

The Diaghilev festival and Ballet Russes will be performing for the first time in the UAE at the Emirates Palace Auditorium on 22 September, 2011. Russian Ballet stars will present two masterpieces of the legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s repertoire – Chopiniana by Frederic Chopin and Polovets Dances by Alexander Borodin.

 


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Following its huge success worldwide the Diaghilev Festival is set for an exhilarating performance in Abu Dhabi. The ballet troupe has performed at the Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in London at the London Coliseum, as well as in all of the major cities in Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine, and now they are set to perform at the Emirates Palace Auditorium on 22 September, 2011.

via Russian Ballet in Abu Dhabi – Features – Ahlan! Live.

 

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Top American dancers unite for a ballet triumph in New Orleans | NOLA.com

Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick combined top dancers from Miami, Atlanta and New York into one company with shows in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

 

Saturday’s concert, which closed the Fall series for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre, underscored the ambitions of the husband-and-wife creative team who founded the ad hoc troupe in 2003. Hardwick and Schramel could have pleased ballet fanatics simply by staging a series of pas de deux. Instead they presented George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” (with spectacular live accompaniment from pianist Jesse Reeks), and balanced that effervescent celebration of Gershwin’s music, with a reprise of Schramel’s “Patriotism,” a dark-hued narrative piece about honor and ritual suicide.

via Top American dancers unite for a ballet triumph in New Orleans | NOLA.com.

 

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