March 5, 1988 |
American Ballet Theatre and "Raymonda" seem to have a long-term, if somewhat on-again-off-again, relationship. But Martine van Hamel remains a constant--rightly. She was gratifyingly visible for the latest incarnation of the excerpted Petipa-Glazunov staple, first danced in Costa Mesa in December and presented Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium.
June 24, 2006 |
Never let it be said that the ballet world doesn't know how to give a proper send-off -- especially when it's for someone as beloved as Julio Bocca, retiring from American Ballet Theatre after 20 years. The dashing Argentine was given a hero's farewell on Thursday after his final performance, as Des Grieux in "Manon," alongside his longtime partner, Alessandra Ferri.
June 29, 2008 |
"There IS a kind of element of the hunt," says Nancy Ellison about stalking the elusive moves of a certain exotic species -- ballet dancers -- with her camera. The veteran dance photographer strives to capture in still images what Somerset Maugham described as "the fugitive beauty of a dancer's gesture," a quote Ellison includes in her new book, "In Classic Style: The Splendor of American Ballet Theatre" (Rizzoli).
November 21, 1986
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for the three principal roles (Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and Drosselmeyer) in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of "The Nutcracker." The ballet is scheduled for two Southern California engagements this year: an eight-performance run (Dec. 9-14) at the new Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa and a 16-performance run (Dec. 16-28) at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Casting for Orange County: Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
March 1, 1988 |
--Natan Sharansky, who has long battled on behalf of Soviet Jews, will learn about a different kind of fighting now that he has been drafted into the Israeli military. Sharansky reported to a military base near Tel Aviv for three weeks of training, said Yuri Stern, a spokesman for the Soviet Jewry Information Center, a lobbying group. Sharansky, 40, will join Israel's civil defense, rather than the regular army, because of his age and poor health, Stern said.
February 17, 1989 |
American Ballet Theatre has announced that Altynai Assylmuratova and Konstantin Zaklinsky, principal dancers of the Kirov Ballet, will appear with the company during its spring season at the Shrine Auditorium. The Shrine programs also feature the local premiere of new works by Twyla Tharp, "The Bum's Rush," "Quartet" and "Everlast." The schedule: March 7, 8 p.m.: "La Bayadere" (Petipa/Minkus)--Cynthia Harvey, Andris Liepa. "Prodigal Son" (Balanchine/Prokofiev) Cynthia Gregory, Danilo Radojevic.
March 20, 1990 |
Injury sustained by another dancer brought the eloquent Alessandra Ferri unexpectedly into the roster of cast changes in one of two final American Ballet Theatre programs Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Replacing the originally announced Cynthia Harvey, Ferri on Sunday evening repeated her incandescent performance of Nikiya in "La Bayadere" (Kingdom of the Shades) of the previous afternoon. This time, her Solor was the Argentine firebrand Julio Bocca.
February 16, 1990
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for its March 6-18 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The schedule: --March 6, 8 p.m.: --Ashton's "Birthday Offering": Company. --Clark Tippet's "Some Assembly Required": Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner. --Tudor's "Jardin aux Lilas": Leslie Browne, Susan Jaffe, Ricardo Bustamante, Michael Owen. --Tharp's "Push Comes to Shove": Danilo Radojevic, Jaffe, McKerrow, Deirdre Carberry, Bustamante. --March 7, 8 p.m.
March 4, 1988 |
Watching Leslie Browne evolve from the wide-eyed simp of "The Turning Point" to a dancer of distinction has been one of the happy surprises of American dance in the '80s. As the protegee of the late Nora Kaye, Browne developed an affinity for the ballets of Antony Tudor in the American Ballet Theatre repertory.