April 5, 2004 |
Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet," which American Ballet Theatre is dancing here during the New York company's run through Sunday, turns 40 next year. Its longevity and long roster of stars in the title roles --beginning with, but not limited to, Rudolf Nureyev and Margo Fonteyn -- suggest it's a classic. But as seen Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, it's a classic teetering on the brink of becoming a museum piece.
May 19, 2003 |
By linking the turbulent life of Tchaikovsky to central actions and images in the composer's theater works, Russian choreographer Boris Eifman created a stream-of-consciousness narrative of great richness and daring. At the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Saturday, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death" showcased the Eifman Ballet of St.
August 28, 1989 |
The Saturday Kirov program in Segerstrom Hall seemed like old times: the same mix of "Chopiniana," "Paquita" and contemporary miniatures that the company offered on the final night of its 1986 engagement in Shrine Auditorium. "Paquita" remains one of the glories in the Kirov repertory: a suite drawn from a 19th-Century Petipa classic that tests, molds and displays the dancers technically but also allows each soloist to make a personal statement.
December 18, 2005 |
DANCE in Southern California had its share of milestones in 2005. Three contenders announced their intention to create world-class ballet companies in the Southland -- none more promising than Ethan Stiefel, the new artistic director of Ballet Pacifica. The Dance at the Music Center series presented its first dauntingly expensive, top-of-the-line international ensemble: Russia's superb Kirov Ballet. And two television networks discovered how dance could serve the needs of reality TV through L.A.
January 2, 2003 |
Savion Glover. (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Jan. 29-Feb. 9). Lots of things have changed since 1996, but Savion Glover is still the great, unchallenged tap virtuoso of our time, and his Tony Award-winning "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" is still the great, unchallenged tap musical about African American solidarity. So what hotter ticket could there be than seeing Glover return to his show and perform it for the first time on any local stage?
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June 27, 2000 |
The first West Coast appearance of Italy's La Scala Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet's Southern California premiere of Rudolf Nureyev's last work as a choreographer will highlight the 2001 International Classic Dance season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Also in the offing are the first OCPAC performances by the Eifman Ballet of St.
November 17, 2007 |
The floor is the star of the hourlong dance drama "Ravish" at the New LATC through Sunday. Sometimes it's outlined in intense golden light, but it's just as likely to turn into a giant dining room table or sketch-pad or bed, thanks to Barnaby Levy's video projections. At one point, it even becomes a phantom ballroom with ghostly dancers whirling across it.
July 1, 2003 |
To honor the centennial of George Balanchine's birth, New York City Ballet -- the company he founded and whose artistic profile he shaped -- has planned a celebration focusing on the influences that shaped the master choreographer's creative profile as well as the visionary scope of his extensive repertory.
May 29, 2005 |
When the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, its six-performance run will be the first of two Southern California engagements within a month for the Russian company: On June 23, it will give the first of four performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. Now 28 years old, the Eifman troupe started out as the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater, and its rise to international prominence coincided with a convulsive era in its homeland.
September 22, 2005 |
WHO'D have guessed that the most important ballet stage in Southern California would become a platform for chronicling the reforms in Communist censorship policies? Just six weeks ago, the Orange County Performing Arts Center presented the Bolshoi Ballet in a newly choreographed version of "The Bright Stream," a ballet originally banned in Russia partly because it dared take lightly some of the imperatives of socialist realism.