May 4, 1990 |
Before Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost policy thawed Soviet relationswith the West, the idea of Americans and Russians working and dancing together in the world's most beloved ballet would have been a fantasy. The dream came true Thursday as the curtain rose on a stunning and lavish collaborative version of "Swan Lake," staged by the Boston Ballet with help from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet and Leningrad's Kirov Ballet.
July 1, 2006 |
Misa Kuranaga knew that the repertoire -- Black Swan pas de deux and Diana and Acteon -- was her weakness. But the petite, nimble dancer forgot her fears when she took to the stage in Jackson, Miss., on Friday, persuading a panel of international judges to award her gold. Kuranaga was named the women's senior gold medalist for the USA International Ballet Competition, considered one of the most important ballet contests in North America. "The repertoire I brought was not my decision.
September 20, 1985 |
John Hart, 64, a former ballet master and assistant director of England's Royal Ballet, has been chosen as the new artistic director for Utah's Ballet West, the company announced Wednesday. He succeeds Bruce Marks, who left the company in June to be become artistic director of the Boston Ballet. Hart's career began in London in 1938 when he joined Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet) as a principal dancer.
July 17, 1997 |
In a world that is tough, demanding and fiercely competitive, they are among the young elite. Lean and full of life, they come to the big brick building that houses the Boston Ballet with their muscles taut and their dreams fixed firmer still. Athletes and artists in equal measure, the young dancers who fill this prestigious group's corps de ballet are driven, determined and, to a one, immensely talented. But even in such rarefied company, Heidi Guenther stood out.
June 20, 1994 |
It's an international melting pot, that line outside the McDonald's chuck wagon at the Rose Bowl's World Cup food cart. Waiting patiently for their sack of Big Macs were Fernando Bujones and his wife Maria, two ballet instructors who are in Pasadena mixing business with their love of soccer. Bujones, 39, a guest artist with the Boston Ballet and a serious Brazil fan, is attempting to "squeeze in 15 to 20" World Cup matches between tour stops during the next month.
April 14, 1989 |
Dance historian and writer Olga Maynard will be paid tribute through speech and dance at Cypress College on Sunday. The event, sponsored by the Orange County High School of the Arts, will honor Maynard's 32 years in the field, including teaching at UC Irvine for 20 years and writing for Dance Magazine since 1957. (Maynard plans to retire from the UCI dance department on July 1.) Guest speakers will include Willam Christensen, founder and former artistic director of Ballet West in Utah; Gerald Arpino, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet; Bruce Marks, artistic director of the Boston Ballet; Clayton Garrison, founding dean of the UCI School of Fine Arts and currently head of the music theater program, and choreographer Norbert Vesak.
June 8, 2007 |
In a move to increase its range of dance offerings and reach a wider audience, the Orange County Performing Arts Center will present a four-day, $10-a-ticket dance festival bringing 11 companies to the center in October. "We wanted to make sure that there were no economic barriers and encourage the broadest and most diverse audiences possible," OCPAC President Terrence Dwyer said this week.