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December 25, 1987 | CATHY CURTIS
"I'm very hard on myself. And I can go and smash a door down if (a performance) doesn't go well." American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Johan Renvall laughs nervously. "Not really. But. . . ." Intensive self-criticism seems to be the guiding principal of the slight, boyish Swedish-born dancer, who occasionally interjects brief, hurried asides into a guardedly upbeat conversation.
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March 20, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
When the curtain goes up on the third act of the ballet "La Bayadere," the audience usually gasps at the bronzed idol figure that magically comes to life and bounds across the stage. Reality can be a lot more prosaic, however. Johan Renvall, who joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1978, had to wait seven years before he was promoted from a soloist to a principal dancer. Now, he says he loves the role of the Bronze Idol but, at 31, "the steps are getting harder and harder every year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
When the curtain goes up on the third act of the ballet "La Bayadere," the audience usually gasps at the bronzed idol figure that magically comes to life and bounds across the stage. Reality can be a lot more prosaic, however. Johan Renvall, who joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1978, had to wait seven years before he was promoted from a soloist to a principal dancer. Now, he says he loves the role of the Bronze Idol but, at 31, "the steps are getting harder and harder every year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1987 | CATHY CURTIS
"I'm very hard on myself. And I can go and smash a door down if (a performance) doesn't go well." American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Johan Renvall laughs nervously. "Not really. But. . . ." Intensive self-criticism seems to be the guiding principal of the slight, boyish Swedish-born dancer, who occasionally interjects brief, hurried asides into a guardedly upbeat conversation.
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March 22, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
The American Ballet Theatre season in Shrine Auditorium is now in a familiar phase that balletomanes call "ABT roulette." You put your money down to see a particular cast, the wheel of fortune spins and, when the curtain goes up, the dancers and even the ballet can be quite different from what you gambled on. As always, the odds favor the House--but the audience Wednesday at the final "Coppelia" this season had reason to feel lucky.
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March 14, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Johan Renvall and Danilo Radojevic each danced roles choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov during the American Ballet Theatre mixed bill, Wednesday in Shrine Auditorium. And just as Baryshnikov himself has arguably never made "Le Spectre de la Rose" (created for Nijinsky) completely his own, so Renvall and Radojevic remained in the shadow of their illustrious predecessor.
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February 21, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Mikhail Baryshnikov in Mikhail Fokine's "Les Sylphides," three of American Ballet Theatre's most promising young dancers in Kenneth MacMillan's "Triad": These combinations of dancers and roles have been previously denied local audiences. No longer. Now a 90-minute PBS "Dance in America" telecast includes them--along with the familiar Natalia Makarova staging of dances from Marius Petipa's "Paquita"--on a Ballet Theatre program videotaped at the Metropolitan Opera House June 11.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1985
Principal casting has been announced for American Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker," scheduled at the Shrine Auditorium Dec. 20-31. The opening-night cast includes Leslie Brown (Clara), Kevin McKenzie (the Prince) and Alexander Minz (Drosselmeyer). The same dancers will appear at the Dec. 22 matinee. Remaining assignments are as follows: Cynthia Harvey, Ross Stretton, Michael Owen (Dec. 21 matinee, Dec. 26 evening); Marianna Tcherkassky, Danilo Radojevic, Minz (Dec.
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December 2, 1993
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for its new "Nutcracker," which will receive its world premiere on Friday and run through Dec. 12 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Information: (714) 556-2787. * Dec. 3, 8 p.m.: Yan Chen (Clara); Robert Wallace (Nutcracker Prince); Julie Kent (Sugar Plum Fairy); Robert Hill (Her Cavalier); Victor Barbee (Drosselmeyer). * Dec. 4, 2 p.m.: Ashley Tuttle, Gil Boggs, Christina Fagundes, Jeremy Collins, Guillaume Graffin. * Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1986
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for principal roles in its eight-performance run of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 9-14 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The roles in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet are of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and Drosselmeyer. Dec. 9, 8 p.m.: Alessandra Ferri (Clara), Kevin McKenzie (the Nutcracker Prince), Victor Barbee. (Drosselmeyer). Dec. 10, 8 p.m.: Marianna Tcherkassky, Johan Renvall, Michael Owen. Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Johan Renvall and Danilo Radojevic each danced roles choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov during the American Ballet Theatre mixed bill, Wednesday in Shrine Auditorium. And just as Baryshnikov himself has arguably never made "Le Spectre de la Rose" (created for Nijinsky) completely his own, so Renvall and Radojevic remained in the shadow of their illustrious predecessor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
The American Ballet Theatre season in Shrine Auditorium is now in a familiar phase that balletomanes call "ABT roulette." You put your money down to see a particular cast, the wheel of fortune spins and, when the curtain goes up, the dancers and even the ballet can be quite different from what you gambled on. As always, the odds favor the House--but the audience Wednesday at the final "Coppelia" this season had reason to feel lucky.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Mikhail Baryshnikov in Mikhail Fokine's "Les Sylphides," three of American Ballet Theatre's most promising young dancers in Kenneth MacMillan's "Triad": These combinations of dancers and roles have been previously denied local audiences. No longer. Now a 90-minute PBS "Dance in America" telecast includes them--along with the familiar Natalia Makarova staging of dances from Marius Petipa's "Paquita"--on a Ballet Theatre program videotaped at the Metropolitan Opera House June 11.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1992 | LEWIS SEGAL
Three days after its world premiere at the Wiltern Theatre, John Selya's ballet "Moondance" boasted an unscheduled new lead on Saturday: Selya himself. Dancing on a previously reviewed American Ballet Theatre mixed bill, corps member Selya replaced injured company principal Johan Renvall at both Saturday performances, with company ballet master David Richardson appearing in Selya's previous (non-dancing) role of the Viking.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for its Jan. 19-24 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center: * Jan. 19, 8 p.m.: "Etudes" (Lander/Czerny-Riisager): Christine Dunham, Jeremy Collins, Wes Chapman. "The Other" (De Mille/Schubert): Amanda McKerrow, Victor Barbee, Roger Van Fleteren. "Rite of Spring" (Tetley/Stravinsky): Johan Renvall, Kathleen Moore, Charles Askegard. * Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
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