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February 2, 2013 | By Susan Josephs
John Neumeier doesn't know "who started the rumor" that all children should avoid seeing his ballet "The Little Mermaid. " But he suspects that the culprits might be big fans of the exuberant 1989 animated Disney film that made the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale synonymous with spunky, red-haired Ariel and the crab Sebastian singing "Under the Sea. " "My ballet doesn't have the sweet aftertaste of the Disney film, and there are moments of...
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February 9, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
In the contemporary ballet “Liliom” -- based on a 1909 play of the same name, which Rodgers & Hammerstein turned into the musical “Carousel” -- Hamburg Ballett choreographer-director John Neumeier sends the audience home with a surprising hopefulness surrounding the iconic, central couple. The German company gave “Liliom” its American debut this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The carnival barker Liliom bestows his final kiss on the innocent Julie, and this confirmation of shared love had particular power and promise Friday night.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
Hamburg Ballet's visionary artistic director, John Neumeier, is the rare dance-maker who also dreams up his own magnificent lighting, set and costume designs, which accounts for the scenic sumptuousness of his two-act ballet “The Little Mermaid,” performed this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In this instance, alas, “Little Mermaid's” visual complexity was not enough to overcome the ballet's multitude passages of unison, danced monotony. For though Neumeier quite cleverly marshaled artistic traditions from around the world for this 2007, two-act retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's indelible fable, the choreography's pallid neo-classicism and illustrative mimicry undermined his larger ambitions.
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February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
In the contemporary ballet “Liliom” -- based on a 1909 play of the same name, which Rodgers & Hammerstein turned into the musical “Carousel” -- Hamburg Ballett choreographer-director John Neumeier sends the audience home with a surprising hopefulness surrounding the iconic, central couple. The German company gave “Liliom” its American debut this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The carnival barker Liliom bestows his final kiss on the innocent Julie, and this confirmation of shared love had particular power and promise Friday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
"Nutcracker" season is upon us again: At least seven productions are scheduled in Orange County alone, beginning with the San Francisco Ballet production that opens Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. So another opportunity presents itself to appreciate the wondrous score Tchaikovsky composed, astonishingly, at a time when, in his words, "a consuming depression constantly gnaws at my heart, and I have not for a long time felt as unhappy as now."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2007 | David Ng, Special to The Times
During a recent rehearsal, choreographer John Neumeier was whispering last-minute changes to his assistants. "This part should be snappier," he said, demonstrating the tempo with his hand. Leaning over to a sound engineer, he murmured, "A little earlier on that cue." A press aide approached with a question, but Neumeier instantly dismissed him with a wave of the hand. The rebuffed aide walked briskly away. Interrupting Neumeier at work is a definite no-no.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. He presents his child, whom he has never seen, a star stolen from heaven. You might expect the title character to break into "Soliloquy" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel. " But this is not musical theater. It's a ballet, where the movement alone speaks and sings. Starting Feb. 7, for four performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Hamburg Ballett is presenting John Neumeier's "Liliom," a ballet in seven scenes and a prologue.
NEWS
January 5, 1989
William Como, 63, longtime editor of Dance Magazine, the influential journal of the ballet world. Through the magazine, Como championed new dance companies and regional companies, such as Ballet West and the San Francisco, Boston and Tulsa, Okla., ballet companies, and was an advocate for the critical acceptance of the Stuttgart Ballet in West Germany, the Danish Royal Ballet and Maurice Bejart's companies in France, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2002 | Lewis Segal
On Tuesday, 52-year-old expatriate American choreographer William Forsythe receives the $50,000 Wexner Prize at Ohio State University in Columbus. Awarded annually for the past nine years to a major contemporary artist, the prize honors Forsythe at exactly the moment he has resigned as artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet in search of what he calls "a more independent organizational path."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
Hamburg Ballet's visionary artistic director, John Neumeier, is the rare dance-maker who also dreams up his own magnificent lighting, set and costume designs, which accounts for the scenic sumptuousness of his two-act ballet “The Little Mermaid,” performed this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In this instance, alas, “Little Mermaid's” visual complexity was not enough to overcome the ballet's multitude passages of unison, danced monotony. For though Neumeier quite cleverly marshaled artistic traditions from around the world for this 2007, two-act retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's indelible fable, the choreography's pallid neo-classicism and illustrative mimicry undermined his larger ambitions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013 | By Susan Josephs
John Neumeier doesn't know "who started the rumor" that all children should avoid seeing his ballet "The Little Mermaid. " But he suspects that the culprits might be big fans of the exuberant 1989 animated Disney film that made the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale synonymous with spunky, red-haired Ariel and the crab Sebastian singing "Under the Sea. " "My ballet doesn't have the sweet aftertaste of the Disney film, and there are moments of...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2007 | David Ng, Special to The Times
During a recent rehearsal, choreographer John Neumeier was whispering last-minute changes to his assistants. "This part should be snappier," he said, demonstrating the tempo with his hand. Leaning over to a sound engineer, he murmured, "A little earlier on that cue." A press aide approached with a question, but Neumeier instantly dismissed him with a wave of the hand. The rebuffed aide walked briskly away. Interrupting Neumeier at work is a definite no-no.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
"Nutcracker" season is upon us again: At least seven productions are scheduled in Orange County alone, beginning with the San Francisco Ballet production that opens Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. So another opportunity presents itself to appreciate the wondrous score Tchaikovsky composed, astonishingly, at a time when, in his words, "a consuming depression constantly gnaws at my heart, and I have not for a long time felt as unhappy as now."
TRAVEL
March 20, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
The 200th birthday of Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Princess and the Pea" and dozens more beloved fairy tales, is being celebrated around the world this year with hundreds of events, exhibits and tours. As many as 40,000 people are expected to attend the opening gala April 2 in a Copenhagen stadium.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2004 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
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.
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