December 12, 1989 |
The Australian Ballet will appear at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Aug. 7 through 12, according to an advertisement in the latest edition of the widely used Stern's Performing Arts Directory. It would be the only appearance on the West Coast by the Melbourne-based company next year. However, Center officials would not confirm the booking, saying only that negotiations with the company are under way.
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March 4, 2003 |
John Lanchbery, who helped upgrade music for ballet in a 55-year career of conducting, arranging and re-composing scores for many of the world's great companies, has died. He was 79. An artist who believed in attending rehearsals to learn how individual dancers think and what they need from their accompaniment, Lanchbery died of cancer Wednesday in a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, his home city.
May 27, 1990 |
The summer begins with a must-hear survey of recent American music at the Ojai Festival. Following that, though, major companies from Japan, Australia and the Soviet Union stake strong claims to our attention, amid the usual symphonic parade at the Hollywood Bowl and two festival gatherings of Southern California dancers. The ear-stretching Americana agenda at Ojai comes courtesy of Stephen Mosko, this year's music director.
August 9, 1990 |
At the Barre About 100 local balletomanes and arts donors hobnobbed with members of the Australian Ballet on Tuesday after the company's opening-night show at the Performing Arts Center. The cast-and-patron event, in Birraporetti's restaurant in South Coast Plaza, was livelier than most--especially when a deejay got to work at 12:30 a.m. and the loose and limber corps scooted from their booths for an hour of unchoreographed dance fever.
January 12, 1990 |
Australian Ballet artistic director Maina Gielgud has outlined current repertory plans for the company's Aug. 7 through 12 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, part of its first tour of the United States in 14 years. Gielgud's 1986 staging of "Giselle" will share one program with Serge Lifar's "Suite en blanc" (music by Lalo), a virtuoso display piece choreographed in 1943 for the Paris Opera Ballet.
August 9, 1990 |
There's a passage early in the second act of the Australian Ballet "Giselle" where Ulrike Lytton's icy force as Myrta and John Lanchbery's swift, urgent conducting momentarily propel the company beyond glazed rectitude into something like glory. Here, in the allegro ensemble preceding Giselle's entrance from the grave, we watch the full potential of 19 women and the full power of "Giselle" as Romantic dance-drama mutually realized.