February 15, 1989 |
Jean Cocteau is best known as a film maker and playwright, but he also left his mark in the ballet world by creating scenarios for Diaghilev-era ballets such as Fokine's "Le Dieu Bleu," Massine's "Parade" and Nijinska's "Le Train Bleu." Strangely, the one dance work that is being offered as part of this month's Cocteau Centenary Festival at UC Irvine is Nijinska's "Les Biches," for which Cocteau's contributions are harder to pin down.
December 2, 1987 |
Four Orange County groups have announced holiday productions, including another "Nutcracker" and an old English wassail dinner and concert. The Forum Dance Ensemble will perform "The Nutcracker" ballet Friday through Sunday and Dec. 11-13 at the Forum Theater, 4175 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda. Times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
April 16, 1989 |
The historical Billy the Kid was shot to death more than a century ago, but lives on as a potent American archetype: the outcast turned vengeful sociopath. Even Eugene Loring's once-controversial ballet about Billy is now a 50-year-old classic and, in a time of growing conservatism, paradoxically more popular than ever. Indeed, Southern California dance audiences can see four different interpretations of "Billy the Kid" over the next seven weeks: -- The new Joffrey Ballet production at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
May 26, 1989 |
A 1989-90 Joffrey Ballet season that mixes new productions of early 20th-Century masterworks with ballets commissioned from contemporary choreographers has been announced by company artistic director Gerald Arpino. "It's a great time for the arts because the world is in need of the arts . . . ," Arpino said in a news conference at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday. "It's a world that's in turmoil and it will take a great city like ours to set new ideals, new goals." The highlights: "Les Noces," the 1923 collaboration between choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Natalia Goncharova, will be danced on the same programs with works by Vaslav Nijinsky (Nijinska's brother)
June 2, 1989 |
The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Oakland Ballet each brought authoritative productions of "Billy the Kid" to Southern California in the past six weeks. But all too often, the leading dancer in Eugene Loring's 1938 morality tale seemed miscast: Billy the Hunk, Billy the Prince, Billy the Weird. On Wednesday, the Kid finally arrived: Alexander Kolpin of the Royal Danish Ballet, appearing as a stellar guest in a 50th anniversary staging at Loring's former home base, the Fine Arts Village Theater, UC Irvine.
May 14, 1986 |
Oakland Ballet, nationally known for its vital reconstructions of 20th-Century dance classics, will restage two major works--and introduce choreography by one of the most highly respected dancers from the Bay area--in programs todayand Thursday at UC Irvine. The reconstructions are Kurt Jooss' 1932 anti-war ballet "The Green Table" and modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman's 1936 "Lynchtown." New for local audiences is Betsy Erickson's "At a Time When . . .
April 30, 1990 |
The great secret of the Oakland Ballet's newly reconstructed "Le Train Bleu" is immediacy. The setting by sculptor Henri Laurens may slice an ordinary beach landscape into exotic Cubist planes and angles, but we instantly recognize it and its inhabitants: sleek bathing beauties in designer swimwear (by Coco Chanel, no less) and hot musclemen on the make. If we connect with this long-lost 1924 "operette dansee" through our own direct observation and experience, so do the dancers.
March 3, 1994 |
Tomm Ruud, a San Francisco Ballet principal dancer best known for his role as Drosselmeyer in "The Nutcracker," has died at age 50. Ruud died Monday at his home of AIDS-related illnesses. After 10 years with William Christensen's Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Ruud joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1975. In the 1986-87 season, he was made a principal character dancer. Ruud was born in Pasadena and raised in Afton, Wyo.
February 2, 2006 |
The Chinese government has canceled the release of "Memoirs of a Geisha" -- a decision made amid speculation that officials are worried the sight of Chinese actresses playing Japanese geishas would stir a backlash. The film originally was cleared for distribution on Feb. 9, but the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV reversed itself over the weekend, a U.S. film industry official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release that information.