August 4, 2004
Performances canceled: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company has canceled its West Coast tour, which was to have included Sept. 24-25 performances at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
November 10, 2003 |
In the 20 years since the death of George Balanchine, his unprecedented choreographic legacy has been compromised by inevitable stylistic drift and the contradictory agendas of different artistic directors. For instance, the Kirov Ballet (the company that trained him) tries to dance Balanchine as if he never left Russia, while New York City Ballet (the company he co-founded) currently enforces a hard-driven 21st century efficiency in his works.
September 17, 2000 |
Perhaps the most important dance event of the fall takes place in faraway Noumea, New Caledonia, where some 2,000 delegates from 27 island nations will participate in the Eighth Festival of Pacific Arts, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. Held in a different country every four years, the festival displays and helps preserve some of the rarest and most endangered traditional dances on the planet: rich idioms seldom seen beyond their far-flung points of origin or such visionary showcases as this.
September 14, 2003 |
Right now, the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, is once again arguably the greatest ballet company in the world. Not only have its new leaders developed a roster of brilliant star ballerinas, but they've examined and reinterpreted the company's solid-gold 19th century heritage with unparalleled daring. Thus the return of the full company to Southern California for the first time since 1992 marks a special occasion for local balletomanes.
December 24, 2000 |
Two of the dance world's most beloved flagship franchises came to grief in 2000, each shortly after Southland engagements. In May, the Martha Graham Dance Company and school shut down, citing crippling financial problems, and by the end of summer the Bolshoi Ballet also suffered a major crisis. Returning to Moscow after a sold-out U.S.
November 6, 2003
POP MUSIC A little of this and that Third time's the charm? After a couple of postponements, the 2003 edition of the super-eclectic All Tomorrow's Parties festival is on for this weekend in Long Beach.