January 15, 2001
Auditions will be held Sunday for Los Angeles-area youths interested in attending a five-week summer course at New York's School of American Ballet. Applicants must be intermediate or advanced dance students. The auditions will be held at the Westside School of Ballet, 1711 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Audition times are 1 to 2:30 p.m. for children 12 and 13 (all applicants must be 12 by July 1), 2:30 to 4 p.m. for those 14 and 15 and 4 to 5 p.m. for those 16 through 18.
July 5, 2012 |
Nestled away in Western Massachusetts' bucolic Berkshire Mountains sits Jacob's Pillow, founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn and now home to the U.S.'s premiere dance festival and teaching center. The Pillow's unique history and striking performance credentials receive a warmly reverent close-up in Ron Honsa's documentary "Never Stand Still. " A virtual Who's Who of modern and classical dance masters have taught, choreographed or performed at the Pillow, known the world over for its annual summer celebration of the art form.
January 2, 1995 |
"Children had never entered my mind, and it was no secret that Balanchine thought ballerinas shouldn't have them." -- Suzanne Farrell, "Holding On to the Air" * Her thick black hair twists off her forehead into a ballerina bun, every strand in place. Her feet are bare, the ropy veins betraying their strength. Instead of a leotard, she wears a demure black bathing suit, faded by chlorine.
April 16, 2001 |
As a former member of the New York City Ballet during George Balanchine's tenure, I feel compelled to respond to Lewis Segal's April 1 article, "The Shape of Things to Come," calling for ballet dancers to gain weight and stop being victims of the slim, linear image that surfaced in late 20th century dance.
January 3, 1990 |
At once a birthday party, an awards ceremony, a variety show and a cavalcade of network TV stars (each with a new platitude to deliver), the PBS "Music Center 25th Anniversary" extravaganza--tonight at 9 on Channels 28, 15 and 24--is arguably a Zubin Mehta special. In this edited, 90-minute version of a Sept. 24 stage event, Mehta is back conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion--a situation that Bob Hope makes a special point of endorsing.
August 10, 1989 |
In a surprise move, the Kirov Ballet has added Balanchine's "Theme and Variations" to one of its three mixed-repertory programs during the company's nine-day engagement beginning Aug. 18 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. "Theme and Variations" will be danced Aug. 25, replacing the originally announced "Paquita" grand pas de deux, the company announced Wednesday.
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.
January 16, 1987 |
On TV, Jerome Robbins' 1985 one-act ballet "In Memory of . . . " remains as frustrating an experience as it is in the theater--memorable for its brilliant central pas de deux, uninventive and fatuous elsewhere. In the "Dance in America" production tonight on PBS (8 p.m. on Channel 24; 9 p.m. on Channels 28 and 15; Saturday at 8 p.m. on Channel 50), the larger-scale outer sections of the ballet again look arbitrarily imposed on Alban Berg's feverish Violin Concerto.