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October 3, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
"Swan Lake," in the hands of the Mariinsky Ballet, is an experience of classicism that few can duplicate 117 years after the ballet's premiere. The St. Petersburg dancers and orchestra returned Tuesday with their three-hour-plus, Petipa-Ivanov classic to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (continuing through Sunday). In rougher quarters, "Swan Lake" dives into war horse territory. To contemporary choreographers, such as Matthew Bourne and Mats Ek, its anachronistic story of love between a prince and an enchanted swan-woman has been fertile and successful ground for outrageous revisionism.
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February 7, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - In October 1939, Winston Churchill tried to fathom this vast and perplexing land. "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," he said. Nearly 75 years later, the attempts to explain Russia visually and musically in Friday's opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium were a stunning if occasionally confusing collage of images created by a wide gamut of human movement and technological wizardry. How, for instance, does one interpret the Russian team's marching in to about 10 minutes of "Not Gonna Get Us" by t.A.T.u, a Russian female duo some think uses its songs and public actions as a way to show support for the LGBT community?
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March 5, 1998 | KRISTIN HOHENADEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Adam Cooper broke his foot and was unable to dance his role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake," it was his brother Simon who stepped into his feathered shorts for three weeks of the hit London run. Until then, most people didn't know that the 26-year-old ex-Royal Ballet star had a brother, let alone one who danced. Simon, 27, took a leave from Rambert Dance Company to tackle the celebrated part, but it was in spite of a lifelong loathing of fraternal comparisons.
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November 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Matthew Bourne was standing in the bedroom of Tchaikovsky's home outside Moscow two years ago when he decided it was finally time to tackle "Sleeping Beauty. " "It had a single bed and a very ordinary wooden table, looking out the window at birch trees," recalls the British choreographer, seated in the plush lobby at City Center in Manhattan, where "Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," had its U.S. premiere last month in advance of its run at the Ahmanson Theatre starting Thursday.
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March 6, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, while two other men confessed to carrying it out, according to a report by Khristina Narizhnaya of The Times' Moscow bureau.
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June 3, 2012
Bolshoi Ballet What: "Swan Lake" Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $34 to $125 Information: (213) 972-0711 or http://www.musiccenter.org/events/dance.html
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December 5, 1988 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
Orange County may not have invented the wheel this weekend, but it came close. It discovered "Swan Lake." The official puff machines have done a lot of gushing about a purported world premiere . To the rest of the universe, it may seem a little late in the century for that. Still, one fact languishes beyond dispute: The Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa did host the first performances of an elaborate, thoughtful, often wonderful, sometimes odd, $1.
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November 12, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
Bolshoi principal dancer Andris Liepa will make his debut appearances with American Ballet Theatre during the company's Nov. 29-Dec. 11 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, company officials announced Wednesday. Liepa will dance Siegfried in the world premiere of ABT artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov's staging of "Swan Lake" at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. ("Swan Lake" will run through Dec. 8.) Liepa also will dance in "Ballet Imperial," at 2 p.
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April 5, 2008
ON Aug. 6, 2006, The Times published an article by its dance critic, Lewis Segal, in which he expressed in no uncertain terms his hatred for classical ballet, beginning his vitriolic diatribe with the statement, "Right now, there's no major ballet event on the Southland horizon, and instead of a disappointment, that's a blessed relief." Well, major ballet arrived on the scene last week at the Music Center with American Ballet Theatre's production of "Swan Lake," and Segal was there on opening night to write a ridiculous and viciously biased review ["Back to Basics, ABT," March 29]
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May 8, 1988 | MARTIN A. DAVID
After 111 years, the ballet "Swan Lake" should be considered "a work-in-progress," according to British dance critic Alastair Macaulay. Macaulay (currently guest critic at the New Yorker) was one of two dozen speakers at "Why a Swan?," a recent weekend symposium on "Swan Lake" that attracted more than 300 dance historians, scholars, writers, critics and fans to San Francisco Ballet's headquarters. The symposium, sponsored by the Archives for the Performing Arts and Dance Critics Assn.
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May 7, 2013
Frederic Franklin Dancer helped popularize modern ballet in U.S. Frederic Franklin, 98, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States, died Saturday at a Manhattan, N.Y., hospital of complications from pneumonia, according to his partner, William Ausman. Franklin last appeared with the American Ballet Theatre at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts three years ago - as a friar in "Romeo and Juliet. " "He was a seminal figure in the ballet world," said the company's artistic director, Kevin McKenzie.
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May 4, 2013 | By Lewis Segal
Of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century. Look at his two-act, biographical "Rodin," which came to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday in the first of four performances, and you find the same in-your-face intensity, the same graphic sensuality, the same appetite for special effects (both in his stagecraft and choreographic technique) and the same sense of pervasive darkness that distinguish the newest blockbuster films (good and bad)
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March 7, 2013 | By David Ng and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when police said it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, and police announced two other men confessed to carrying it out. "I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said to Russia's Channel One. The dancer planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," the police said, according to reports in the Russian media.
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March 6, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, while two other men confessed to carrying it out, according to a report by Khristina Narizhnaya of The Times' Moscow bureau.
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October 3, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
"Swan Lake," in the hands of the Mariinsky Ballet, is an experience of classicism that few can duplicate 117 years after the ballet's premiere. The St. Petersburg dancers and orchestra returned Tuesday with their three-hour-plus, Petipa-Ivanov classic to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (continuing through Sunday). In rougher quarters, "Swan Lake" dives into war horse territory. To contemporary choreographers, such as Matthew Bourne and Mats Ek, its anachronistic story of love between a prince and an enchanted swan-woman has been fertile and successful ground for outrageous revisionism.
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June 9, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Moscow's mighty Bolshoi Ballet, the brash and emotionally outsized one of Russia'stwo historic companies, inspired a déjà vu experience of bittersweet intensity with its return Thursday to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Onstage was Yuri Grigorovich's "Swan Lake," closing out this season's Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series (through Sunday). Grigorovich ruled the Bolshoi as director and chief choreographer for 30 long years, finally stepping down from the top position in 1995.
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June 1, 2012 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Placards for Van Cleef & Arpels decorate the main street of Russia's capital, heralding the Bolshoi Ballet premiere of George Balanchine's "Jewels," with the best seats costing between 7,000 and 8,000 rubles ($233-$266). Expectation runs high. This three-part company showpiece was called the first full-evening abstraction when New York City Ballet introduced it in 1967, and since that time some five dozen ensembles, foreign and domestic, have faced its challenges. Now it's the Bolshoi's turn.
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October 13, 1988
A new production of "Swan Lake" staged by American Ballet Theatre artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov and the West Coast premiere of Martha Clarke's "The Garden of Villandry" will highlight ABT's run Nov. 29 to Dec. 11 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Additionally, among its 16 performances, ABT will be dancing two works by Twyla Tharp for the first time, "In the Upper Room" (music by Philip Glass) and "The Fugue" (danced without music).
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June 7, 2012
STAGE Settle in as the Bolshoi Ballet performs one of classical ballet's most famed works: "Swan Lake. " The production was originally choreographed for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1877. More than a century later the modern version will still take your breath away. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 2 p.m. Sun. $34 to $125. (213) 972-0711; http://www.musiccenter.org .
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June 3, 2012
Bolshoi Ballet What: "Swan Lake" Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $34 to $125 Information: (213) 972-0711 or http://www.musiccenter.org/events/dance.html
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