September 22, 1987 |
Next month, Joffrey Ballet dancer Charlene Gehm will be gliding assertively across the TV screen, her smart black dress and carefully coiffed hair blown by unseen wind machines in a designer perfume commercial. But at tonight's opening of the Joffrey's engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, she will be a shy nymph in knee-length golden braids and sandals who trembles in the presence of a handsome and self-possessed young faun.
April 5, 2009 |
One hundred years ago, on May 19, 1909, Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes debuted in France and redefined dance for the 20th century. Toiling for le tout Paris in front of the hot footlights of the Theatre du Chatelet were ballet superstars Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova -- artists whose names resonate around the world. Among this galaxy of luminaries, however, only one was destined to achieve his fame in Los Angeles, where today he is all but unknown.
February 8, 2004 |
Last summer and fall, local audiences saw four ballets that Vaslav Nijinsky either choreographed or originally danced. But the Ballets Russes legend himself spent just one week in Los Angeles, in December 1916 while on a U.S. tour. Charlie Chaplin saw him perform at least twice at Clune's Auditorium and visited him backstage between acts.
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April 3, 2002
Ivan F. Novikoff, 102, a Russian immigrant ballet master whose students included Robert Joffrey, died March 20 in Seattle of pneumonia. Born in Kazan, Russia, Novikoff studied at the Imperial Ballet School along with Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova. He fled from Russia after the Bolshevik revolution in 1917, taught dance to the children of Russian soldiers in Harbin, China, and emigrated to the United States in 1923.
October 27, 1987 |
"The Red Shoes." Paramount. $19.95. Back to ensnare another generation: the classic 1948 film by directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (with choreography by Robert Helpmann and Leonide Massine) about love, fame, betrayal, madness and death in the ballet world.
May 12, 1987
The Joffrey Ballet will conclude its current nine-city tour Sept. 22-27 with a seven-performance engagement in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Repertory will includes works by nine choreographers, including Vaslav Nijinsky, Leonide Massine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Paul Taylor and Gerald Arpino, the company's associate director. The tour has been underwritten by a $200,000 grant from Philip Morris Companies Inc.
June 7, 2007
The feature documentary "Ballets Russes" brought audiences glimpses of a vanished classical era company (actually two companies) and repertory. And now Media City Ballet's program "The Men of the Ballets Russes" brings to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre major Russes stars as well as film clips of them in their prime.
July 2, 1987
The Joffrey Ballet will open its fall season at the Music Center on Sept. 30, with a program that includes the premiere of a reconstruction of "Le Sacre du Printemps," based on Vaslav Nijinsky's long-lost, controversial 1913 production, with music by Stravinsky. Dance historian Millicent Hodson and art historian Kenneth Archer covered three continents in researching the project, which was supervised by artistic director Robert Joffrey. Costumes and sets are by Nicolas Roerich.
June 4, 1996
Peter F. Ostwald, 68, UC San Francisco psychiatry professor who was an expert on the medical problems of performing artists. A skilled violinist, Ostwald was particularly knowledgeable about musicians and dancers and wrote two well-received biographies, "Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius" about composer Robert Schumann, and "Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap Into Madness" about the ballet dancer.
November 3, 1994
The 10-year-old Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine was founded by Severin Wunderman, creator and board chairman of the Severin Group, which manufactures and distributes Gucci timepieces worldwide. The Belgium-born Wunderman, 55, developed a fascination as a youth with seminal 20th-Century French artist, writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, to whom the museum is dedicated. Wunderman's Laguna Beach home (up for sale) is one of his five residences in the United States, Switzerland and France.