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Mar 312011
 

Last week the world of bal­let took its first del­ic­ate and perfectly-poised steps into the world of 3D cinema. Gis­elle 3D — which was shot almost a year ago at Russia’s Mari­in­sky Theatre in St Peters­burg — received its big screen première in Lon­don and will be shown in selec­ted cinemas around the UK in April. It’s not just bal­let which is seek­ing to entice art­house audi­ences to don 3D glasses. Opera entered the fray earlier this year with 3D cinema screen­ings …con­tinue reading.

Mar 312011
 

London’s Arts Theatre has announced details of its sum­mer pro­gram, which will include the world première of Anton Burg’s Bette & Joan, which will star Greta Scaa­chi and Anita Dob­son in the title roles of Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford, respect­ively — writes Mark Shenton. The play, to be dir­ec­ted by Bill Alex­an­der, begins per­form­ances May 5 for a run through June 25. Based on the real-life legendary feud between the two stars, the play shows them at a low …con­tinue reading.

Mar 312011
 

India could bring in legis­la­tion to jail any­one who insults Mahatma Gandhi while state gov­ern­ments are mov­ing to ban a bio­graphy that review­ers said showed the “Father of the Nation” was bisexual. Gandhi led the cam­paign to end Brit­ish colo­nial rule but law­makers say his repu­ta­tion is being besmirched by a new bio­graphy that sug­gests he had a homo­sexual affair with a Ger­man body­builder. “Mahatma Gandhi is revered by mil­lions, not just in India but across the world. We can’t …con­tinue reading.

Mar 312011
 

The Met­ro­pol­itan Opera is debat­ing whether to pro­ceed with its sched­uled Japan­ese tour in June, an ambi­tious trip that was sev­eral years in the plan­ning and would be the Met’s first to that coun­try since 2006. Peter Gelb, the Met’s gen­eral man­ager, met on Tues­day with union rep­res­ent­at­ives about safety con­cerns and on Wed­nes­day issued a state­ment to the entire com­pany that described the tour as being “in jeop­ardy at this time.” Mr. Gelb said any risk cre­ated by prob­lems at nuc­lear …con­tinue reading.

Mar 312011
 

Last night Daniele Rus­tioni con­duc­ted Aida at Cov­ent Garden. At 28 he is cer­tainly young, but as assist­ant to the house musical dir­ector Ant­o­nio Pap­pano he was an obvi­ous and pleas­ing choise to replace the escap­ing Fabio Luisi. Luisi, who’s eye­ing James Levine’s job at the Met, dashed off to replace him, break­ing his Royal Opera House con­tract in doing so. As The Arts Desk com­men­ted, we may not be see­ing much more of him at the ROH, though of course, if the gamble pays off, …con­tinue reading.