Aug 212014

Edward Watson and Ivan Putrov in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

In 2012, Ivan Putrov had the con­ceit to pro­duce an all-male gala where Don Q vari­ations were ban­ished, Le Cor­saire’s jetés out­lawed, and Albrecht’s entre­chats six for­bid­den on pain of death. It short, he wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent in form­ing Men in Motion: a cel­eb­ra­tion of male dan­cing from Nij­in­sky to now.

Putrov assembled an impress­ive group of dan­cers at the La Versili­ana Fest­ival on the Tuscan coast. He brought some of the same pro­gramme and com­pany from this year’s per­form­ances at the Lon­don Coli­seum, though it was presen­ted in very dif­fer­ent sur­round­ings: an open-air stage, set between the trees, in a gen­teel park in the grounds of a villa by the Medi­ter­ranean Sea. He also proved his abil­ity for form­ing col­lab­or­a­tions, and giv­ing dan­cers and cho­reo­graph­ers alike new oppor­tun­it­ies. …con­tinue reading.

Aug 202014

Carla Fracci and Toni Candeloro in ArtemisiaOn 20 August last year Carla Fracci was cel­eb­rat­ing her birth­day frol­ick­ing in the Medi­ter­ranean Sea with her two grandchildren.

This year, her 78th birth­day, she’ll be open­ing in a new bal­let in the open air — fin­gers crossed with this year’s Italian sum­mer — in Oria, a hill town with a pop­u­la­tion of 15,000 in the Apulia region, in the middle of Italy’s heel.

The work com­mem­or­ates the 50th birth­day of her co-star, Toni Can­de­loro, who is from the town. …con­tinue reading.

Aug 192014

David Hallberg at La Scala

Amer­ican Bal­let Theatre and Bolshoi Bal­let prin­cipal David Hall­berg will take short break from per­form­ing to allow his left ankle to recover fully after surgery.

Hall­berg will be under­go­ing neces­sary sur­gery fol­low­ing his recent sum­mer engage­ments with Amer­ican Bal­let Theatre and the Bolshoi Bal­let at Lin­coln Cen­ter, He has been advised by his doc­tors to have ankle sur­gery in order to con­tinue dan­cing at his full capa­cit­ies, and he will stay in New York City dur­ing the post oper­a­tion period.

It is with great regret that I have to step off the stage for this period of recov­ery, but as an artist that relies on his body as his instru­ment, my main pri­or­ity is to dance in full health and take the time needed to per­form at that level again,

…con­tinue reading.

Aug 192014

Director Damiano Michieletto behind the scenes of La Cenerentola © Luigi Caputo

On 21 August, Italian dir­ector Dami­ano Michieletto will become the first Italian to stage operas on three con­sec­ut­ive years at the Salzburg Festival.

After the suc­cess of his La Cener­entola at the Whit­sun Fest­ival on 5 June this year, the pro­duc­tion returns with Cecilia Bar­toli in the title role for the sum­mer fest­ival. Michieletto pre­vi­ously dir­ec­ted La bohème in 2012 and Fal­staff in 2013.

I wanted a take on the Cinder­ella story that was simple and well-defined, but at the same time to give it a touch of a con­tem­por­ary fairy tale,

…con­tinue reading.

Aug 152014

La Bayadère - Sodre 2012

Julio Bocca has been at the helm of the Uruguay’s Bal­let Nacional for almost four years. The com­pany — offi­cially known as the Bal­let Nacional SODRE (BNS), as it comes under the umbrella organ­isa­tion of Uruguay’s national broad­caster, SODRE — was formed in 1935, though it has had some hard times through the years. A fire in 1971 des­troyed Montevideo’s Estu­dio Aud­itorio del Sodre, the company’s base, and for almost forty years, until 2009, the theatre was closed. The year after the new theatre was opened — the Aud­itorio Nacional Adela Reta — Bocca met with Uruguay’s Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion and Culture:

I talked about the pos­sib­il­ity of becom­ing the company’s dir­ector, and I laid out my require­ments for rebuild­ing the com­pany. The Min­is­ter called Uruguay’s Pres­id­ent, José Mujica, and two days later we met, and he offered me the pos­i­tion of Artistic Dir­ector. I’ve been liv­ing here for the last two years.

…con­tinue reading.