I have been visiting Italy for the last 25 years and it has been my home for most of that time. For a quarter of a century I have been hearing about a production of the Nutcracker which was very popular during the ‘80s and ‘90s when the company Aterballetto took the ballet on tour. The choreography was by Aterballetto’s then director, Amedeo Amodio, and the striking designs by … [Read more...] about Amodio and Luzzati’s worthy Nutcracker on tour in Italy
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There is a rare opportunity to see Amedeo Amodio and Emanuele Luzzati's glorious Nutcracker which has been dusted down and is ready to conqueror Italian ballet-goers once again. The famous production is from 1989, when Elisabetta Terabust and Vladimir Derevianko created the roles of Clara and Prince. At the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan on 2 and 3 December, New York … [Read more...] about Nutcracker in Milan – Bouder and Macario open tomorrow night
New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder, Joaquin De Luz, Amar Ramasar and Andrew Veyette are joined by company dancers Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon, Spartak Hoxha, Alexa Maxwell and Indiana Woodward for a Gala performance in Rome. On 8 March in the Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome’s modern arts complex, the Auditorium Parco della Musica, these dancers will show off … [Read more...] about New York Stars Ballet Gala in Rome, 8 March
The title may make serious fans of ballet balk: Gran Gala Il Cigno Nero - Black Swan Gala. If Daniele Cipriani, the producer, wants to cash in on some of the publicity from the Darren Aronofsky film of the same name, the content of the gala has nothing to do with the superficiality of the film. Although climaxing with the Odile-Siegfried Swan Lake pas de deux, beforehand there … [Read more...] about Black Swan Gala with Bouder, de Luz and Picone, tours Italy
Ivan Nagy, one of the great names in dance during the twentieth century, died yesterday in Budapest; he was 70-years-old. Nagy was born on 28 April 1943 in Hungary. He trained first with his mother going on to perform with the Budapest State Opera Ballet. Frederic Franklin spotted the young man when Nagy won a silver medal at the International Ballet Competition at Varna in … [Read more...] about Dancer Ivan Nagy dies at 70
If an Alexei Ratmansky ballet is something to look forward to; a new Ratmansky ballet is very good news indeed. Rather like a film with Meryl Streep, Ratmansky's presence is something of a guarantee - maybe it won't be the best ballet ever created, but it's never going to be a bummer. In a couple of weeks time at Teatro della Scala, there will be a Ratmansky triple bill: … [Read more...] about Alexei Ratmansky’s Opera at La Scala
There are comebacks and comebacks: the rather sad, end-of-the-pier affair, because money's run out and there's alimony to pay; the small cameo 'because I miss the applause'; and Alessandra Ferri. Ferri's various comeback projects are classy with a piece being created for her by Martha Clarke based on Colette's novel Cherì with ABT's Herman Cornejo, a new ballet about … [Read more...] about Alessandra Ferri’s classy comeback
New York City Ballet is releasing a series of behind-the-scenes videos. Here the company's Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins, talks proudly of his dancers and all the collaborators who make a performance happen, with backstage glimpses filmed by Nick Bentgen. We are the largest ballet company in America; we dance more performances in the course of a year than any other … [Read more...] about Peter Martins on the New York City Ballet: it’s what you can wish for, only we have it!
In 1966 Balanchine muse Tanaquil Le Clercq published a cookery book called, simply, the Ballet Cook Book. The recipes were contributed by important figures from the ballet world: Frederick Ashton, Suzanne Farrell, Jerome Robbins and the master himself, George Balanchine. Over at Bodies Never Lie they thought it would be fun to recreate some of these dishes, and now on their … [Read more...] about Bodies Never Lie has been cooking up a storm… again.
Bodies Never Lie, "A blog about dance in New York", has started an intriguing new series of posts, kicking off with Eating George Balanchine: The First Installment of the Ballet Cookbook Dinner Series. Here is how blogger Ryan Wenzel introduces his superb idea: As both a balletomane and a bibliophile, I had little choice but to purchase The Ballet Cook Book, by former … [Read more...] about Bodies Never Lie introduces the Ballet Cookbook Dinner Series, starting with Mr B.