Picture this. Turin. A balmy summer evening. To the left is piazza Castello with its impressive medieval castle. To the right, the Royal Palace, once home to the Kings of Savoy. Between the two, a stage ready to host the Cuban National Ballet. Storm clouds toy around the mountains in the distance, and as the evening opens, with a scene from the second act of Giselle, lightning … [Read more...] about Cuban National Ballet in Turin with refreshing musicality and flair
Paul Seaquist is a ballet impresario, which conjures up an image of a Diaghilev figure with a fur-collared coat and silver-topped cane. However, Seaquist is quite different physically: a recent television interview saw him in jeans and a V-neck T-shirt, and he’s quite a bit thinner, and certainly better looking, than the Russian impresario. His thinking is modern too: I often … [Read more...] about Paul Seaquist, ballet impresario: thinking outside the box
What have Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés got in common? Well yes, they are all ballet dancers. And yes, they have all danced Giselle. But think more deeply... They've all got dark hair? Now you're just being silly. I'll have to tell you. They all have shoes made with solar power! But I expect you'd already guessed that. America's Cardinal Shoe Corp, … [Read more...] about Why are Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Viengsay Valdés wearing green pointe shoes?
A principal dancer with the Cuban National Ballet, Elier Bourzac, is one of five company members who declined to return home with the troupe after its triumphant first appearance in Montreal last month. All five are seeking to stay in Canada in the hope of joining Canadian dance companies. Among their first acts in the week following their decision to stay was an audition … [Read more...] about Elier Bourzac and four other Cuban ballet dancers remain in Canada after tour