I just realized I haven't posted in a week. Oops. Lots of things to talk about.
The Guardian recently posted an article about David Kinsella's new ballet film, A Beautiful Tragedy. Frankly, I agree with the author on most of the issues discussed in it. I went to see the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre a few months ago, and none of them looked emaciated like you would have to be if following this "height in centimeters minus 127 equals 'perfect' weight in kilograms" thing. Now, I do understand that a company that mainly tours the USA (under another company's name...) is not a great example of Russian ballet at its best.
I think Capezio has come out with a new tap shoe in the 360 family. I saw an ad for it in the new Dance Magazine somewhere. But, it's not even mentioned on the Capezio website. I think it was a M or maybe an L, making it the M-360 or L-360, but still, I can't find any other information about this shoe. Anyone heard about these?
SYTYCD4 is two weeks from yesterday. And so is the first night of the Spring To Dance festival. : ( The latest Dance St. Louis email newsletter features the 6 companies actually from Missouri that will perform at Spring To Dance.
From the Dance St. Louis website:
MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) , a St. Louis company, will present Fast Brass at SPRING TO DANCE. The piece is set to Fanfare Ciocarlia and is choreographed by Janice Garrett – an internationally active choreographer and dance educator who directs her own San Francisco company.
The George Balanchine Trust’s Serenade will be performed by the St. Louis Ballet . Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, the work is a milestone in the history of dance. As the first original ballet Balanchine created in America, it originated as a lesson in stage technique performed by 28 dancers in blue costumes set before a blue background.
Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal will perform Jennifer Medina’s Courtesan, a solo, for SPRING TO DANCE. A Senior Lecturer in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, she performed for 20 years with such companies as American Ballet Theater, the National Ballet, Dancers, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Ms. O’Neal danced in the film Turning Point, performed as Kristine in A Chorus Line, toured with Dancers to Italy’s Spoleto Festival and danced in a live telecast of Live from Lincoln Center featuring ABT’s Swan Lake.
Two classic pieces, The Dying Swan and Dark Elegies, will be presented by the Kansas City Ballet at SPRING TO DANCE. The Dying Swan, choreographed by Michel Fokine to the music of Camille Saint-Saens, was first performed by Anna Pavlova in 1905. The solo is considered to be one of the most famous in the world of dance. It will be performed by St. Louis native Kimberly Cowen. Cowen and Paris Wilcox will dance the pas de deux from Dark Elegies, created in 1937 by Antony Tudor to Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. The ballet depicts the grief of village peasants at the loss of their children. Dark Elegies will be performed in tribute to Tudor’s centennial year.
Missouri Contemporary Ballet continues its tradition of adding a twist to ballet by performing Unbreakable Code at SPRING TO DANCE. The contemporary ballet en pointe is set to the powerful music of the rock band Tool, rearranged by the Tool Tribute String Quartet. The piece, inspired by the drive of the music, is choreographed by Karen Mareck Grundy to show the athleticism and strength of the dancers while complementing their beauty and grace.
The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company , a modern dance repertory company from Kansas City, brings Ritual to SPRING TO DANCE. The work, with choreography by Amber Perkins, is a dramatic and breathtaking physical duet set to the poignant music of Arvo Pärt. Ritual showcases the technical brilliance of the dancers in a primal mating ritual between a man and a woman that promises to leave the audience spellbound.
Also, Movmnt Magazine is reporting that Lacey Schwimmer and dancewear line Sugar and Bruno are teaming up for the Lacey-Mae line of tube socks...