11/11/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Balanchine Jewels (the female variations) Emeralds-Rubies-Diamonds Mariinsky Ballet

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Balanchine’s Jewels, the female variations Emeralds (Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande), Rubies (Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929) by Igor Stravinsky)  and Diamonds (Symphony No. 3 in D major (1875) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) performed by the Mariinsky Ballet. Continue reading

11/6/15 O&A NYC Shall We Dance Friday: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort- Rudolf Nureyev or Mikhail Baryshnikov? You decide


Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (1946) choreography by Roland Petit, set to Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582, with a one-act libretto by Jean Cocteau. The story of a young man driven to suicide by his faithless lover. Two of the most memorable interrupters of the male role (both stage and film) have been Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Continue reading

2/27/15 Shall We Dance Friday: Diana Vishneva in Moses Pendleton’s F.L.O.W. I, II and III

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Diana Vishneva is a Russian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov Ballet) and the American Ballet Theatre. Vishneva’s repertoire includes Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Firebird and Giselle. She also performs the works of modern choreographers, especially those of George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Roland Petit and Moses Pendleton. Continue reading