Monday, June 18, 2007

We're in a New State

Valery Lantratov's Latest News

Only 12 more days until Valery Lantratov arrives in the U.S. and we're hard at work on finalizing his summer schedule. We had planned to post all the dates here, but you can always view Valery's entire schedule on our Myspace calendar. That will give you the most up to date information.

We have a few new classes to announce. We'll be traveling to Wisconsin for the first time with this project. We'll be at the Toe to Toe Dance Studio in Elkhorn at 10AM on Monday, July 9. Elkhorn, I read, was recently ranked #14 of the "100 Best Small Towns in America" based on surveyed communities' quality of life. So we're looking forward to it.

We're also now confirmed for two classes at the Academy of Arts in Spring Arbor, MI from 4-5:30 PM on July 12 and 13. (Valery mentions this studio in part 1 of our podcast)

Ballet in the News

"Splendor and Spectacle: Images of Dance from Court Ballet to Broadway,” a new exhibition at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, illustrates the evolution of ballet from the 18th-century courts of Europe, through the great 19th-century Romantic Ballet, to the arrival of the art form in America in the 1860s. The exhibition, which will be on view from Friday, July 6, 2007 through Tuesday, January 1, 2008, features 65 prints and 33 objets d’art from the private collection of BYU faculty members Madison and Debra Sowell. You can read a review of this exhibition in Art Daily: The First Art Newspaper.

The Associated Press reports that this month, Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, won an award for his 2003 revival of Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Bright Stream," which had closed abruptly in 1935 after a bad review by Josef Stalin. Read an article about the in the Miami Herald.

Quote of the Day

“So vot can happen? He’s a man, she’s a duck!”-an anonymous quote about the ballet Swan Lake, Washington Post, May 15, 1988.