Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our First You Tube Creation

I have just uploaded my very first YouTube video. Gosh, I feel like part of the 21st Century.

Double V Promotions and the Russian National Ballet Foundation are thrilled to be able to present this wonderfully produced featurette on the Natalya Sats Theater in Moscow.

Part one of the behind the scenes look at life at the theater includes rehearsals for the brand new Snow Maiden production.

It concludes with the director discussing the process of working with a living composer "who can explain every note."

Pssst... While we have you here, I just wanted to remind you of our lovely ballet themed holiday cards which are available in our Cafe Press gift shop. The link is on the right. ---->

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fresh from Moscow...

A wonderful package arrived today from Moscow full of photographs, video and other information on the new Snow Maiden production created in association with the Russian National Ballet Foundation.

The production features an original score by composer Vladimir Solokov and is choreographed and directed by Ivan Fadeyev chief choreographer of the Novaya Opera Theatre whose works are described as "striking, modern and powerful."

The slideshow you see below features photographs of the rehearsal process.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Snow Maiden

We're pleased to be able to share this poster of the Snow Maiden production created with the assistance of Valery Lantratov's Russian National Ballet Foundation by the Natalya Sats Theater in Moscow. It is making its world premiere on November 30.

There is some information on the production on the theater's web page. Unfortunately, although an English language version of the page exists, it does not appear to have been updated since 2005. So if you want to find information on this show there, you'll need to read Russian. We'll keep you updated as English language information becomes available.

Monday, November 12, 2007

World Premiere of The Snow Maiden

I am pleased to be able to share with you the first information on the Russian National Ballet Foundation’s brand new production of The Snow Maiden.

The production features an original score by composer Vladimir Solokov and is choreographed and directed by Ivan Fadeyev chief choreographer of the Novaya Opera Theatre whose works are described as "striking, modern and powerful."

The Snow Maiden is the story of how the daughter of Spring and Frost longs to have her heart melted by mortal humans. It is a winter tale that is close to the heart of every Russian child. When the days grow darker and the temperatures fall, German children dream of Nutrackers, American children dream of Santa Claus and Russian children dream of the Snow Maiden and Grandfather Frost.

This original adaptation of the timeless classic has been produced in concert with the Natalya Sats Theater and is about to have its world premiere in Moscow. We will have reviews, photos and video clips as soon as they are available.

The U.S. tour next winter, produced by Double V Promotions and coordinated by Valery Lantratov, artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation, will feature stars of the Bolshoi Ballet including Yan Godovsky, (pictured below) winner of the 2006 "Goden Mask" Award, dancing the role of Lel--

*You can see him in action in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the end of this article.

and Rinat Arifulin (pictured below) as Mizgir. [The links on these two artists' names will take you to their biographies on the Bolshoi Ballet's web page. They are in Russian, but the photographs are in English!]

Arifulin has been garnering international praise for his partnering of Anastasia Volochkova. "The virtuoso dancing and excellent partnering of Arifulin was especially impressive," wrote reviewer Graham Watts of their performance at Sadler's Wells.

(You may remember Volochkova as the Bolshoi ballerina who gained international attention when, at 5'7" and 110 pounds, she was fired for being "too heavy to lift" then reinstated by the courts.)

Costumes for the production were designed by Xenia Shimanovskoy, a 25 year veteran of Moscow stages. Shimanovskoy has created costumes for hundreds of productions and has had costume exhibitions in museums in Russia and the United States. American critics praised the work for its "lyrical surrealism."

Friday, November 9, 2007

News from the World of Dance

Igor Moiseyev, a legendary Russian choreographer who fused ballet with folk dance, passed away on November 2 at the age of 101 and was buried Wednesday in Moscow's most celebrated cemetery.

He was born in Kiev on January 21, 1906, and formed the "Moiseyev Ballet" in Moscow at the height of Stalin's purges after several years dancing for the Bolshoi Ballet. His company was the first to tour internationally, even before the Bolshoi Ballet.

You may watch a BBC feature on the great choreographer by clicking on the link.

In his honor we share the following clips:

Also in the news...

With our classical ballet educational tours, we are, of course, committed to helping students become better dancers. But until recently we were not fully aware of the consequences of dancing when don't know what you're doing.

The first hint that something was wrong came in April when a Chicago woman sued her boss's husband for "negligent dancing." She says he dropped her on her head after flipping her into the air at an office party.

Today we read the story of the "dancing dentist" who was sued for dancing while drilling. The dentist was breaking the monotony of another day of work at a community health center in Syracuse by listening to the radio. And when "Car Wash" comes on, let's face it, you have just got to move. There was, unfortunately, the small matter of drilling his patients tooth to consider. Focusing a bit too much on his fancy footwork, the good doctor soon found that the drill bit had snapped off and lodged near the patient's eye, the lawsuit alleges.

The moral is if you're going to dance, be sure you know what you're doing...