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ABT is sadly loosing another great star: Irina Dvorovenko. Here is a dancer who is still so artistically superior to most dancers in every category, in her looks, art and intelligence, that it’s a big disappointment to see her pack her bags. The stars we are used to seeing at ABT are shrinking faster than the polar ice caps. Annashevilli, Carreno, Stiefel, Osipova, to name of few recently, and now Dvorovenko. And while some dancers depart in a natural progression, others seem premature. What gives?
But before making her final boisterous curtain calls, Dvorovenko made a lasting impression not soon to be forgotten. Playing Tatiana, the naive and romantic heroine from Pushkin’s famous and beloved narrative poem, we see her express a deep and astonishing range of emotions, progressing from provincial love struck ingenue, to sophisticated and transformed socialite living in St. Petersburg many years later.
Onegin, brooding, cold, and arrogant, must visit the country to inherit the property of a relative who has died. There he encounters the characters pivotal to his future existence. Lensky and Olga, lovers to be married become his friends, as well as Tatiana, a young beautiful, but bookish girl who sees Onegin’s imperial and remote bearing, and is shaken to her heart’s core with love and desire; she struggles as to whether she should reveal her own true feelings. Being smitten, she dreams of him. In a erotic and passionate pas de deux, Onegin’s image appears in her bedroom mirror, then emerges magically in the flesh to dance with her.
Embracing, both Stearns and Dvorovenko create flames in their wild, open and ecstatic dance with Dvorovenko’s longing fluidity, her graceful, exquisite, and effortless nuance. Stearns, rapier slim, and elegant in black, partners her with delicacy and care, and is unwavering in his lift, carries and caresses. Later, as Tatiana slowly awakens to reality, she bravely opens herself to complete her love letter to Onegin.
Gemma Bond and Blaine Hoven were perfect as Lensky and Olga. Both danced with ardour and connection– totally believable characters that were both charming and clean in their movements; deeply in love, full of hope and joyful expectation, depicted in their splendid pas de deux in Act 1.
At Tatiana’s name-day party, the guests dance a Czardas, and waltz in celebration. Olga and Lensky join in. Onegin catches Tatiana alone in the gazebo, and as she quietly awaits his response to her love letter, he archly and coldly detached, hands her back the letter, leaving her stunned, and then casually returns to the party unmoved. There he arrogantly grabs Olga and dances wildly with her. Olga too submits to Onegin’s charm and energy and forgets herself while Lensky watches As his jealousy mounts, Lensky confronts Olga for her behavior, but is rebuffed. Onegin unconcerned, continues to waltz with her deliriously as she submits to his lead. Afterwards, Lensky’s honor wounded, challenges his friend to a duel at sunrise.
With moaning birches stuck onto a gray, forlorn landscape, the duel tragically ensues. Friend against friend, wounded lover defending his own fragile honor and that of his lover; pride, jealousy and spite all mixed in. Onegin senses the futility of such a duel and tries to end it, but Lensky will have nothing of it. In a single shot, Onegin kills Lensky. All collapse in bitterness.
Years later in St Petersburg, Onegin returns a broken man, his whereabouts unknown. He appears at an elegant ball, royal and aristocratic, given by a distant relative, Prince Gremin (Vitali Krauchenka). Onegin dances with many women, all in a psychological, metaphorical dream, and ends at a table alone and disgusted. A woman dressed resplendently in red dances with the Prince. Here, Mr Krauchenka dances a beautiful pas de deux with his new bride, none other that Tatiana, and displays a tenderness and care that is fitting in their exquisite pas de deux; Dvorovenko rare, fine and astonishingly moving; the Tchaikovsky music filling the depth of the moment. When Onegin realizes the woman is Tatiana he understands his mistake from the past, and is compelled to write a love letter to her, and express his true nature. But it is much too late! As she reluctantly meets him alone, and he pleads for her on his knees, she realizes too she still loves him, has never forgotten him, but could never open her heart to him again. In an act of courage and defiance, she takes his letter, rips it to pieces, and hands it back to him.
They say that in Russia there is a statue of Pushkin in every town and city, that he is their most esteemed writer. It is also worth noting that English writer Jane Austen also wrote a book that had similar themes in Pride and Prejudice. That in love, these themes of pride and prejudice, as in aristocratic Onegin and provincial Titania play out constantly in art, literature, opera, drama, and popular culture. Class structure impedes and confuses choices of the heart, and as Pushkin seems to be saying through Tatiana, its not a good idea to block your own true natures. This evening the dancers surely didn’t, and it was a tremendous gift Dvorovenko and company offered on her send off. Those in attendance at the Met knew it was a memorable moment, and responded with repeated curtain calls to a stage filled with cast and fellow dancers, and mountains of flowers, and lastly Dvorovenko’s little girl, dressed in what else, red.
Onegin, American Ballet Theatre
Choreography by John Cranko
Based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Ballet in Three Acts and Six Scenes
Eugene Onegin, Cory Stearns
Lensky, Onegin’s friend, Blaine Hoven
Tatiana, Irina Dvorovenko
Olga, Gemma Bond
Prince Gremin, Vitali Krauchenka
RG Dance Projects is a newish modern dance company with impressive dancers, headed up by choreographer Ruben Graciani, himself a dancer who performed with Mark Morris from 1994 through 1999.
Friday night, Graciani’s group of dancers presented to a sold-out house, three bold dances. The most impressive piece was the final offering of the evening, We Fall Down, We Get Up. Backed by twelve men and twelve women in a vocal chorus, Emily Craver, Jacob Goodhart, Stephen James, Emily Pacilio, and Leslie St. Jour gave an all-out passionate and focused performance of final redemption and salvation.
“This work is an exploration on one’s boundaries; both those we create for ourselves and those we inherit.”
The dance begins with the dancers rolling, tumbling, crawling onto the stage in a simulated desert landscape. The singers are delivering a wall of celestial, religious chanting that underscores sympathy and salvation for the burden of the human condition. All is heavy and weighty for the dancers–they stumble and help each other. A red ribbon is strung across the stage in various ways symbolizing prisons and barriers that confine the dancers. Images of squalor, dust bowl-suffering, depression era poverty in the Deep South is echoed in another country bluesy tune–Everything I Got I Done and Pawned. The dancers get up and fall down, struggle and wilt to the floor– sometimes a bit too long and bit too much. The chorus re-enters with spiritual fervor.
This continues in duets between man and women, man versus man, until in a resolution of wild and harmonious freedom, Indian tabla drumming and sitar strings release the group from their oppression, and ecstatic moments of flying, represented when Emily Pacilio, climbing upon crouched bodies hurtles through the air with confident liberation, is caught, and repeats the move three times; it increasingly becomes a powerful moment of triumph. Ms Pacilio danced with passion and committed energy here, as well as in Swing and Miss.
“This work is an exploration on one’s boundaries; both those we create for ourselves and those we inherit. I am thinking about how much control we have over the expression of our identity, if some of identifying markers are more or less inherited and permanent.” Graciani.
All the dancers gave their utmost with great energy and conviction. Art isn’t easy–getting an idea conceptualized in movement as metaphor requires the luck and inspiration of a great poet. There are so many gestures, leaps, twists, turns, and falls symbolizing an idea, that putting it together in a dance is truly difficult. Seeing a piece only once is a challenge, since pieces grow in color and depth as you closely observe. Rapture, the second dance of the evening wasn’t as successful. The elements were there, the back projection of emotive images, water, clouds, lovers on a wharf, but the choreography didn’t convey the intense message the title suggests. In the Westbeth space, your vision was drawn more to the images on the wall than to the dancers on stage; the dancers became obliterated. Also, the choreography had the dancers strangely chaste, while those on screen were engaged.
Swing and a Miss spoke of the vagaries of love. In a speedy piece, the choreography was in a classical modern dance mode that had clean and precise lines with first, four dancers in a group, pairings of each man and woman, and lastly, a piece for two women. Wary approach, wary avoidance. Another peek, another retreat. Love is dangerous, love has pitfalls. The costumes were fun in fiery red and yellow unitards that conveyed robustness, ready and reporting for battle.
RG Dance Projects
Graham Studio Theater at Westbeth, New York, NY
May 17th @ 8pm and **May 18th @ 3pm & 8pm
Masterpieces of Art and Music of Iconic Film Presented by The Golden State on Saturday, May 11, 2013
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Varèse Sarabande Records the largest label dedicated solely to film music, is celebrating 35 years of releasing film music. To mark this special occasion will be a star-studded anniversary concert performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, conducted by Steve Allen Fox, at the Warner Grand Theatre 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro, CA, hosted by Varèse Sarabande’s producer Robert Townson.
The 35th Anniversary concert will include music from Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alex North. Hollywood’s leading film composers will be in attendance, several of whom will guest conduct. Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino will conduct the world premiere of his music from the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness.
In addition to a concert celebration of the music of Varèse Sarabande, the Art Deco Gallery will house a display of paintings used in Varèse Sarabande album covers. The exhibition features original film artwork by Bob Peak, best known for his iconic movie posters including My Fair Lady, Apocalypse Now, and Superman the Movie. His son Matthew Peak, who created numerous Varèse Sarabande album covers, will also be featured.
The Art Deco Art Building gallery, located at 741 S. Pacific Building, will be free admission for the general public from 3:30 to 7:30 the day of the event. To purchase concert tickets here:
The concert is part of a global series of Varèse Sarabande events taking place throughout the year. The 35thAnniversary global concert series kicked off in February in North America at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. This performance was a tribute concert to Alan Silvestri, whose films scores include Captain America, Back to the Future, Forest Gump, and Castaway, selections from all of which were performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, a year-round orchestra specializing in film music.
Upcoming shows include a Star Wars Musical Tribute on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Additional concerts in Poland, Spain, and Austria take place this summer, and other European and U.S. concerts will be announced for the fall.
Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific film music label in the world, boasting more than 1500 soundtrack albums with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Releases of classic scores are handled by Varèse Sarabande’s imprint, Varèse Vintage.
We still can’t decide what part of Harry Styles caught our attention first. Was it just the British Invasion Boy Band Teen heartthrob hair mass? Or was it his being spotted in a super cool Vintage Kiss Inspired Junk Food Tee ($38) outside a local restaurant that made us melt like butter? Bashful -and we love it!
“Don’t even break a sweat!”
Radio Bar Miami asked us to help YOU cool of on Cinco de Mayo because it’s going to be HOT! Join them “South of the Fifth Border” to celebrate. Skip your siesta and start the fiesta early at 1 pm with grande punch bowls and hand-crafted cocktails by James Beard-nominated mixologist Craig Schoettler. Mariachis, Margaritas and Mustaches are to be expected…
We are so excited…
to announce that Yellow Red Sparks won the Grand Prize in the world’s premiere songwriting event, The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)!
“Monsters With Misdemeanors,” by Joshua Hanson, entered in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category, competed against a total of 68 winners from 119 countries worldwide who were selected from over 20,000 entries and for the first time ever, more than half of the winners are from outside the USA.
Excited about the competition- and in conjunction with their album release, the band are about to hit the road for a Spring Tour. Dates below.
Yellow Red Sparks Tour Dates
** Thursday, May 2 @ The Griffin, San Diego, CA
Sunday, May 5 @ Moon Room – Denver, CO
Monday, May 6 @ The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Tuesday, May 7 @ Evanston Space – Evanston, IL
Wednesday, May 8 @ The Gramophone, St. Louis MO
Friday, May 10 @ Mickey Finns – Toledo, OH
Saturday, May 11 @ The Basement – Columbus, OH
Monday, May 13 @ Boulder Cafe – Rochester, NY
Tuesday, May 14 @ Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, May 15 @ Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, May 16 @ The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ
Friday, May 17 @ Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, May 18 @ Jimmy’s Bar & Oven – Brookline, MA
Past ISC winners include Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Amanda Palmer, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Passenger, Andrew Bird, and many more.
The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $40,000 in merchandise and services. Not too shabby!
Our friend uber fashion film artist Trevor Undi is back. This time he’s set us up with his newest film creation artfully showcasing the stunning elements of Karl Lagerfeld’s Métiers d’Art 2012/13 collection at Scotland’s Linlithgow Palace. Set against the poetic and emotionally haunting Retrograde from James Blake.
“On”: A visual symphony from the Land of the Rising Sun
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move~
This past week stock photography site Fotolia presented Japanese artist, Marumiyan, Season 2′s 4th featured artist from the TEN Collection.
It is a graphic symphonic masterpiece intended to visually display the power of sound.
“I love painting sounds,” says the Marumiyan, referring to the influence music has had on his life and work.
Marumiyan’s work is usually characterized through brightly colored compositions, often enhanced with women, animals and flowers. In contrast however, his work for the TEN Collection is somewhat darker, and full of cultural references that pay homage to what inspires him most: sound and music. Bonsai branches are adorned with meaningful items, while the image is enhanced through shadows with red and black notes.
I was so enthralled with the intricacy and artistry that I decided to reprint the email and also feature the video on how the artist created this design in Photoshop. It’s in Japanese but there are sub titles. Click on the image for the tutorial and Marumiyan’s process.
Click the 10 logo on the page:
Then click the Download the PSD icon to take you to the video with English titles.
Rdio will feature two bonus tracks from the GRAMMY®-nominated group that will not be available through any other music streaming services. The exclusive free streaming of “PARAMORE” will continue through April 15 and allows fans to listen to the full album, including the current hit singles “Now” and “Still Into You.”
In addition, Rdio will feature two bonus tracks, “Escape Route” and “Native Tongue” from the band that were created during the recording of the new album. Both are new, previously unreleased songs that will be available exclusively to Rdio listeners, and they will continue to be available only on Rdio after the one-week exclusive album stream.
“We normally don’t even write enough songs to have b-sides, but this time around we wrote too many songs for the album,” says Hayley Williams of Paramore. “These tracks are both songs we adore, but we felt they deserved to live in their own space compared to the rest of the record. I’m happy everyone will have a deeper look into who we were as people when these songs originated in the beginning stages of the album.”
“Paramore has created a definitive place in the music scene with a trademark inescapable sound and talent beyond their years,” says Drew Larner, CEO of Rdio.
Paramore – singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York – will celebrate the arrival of “PARAMORE” with a North American headline tour, set to embark April 25th at Houston’s Bayou Music Theatre and then travel the continent through mid-May before touring Europe and South America this summer. For up-to-the-minute tour and ticket information, please visit www.paramore.net/tour.
To hear more music from Paramore, or to follow them on Rdio and discover what they are listening to, please visit www.rdio.com.
Rdio is the groundbreaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 18 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist, or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists, and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that’s available everywhere – on the web, in-home or in-car, on tablets or mobile phones, and even offline.
Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype. Currently available in 23 countries, Rdio is funded by Janus Friis through his investment entities, Atomico, and Skype. For more information and to sign up, visit www.rdio.com.
~by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Whether you’re heading out to the last weekend of Coachella 2013 or styling for the coming Summer Festival Season, there are always a few staples that stay classic in your closet and don’t clean out your wallet. Comfort is key. But not looking cute, ah, TBNT (thanks, but no thanks!) And this time, we’re thinking about the boys, yes BOYS!!! If you’re fired up about getting a little bit of attention without having to go GLAMBOX, here are a few super should haves, “built to last”…
Best foot forward always wins the day and the date! Seriously dude, we really do look down at your feet! #girlenvy
You forgot your sunscreen? No problem — there’s a cap for that! #hessoshy
Dust, mud, rain, shine, sitting, standing, flirting…no problem! Effortless!
And the topper… #sweat