Here is our own Maria Riccetto as Kitri in Julio Bocca's Ballet Nacional Sodre's production of Don Quijote which premiered last night in Montevideo, Uruguay. More than 18,000 tickets have been sold to this Don Q run. Maria's Basilo is Ciro Tamayo, graduate of the Royal Ballet School, who Julio has been mentoring since his early days at BNS.
Julio nominated Alessandra Ferri for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As usual, she dunked herself with supreme style.
This may be a joke. Maybe not. We know it's a partial joke. But news services have picked this up everywhere and are reporting it seriously. It's way too intriguing for us to ignore.
Frederick Wiseman, the 84-year-old filmmaker who has produced several documentaries on the subject of dance, was recently in Venice to collect the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award. During an interview, he said that he had received a small grant to work with a choreographer to create a ballet based on Titicut Follies, which was Wiseman's 1967 documentary on the conditions at the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Wiseman joked that he only agreed to do it if he could dance the lead role. So, how much of it is a joke?
Angel Corella has reorganized Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic and administrative staff with cuts and additions, and has revamped the upcoming October rep to include Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante while scrapping the piece set on Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Now we just have to decide whether to go to Philly that weekend or to Montreal for Paris Opera Ballet's Paquita. Will the wallet or the id decide this one....