Highlights of this day in history: Abraham Lincoln says America cannot remain divided over slavery; Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space; Deadly Soweto riots erupt in South Africa; Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects. (June 16)
Joan of Arc is born; Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph to the public; Commercial airplane completes first round-the-world flight; Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked; Dizzy Gillespie and Rudolf Nureyev die. (Jan. 6)
A Conversation With Jann Wenner Of Rolling Stone Magazine About Hunter S. Thompson And The Book He Co-Authored Gonzo: The Life Of Hunter S. Thompson. || A Discussion About The Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev With Julie Kavanagh, Author Of Nureyev: The Life, Joan Acocella Of The New Yorker, Robert Gottlieb Of New York Observer And Georgina Parkinson Of The American Ballet Theater.
Documentary master Frederick Wiseman s 38th film in a career that has spanned more than that number of years, turns his attention to one of the world s greatest ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet. John Davey s camera roams the vast Palais Garnier, an opulent 19th century pile of a building: from its crystal chandelier-laden corridors to its labyrinthine underground chambers, from its light-filled rehearsal studios to its luxurious theater replete with 2,200 scarlet velvet seats and Marc Chagall ceiling. LA DANSE devotes most of its time to watching impossibly beautiful young men and women among them Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agn s Gillot, and Agn s Letestu rehearsing the choreography of Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor, Rudolf Nureyev and Pina Bausch. For balletomanes and the curious alike, La Danse serves up a scrumptious meal of delectable moments, one more glorious than the next, made even more precious by their ephemeral nature.
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In master storyteller Graeme Murphy's hands, the world's favourite ballet becomes a witty, dramatic and ultimately devastating story of love and betrayal. It's a familiar tale - a love triangle between a princess, her prince, and a woman with a prior claim on his heart. Murphy's choreography is at once a homage to the grandeur of 19th century classicism and an invigorating update that speaks compellingly to the audiences of today. At the centre of this brilliantly danced work is a trio of performances by principle artists Madeleine Eastoe, Robert Curran and Danielle Rowe, that has been acclaimed around Australia and the world. Tchaikovsky's peerless score, and the extraordinary settings and costumes of Kristian Fredrikson, finish off a production that according to Le Figaro "puts fire into the Lake."
In master storyteller Graeme Murphy's hands, the world's favourite ballet becomes a witty, dramatic and ultimately devastating story of love and betrayal - a love triangle between a princess, her prince, and a woman with a prior claim on his heart.
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