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Russian Prima Ballerina Beyond the Ballet Domain
Date: March 18, 2012
Publisher: The New York Times

Back in the Iron Curtain days when the Russian defectors Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov galvanized the West with their dancing, a great sense of adventure generated from their intense curiosity to master as wide range of new styles as possible. But only the men ventured far into modern dance. Ballet technique is at its most specific when applied to its leading women, few of whom have roamed outside its privileged and brilliant enclosure. Today, however, one Russian ballerina exhibits some of the old Nureyev-Baryshnikov eagerness to move beyond the ballet domain: Diana Vishneva. [read more]


A Forced Marriage: In a Performance-Packed Week, Ballet and Modern Dance Renewed Their Semi-Vows
Author: Robert Gottlieb
Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: The New York Observer

The eternal and uneasy relationship between ballet and modern dance endures, but radically altered in tone and intensity. For decades it was war—an either/or standoff—with time-outs for wary collaborations, like the one between Balanchine and Graham when in 1959 they joined forces (sort of) for Episodes, or earlier, when Merce Cunningham made The Seasons for Ballet Society and almost two decades later presented his Summerspace at New York City Ballet—only now on pointe. [read more]


The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents Rodin
Author: Stephanie Sirabian
Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Bachtrack

Artistic Director and choreographer Boris Eifman explains his inspiration in a note about the production: “To turn a moment frozen in stone into an irrepressible sensuous stream of body movements.” But Eifman offers more than a visual representation of the master at work. Rodin offers a glimpse into the sculptor’s mind throughout the creative process, and the tragic toll it took on those around him. [read more]


The Beautiful and the Damned
Date: March 12, 2012
Publisher: The Wall Street Journal

Before this month ends, players big, small and in between will have offered dance performances hereabouts in the latest version of Terpsichorean March Madness. At the start of the month, the Mark Morris Dance Group played the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a felicitous double-bill of Virgil Thomson's "Four Saints in Three Acts" and "A Choral Fantasy" (to Beethoven), notable examples of Mr. Morris's music-driven dances. A week later, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg brought "Rodin," Mr. Eifman's latest multiact ballet inspired by the life of a famous historical figure, to New York City Center. [read more]


Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg: Rodin
Author: Joel Benjamin
Date: March 11, 2012
Publisher: theaterscene.net

Overheard as I was leaving City Center after Boris Eifman’s Rodin, two middle-aged ladies discussing what they had just seen. “Pretty dancing,” said the first. “Good costumes,” said the second. “But not very subtle,” concluded the first. That pretty much sums up this ballet, which explores the relationship between the famous sculptor Rodin, his wife Rose and his muse and lover Camille. [read more]


He’s all bent out of shape
Author: Leigh Witchel
Date: March 11, 2012
Publisher: New York Post

In Boris Eifman’s world, there’s no such thing as a happy artist: Geniuses are all misunderstood, tortured or insane. Having examined Tchaikovsky and Balanchine through morose-colored glasses, the choreographer’s decided it’s Rodin’s turn. [read more]


Sculpture and Mania of a Muse
Date: March 11, 2012
Publisher: The New York Times

Bad choreography crops up all too often, and yet nobody else today, now that Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit are no longer with us, makes the kind of awful ballet that is Boris Eifman’s forte. Ken Russell’s more sensationalist movies seem like models of restraint beside Mr. Eifman’s lurid, overemphatic, far-from-coherent oeuvre. Mr. Eifman flaunts all the worst clichés of psycho-sexo-bio-dance-drama with casual pride while he rushes headlong to commit a whole new set of artistic felonies. [read more]


Танец «королей»
Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Русская Реклама

С каждым новым своим балетным проектом Сергей Данилян захватывает все более широкое зрительское пространство. В течение пяти последних лет антреприза Даниляна уже в третий раз воплотила блистательную идею известных танцовщиков Итана Стифела и Анхела Корейи показать в одном представлении лучших мастеров танца из ведущих балетных театров мира. [read more]


Kings of the Dance / Ardani Artists Management – New York
Author: Eric Taub
Date: March 2, 2012
Publisher: DanceTabs

Apparently, when you’re a King of the Dance, every day is a bad hair day. Or at least last Friday was, as the third incarnation of this ever-popular Chippendales, I mean, Ardani Artists Management, road show opened its brief visit to City Center. When I wasn’t idly hoping that after the program a merciful M104 bus might run me over and spare me the need of writing it up, or observing, with less pleasure than you might imagine, that my Overhead Spot Law of Bad Choreography {*} (as well as its Shirtless Corollary {**}) remained in full effect, I had ample time to ponder that, just as I had for most of the Seventies, I was again watching superstar male dancers laboring under the burden of overachieving big hair. (Can fat ties and wide lapels be far behind?) Of course, if I hadn’t been so transfixed by the crinose crowns of this dance royalty, I might’ve focused more on, well, the dancing, so thank heaven for small favors. [read more]


Kings of Dance, Opus 3 / All Hail the Kings!
Author: Darrell Wood
Date: February 29, 2012
Publisher: NYC Dance Stuff

It was a thrilling evening of dance at the New York City Center; everyone was excited about the Kings of Dance, Opus 3. It is produced by Sergei Danilian and stars five of the top male dancers in the world to date. It includes Guillaume Côté of the National Ballet of Canada, Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theatre, David Hallberg of American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, Denis Matvienko of the Mariinsky Ballet and Ivan Vasiliev of the Mikhailovsky Ballet. [read more]


Royalty Made Common
Date: February 29, 2012
Publisher: The Wall Street Journal

The most beguiling aspects of "Kings of the Dance, Opus 3," which just played City Center following its launch in Russia this past fall, came from two incidental details—one literally a footnote. [read more]


Что могут Короли? Короли танца в Нью-Йорке.
Author: Майя Прицкер
Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: RUNYweb.com

Объехав после московской премьеры с десяток городов мира, «Короли танца. Опус 3», наконец, были показаны в Нью-Йорке. Трижды. Зал Сити-центра был переполнен: не каждый день можно увидеть на сцене одновременно Ивана Васильева, Дэвида Хольберга, Марсело Гомеса, Дениса Матвиенко и Гийома Котэ. [read more]


How the Kings of Dance Deflate their Royalty
Author: Wendy Perron
Date: February 27, 2012
Publisher: Dance Magazine

The “Kings of Dance” is a hard moniker to live up to, but this year something very nice emerged from the performance at NY City Center. Every choreographer on the program made decidedly unKingly pieces. In Mauro Bigonzetti’s Jazzy Five, they poked fun at each other, deflating the notion of reverence for ballet royalty. It was actually pretty ingenious and fun and gave each of these magnificent dancers (Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Guillaume Côté, Ivan Vasiliev, and Denis Matvienko) a time to shine. The following five solos were all too hand-twitchy (did the director/producer, Sergei Danilian, tell each choreographer to lay off the full-out bravura?) except for Labyrinth of Solitude, the piece that Patrick de Bana made for Ivan Vasiliev. I did enjoy Jorma Elo's slinkiness for Gomes, but wish Marco Goecke has let Côté be more soft. [read more]


Author: Tobi Tobias
Date: February 27, 2012
Publisher: ArtsJournal.com

For the third time, Ardani Artists, an outfit specializing in the spectacular, brought us Kings of the Dance, a series of star turns contradicting Balanchine’s famous pronouncement that “ballet is woman.” [read more]


The Flying Ballet Brothers Take to the Air for a Buddy-Buddy Evening
Author: Gia Kourlas
Date: February 26, 2012
Publisher: The New York Times

The ballet monarchy of “Kings of the Dance: Opus 3” is a distinguished bunch that works less hard at dancing than at appearing to be bosom buddies out for a night on the town. This year’s kings — or, as David Hallberg likes to refer to the gang on Twitter, the kingpins — are Guillaume Côté, Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, Ivan Vasiliev and Mr. Hallberg. [read more]


Author: Celia Ipiotis
Date: February 25, 2012
Publisher: EYE ON THE ARTS, NY

It doesn’t 't take much to get a crowd's attention when the headliners are five frequently shirtless, attractive, physically fit male ballet dancers. In this year's installment of The Kings Of Dance Opus 3 (presented by Ardani Artists Management) at City Center, Guillaume Cote (National Ballet of Canada), Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater), David Hallberg (ABT and Bolshoi Ballet), Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet), and Ivan Vasiliev (Mikhailovsky Theater) whip across the stage in eye- popping jumps and leaps twisted around loop de loop midair turns, crystalline beats and frisky winks. [read more]


Dance review: 'Kings of the Dance' returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Author: Laura Bleiberg
Date: October 22, 2011
Publisher: The Los Angeles Times

Lucky Ivan Vasiliev. Of the five stars in “Kings of the Dance,” the popular touring show that returned to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend, he was the only one to receive the proper coronation that he - and the others - deserved.  [read more]


Kings of the Dance live up to their lofty title
Date: October 22, 2011

"Kings of the Dance 2011," one of the highlights of the Segerstrom Center's 25th-anniversary season, is a guilty pleasure. Since its inception in 2006, this evening of bravura dancing has celebrated the beauty, power and sheer kinesthetic thrill of male bodies in motion – sometimes at the expense of other elements. [read more]


Рискующие короли
Author: Анна Галайда
Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: «Эксперт»

Мировая премьера новой части самого знаменитого балетного проекта, на этот раз названного «Короли танца. Опус 3», впервые состоялась в Москве [read more]

Вечеринка печальных королей:
На Фестивале “Dance Inversion” построили лабиринты для мужчин

Author: Елена ФЕДОРЕНКО
Date: October 13, 2011
Publisher: Газета "Культура"

Королевству отроду уже пять лет, а коронация по счету уже третья, заявленная программа названа опусом № 3. Меняются монархи, представляющие разные балетные королевства, и сегодня наряду с прежними участниками предъявлены те, кому корону примерили впервые. Вся шестерка – великолепные танцовщики: из Большого театра двое – Иван Васильев и Дэвид Холберг (правда, новый премьер ГАБТа начинал королевские игры еще будучи представителем Американского балетного театра), из АВТ еще один король – Марсело Гомес; Денис Матвиенко, попутешествовав по разным театрам, теперь представляет Мариинский, в котором служил перебравшийся нынче в Михайловский театр Леонид Сарафанов, а также незнакомый России Гийом Котэ из Национального балета Канады. [read more]

Слет королей
Author: Игорь СТУПНИКОВ
Date: October 13, 2011
Publisher: С.-Петербургские ведомости

В течение двух вечеров сцена Михайловского театра была отдана во власть «Королей танца». Наша газета не раз писала об этом проекте, замысел которого принадлежит продюсеру Сергею Даниляну, который решил показать миру выдающихся танцовщиков современности, объединив их в одной программе. Нынче это третий «слет королей», названный Opus 3, в состав которого вошли россияне Иван Васильев, Леонид Сарафанов, Денис Матвиенко, канадец Гийом Котэ, Марсело Гомес из Американского театра балета и англичанин Дэвид Холберг, недавно ставший солистом Большого театра России. Каждый из них – яркая индивидуальность. [read more]

Короли продают билеты:
Лучшие танцовщики мира снова встретились в Москве

Date: October 10, 2011
Publisher: Газета «Новые Известия»

В рамках фестиваля танца DanceInversion состоялся третий по счету концерт «Королей танца». Вечера, которые прошли на сцене Музыкального театра имени Станиславского и Немировича-Данченко, показали, что название проекта соответствует действительности. [read more]

Нахальные короли попали в опус
Author: Павел Ященков
Date: October 10, 2011
Publisher: Московский Комсомолец

Международный проект “Короли танца”, меняя свой состав, приезжает в Москву уже в третий раз

Впервые его презентовали в Нью-Йорке 5 лет назад, и нынешний показ приурочен к этой некруглой дате. На сей раз мировая премьера прошла в Москве и имела подзаголовок “Опус 3”. [read more]

Великолепная шестерка
Author: Татьяна Кузнецова
Date: October 7, 2011
Publisher: Газета "Коммерсантъ"

"Короли танца. Opus 3" на фестивале DanceInversion [read more]

Непоказательные выступления
Author: Анна Галайда
Date: October 7, 2011
Publisher: Ведомости

Российско-американский проект «Короли танца», пять лет назад перевернувший представление о возможностях балета, вернулся в Москву с новыми участниками и новой программой [read more]

Шесть королей в поисках понимания
Date: October 6, 2011
Publisher: Газета.Ru

В Музыкальном театре имени Станиславского и Немировича-Данченко
прошла серия концертов «Короли танца» [read more]

Их величества в меланхолии
Author: Анна Гордеева
Date: October 6, 2011
Publisher: Московские новости

Российско-американская балетная программа начала путешествие по миру [read more]

«Короли танца»: с третьего раза
Author: Наталья Витвицкая
Date: October 6, 2011
Publisher: VashDosug.RU

РСергей Данилян в третий раз собрал звезд мужского балета на одной сцене с тем, чтобы показать, на что способные лучшие. На сцене МАМТа три дня подряд — выступления солистов Большого, Мариинского, Михайловского театров, Национального балета Канады и Американского балетного театра [read more]

В лаборатории у королей
Author: Дмитрий Абаулин
Date: October 6, 2011
Publisher: Независимая газета

Мировая премьера нового балетного проекта на фестивале DanceInversion [read more]

«Короли танца» — это пять дерзких парней с Тверской, а может, с Пятой авеню
Author: Наталия Сурнина
Date: October 5, 2011
Publisher: Газета «Известия»

Продюсер Сергей Данилян — об участниках балетного проекта, пользе
обновления и идеальных торсах [read more]

'Kings of the Dance' in New York City: Showcase for ballet's male stars
Author: Robert Johnson/The Star-Ledger
Date: February 17, 2010
Publisher: New Jersey On-Line

Kings of the Dance Where: New York City Center, 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. How much: $35 to $100. Call (212) 581-1212 or visit nycitycenter.org. Who wouldn’t rather be king? Most guys wouldn’t mind the title, if they didn’t have to sit on a throne. Think of Tarzan beating his chest as "King of the Jungle," and the old-fashioned moniker still has a certain ring to it. [read more]