Thursday, June 21, 2007

National Ballet of Canada: The Life of a Ballet Dancer

Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
The National Ballet of Canada presents The Life of a Ballet Dancer
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The Life of a Ballet Dancer
Thursday, June 14, 2007
12 – 1 pm
The National Ballet of Canada Senior Ballet Master Peter Ottmann presents a lecture-demonstration that will guide the audience through the life of a dancer. The program will feature details of their extensive training and auditioning process, demonstrations of basic ballet exercises as well as the creation of characters with makeup and wigs.

A View from the Other Side of the Earth
I was brought up in the country where everybody recognized ballet as a possession of the state and was pride of it. It seemed that I knew everything about it.

But... Last performance "The Life of Ballet Dancer" changed my vision of it. The Senior Ballet Master (Peter Ottmann) and choreographers of National Ballet of Canada met with those who usually visited popular free midday concerts in the downtown Toronto. They spoke so naturally and friendly that gained confidence of us immediately.

For me it was as a new look at an old naphthalized staff. I realized that my knowledge was academic, and there I touched real lively ballet. During an hour I could watch a dancer doing her make-up, take some knowledge of the meaning of gestures in ballet, listen to voices of 'speechless' dancers and etc. It was marvelous!

I want to express gratitude to everybody who makes such a performance available.
2007 © Ira


National Ballet of Canada: Class on Stage and We Mean It

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Toronto Free Events: Four Seasons Centre

Free concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
12 – 1 p.m.

The Musicians in Ordinary presents
Not One Lady Failed to Shed a Tear: The Birth of Opera

Thursday, June 21, 2007
12 – 1 p.m.

Claudia Moore
Tedd Robinson, choreographer present
How to be Older and Reckless


Not One Lady Failed to Shed a Tear: The Birth of Opera Concert for Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies & Canadian Opera Company
A program of early 17th-century Italian Baroque music. The new affective Baroque style sought to make even the rocks weep. Contemporary descriptions of performances by singers such as Adriana Basile and Francesca Caccini tell us that the people in the audience were so moved. The new style has the power to entrance and enthrall. Composers to be heard will include Monteverdi (Lamento d’Arianna), Giulio and Francesca Caccini, Stefano Landi, Alessandro Picininni and others.

Presented in collaboration with the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, on the occasion of the Renaissance Spring Festival 2007.

How to be Older and Reckless
Claudia Moore is one of Canada's most celebrated senior dance artists. She trained at Canada's National Ballet School and has performed with The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre and Desrosiers Dance Theatre. For the past 10 years she has been the artistic director of Moonhorse Dance Theatre. Ms Moore continues to be "older and reckless" as an artist and has teamed up with celebrated choreographer Tedd Robinson to create this brand new solo. Claudia will reveal the process of dancing alone and on the edge—and invites you to join her in this journey. ". . . One of the most beautiful and expressive bodies in Canadian dance." Dance Connection
The performances of young Canadian artists in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre are made possible by a generous donation from Massey College through the Bernard Ostry Cultural Foundation fund and the Fellows’ Fund endowed by Vincent Massey Tovell, O.C.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Toronto Cultural Festival Russian Carousel 2007

Russian Carousel Cultural Centre presents

6 Annual Cultural Festival
Russian Carousel 2007

When: Sunday, June 10, 2007
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Where: Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Location: East side of Bathurst Street, South side of Sheppard Ave West
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Entrances and Public Transit
Vehicles can enter Earl Bales Park from Bathurst Street, south of Sheppard Avenue, and from Don River Boulevard. Vehicles can also enter the former Hinder property from Bathurst Street, north of Sheppard Avenue.
Public transit to both parks includes the Sheppard West 84 and the Bathurst 7 buses. Pedestrians and cyclists can also reach the paved trail at the south end of Earl Bales Park from Westgate Boulevard.

Admission is FREE

Phone: 416-398-5522

Everyone is welcome to the festival!


The Arts Junction: Toronto: Welcome to the Russian Carousel Festival

Dance, Music, Etc. Featured in Russian Heritage Festival

"The 5th annual Russian Heritage Festival-- a month-long celebration of the arts and culture in the New York metropolitan area's vast and vibrant Russian-speaking community -- will take place throughout the month of June in New York City, starting with the enormously popular "Together in NY Community Festival" Sunday, June 3, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Asser Levy Park (Ocean Parkway &Surf Ave.) in Brooklyn."
Posted: May 18, 2007 by BWW News Desk

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

A brand-new ROM and Ancient Peru Unearthed - A Must-See!

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"Welcome to the Crystal Age!"
The public opening of ROM’s new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal extension
designed by Daniel Libeskind in Toronto, Sunday, June 3, at 0:30 am.
The ROM opened its doors for free access for public, throughout the night and into the following day.
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Notes & Impressions:
Sunday, June 3rd 2007

The Royal Ontario Museum re-opened its doors last week-end and to celebrate its renovated interiors plus the installation of the Lee-Chin Crystal the public were invited to join the celebrations. I was among the crowds who were able to appreciate the new ROM first-hand at its opening last Sunday.

The exhibition that most interested me was the Peruvian treasures excavated from an ancient tomb, a temporary exhibit on loan to the ROM. I headed directly for it as I may just not have another chance to see it.

On the way I saw the interiors behind the Lee-Chin Crystal structure which allowed visitors to have a panoramic view of Toronto through the glass panels, especially on the higher floors. Innovative and refreshing, a change from the “old” ROM I knew. Many new features have also been added such as large, silent elevators and steel-mesh bridges connecting the new crystal-wings to the main building.

I had the urge to visit all the sections at once- so many things to discover! But I maintained my original plan and with the help of museum staff I found the entrance to the collection of treasures from Peru. I did expect to be amazed but what I saw blew me away! It was quite a large collection of artifacts that had been buried together with an ancient Indian tribal Lord from the Northern coast of Peru, many made of solid gold, attesting to the sophistication and skill of the goldsmiths and other craftsmen of the day. Such fine work, worthy of today’s goldsmiths who use precision tools. Other artifacts were equally spectacular in terms of minute and precise detail. We have to thank the organizers of the exhibit for the extraordinary detail and attention they gave in preserving and presenting the exhibit to enable the visitor not only to admire, but to understand the significance of each item and the civilization to which it belonged.

I took my time, and thoroughly enjoyed learning about this ancient culture.
A spectacular exhibit, go and see it before it leaves! By the time I finished viewing it closing time had approached. I plan to return and see the rest of the New ROM, a Must!
2007 © Olivia

Ancient Peru UnearthedAncient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civilization
At the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, ON, Canada until August 6, 2007
Discover what was uncovered in an undisturbed, gold-filled tomb in this intriguing look into the mysterious pre-Inca Sicán civilization from northern Peru.


ROM News Release: Toronto Welcomes Michael Lee-Chin Crystal on its Opening Weekend

Image Gallery : Blogger's Preview

The ROM WebCam Live: from the roof of the downtown Park Hyatt Toronto

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

New York New York Frank Carozza Exclusive Photo Reflections

e-vite: Photo Exposition “New York, New York" by Frank Carozza

I was pretty excited to read an invitation from Frank Carozza to the opening of his fourth photo exhibition "New York, New York".

Our congratulations to Frank for another big achievement.

New York, New York
Photography by Frank Carozza
June 1 - June 30, 2007
Location: Cantine: Italian Bistro
Address: 138 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario
South West Corner of Avenue Rd & Davenport
Opening: Sunday June 3, 2007
4pm - 6pm
From a very young age, photography has always interested me. But it wasn’t until I traveled to Peru and various parts of Europe that it became my real passion.
Documenting the places I’ve been and capturing those images & details on film has proven to be a life changing experience.

Having shared my photos with family and friends I was strongly encouraged to create a photography exhibit to showcase some of my work. This was an amazing experience and to date, I have held 3 successful exhibits, selling over 80 photos.

My 4th exhibit, entitled “New York, New York” is scheduled for June 3rd, 2007 at Cantine, 138 Avenue Road and will showcase photos taken during a visit to New York City in the summer of 2006.

I would like to extend an invitation to you and hope that you are able to attend. Photos will be on display from June 1 to June 30, 2007.

Frank Carozza
You are cordially invited!
Enjoy the exposition!
Ciao, New York!

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National Ballet of Canada: Class on Stage and We Mean It

Ballet a La Carte photo by artjunctionBallet a La Carte
The creative idea was inspired by the National Ballet of Canada “Class on Stage"
luminaTO’s event and lunch at the Hosu Bistro.

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Class on Stage
Saturday June 2, 2007
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Watch the National Ballet’s dancers take class on stage at the Four Seasons Centre. Artist-in-Residence Rex Harrington will lead the dancers in their daily training routine while Senior Ballet Master Peter Ottmann provides insightful commentary. The event is part of Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity 2007 and is free of charge. Doors open at 12:00 pm - arrive early, seating is limited.
Credit: LUMINATO: Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity 2007

Notes & Impressions:
Saturday, June 2nd 2007

When Olga rang to tell me that the COC was hosting a ballet show called “Classes on Stage” at first I had my doubts, but agreed to come anyway.
I imagined a bunch of sweating dancers in tights doing warm-up moves with one hand clutching a long horizontal bar. As it turned out that was the beginning of the show, so I found myself dozing off.
Then they removed the bars! I set up, when I saw the dancers started to do their leaps and bounds into air like so many flying gazelles. It was a quite a treat seeing them giving their best performance, and repeating some of the more difficult steps for us. And Rex Harrington, NBC’s main dancer, kept the atmosphere relaxed and everyone of good humor.
All in all it was a show worth seeing and so graciously given.
2007 © Olivia

National Ballet Back Stage
When you watch ballet, you are amazed at how they make it look so easy. You take it for granted. You think it’s all their second nature. Part of it, certainly, is. But the rest is hard work day in and day out.
To spend almost two hours just to warm up BEFORE daily rehearsals and then hours of rehearsing, sounds like an excruciatingly painful daily routine. I’ve just watched one such routine – National Ballet’s Class on Stage in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and appreciated the hard work the performers put into their art for us to enjoy.
Thank you NBC!
2007 © Enhee

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