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Tilting at Nureyev’s Windmills: Don Quixote at the Staatsoper

Giselle, Swan Lake and Don Quixote are the three productions you will find most in the repertoire of full classical ballet companies. These ballets have become the reference benchmarks with which companies are measured against one another. Pas de deux from Don Quixote poison or enliven nearly every ballet competition depending on your perspective. Staatsoper […]

Breaking Point(e)

True to Hollywood’s world-conquering strategy of transcending the boundaries between tastes, sexes, age and any other characteristics that might make a person decide NOT to see a movie, The Black Swan alchemically achieved being everything for everybody – and in the process nothing to many. It’s a ballet movie for horror fans, a female movie […]

The Black Swan: Blurring Genres

The Black Swan, which opened in Austria on Jan. 21, tells a tale that is at once breathtaking and terrifying. The story of Nina, a perfectionist ballerina who’s decent into psychosis exposes the audience to a nightmarish cascade, blurs the lines between reality and psychotic trance. After the forced departure of his prima ballerina, Thomas, […]

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