....a roundup of Chopiniana: current news, views, reviews, recordings and performances in the runup to the 200th birthday of the matchless Polish keyboard composer.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Chopin Currency - May 18th, 2008

Chopin News, Views, Reviews, & Previews:

'Carmen' reincarnated
Jerusalem Post - Israel

Russian-Israeli choreographer (and Kirov vet) Valery Panov's dance company offers a twin-bill of Carmen and Chopin in Tel Aviv...

Les Sylphides, set to the music of Chopin by Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine in 1908, is a Romantic, dreamlike piece, featuring 20 women and one man. For ballet enthusiasts, this will be a dream come true, as the male role is performed by Panov's electrifying principal dancer Valery Kuklachov.

The May 18 performance will be attended by several dignitaries, Panov adds proudly. Among the invited guests are the ambassadors of the US, Lithuania, Germany and Belgium.

Another source of pride for Panov is the financial support he is receiving from the Ministry of Culture. "My dance company is growing like the cosmos," he says.

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