The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango
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Sunday 08 January 2012
Pre-Columbian jazz? The Mexican drummer and bandleader Tino Contreras pioneered the fusion of groovy, "Take Five"-like 1960s modernism with elements based on Aztec ritual and symbolism.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Dance is the dominant theme in clarinettist Martin Fröst's eclectic recital with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday 18 December 2011
They're likened to gladiators, but it's all panto enthusiasm
Sunday 15 May 2011
Sunday 20 February 2011
In the early 1990s, when US guitar rock was at its high watermark, Yuck weren't born.
Sunday 26 December 2010
It's been the year of the compilation in so-called world music. On the retro side, there was the alternative trance of Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91. Then there was the Next Stop... Soweto series which were the best South African township jive (and much else) collections in decades. And for some majestically off-beat tango you can't go wrong with the Mañana label's best-of Mañana, El Tango – Perlas del Label.
Friday 28 May 2010
Erwin Schrott's dressing room is a-buzz. In walks a fellow Uruguayan to exchange fraternal greetings, then a dancer to collect his motorbike boots. Then a soprano comes in and parks her sleeping infant in a corner of the room: this is Anna Netrebko, Schrott's other half, about to open in Covent Garden's Manon: their son Tiago Arua is not quite two.
Friday 23 April 2010
This latest contribution to the flood of Chopin bicentennial releases finds the young French pianist Edna Stern performing a selection of études, ballades and waltzes on an antique Pleyel piano identical to that employed by the composer himself.
Monday 26 October 2009
Monday 27 April 2009
Billed as a celebration of ballroom dancing, Cheek to Cheek is an immensely cheesy experience. Between sequin-spangled numbers, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, the professional dancing stars from the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, indulge in showbiz patter that might have fallen through a 1970s time warp. He ogles the chorus girls or complains about how many frocks Erin has. In some detail, they remind us of their previous television exploits.
Sunday 22 February 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
With his creation of "nuevo tango" in the 1950s, Astor Piazzolla revolutionised the Argentinian tango in a manner which not even his self-imposed semi-exile during the Videla dictatorship could quell.
Sunday 02 November 2008
Friday 20 June 2008
How did a deleted scene from The Wizard of Oz come to hold all the clues to David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? The 1939 film starring Judy Garland originally contained a dance number called The Jitterbug. Costing $80,000 to make and taking five weeks to shoot, it was part of a larger subplot that was jettisoned in earlier script re-writes.
Monday 26 May 2008
In the final scene of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, just as the Marschallin is about to leave her lover, Octavian, to the younger woman, she says to Sophie: "No need to talk so much. You're pretty, that's enough." But is it? For those who hope that Octavian will come to his senses and leave the air-headed ingnue before it's too late, David McVicar's production plants some hopeful clues. Indeed, Octavian only just stops short of following the Marschallin out of that final scene, almost sparing us that saccharin duet between the young lovers. I reckon McVicar gives them about a month together.
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