Ballerina Patricia Zhou featured on Adidas My Girls

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From the Adidas web site:

From the moment she wakes up until she goes to sleep at night, Patti Zhou has ballet on her mind. In between, you’ll find her training, at least four hours of ballet class every day. Plies, tondus and pirouettes: it’s a routine she’s honed over time through hard work and dedication.

“You have to treat your body like a machine,” says Patti. “If you don’t give the machine fuel, it’s not going to run. I think a healthy, balanced diet is really important – and especially lots of sleep so your body can recharge and recover for the next day.”

Read the full story here.

Photo via Twitter.

Malakhov & Friends – The Final Ballet Gala

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In the great, international world of ballet, gala events play an important role: they are a meeting place for the elite of the dance world; they are glamorous social events, and they serve as a melting pot for the new and the traditional, for young talent and big stars. Many trends which have shaped the history of ballet had their origins in a gala programme. The fact that dance in general, and ballet in particular, is traditionally imbued with a love of display may explain the success which is always enjoyed by the ballet gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS. A theatre evening could hardly be any more ingenious, entertaining, or surprising. The mix is the thing: a rediscovered piece of bravura ballet may stand alongside a première performance, but both pieces immediately reveal to the audience the pure energy of dancers who are masters of their art form.

In January 2014, the gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS will be dedicated to the 10-year jubilee of the Staatsballett Berlin, which was founded under the theatrical management of Vladimir Malakhov in January 2004 as part of the Stiftung Oper in Berlin (the Opera in Berlin Foundation).

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International Guest solists:

Julie Kent and Sascha Radetsky/Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theater
Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino, Bavarian Staateballet
Matthew Golding, Het National Ballet
Mizuka Ueno and Mika Yoshioka, Tokyo Ballet
Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov, Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg

Soloists from Staatsballett Berlin:

Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
Wieslaw Dudek
Mikhail Kaniskin
Beatrice Knop
Rainer Krenstetter
Vladimir Malakhov
Vladislav Marinov
Nadja Saidakova
Iana Salenko
Dinu Tamazlacaru
Marian Walter

DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

PREMIERE: Tuesday, 21.01.2014, 19:30
TICKETS: 38 – 122 €

Further Events:
21 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 27 January 2014
27 | 28 | 31 March 2014

Conductor: Robert Reimer
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Baryshnikov Plans Fund-Raising for Cage and Cunningham

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is opening a campaign to raise $1 million for artistic fellowships named for the composer John Cage (1912-92) and the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The effort, to be announced on Thursday, is intended to give artists a place to work, specifically in Studio 6A, a 43-square-foot top-floor space at the Baryshnikov Center in Midtown Manhattan. The room, which is column free with a glorious view of the Hudson River, is to be called the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio. Mikhail Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, is opening a campaign to raise $1 million for artistic fellowships named for the composer John Cage (1912-92) and the choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). The effort, to be announced on Thursday, is intended to give artists a place to work, specifically in Studio 6A, a 43-square-foot top-floor space at the Baryshnikov Center in Midtown Manhattan. The room, which is column free with a glorious view of the Hudson River, is to be called the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio. [Source]