Bolshoi Ballet Reschedules "Nureyev"
Back in July, we were following a bit of a scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet. The company had been preparing to present a new ballet called "Nureyev," based on the life of famed dancer Rudolph Nureyev. However, only one week before the work was scheduled to open, the company suddenly announced that the work would not be performed at this time. (Did you miss it? Read the full story here)
Vladimir G. Urin, the general director of the Bolshoi, claimed that the ballet was postponed because of an under-rehearsed cast. However, at the time, there was a lot of speculation that it was related not only to the ballet's director, Kirill S. Serebrennikov (who is currently under house arrest for possibly embezzling government arts funding,) but because the homosexual subject matter may have been interpreted by some as too controversial for the country.
Well, it looks like the show will still go on. On Friday, the Bolshoi Ballet announced that the ballet will make its premiere on December 9th at the Bolshoi theater. Yuri Possokhov, the choreographer, will continue to direct rehearsals and is waiting for approval from the courts to meet with Mr. Serebrennikov for artistic collaboration.
Diavolo Goes Back to Dancing
Unfortunately, it’s the end of the America's Got Talent journey for the Diavolo dance company. The artists did not make top five, and they will not be headlining in Vegas. But the real question is, what happens to an act once they’re booted from the show?
We all know that when someone wins AGT, they become fairly famous. They win money, perform a lot, and they end up having their own show in Vegas. But what happens when someone loses? The answer? They go back to doing what they do best. And for Diavolo, that means going back to the concert dance world. In fact their next show is already scheduled; they will be performing at the Valley Performing Arts Center for their 25th anniversary celebration. The company will be showing ten of their most iconic works during a full day of dance and celebration.
So the company didn't win it all; however, they are definitely using their newfound popularity to their advantage. Their marketing technique for their next show includes the phrase, “You’ve seen them on America’s Got Talent, now come see them in person!” So the statement must be true - everyone who makes it to the finale is a winner!
Meet The Next Generation of Disney A-Listers
We all know the "Mickey Mouse Club" show on Disney Channel as the springboard for artists that we know and love such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, NSYNC's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, and heartthrob Ryan Gosling. You also probably know MMC from that song that will be stuck in your head for a week - "M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E". (You're welcome.)
Well, it's back with a brand new act. Disney has chosen to re-brand "The Mickey Mouse Club" as "Club Mickey Mouse," and episodes will be found exclusively on Facebook and Instagram. And - no surprises - the new cast members are a super talented group of teens.
There may be some names you recognize, like LA superstar Gabe De Guzman, immaBEAST's Jenna Alvarez, Australia's Got Talent star Ky Baldwin, and PULSE Elite Protégé Leanne Tessa Langston.
The first episode of Club Mickey Mouse launched on September 8th, but if you haven't caught a glimpse yet, here's a look at the theme song, where they were coached by choreographer, dancer, and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall (who will also be on the show as a mentor!). Make sure to pay attention - these talented youngsters just might be your boss one day.
Busy Bee Ballerino
We’ve all had to mutter those sad sad words and swallow the bitter truth. "Sorry, I can’t, I have rehearsal.” There are even T-shirts with that depressing phrase written across them. It’s just common knowledge that dancers have hardly any free time. So when Daniil Simkin announced that he will be joining Staatsballett Berlin, while maintaining his principal status with the American Ballet Theatre, the dance world was a bit surprised.
Most people can’t even walk and text at the same time, so the fact that Simkin will be juggling two companies at once is astounding. But not only is he going to have to handle being a part of two companies, he’s also walking into a somewhat controversial situation at Staatsballett. The company members in Germany have been petitioning their current directors because they have not been happy with their leadership for some time now. However, Simkin says that he will be a part of a new movement within the company that will be taking a new approach to the ballet classics. He also says that he is looking forward to performing more contemporary work and being closer to his mom and dad. The native German will be returning to his family and friends, while still staying close to his New York cohorts. It sounds like this lucky dude is really getting the best of both worlds. Now if only time machines were ready… then he could be a part of every major company in the world.