Monthly Archives: June 2017

International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part IX

Dear Readers: Today, July 1, I will close out this series on ballet (postponing my usual close-of-month metrics by one day),  by reviewing an episode of the most-excellent ballet reality show Ballet à la Russe.  Which episodes can still be found … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part VIII

Dear Readers: When I told you we would be done today with this ballet thing, I lied.  Today we will indeed finish Anna Gordeeva’s piece.  But I have one more thing to go over (tomorrow), namely, that RT Ballet Episode … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part VII

Dear Readers: Today and tomorrow we will be finishing up Anna Gordeeva’s review of the Moscow International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just finished its 13th (quadrennial) tournament in Moscow last week. You know when you’re watching the Oscars, … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part VI

Dear Readers: After a brief detour for Joy Womak’s backstory, we return to Anna Gordeeva’s review of the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just completed its 13th run in Moscow last week.  Here is/was the schedule of events, as … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part V

Dear Readers: Continuing with Anna Gordeeva’s review of the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just concluded its 13th run in Moscow last week. But today I have to take a little sidebar to go through Joy Womak’s interview … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part IV

Dear Readers: I continue with Anna Gordeeva’s review of the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just concluded its 13th run in Moscow last week.  Even though nobody has left a comment, these posts have been drawing a respectable number … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part III

Dear Readers: When we left off, in Anna Gordeeva’s review of the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just concluded its 13th tournament in Moscow this past week — Anna had pointed out that European artists are not interested in … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part II

Dear Readers: Working through this piece, from Lenta.Ru, about the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography, which just completed its 13th occurrence.  Author Anna Gordeeva writes with a negative tone about the decline of Russian ballet, and about the competition … Continue reading

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International Ballet Competition in Moscow – Warning Signs – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece for you, from Lenta.Ru, about the International Competition of Ballet and Choreography.  The contest is held every 4 years at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Number XIII just completed a couple of … Continue reading

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Death of ISIS Leader – a Stroke of Luck for the Syrian Army? – Part III

Dear Readers, Today we finish working through this piece by Evgeny Krutikov, analyzing the life and puported liquidation of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  (Whom I will henceforth abbreviate as ABAB not to be funny, but just for convenience.) Where we left … Continue reading

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