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ABT Ballet Dictionary

American Ballet Theatre – Ballet Dictionary

No. of terms: 170


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Description: The ABT dictionary is a beautiful work defining the most important ballet terms. If you have the QuickTime Player installed, you will be able also to enjoy demonstrations of the defined terms:
“Welcome to American Ballet Theatre’s Online Ballet Dictionary, a unique interactive resource designed to bring dance to the Web and make it accessible to everyone. Dover Publications has graciously allowed the use of 170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, which are then demonstrated by ABT Company dancers.

Admittedly, this is not a comprehensive list of ballet terms and forms. It cannot replace the learning opportunities of a course of intense study and training. However, it does provide a very accessible introduction to the world of ballet. The producers of this invaluable project are very grateful to the members of ABT’s artistic staff and the dancers union (I.A.A.) who gave freely of their time, particularly David Richardson and Georgina Parkinson. The success of this project would have been impossible without them.”

Example term: Cecchetti, Enrico [en-REE-koh cheh-KET-tee]
This Italian dancer and ballet master (1850-1928 ) was born in Rome, son of Cesare Cecchetti and Serafina Casagli. He studied with Giovanni Lepri, who was a pupil of the great Carlo Blasis, and made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1870. He toured Europe as a premier danseur and made his debut at the Maryinski Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 1887. He accepted the position of second ballet master at the Maryinski Theatre in 1890 and two years later became instructor at the Imperial School. His pupils included Pavlova, Nijinsky, Karsavina, Fokine, Preobrajenska, Kchessinska and Egorova. In 1902 he left for Warsaw, where he became director of the Imperial School, and in 1905 returned to Italy. Returning to Russia, he opened a-private school and later became the private tutor of Anna Pavlova, touring the world with her. From 1909 to 1918 he was the official instructor to the Diaghilev Ballet Company. From 1918 until 1923 he had a private school in London. He then returned to Italy and became ballet master at La Scala in 1925. He devoted the rest of his life to teaching and perfecting his teaching methods.

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Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Language: English

No. of terms: approximately 1500

Description: The Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre was a project initiated in 1993 by Gaetan Charlebois, a theatre editor. This project maintains a database of information about Canadian actors, directors, plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.  Today The Encyclopedia of Canadian Theatre is under the responsibility of the Athabasca University.

Example term Magnetic North Theatre Festival

An annual national theatre festival of contemporary Canadian plays in English, produced by the Canadian Theatre Festival Society and co-presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre. Founded in 2002, the Festival takes place every other year in Ottawa in early June, and in cities across Canada on alternating years: Vancouver (2008), Ottawa (2007), St. John’s Newfoundland (2006), Ottawa (2005), Edmonton (2004), Ottawa (2003).

The founding Artistic Director was Mary Vingoe ; the current Artistic Director is Ken Cameron .

The mandate of Magnetic North is to present a diversity of Canadian plays from across the country, of high artistic standards; to promote the dissemination of Canadian work that increases the awareness of Canadian theatre amongst artists, audiences, producers and presenters, nationally and internationally (website). Magnetic North productions are often picked up by theatres across the country for future seasons.

Productions have included Burning Vision (Ottawa 2003) and Copper Thunderbird (Ottawa 2007) by Marie Clements ; Ernestine Sushwap Gets Her Trout (Edmonton 2004) by Tomson Highway ; and The Adventures of Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil (Edmonton 2004) by Guillermo Verdecchia .

The 2008 Vancouver performances included Boxhead, an ontological farce by Darren O’Donnell of Crow’s Theatre; Hive2, a collective of 11 Vancouver indie theatre groups performing in a warehouse; An Evening With Uncle Val, a comic monologue written and performed by Andy Jones ; Loft, a multi-media circus show devised by Les 7 doigts de la main from Montreal; April 14, 1912, a hallucinatory account of the sinking of the Titanic, directed and conceived by Allyson McMackon, and performed by Theatre Rusticle from Toronto; Goodness, an investigation of modern morality by Michael Redhill, performed by Toronto-based Volcano experimental theatre company; So Many Doors by Celia McBride, performed by Sour Brides Theatre of Whitehorse, a play about the effects of the deaths of their infant children on two couples; Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring, performed by Playhouse Theatre Company and The Savage Society of Vancouver, with actors Ben Cardinal, Margo Kane, Billy Merasty, and dramaturgy by Sharon Pollock ; Blood.claat, a one womban story of growing up in Jamaica by d’bi young.anitafrika ; and Townsville, by the Chop/Studio 58 ensemble and Anita Rochon from Langara College.

The Festival also included symposia called “Magnetic Vibrations” which explore such issues as developing a performance tour, funding, modes of creation, and contemporary criticism; “Magnetic Encounters,” including “Celebrity Speakers” such as Gordon Pinsent , Sandra Oh , Mieko Ouchi , Sharon Pollock, Tantoo Cardinal, and Anosh Irani; “Tea with the Artists” — open forums for conversations with the playwrights, directors and actors; and “Lunchtime Encounters,” with debates by theatre artists on hot topics such as “Be it resolved that theatre is better than sex.” The “Industry Series” hosted a series of discussions, workshops, and talks on marketing, planning, environmental responsibility, closing the deal, theatre spaces, multidisciplinary collaboration, and pitching a performance.

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Keywords: Canada, theatre, theater, actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, theatre organizations, theatre institutions, composers,  plays, drama, theater dictionary, theater encyclopedia, encyclopedia, performing arts

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Glossaire du théâtre

Glossaire du théâtre By André G. Bourassa.

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Approximately some 400 entries covering theater history from the early beginnings up to our time. Slight Canadian focus.

My French knowledge is not good enough to evaluate in depth French dictionaries and glossaries. But in this case I have no doubts. I studied theater many years ago in Vienna and it is clear to see that this glossary is a fine collection of relevant words. An additional sign for the seriousness of the author is the attached bibliography done in the best academic manner.

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