DanceThis Immersive Production of The Nutcracker Lets You Experience the Ballet Like You Never Have BeforeThe Land of Sweets just came to lifeBy Leilah Bernstein – December 8, 20171168ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe holiday season is always a festive blur, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on American Contemporary Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite. It’s the company’s first, um, crack at staging the beloved classic in such a way that audiences can actually enter a fantastical world of sweets and snowflakes for 60 minutes and afterward, sip some hot cocoa with the Sugar Plum Fairy.This wholly original production by ACB artistic director Lincoln Jones—which runs select dates, beginning this Friday through December 23—has so many things going for it that most Nutcracker performances don’t. For one, the space is located on the 32nd floor of downtown’s the Bloc, which offers sweeping views of the city (talk about dreamy). But more than that it’s the vibe that’s intimate, with Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by musicians who are seated behind the audience, meanwhile the dancers appear in front of you, without the barrier of a traditional proscenium stage.“I think if I came to this as a child,” says Jones, “I would come away with a love for classical music and dance that would stay with me into adulthood. But it isn’t just for kids. I also made this ballet for myself, as an adult, so I think it is really something families can share.” We spoke with him during the final weeks of rehearsal.ACB artistic director Lincoln Jones working with dancersPhoto by Megan MackWhy debut a Nutcracker now, in your seventh season?When we founded ACB in L.A., we had just two dancers and a borrowed warehouse. It took a while before we had grown to the size where we could do a Nutcracker. That said, I’m not sure I would have done otherwise, even given the resources. George Balanchine choreographed The Nutcracker, and so did Marius Petipa. Both are excellent versions, and I always felt that if I was going to do another, it would have to add something that neither of those productions had. I wanted it to be essential, even if you had seen both of those.How is your staging both similar and different from what audiences generally know?The original Nutcracker is divided into two parts. In the first, a story unfolds—that of a young girl who experiences something at her parents’ Christmas party that makes a big impression on her. In traditional productions, this part is mostly made up of pantomime and acting. In the second part, the young girl has a dream based on those experiences. It is in the dream that most of the dancing happens. In our version, instead of the audience watching a young girl have a dream, I wanted them to experience the dream directly. I wanted to put them inside of it.What’s it like inside? Our audience will experience something like the girl does when she travels into “The Land of the Sweets.” There is a door, but I can’t tell you what is behind it. For me, growing up, Christmas was strongly associated with a door. We’d go to the door of the living room early in the morning, and behind that door were the gifts wrapped so fantastically (I come from a family of really hard-core gift-wrappers), the fireplace, a great time with my siblings and parents. Outside of that door, our parents would tease us, saying things like, “Maybe we should do all the yardwork before we go in there.” So with The Nutcracker Suite, I wanted to create something of that experience, minus the yardwork. Maybe.Which aspects of the original E.T.A. Hoffmann Nutcracker story appealed to you that you wanted to explore?The Hoffmann version is very much about a young girl on the cusp of adulthood who is wonderfully imaginative. She sees her imaginative world set against the rather gray world of adults, social mores, and conventions. I think in his story, Hoffmann is showing a way forward, a way to enter adulthood without losing your individuality and imagination. He certainly didn’t.You have long been a student of dance history, researching original ballets and then restaging them. What inspired you here? Last summer we restaged the original Sugar Plum/Cavalier pas de deux from the premier Russian production from the notation and the Balanchine version to allow the audience to compare the two (Balanchine was heavily influenced by the former). We also re-created a dance from the original production that hadn’t been seen for 100 years. Most of the versions performed today are distant relatives of that original version, so re-creating it allowed me to study the source, which in some ways really didn’t exist anywhere else.Both Balanchine and Petipa’s versions were inspirations. Those two men’s work represent what I think is the most important lineage in ballet, the lineage that I think is the most vital to continue. Of course, the trappings of our production are different: the setting, the costumes, etc. But choreographically, though the steps are all different, I think you can see the influence. The true inspiration, however, was the dancers and the music. It is great music, and the ballet is made for the unique personalities of the dancers in the company.RELATED: These Candy-Colored Nutcracker Costumes Are Almost Too Gorgeous For WordsStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. 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Cabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce UncategorizedNovember 13, 2007 RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the appointment of board directors and chairpersons for several agencies that fall under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, at the (Nov. 13), post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.The board chairpersons are: stockbroker, Ed McKie, Trade Board; Entrepreneur, Gassan Azan, Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI); Consultant, Cleveland Stewart, Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC); Developer, Phillip Gore, Factories Corporation of Jamaica; Entrepreneur, Winston Dear, Kingston and Montego Bay Free Zone; Attorney-at-Law, Peter Goldson, Companies Office of Jamaica; and Richard Fontaine, Consumer Affairs Commission. Advertisements RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce
Canada investment supports more than 3,400 businesses across Ontario to leverage technology and adapt From: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern OntarioSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across Canada have been adapting to meet the demands of a new reality. Virtual platforms have presented a solution for managing employees, meeting new customers and working with disrupted supply chains. With support from the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), many businesses are meeting these challenges by learning how to digitize their business to adapt now and be more resilient in the future.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across Canada have been adapting to meet the demands of a new reality. Virtual platforms have presented a solution for managing employees, meeting new customers and working with disrupted supply chains. With support from the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), many businesses are meeting these challenges by learning how to digitize their business to adapt now and be more resilient in the future. In June 2020, FedDev Ontario announced a $7.5 million investment through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) for the Toronto Region Board of Trade to offer RAP at no cost to firms across Ontario looking to digitize their supply chains, develop customer acquisition systems and modernize back office operations. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and local Chambers are acting as referral agents to the program, with strong local knowledge of businesses in their regions looking for digital support. To date, more than 3,400 people have registered for RAP events, including the free Digital Needs Assessment (DNA). By completing the DNA, businesses gain access to a no-cost analysis of their current digital situation. Following the business analysis, immersive training and mentoring opportunities with program partners and industry leaders are available so that businesses can continue their progressive journey to evolve and build future resilience.Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), spoke to RAP graduates via video during a webcast panel. This webcast was one in an ongoing series of free virtual webinars for RAP participants, program graduates and interested businesses.Sarah Wilson, CEO of Canadian Safety Group Inc., and Dorin Radu, Executive Director of Nelson Industrial Inc., both completed one program stream of RAP and are now considered “RAP alumni.” They spoke to the group about the benefits of the program for their businesses.Canadian Safety Group Inc., headquartered in St. Catharines, provides a wide range of workplace safety support services, consultations and courses to help companies manage their safety obligations. Through RAP, the company gained confidence, identified positive trends already in place at Canadian Safety Group and they were able to take steps to improve and expand their online suite of courses and supports.Operating since 1973, Nelson Industrial Inc. is located in Pickering and offers custom-designed metal products for commercial, manufacturing and other industries. 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Naturally, the 2020 Outback is all-wheel-drive — come on, did you really expect anything else? — but it can now send power side-to-side via a new active torque-vectoring system cribbed from the WRX and STI. Other features include Subaru’s X-Mode powertrain mapping system now with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes, a 180-degree camera up front, and two new features added to its EyeSight suite of active safety tech. The first, the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System first seen on the 2019 Forester, is essentially a little camera pointed at the driver, monitoring their face for signs of distractions or fatigue. The second is a new lane-centering function built into the existing adaptive cruise control system.Visually, the Outback is precisely what we’d expect — a lifted Legacy wagon with more aggressive styling cues, just under 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and what Subaru calls body cladding “reminiscent of a hiking boot.” Go figure; the Outback’s always been for the more outdoorsy types. Inside, the Outback boasts improved materials and fit-and-finish, an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system available across most of the lineup, and more connected services, like the ability to be started remotely through an app. All in all, the 2020 Outback promises to be more of the same, but better. Like the Legacy, the Outback gains two new powertrains for 2020. A new, direct-injected 2.5-litre Boxer four-cylinder engine with automatic start/stop serves as the base, rated at 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. But again, like the Legacy, the big news here is the return of the turbo — a 2.4L turbo-four replaces the normally aspirated, 3.6L six-cylinder engine, pumping out 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are hooked up to a continuously variable transmission, and turbocharged Outbacks can tow up to 1,590 kilograms — more than enough to haul a BRZ or a Miata to the track. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSOutbackSubaruSUVAWD / 4x4CUV / CrossoverFamily / Mid-sizeGasNon-LuxuryNew YorkFamily VehiclesNew VehiclesNew York Auto Showall-wheel driveCrossovergasolineNon-Luxury When is it coming?Official pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but expect the Outback in dealers this fall.Should you buy it?The Outback’s always been something of a black sheep among the usual crop of CUVs. Most out there are amorphous blobs, but the Outback tends to err more towards the wagon end of the spectrum. If that sense of distinction isn’t enough to put the Outback on your shortlist the next time you’re looking for a new CUV, then the new platform and powertrains, more advanced safety tech, vastly improved cabin and trademark Subaru capability surely will. What is it?Like thunder follows lightning, the Subaru Outback follows the Legacy into 2020 thoroughly redesigned with a new look, revised platform and powertrains, and more safety tech under the skin.Why does it matter?The Outback isn’t Subaru’s sales leader — though it’s certainly up there there — but it’s Subaru’s bread-and-butter vehicle. Stereotypes aside, it’s the quintessential Subaru, carrying on into 2020 as the jacked-up Legacy wagon it’s always been. There’s a reason why so many people love these things, and the sixth-generation model takes a proven formula and makes it even better.For 2020, the big news is the Outback is underpinned by Subaru’s modular Global Platform architecture, currently found across the entire lineup, save for the BRZ, WRX and STI. The new platform translates into more interior space, improved handling, and even better collision performance — Subaru says the 2020 Outback absorbs about 40 per cent more energy in a collision.
Porsche has apparently asked boutique car manufacturer Singer to remove its latest off-road inspired 911 from its website, since the automaker’s name appears on the coupe without licence.Singer Vehicle Design’s ACS (All-terrain Competition Study) has been removed from the customizer’s website following its receipt of a message from Porsche’s legal department, according to Carscoops.The issue stems from the embossed PORSCHE lettering that adorn the rocker panels of the ACS, as well as the ‘Porsche’ sticker on the rear trunk lid. “We are glad to have a growing community of Porsche enthusiasts. They help us to ensure that so many Porsche cars originally built decades ago remain on the road and are still being enjoyed,” a Porsche representative said in a statement.“At the same time, we have a responsibility to out customers to ensure that Porsche products – designed and engineered by us – can be clearly and easily identified. This can range from an individual component or piece of clothing using our name through to whole cars. We do this by allowing only products created or directly licensed by us to carry the Porsche name.”Singer has yet to respond to requests for comment. The ACS is currently just a one-off for a very wealthy customer, but since Singer has hinted it could build more of them, Porsche wants to make sure people aren’t confusing the thing with a real Porsche product.Whether the ACS will return to Singer’s website after the name is removed remains to be seen. Other vehicles in the Singer lineup also feature the Porsche brand name emblazoned on them, although they appear to be safe for now. Consider this a warning for those who want to ride the coattails of other, more prestigious brands.Porsche is set to unveil its own “Safari” 911 in the coming months, so another wrinkle of the story might be that the German automaker doesn’t want Singer’s ACS to be confused with the real McCoy.LISTEN: We kick off Season 4 with at look at new EVs available in Canada. New Vehicles Singer jumps on ‘safari’ bandwagon with all-terrain Porsche 911 studyby Alex Reid | January 5, 2021 See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada advertisement RELATED TAGS911PorscheCoupeLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesSpeed & Performance We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED ‹ Previous Next › Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Published: June 27, 2007 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The legacy of Gilbert F. White, renowned University of Colorado at Boulder geography professor who died last fall, will be examined during the CU-Boulder Natural Hazards Center’s 32nd annual summer workshop. About 400 invited participants from across the United States and several other nations will gather July 8 through the noon hour July 11 to address such topics as the role of the private sector in disasters, pandemic flu, disaster management in China and the effectiveness of the National Flood Insurance Program. An all-day field trip to the sites of the Big Thompson and Lawn Lake floods will be held July 8. The Hazards Research and Applications Workshop will be held at the Millennium Harvest House at 1345 28th St. in Boulder. The event is not open to public. The opening plenary session on White, who was known worldwide as the “father of floodplain management,” will be held July 9 from 10:15 a.m. until noon. White’s work in natural hazards changed the way people interact with the environment. He founded the Natural Hazards Center in 1974. The annual workshop brings together emergency managers, insurers, planners, government officials, academic researchers and students who study or deal with extreme natural events such as great earthquakes, floods and wildfires. The Natural Hazards Center, part of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science, is funded by a consortium of agencies including the National Science Foundation and FEMA. For more information visit the center’s Web site at www.colorado.edu/hazards.
RelatedDBJ Committed to PPP Programme Photo: Contributed Fitch Ratings upgrades Jamaica Government Sovereign Rating –Outlook StableJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay The declining path of Jamaica’s public debt/GDP due to the National Debt Exchange executed in February 2013 coupled with an increase in primary surpluses and modest economic recovery, andAccess to multilateral funding which has eased external financing constraints. The Government welcomes the positive rating action of Fitch Ratings and is committed to continuous improvement in Jamaica’s fiscal and debt operations thereby facilitating further economic recovery and positive growth. Story HighlightsFitch Ratings on Tuesday, February 25, upgraded Jamaica’s long term foreign currency and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to ‘B-’ from CCC. The rating agency also raised the short-term foreign currency rating from C to ‘B’.The ratings were supported by several positive indicators. Preservation of broad macroeconomic and financial stability, FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPrivatization Could Result in US$500M Investment RelatedPM Upbeat on Growth The successful completion of two reviews under the IMF program and the satisfaction of all the quantitative targets and structural benchmarks for the third review, Advertisements Fitch Ratings on Tuesday, February 25, upgraded Jamaica’s long term foreign currency and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to ‘B-’ from CCC. The rating agency also raised the short-term foreign currency rating from C to ‘B’ and the Country Ceiling from B- to ‘B.’ The outlook was also upgraded to “Stable”.The ratings were supported by the following positive indicators:Reduced financing risks due to fiscal consolidation and the lengthening of domestic debt repayments, Fitch Ratings upgrades Jamaica Government Sovereign Rating –Outlook Stable Finance & Public ServiceFebruary 25, 2014Written by: Ministry of Finance and the Public Service 30 National
RelatedAdministrator General Says Quality Service Delivery A Priority NHT Employee Named Best Customer Service OfficerJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedVeteran Broadcaster Receives Award Advertisements Photo: Mark BellChief Judge, Carol Royes, presents National Housing Trust (NHT) employee, Ryan Campbell, with the Best Customer Service Officer trophy, during the Public Sector Customer Service Competition awards ceremony on October 9, at the Terra Nova Hotel. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedThree Public Entities in Manchester Cop Top Awards Story HighlightsIt was with joy and a sense of accomplishment that Ryan Campbell hoisted the coveted Best Customer Service Officer trophy.The 10-year employee of the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) St. Catherine office was being rewarded for dedicated and top class service to clients at the Public Sector Customer Service Competition award ceremony held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on October 9.Mr. Campbell was selected based on the votes of customers and was praised for his helpful personality and a positive attitude towards his job and clients. It was with joy and a sense of accomplishment that Ryan Campbell hoisted the coveted Best Customer Service Officer trophy.The 10-year employee of the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) St. Catherine office was being rewarded for dedicated and top class service to clients at the Public Sector Customer Service Competition award ceremony held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on October 9.Mr. Campbell was selected based on the votes of customers and was praised for his helpful personality and a positive attitude towards his job and clients.He tells JIS News that he is happy be recognised and that the customers acknowledge and appreciate his efforts.“I am elated that the customers have spoken and they have appreciated quality service and it’s an inspiration to continue to work hard and do even better for the future,” he says.Mr. Campbell’s job involves overseeing the operations of customer service and front desk, while monitoring how customers are being treated.He believes his availability to customers is what stood out and gave him the nod over the other nominees. “When customers meet me they feel as if they have known me for a long time because I have a genuine care for their concerns. I go over and beyond, so customers have access to me Saturday, Sunday, every day of the week,” he says.“I dedicate myself to giving quality service so I think they feel that genuine vibration when they come around me and I try to make everyone feel dignified, whether they are getting through or not. Some of the clients may not be qualified for what they came in for, but when they leave, at least they will be thinking that if it was possible, I would have made it happen,” he adds.Mr. Campbell tells JIS NEWS that he is an internationally certified customer service officer, who is occasionally selected by the organisation to train staff in the principles of good customer service and also offers self-development coaching to his co-workers.“(I like to motivate and empower my co-workers) because I realise that once you have a certain mindset you can do anything. I also set the bar for myself at a very high standard and ensure that I don’t drop the ball so I can be the catalyst and pull everyone to remain at a high standard,” he says.As it relates to the future Mr. Campbell tells JIS NEWS “the future is endless for me. I see myself going to great heights. I don’t have any limits but (as long as) I am around people and motivating people, then that’s where I see myself. When I am sharing knowledge and upliftment, that’s when I am most happy.”The competition, staged by the Cabinet Office through its Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Unit, rewards public sector entities and officers for excellence and improvements in customer service.The National Health Fund (NHF) and the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) were named winners of the Best Customer Service Entity award, taking home the Prime Minister’s Trophy and cash prize of $300,000 each. The NHF won in the ‘multiple location’ category, while the AGD was recognised as having the best single location.The NHT and the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) were first runners-up in both categories respectively. The FLA was also awarded the Cabinet Secretary’s Trophy for ‘The Most Improved Entity’ and walked away with a $200,000 prize.Meanwhile, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) won $100,000 and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) trophy for being the ‘Most Innovative/Creative Entity’, plus $50,000 and a trophy for being ‘Most Socially Aware’. NHT Employee Named Best Customer Service Officer Office of the Prime MinisterOctober 19, 2015Written by: Denise Dennis