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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:06 PM

Ballet Idaho and other arts organizations receive a grant from the city of Boise.

The city also announced that Trey McIntyre Project will continue as the city’s Economic Development Cultural Ambassador for the coming year.

Each organization will receive $15,000 from the city’s economic development fund, which was created in 2009 from the rental of the city’s rail property in southeast Boise.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:07 PM

A preview of the fall season in dance by Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times.

Neoclassical ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gets a showcase at Pacific Northwest Ballet, where four of his works will open the company's 2011-12 season.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:12 PM

The Ovation channel acquires a bunch of royal family documentaries, pop concerts, and the odd ballet item.

Ovation also has an annual programming event called “Battle of the Nutcrackers,” for which it seeks out new and classic filmed renditions of the popular ballet each year. For the next event, the network acquired U.S. premiere rights for the latest performance of The Nutcracker by the Royal Opera House from Brighton-based distributor Electric Sky.

It also acquired Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker from ITV Global Entertainment, along with U.S. premiere rights to William and Kate: A Modern Royal Romance and U.S. basic cable rights to Bertie and Elizabeth.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

A look at Degas'ballet paintings in connection with the Royal Academy exhibition by James Davidson in The Guardian.

In fact The Rehearsal is in its own way a historical fantasy as imaginary as Semiramis contemplating the construction of Babylon. The room never existed in the Palais Garnier, but belongs to its predecessor the Opera Choiseul which had burned to the ground some years earlier. Jules Perrot is also unhistorical and misplaced, for the figure is taken from a postcard of him in his younger days when he was working for the imperial ballet in St Petersburg.

The organisers call the picture a manifesto and, looking at it, it becomes easier to see the, at first rather surprising, affinity the curmudgeonly bachelor discovered in this world of girliness and frills.....



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:16 PM

Young Charlotte Johnson is accepted into Canada's National Ballet School.

Charlotte was among 50 new students selected recently for the Grade 6-12 school’s professional program following rigorous evaluations.

It became official after her parents Lisa and Desmond Johnson met recently for two hours with the school’s artistic director, Mavis Staines.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:18 PM

Igor Antonov will retire from Richmond Ballet.

A veritable highlight reel of Antonov’s career, the performance includes the company and Antonov dancing George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, along with excerpts from Apollo, Winslett’s Echoing Past, and William Soleau’s Nuevo Tango, plus Malcolm Burn’s Pas Glazunov and the "Black Swan Pas de Deux" from Swan Lake.

"I’ve been a professional dancer for 25 seasons, and I feel like it’s time to move on. As I have grown as a teacher, I’ve discovered that I enjoy teaching just as much as performing, and I am excited to be able to explore that aspect further." To honor the end of a luminous and brilliant stage career, Antonov’s fellow Richmond Ballet company members will surround him on stage in some of his favorite roles and ballets.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:19 PM

Ballet Nouveau Colorado kicks off its season next weekend.

While Carry On focused on mixed media of the musical variety, featuring artists of up and coming Denver based band Paper Bird, their next feature, Intersection will combine dance, poetry and film. Collaborating with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Artistic Director Garrett Ammon's Intersection follows life in suburban America when a teen in the community goes missing.

Michael J. Henry, Lighthouse Writers Workshop Executive Director, collaborated with Ammon on the project, spending five months selecting words, music, choreography, and converging all of the aforementioned. The composition features classical composers such as Bach and Chopin.



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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:20 PM

No plans to retire, says Alicia Alonso.

In a conversation with Europa Press, the founder of the celebrated company joked about the matter of who’s going to succeed her in that responsibility, because she plans to live 200 years, the Cubadebate Web site reported.

During the presentation of Swan Lake, on stage again starting from Wednesday at Barcelona’s Tivoli Theater, she asserted that she’s pleased with her experiences and family life, and acknowledged the importance of ballet for her existence. With the energy and enthusiasm that characterizes her, she pointed out that she loves life very much and that she will give it all she’s got and pass on her knowledge to other generations of dancers as long as she lives.




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