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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:56 AM

Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents the second act of "Swan Lake."

http://www.outandabo...om/article/5043

DTT will present this timeless classic as part of its opening season series titled "At 75 - A Tribute to Elaine Thomas," DTT’s Assistant Artistic Director. As Ballet Mistress to many prominent companies around the world, guest artists from Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Australian Ballet and others will add their artistry and accolades to this very special celebration.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:58 AM

Ballet Nouveau Colorado opens its season this week.

http://www.broomfiel...com/ci_18886498

Fittingly, the 10th season also introduces six new dancers to the company. Veteran dancer Sarah Tallman said it is not unusual to have dancers leave, but it is unusual to have had the same dancers for several seasons. "We've had the same group for so long," she said.

Because the opportunity is so rare, getting a chance to dance for a professional dance company doing the kind of innovative work found at Ballet Nouveau tends to be something a dancer holds onto, she said.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:00 AM

Rex Harrington is interviewed by Bob Clark for The Calgary Herald's blog.

http://blogs.calgary...rex-harrington/

Given his interest in musical theatre, and having so recently taken an active role in San Francisco Ballet choreographer Val Caniparoli’s re-shaping and re-working of Tosca Cafe for its Theatre Calgary run, would Harrington himself ever be likely to try his hand at choreographing for either the theatre or ballet stage?

“I’ve never really choreographed,” says Harrington.“I don’t know whether it’s just fear that’s held me back."



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:02 AM

A preview of the Royal Danish Ballet by Mette Windberg Baarup for The Copenhagen Post.

http://www.cphpost.d...ing-father.html

And just to put the icing on this supernatural cake, the Royal Danish Ballet’s superstar, 22-year-old Alban Lendorf, who was just awarded the prestigious Leonide Massine Award as most outstanding male dancer of the year, will be making his debut as James. This could very well be one of those debuts that will go down in ballet history, and personally I cannot wait to see what Lendorf will bring to this role, which is one of the most coveted in the male repertoire of the Royal Danish Ballet.

As the second part of this double bill, the Royal Danish Ballet presents a piece by Flemming Flindt, another choreographer who has played a crucial part in the history of the Royal Danish Ballet. The Lesson, created in 1963, was Flindt’s debut as a choreographer. It is based on Romanian playwright Eugčne Ionesco’s La Leçon, a story about an ill-tempered and slightly sadistic professor, who in Flindt’s adaption became a ballet teacher who loses control over himself whenever another young and eager ballerina in spe enters his dingy basement studio.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:05 AM

Interviews with dancers Meredith Kalaman and Daniel Marshalsay by Janet Smith for the Straight of Vancouver.

http://www.straight....h-beyond-ballet

“When I went to Arizona I hadn’t done fully classical work,” he explains, taking a break in the Ballet B.C. boardroom at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. “I figured I’m young; I might as well get the classical ballet while I still can . It was a good experience, but it wore off, it fizzled—not that I conquered classical ballet, because you can’t. It’s unending. But classical ballet is so confined and has that exactness—exact positions, exact steps.”

Marshalsay made a name there, achieving coveted principal roles like Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty. “Ballet Arizona is a good company. They have very strong dancers and to be one of them felt good,” Marshalsay explains. “I liked the fact that I was getting good recognition and being pushed physically, but I wasn’t being pushed artistically.”



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:08 AM

A preview of Ballet Philippines' "Inamorata."

http://www.journal.c...n-all-her-glory

To show a sampling of woman’s strength, Inamorata also presents the bravura pas de deux from Flames of Paris. Originally from the full-length ballet set in the French Revolution, choreographed by Vasily Vainonen with music by Boris Asafieve, the pas de deux is now a standalone showpiece performed by the strongest dancers in prestigious ballet competitions around the world.

Completing the performance are fresh new works choreographed by the best Filipino choreographers: Ballet Philippines’ artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, BP resident choreographer Alden Lugnasin, former BP artistic director Denisa Reyes, Dwight Rodrigazo, Novy Bereber, and Hong Kong-based choreographer and 2010 Gawad Buhay winner for Outstanding Choreography Carlo Pacis. Each one will present a dance sketch of their muse, accompanied by the heavenly voices of sopranos Rachelle Gerodias and Camille-Lopez-Molina.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:17 AM

A review of the Australian Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet" by Eamonn Kelly in The Australian.

http://www.theaustra...6-1226137199031

The traditional plot is largely retained but Murphy and his creative team have chosen to split the action between Verona and a sequence of colourful landscapes: the ball unfolds in an ice palace, a Buddhist temple serves as the meeting place with a holy man, Mercutio and Tybalt are killed in a garish Indian bazaar, and Romeo and Juliet commit suicide atop an altar of skulls in the middle of a stylised red desert. Gerard Manion's sets are expertly realised but these changes of setting detract from the unfolding narrative.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:22 AM

Maria Kowroski is featured in a Grand Rapids television story. Video.

http://www.woodtv.co..._Maria_Kowroski

Maria Kowroski started her dance career right here in West Michigan and is now a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She's back home to help the school that got her started - the Grand Rapids Ballet - celebrate it's 40th anniversary. She shares her journey as a West Woman with us today.



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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:25 AM

An interview with Ayisha McMillan of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

http://www.thecharlo...News&refno=3962

McMillan says the lessons learned outside dance transcend beyond the studio. “I hope to be able to share dance with many different people,” she said. “I think that specifically in classical ballet there are very few black women who study ballet particularly on the levels that prepare them to be professional dancers.”

While McMillan was a dancer with NCDT, she was the first African American woman to play a principal role in “Nutcracker.” She also performed as Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan” and was featured in Alvin Ailey’s “The River,” as well as in George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”



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Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:04 PM

A preview of Grand Rapids Ballet Company's fortieth season by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk in The Grand Rapids Press.

"Serenade" is the first work the Russian-born choreographer created in the United States and a signature work for New York Ballet.

Kowroski, a Grand Rapids native, returns for one night only to dance the piece that's a staple of NYCB's repertoire. The show is sold out. "It's a very special ballet. It's so wonderful to dance, and every single person has so much to dance," she said. "You feel like you're satisfied when you're finished dancing it."




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