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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:55 AM

Pennsylvania Ballet breaks ground today at its new headquarters.

http://www.philly.co.../131492318.html

Two decades ago, the ballet company almost went out of business. It was drowning in debt and could no longer afford to keep its building at Broad and Washington, or maintain its own school.

Tuesday, it plans to break ground at 321 N. Broad St. for a $17.5 million project that will feature five dance studios, offices, and facilities for a soon-to-return School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:57 AM

A live transmission of the Bolshoi Ballet in "La Esmeralda" hits theaters.

http://www.nj.com/en..._esmeralda.html

—“La Esmeralda” is a famous 19th-century ballet that audiences outside Russia hardly ever see.
That’s enough reason to mob any theater where a digital presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet’s two-year-old revival is shown.

A live transmission of “La Esmeralda” opened a new series of “Ballet in Cinema” broadcasts at the Big Cinemas Manhattan Theater on Sunday, and the recording arrives at the Digiplex in Cranford this week.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

A review of the Royal Ballet by Sarah Crompton in The Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph...den-review.html

The centrepiece is Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, a short, impressionistic version of the Dumas story of Marguerite Gautier, the consumptive courtesan made famous by La traviata. Set to Liszt, it was originally conceived in 1963 as a star vehicle for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev; Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin are only the third cast ever to have performed it.

Despite its slender concept, it packs a huge emotional punch in the right hands - and Rojo’s are undoubtedly that. Swathed in Cecil Beaton’s sumptuous tulle creations, she looks gravely knowing from the start, snatching at her chance of happiness. She makes every tiny gesture telling and her staggering exit on pointe when Armand has publicly humiliated her is heartbreaking.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:00 AM

A video feature on Rudolf Nureyev's "Romeo and Juliet" from The Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph...s-60-years.html

This film about the ballet features rare footage of Nureyev rehearsing the dance, and interviews with original cast members including husband and wife, Frederic Jahn and Patricia Ruanne, who played Tybalt and Juliet.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:03 AM

Boston Ballet students pose for local artists outdoors. Item in brief with photo.

http://news.bostonhe..._an_impression/

Local artists got into the ballet spirit yesterday, sketching Boston Ballet students as they posed on the Museum of Fine Arts’ Huntington Avenue lawn as part of the museum’s annual free Fall Open House.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:04 AM

An interview with Marina Rzhannikova.

http://www.iol.co.za...to-sa-1.1154516

Rzhannikova, who is the prima ballerina for Stars of the Ballet Moscow, to be staged in Durban soon, explained: “I felt my interest in ballet sparked during my first visit with my mom to Bolshoi Theatre for Swan Lake. Already then I understood that to dance well was very difficult, but also very beautiful. Probably since that moment I have grown fond of ballet and love it up until now,” she said.

Rzhannikova is part of the cast of the best in Russian ballet who come to Durban this month courtesy of Edouard Miasnikov – who brought The Nutcracker here earlier this year.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:06 AM

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson appear in the House of Commons.

http://jury.thisislo...-education.html

The Royal Ballet dancers went to give support to Frank Doran MP who tabled an adjournment debate on the subject after Mr Willetts said dance was not a core academic subject and warranted fewer points in the A-level tariff.

Watson, who was born in Bromley, said he wanted to attend because he believed all young people should get the opportunity to take part in dance at school and he wanted to support “the future generations of great British dancers”.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:07 AM

Fabrice Calmels posts a brief blog item about the Joffrey Ballet's new "Don Quixote."

http://www.chicagono...offrey-is-back/

Yuri was looking to cut out a lot of unnecessary scenes and filler in order to keep the ballet running at a high pace. He is the same choreographer that created the wonderful "Bells" ballet for us last spring. He is a former San Francisco ballet dancer, but truly has emerged as an incredible mind of movement, creation, and innovation for new works and old.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:44 AM

Emery LeCrone, Andrea Miller, and Shen Wei are chosen to participate in New York City Center's inaugural Choreography Fellowship Program.

http://broadwayworld...ellows-20111011

During each yearlong fellowship, the choreographers will receive a generous stipend in addition to rehearsal space in the City Center studios and a performance opportunity at City Center. They will also have full access to City Center's administrative expertise in fundraising, finance, technology and marketing.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:49 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Kathleen O'Connell for danceviewtimes.

http://www.danceview...collection.html

Most of Wednesday evening’s leads were reprising roles they debuted last spring—Anthony Huxley (opposite Megan Fairchild) in “Square Dance”; Janie Taylor, Robert Fairchild, and Justin Peck in “La Sonnambula“; and virtually everyone in “Fearful Symmetries.” (For the record: Sterling Hyltin, Tiler Peck, Chase Finlay, Taylor Stanley, Lauren King, Allen Peiffer, Ralph Ippolito, Troy Schumacher, and Giovanni Villalobos.) Some of the younger dancers are still testing the possibilities of their new roles, but each turned in a genuine performance, and earned the right to be cast again. Returning role veterans at every level—corps stalwart Alina Dronova and soloist Adam Hendrickson in “La Sonnambula,” to name just two—danced with attention to detail and nuance. The corps was splendid throughout.




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