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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:08 PM

A guide to San Diego Nutcrackers.

For those dedicated to the art of ballet, you’ll see the most skilled dancing from all-professional companies, of which San Diego has three: California Ballet Company, City Ballet of San Diego and San Diego Ballet. There’s also a touring troupe, the Moscow Ballet, bringing their “Great Russian Nutcracker” here. The downside of seeing the pros is that ticket prices are likely to be higher.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:10 PM

A preview of Portland Ballet's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be The Portland Ballet's first original holiday production in eight years, replacing annual performances of "La Boutique Fantasque," another John Clifford-choreographed piece.

"Midsummer" features beautiful dancing from leads Rupp (Titania), Deffebach (Oberon, Theseus), Caroline MacDonald (Titania, Hippolyta) and Luca Pitts (Puck) and stunning Technicolor costumes for the woodland bugs and fairies. A live orchestra from Portland State University will join the dancers, playing Felix Mendelssohn's music to accompany the tale of love, fairies, mischief and magic.


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:12 PM

Suzanne Kritzberg retires from Minnesota Ballet.
In a profession where the average retirement is 27, 41-year-old Suzanne Kritzberg, stands out. "I started dancing at the age of 11 in Chicago. I trained at Ruth Page, and I spent summers at Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest in Seattle," said Suzanne.

Before coming to Minnesota, Suzanne suffered a potential career threatening injury. "We couldn't get a proper diagnosis. I have what's called an Os Trigonum, which is an extra bone in one of my ankles." After what ended up being an easy fix, she danced her way to Duluth.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:14 PM

A preview of Smuin Ballet's 'The Christmas Ballet.'

The add-ons, fresh off the soft-sprung floor of the company’s rehearsal studio in San Francisco, are delivered courtesy of choreographers Amy Seiwert and Robert Sund.

Sund has created a second act men’s trio, which opens a lush gospel section Artistic Director Celia Fushille is reintroducing into the ballet. Blending the cherished legacy of Smuin with new artistic voices has won Fushille local and national recognition and the company critical acclaim.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:17 PM

Boston Ballet will retire its Nutcracker costumes after this season.

Next year, the ballet will roll out a new batch of costumes designed by Robert Perdziola, who has helped create costumes for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

It couldn’t come a moment too soon. Charles Heightchew, manager of costumes and wardrobe for Boston Ballet, concedes that the wardrobe department spends two to three months a year repairing “The Nutcracker’’ ensembles, which receive a vigorous workout each holiday season. Still Heightchew confesses he’s a little sad to see them go.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:22 PM

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Concert Ballet performs next weekend.

Concert Hour Ballet is a touring dance group consisting of Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division senior level students. The School's standard of excellence is recognized internationally and many talented students from across Canada, the United States and abroad seek acceptance into the program.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:24 PM

Ninette de Valois is honored in Ankara.

A cinevision show featuring the life of de Valois and her contributions to Turkish ballet was screened at the event which included guests such as Culture and Tourism Ministry Undersecretary Özgür Özaslan, State Opera and Ballet General Director and General Art Director Rengim Gökmen and U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis Ricciardone, along with many foreign and Turkish guests.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:25 PM

Anastasia Volochkova performs this weekend.

Anastasiya Volochkova, the extravagant prima of the Russian ballet, will go beyond her customary classical repertoire and perform new dances set to modern music.

In addition to the dance performances, she will even sing several songs composed exclusively for her and take part in the acrobatic stints of the ballet group “Keep Balance.”


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 11:27 PM

Broadway jacks up its prices for hot tickets and American Ballet Theater follows suit.

It was ticket demand for the 2001 musical “The Producers” that persuaded Broadway executives they could charge the then-staggering sum of $480 for the best seats. Such premium pricing has since caught on, especially for limited-run shows, and has even reached Off Broadway.

The practice has spread to other performing arts as well. American Ballet Theater began the practice during its spring season at the Metropolitan Opera this year and will continue it at performances this season at City Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where the company is presenting a run of “The Nutcracker.”

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:44 PM

The latest in Luke Jennings' MoveTube series in The Guardian.

In the last two clips (here and here), we looked at the way Rudolf Nureyev and Frederick Ashton use the attitude and arabesque positions to express potential and fully realised states. This is where that notion originates; both Nureyev and Ashton paid repeated tribute to Petipa and to the formal perfection of The Sleeping Beauty. Watching it, said Ashton, was "a private lesson" in choreography. In this clip we see Aurora, exquisitely danced by Alina Cojocaru of the Royal Ballet, introduced to four suitors. Each gives her a rose, and promenades her in attitude; both the rose and the attitude symbolising her unfurling into the bloom of womanhood. In the balances which follow, we also see Aurora's first adult statements of independence. The suitors offer their support, but ultimately she chooses none of them, and stands unsupported and – for the moment – free.




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