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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

Liam Scarlett is interviewed by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

Which role? One of Carabosse’s rats in the Prologue, he says, seemingly unconcerned that he’s due to commence his evil duties, in costume, in 10 minutes. “It’s not a problem,” he says. “I just have to throw on the rat’s head.”

Mr. Scarlett is good at changing hats. On Jan. 6 his new work for Miami City Ballet, “Viscera,” opens at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. And while “Asphodel Meadows,” his breakthrough piece for the Royal Ballet, was being performed in November, he was busy choreographing for the maverick troupe the Ballet Boyz, as well as coping with his usual dancer’s schedule of rehearsal and performance.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:18 AM

Dancer and teacher Feo Mustakova-Genadieva of Bulgaria has died at age 102.

She performed at the Folies Bergère and Lido in France, going on to ballet performances on the big stages of Europe and the United States, the ministry said.

As one of the country’s best ballet teachers, Mustakova-Genadieva launched the careers of a whole constellation of Bulgarian dancers at the Stefan Makedonski State Musical Theatre, the statement said.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:19 AM

An interview with Missie Santomo, managing director of Cincinnati Ballet. Subscription only.

That’s where Santomo, the ballet’s managing director, can watch the complex dance of the ballet’s other employees who bring a production to life – from the wardrobe department to the backstage crew and everyone in between.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

Atlanta Ballet receives a $2 million grant. Subscription only.

The Goizueta gift will help the Atlanta Ballet implement two primary objectives of its strategic plan — $1 million will go towards helping support the Ballet’s internal capacity initiative to help pay for emergencies ...



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:24 AM

A look at the year in dance by Jasmina Wellinghoff for The San Antonio Express-News.

Ballet and flamenco continue to be the dominant dance genres in San Antonio, though visiting productions of contemporary dance and a few Latin-flavored shows based on popular dances also have contributed to the increasingly exciting local dance scene.

On the ballet front, the best news comes from Ballet San Antonio. Growing more confident and ambitious, the company has expanded its programming from two to four productions this season and ventured into producing a brand-new story ballet, “Dracula,” which premiered in October.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:35 AM

A letter to the editor of The Financial Times begs to differ with Clement Crisp about the ubiquity of Nutcrackers.

The Hong Kong Ballet performed only 13 shows and I’m still hungry for more. Send them my way please.



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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:29 PM

Texas Ballet Theater offers fitness classes.

TBT's program has expanded to include several types of dance classes to appeal to a greater adult audience. Beginner and intermediate ballet classes for teens and adults are offered, as well as jazz/hip-hop for teens and adults. Six-week courses will also be offered for "absolute beginner" ballet for teens and adults, and pre-drill team just for teens. A ballet boot camp -- a five-day series of hour-and-a-half ballet barre fit classes in the mornings -- will launch Jan. 2. And perhaps the most popular addition to the course offerings has been the "silver slippers" class for adults age 55 and up.....

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:34 PM

A story on the state of play at Scottish Ballet by Tim Cornwell in The Scotsman.

Page continues to be hugely supportive of his dancers and their shows, but it has been a little difficult for the company to trumpet his achievements. He said in November 2010 he was leaving with “great sadness and regret”, turning down his board’s offer of just a one-year extension to his contract, saying he had wanted up to five more. The departure was meant to be amicable, but sounded like acrimony.

It left him with nearly two years in post, with his replacement, Christopher Hampson, taking the reins this summer. Streetcar, though Page hasn’t personally choreographed it, is the last production he has commissioned. Next Christmas, his influence will loom large again, with posters already promising his Nutcracker as next year’s big seasonal revival.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:17 PM

The Birmingham Royal Ballet brings "Beauty and the Beast " to Salford.

David, who went to school in the Holme Valley and whose parents still live in Honley, is director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and renowned worldwide for his work as a choreographer.
He is also the artistic director of Japan’s National Ballet.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:19 AM

Listings for the winter season in dance by John Wenzel in The Denver Post.


"Stepping Out 2012," Boulder Ballet, Feb. 17-19, Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, (303-871-7720 or rmpbs.org). Not to be confused with the above performance, Boulder Ballet's annual contemporary choreography show includes works by Boulder Ballet artistic directors Ana Claire and Peter Davison, as well as guest choreographer Valerie Madonia, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet.




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