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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:12 AM

Sergei Polunin will appear in "Men in Motion" at Sadler's Wells.

A new signal of Polunin's intentions is that he himself will choreograph a work on the bill. This time it's also expected that Nacho Duato's kooky male trio, Remanso - canceled last time due to the visa obstructions - will be performed.



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:19 AM

Birmingham Royal Ballet announces its 2012-13 season.

Birmingham Royal Ballet has outlined its 2012-13 season for its home base in Birmingham, indicating a shrunken repertoire due to subsidy cuts, but with a new full-length family ballet by David Bintley, Aladdin.

The season will celebrate the art of storytelling, says the company, and some performances will have early starts to pitch at families. Only one mixed bill is announced, attesting to the damage done to the broader performance repertoire by the swingeing cuts in grant.



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:10 PM

Wayne McGregor will collaborate with Mark Ronson on a new piece for the Royal Ballet.

Ronson will work with songwriter Andrew Wyatt, who is a member of Miike Snow, to create nine songs for the production. Wyatt contributed to two songs on Ronson's last album 'Record Collection'.

According to the Royal Ballet, the songs will "focus on the Jungian theme of anima/animus and the theory of collective masculine and feminine unconscious".



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:12 PM

Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers talk about dancing Giselle.

Generations of viewers have loved Giselle and generations of ballerinas have dreamt of performing it. San Francisco Ballet’s Lola de Avila is coaching the dancers in the Romantic-era style of the late 1800s, when Marius Petipa set it on the Imperial Russian Ballet. That style—“very strong technique, beautiful lines, solid balance, very light jumps, fast feet movement, soft and beautiful arms,” Chen says—tests performers in every way.



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:13 PM

Michael Popkin reviews New Chamber Ballet in “Caprice,” “Leise, Leise,” “Emilia,” “Spieglein,” “Slow Dancing to Kurt Weil,” and “Ghost Story” at the City Center Studios for danceviewtimes.

New Chamber Ballet’s evening of six short works – four by company director Miro Magloire and one each by Emery LeCrone and Constantine Baecher – was a refreshing counterpoint to big company ballet. The works use classical dance unpretentiously to tell stories, seasoned by good music and the appeal of attractive dancers. In the close-up space of City Center Studios, the audience sits in five rows of folding chairs right on top of the performance space, and the immediate experience of music and dance carried the day.



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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:38 AM

A story on the Ronson-McGregor collaboration from BBC News.

The currently untitled piece features in a triple bill that will have six performances at the Royal Opera House.

Designer Gareth Pugh and songwriter Andrew Wyatt will also collaborate on what has been described as "a perfect fusion of pop, dance and fashion".



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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:08 AM

Pennsylvania Ballet II marks its tenth anniversary. Video.

Pennsylvania Ballet II consists of seven pre-professional dancers who visit 15 to 20 schools in the area every year. It was their 9th visit to the CW Henry School.

They showed the Kindergarten through 4th graders some fundamental ballet moves, and the audience was especially thrilled to see their Coach, Chris Kuncio, help a dancer with a promenade.




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