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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

Alastair Macaulay reviews the New York City Ballet:

http://www.nytimes.c...its-riches.html

Between performances on Saturday, the former ballerina Kyra Nichols and ballet master in chief Peter Martins compared and contrasted the choreographer Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Such reminders of how things used to be can be uncomfortable. There are important ways in which today’s City Ballet is less distinguished than 30 years ago. As the season continues, I hope I remember to speak of them and other causes for concern.



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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

Gia Kourlas reviews the ABT Studio Company:

http://www.nytimes.c...mel-center.html

The Studio Company of American Ballet Theater has undergone various changes over the years, but in 2011 the group officially became a part of the ballet theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. On Friday night that connection was apparent as injuries led to some prominent cast changes; dancers, plucked from the school as well as Ballet Theater, were called in to fill the gaps.



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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:55 PM

An interview with Bess Kargman, director of "First Position":

http://blog.seattlep...r-bess-kargman/

I made this film just as much for people who don’t love ballet as for people who do. I thought I could make it interesting and relatable. A lot of people come up to me and say I don’t like ballet, but I really loved your film, and that means so much to me. That means that I’ve exposed people to dance and showed the intimate lives of these dancers, even if they’re not obsessed with ballet.



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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

Sid Smith reviews Ballet Chicago for the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotr...0,7042728.story

Long delayed, Ballet Chicago and its student company, backed by visiting guest stars, made an impressive Harris Theater debut over the weekend with a trio of topnotch George Balanchine classics performed ably enough to duly celebrate his genius.

All young dancers, professionals and students alike, are challenged by this material, which is among the most daunting of the discipline. But a program of "Concerto Barocco," "Rubies" and "Who Cares?" is a feast redolent of the highest the art can achieve, and Ballet Chicago's ensemble, stumbling only slightly here and there, rose to the occasion Saturday with results consistently pleasing and sometimes thrilling.



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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:00 PM

City Ballet of San Diego produces a new "Romeo and Juliet", choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich:

http://www.utsandieg...ing-experience/

Watching the tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet” can bring an audience to tears. For choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich, the tears came throughout the process of creating a new “Romeo and Juliet” for City Ballet of San Diego.

“I would sit there when I was choreographing this, and I would cry and cry,” Wistrich says. “The music to me just spoke volumes.”




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