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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:29 AM

Hee Seo is interviewed in The Korea Times.

“This upcoming performance in Korea means a lot to me,” said the soloist, who received the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award.

“Personally, I would like to dedicate this Giselle to my father who has been too busy with his work to visit New York. He will see my performance with ABT for the first time,” she added.



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:34 AM

The Joffrey Ballet hires three new dancers.

They include: Yoshihisi Arai, who began his training in Japan, went on to Britain’s Royal Ballet School and most recently danced with the Tulsa Ballet; Guillaume Basso, who initially trained in Dijon, France, went on to study at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and, since 2010, has danced with the Houston Ballet II; and Cara Marie Gary, a native of Belton, S.C., who most recently was an apprentice with the Orlando Ballet and danced with American Ballet Theatre’ ABT II troupe.



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:35 AM

The Pennsylvania Ballet wastes no time in getting Nutcracker season underway.

On Monday, join your favorite Nutcracker characters for activities, special ticket offers and more. While you're there, you can become part of Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker ad campaign by posing for the on-site photographer and answering the question, "How do you know it's Nutcracker Season?"



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:38 AM

Reviews of Dance GB, a joint presentation by the national companies of England, Scotland, and Wales.

The Independent

Is ballet a sport? Of course it’s not, in the competitive sense, although the physicality and athleticism on the bill for Dance GB, a three-way collaboration between Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics, would surely impress any national selectors.


The Stage

Christopher Bruce has taken a more literal path for the National Dance Company Wales’ Dream. From a 1940s coronation children’s sports day - concisely evoked by Bruce’s own costumes and design - the parents look on and dream of future Olympic glory.

A startling interjection by Camille Giraudeau brings those dreams to life, to the incessant crescendo of Ravel’s Balero. Costumes are shed, while egg-and-spoon and sack races transform into representations of the various Olympic sports. There is a wry inclusion of ice dancing and a momentary, tongue-in-cheek representation of the Olympic rings.


The Guardian

Scottish Ballet sets the tone by commissioning a work from contemporary dance-maker Martin Lawrance (who has only ever choreographed two small-scale ballets). Set to John Adams's hurtling Son of Chamber Symphony, Run for It takes inspiration from Einstein's observation that "dancers are the athletes of God". Cleverly, however, the necessary intensity is delivered through the texture of the piece, rather than through flashy detail: it's the dynamic, unexpected formation of a pattern that makes us catch our breath, or the whiplash momentum of a spiralling body in a high lift. Just occasionally, when Adams's score turns most joyfully raucous, I wish Lawrance would cut a bit wild. But he is a choreographic natural: the steps fit the dancers and fit each other, with an exhilarating ease.



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:47 AM

A review of the English National Ballet and Flawless by David Bellan in The Oxford Times.

A romance develops between Alison McWhinnev and Leroy Dias dos Santos in which their bodies and also their styles gradually blend, with dos Santos partnering very well in a tender duet. McWhinney is the only soloist among the girls, while Flawless are allowed, time and again, to show us all their impressive repertoire. The result is that this is really Flawless’s show; they have the best moments and steal the limelight as they are great showmen.



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:49 AM

A preview of the Paris Opera Ballet's Chicago engagement.

The company’s Harris Theater engagement offers a tantalizing taste of all this great troupe can do, but what a teaser. In addition to the Lifar ballet, the program includes the indestructible Giselle, Roland Petit’s L’’Arlésienne (set to Bizet and situated amid a Van Gogh-like landscape), and Maurice Béjart’s erotically charged Bolero, performed to that maddening (or magical, depending on your point of view) score by Maurice Ravel. A living link to the dance traditions first promoted by Catherine de Medici in the 16th century and as rich in treasures as any museum and as creatively au courant as the latest media-driven meme, the Paris Opera Ballet occupies an unassailable position in world culture Allez-y!



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:03 PM

An obituary for Tiffany Glenn of San Jose Ballet.

When word spread last week that her condition was grave, there was an outpouring of support and prayers posted on Facebook and emailed directly to her. Tuesday's San Jose City Council meeting was adjourned in her memory, at the request of Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen.

"Tiffany's unique qualities and talent shone through on and off the stage. I have never worked with a dancer with such determination, drive, strength and courage -- she was a tigress," said Raymond Rodriguez, Ballet San Jose's principal ballet master. "She will be missed by her Ballet San Jose family and the dance world at large."



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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:08 PM

A profile of David Otto by Lisa Schlansker Kolosek in The Saratogian.

It was at the Met that he first fell in love with the theater and envisioned a life on the stage.

Among the last to be personally selected by George Balanchine to join the corps of NYCB in 1979, Otto went on to dance both soloist and principal roles in some of the greatest ballets choreographed by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins including “Symphony in C,” “Emeralds”|(from “Jewels”), “Glass Pieces” and “Fancy Free.”




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