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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:12 PM

Ballet Wichita holds its first "art run."

Runners and dancers left a one-of-a-kind footprint on the bank of the Arkansas River during a Saturday morning race dedicated to love of local art.

Los Angeles artist Rachel Kice estimates about 400 people contributed to “The Footprint,” a billboard-sized painting created after the first Ballet Wichita 5K Art Run.



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:13 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre in "The Dream" by Marina Harss in The Faster Times.

Herman Cornejo’s Puck simply defies description. It goes without saying that he spends most of his time in the air, but what is even more striking is the way he creates shapes while he’s there–that is to say, with the same vividness and definition he might display if he were on the ground. Not only that, he lives in the music, which makes it all look effortless and twice as magical. He doesn’t overplay the role, or go for laughs, and manages to look both like a magical creature and like himself. He’s simply breathtaking.



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:16 PM

An overview of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts' first season by Patrick Neas in The Kansas City Star.

The opera, led by Ward Holmquist, offered a sumptuous production of "Turandot" and a sleekly modern "Nixon in China." The Kansas City Ballet opened its season with the world premiere of "Tom Sawyer," a work it commissioned from composer Maury Yeston. The ballet was choreographed by William Whitener, the group's artistic director.



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:19 PM

A blog post from Ricardo Bustamante.

We’ve just arrived at our first top – Hamburg, Germany. Yuan Yuan Tan, Sarah Van Patten, Tiit Helimets and Davit Karapetyan flew out a week in advance in preparation for a performance with the Hamburg Ballet as Guest Artists. Some of you may remember The Little Mermaid performances here in San Francisco – or, you may have even seen it on PBS! For the dancers, it’s a great opportunity, and of course an honor, to be invited to be the stars of a ballet that’s part of Hamburg Ballet’s repertory. The collaboration was truly amazing to see.



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

A review of the English National Ballet and Flawless in "Against Time" by Chrissy Symmons in The Shropshire Star.


The 10 male members of Flawless and 10 ballerinas from ENB took to the stage to perform the energetic show which was fast paced and impressive from the very start.
Dancers were body-popping, arabesque-ing, doing robotics and girls were en-pointe to a lively soundtrack which included hits from chart-toppers Beyonce, Maroon Five, Tinie Tempah and even Elvis Presley.



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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:27 PM

A review of American Ballet Theatre by Joan Acocella in the June 25 issue of The New Yorker. (Subscription only)

When Mikhail Baryshnikov took over as director of A.B.T., in 1980, he tried to reverse the guest-star policy. The artistic director for the past twenty years, Kevin McKenzie, is quite content to have foreign guests. Yet, however incorrect the policy, it would take a lot to persuade the writer that the company should not have brought in Alina Cojocaru.....




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