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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:21 PM

A preview of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's annual ballet gala.

Known as one of the most elegant, yet affordable events of the Saratoga season, guests enjoy live music and candlelight picnics and parties on SPAC’s lawn.



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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:24 PM

A preview of Verb Ballets' new season by Donald Rosenberg in The Plain Dealer.

Will the same reaction occur when Verb Ballets performs Richard Dickinson's "The Rite of Spring: The Bride Unseen" a month shy of the original work's centennial? Not likely, but the Cleveland company's performances next April at Cleveland Public Theatre promise to be among the most anticipated events of Cleveland's 2012-13 dance season.

Dickinson is one of three choreographers Verb has invited to spend extended time with the dancers during the coming season. Programs will center on new works by Dickinson, Antonio Brown and Chung-Fu Chang, all of whom created successful works for the company last season.



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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:27 PM

Justin Peck talks about his new ballet to Jay Rogoff in The Saratogian.

“In Creases” was originally Peck’s project for NYCB’s New York Choreographic Institute, and grew significantly longer for NYCB, at the suggestion of ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins.

“My choreographic movement always evolves,” Peck says. “I try to think like an architect in the studio. Just as a building begins with the framework, I start with a basic structure of movement. Then I go back and layer on details, hoping to arrive at something of greater substance and beauty.”



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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:28 PM

A guide to NYCB's Saratoga schedule by Rogoff for The Saratogian.

Most performances include three or four ballets. These capsule descriptions should help you plan your ballet-going. Titles are followed by the choreographers, the composers and the performance dates. “M” indicates a matinee.



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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:51 PM

A review of the Royal Ballet by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

Birthday Offering isn't great Ashton. It's not even particularly good Ashton. It fetishises difficulty and lacks charm. But the inescapable truth is that the Royal Ballet could dance it then, and it can't dance it now. The company does many things brilliantly, and its repertoire is of a breadth undreamed of in the 1950s. But the fact that an antique pièce d'occasion should quite so completely undo its senior female dancers tells a sobering tale about the Royal's recruitment policy, and about the schooling that was once its pride.



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Posted 10 July 2012 - 12:48 PM

Ballet Arizona needs funds to move to bigger digs.

They're not practicing choreography -- there are just two restrooms at the dance company's studio, which hosts 250 students each week in addition to its 34 professional members.

Ballet Arizona hopes to solve its space constraints, which include inadequate parking and the need to rent space off-site for costume storage, by moving to a larger space at 28th and Washington streets in January. Renovations at the new location have already begun, but the company isn't finished raising the funds it needs.




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