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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:05 PM

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center honors the memory of Lewis Swyer.

Lewis Swyer was one of the first business leaders to get behind the movement to create a performing arts center in the Saratoga Spa State Park. His company, the L.A. Swyer Construction Company, built the SPAC Amphitheatre. Swyer was SPAC’s longest serving Board Chairman, holding the position from 1974–1988. Swyer died in December of 1988.



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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

A review of "Metamorphosis: Titian 2012" by Kate Kellaway in The Guardian.

Yet at the Royal Opera House, as the curtain goes up on Conrad Shawcross's predatory, grey metal sculpture of Diana – like a praying mantis dominating the stage – it seems not only bold but prudent to have travelled such a distance from Titian. I love Shawcross's crazy, imaginative presumption in Machina. He has translated Diana's mettle to metal and her imperious finger into a robotic proboscis – at the tip of which a light burns like a cigarette in the dark. His Diana is pure intent, as she revolves and evolves to become part of the dance.



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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:08 PM

Changes in staff and company at Ballet West.

Beginning in the 2012-2013 season, former Ballet West Principal Artist Jane Wood-Smith joins the company as ballet mistress; leading dancer Christopher Ruud, while continuing to perform as a principal artist, has been appointed director of Ballet West II; and world-renowned choreographer Nicolo Fonte has been named resident choreographer for Ballet West.



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Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:15 PM

A review of New York City Ballet by Jay Rogoff in The Saratogian.

With the New York City Ballet season at SPAC over, Friday night brought a brilliant “Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet,” an intense “Moves,” and a delightful reprise of “Sinfonia.”

Then came the Saratoga premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s misbegotten “DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse” (“High-Speed Dance”), for four couples and a corps of 16. his 2006 Royal Ballet commission, which NYCB acquired this year, salutes Europe’s high-speed trains to a bland, chugging Michael Nyman score.




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