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Wednesday, December 12


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

A letter to the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune praising Ballet West.

Whether on its home stage at the Capitol Theatre or earning standing ovations in Washington, D.C., these artists-athletes are a true jewel in the crown of the multitude of cultural resources we have in Utah.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:21 AM

Ballet Nouveau Colorado is changing its name, among other things.

"This name has served us well, but it's time to go in a new direction," says Ammon. "It's been an amazing journey and we feel very fortunate to be able to engage in this revisioning." The new vision calls for the organization to split into two parts: the professional dance company, which will be transformed into Wonderbound in its new location (which it hopes to move into on March 1) and the school, which will remain in Broomfield but will change its name to Colorado Conservatory of Dance.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:28 AM

What is it about "The Nutcracker," muses Laura Thompson in The Telegraph.

Compared with the mythic tragedies of Swan Lake or Giselle, or with the great 20th-century works that reveal ballet’s singular ability to portray character, The Nutcracker is of course almost ludicrously basic. The story – Clara is given a nutcracker toy that comes alive and accompanies her on a journey to the bright-coloured land of the Kingdom of the Sweets – has no dimensions to speak of. Yet in its very simplicity lies its power.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

Five reasons to see the Moscow Classical Ballet's Nutcracker, according to Janis Fontaine in The Palm Beach Post.

5. Beyond the Stage, a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras, begins at 6:45 p.m. today, followed by a free musical presentation by SeaWind Elementary School. On Friday, the Wellington Landings Middle School performs.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

Carolina Ballet offers discounted Nutcracker tickets.

The Carolina Ballet is offering 20 percent off select performances of the classic Christmas ballet in Raleigh and Durham. Click here for all the details.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

A review of Texas Ballet Theater's Nutcracker by Leonard Eureka for The Fort Worth Weekly.

The holidays took on a warm, fuzzy glow with the opening of Texas Ballet Theater’s glorious new production of The Nutcracker in Bass Performance Hall last weekend. A gift from the now-defunct Ballet Florida of West Palm Beach, the show honors TBT director Ben Stevenson’s longtime work with the company. It’s high on spectacle while retaining much of Stevenson’s wonderful choreography from his old production.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:38 AM

The Washington Nationals' mascots, the Racing Presidents, make an appearance at Washington Ballet's Nutcracker.

It has become tradition for the Racing Presidents to crash the party at the Washington Ballet during one of its performances of The Nutcracker. (See 2011, 2010.) They’ve done it again.



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

Joffrey dancers talk about making it through Nutcracker season.

Both dancers say it isn't hard to keep performances fresh, even after dancing them for years in a row. Agnoletti said, "I learned from the older generation how to make up stories. They always had a story behind everything they did."

Smith plays off the people around him to keep things fresh, while actively pushing himself for new ideas. "There is always something different or another way to approach it," he said. "It's kind of like being on autopilot, but the more you're comfortable within a role, the more you can live in it. Sure you have to be stiff as a soldier, but there are moments artistically you can play with and explore."



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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents its Nutcracker.

Every December, SCBT unveils its latest production of "The Nutcracker" and its as unchanging as the seasons. This is the archetypal "Nutcracker" with Tchaikovsky's soaring score performed live to the enchanting dances of angels, toy soldiers and sugar-plum fairies.

"I feel we owe it to the children (in the production) to present them with this kind of familiar version," said Robert Kelley who with his partner Diane Cypher, stages "The Nutcracker as the culmination of the theater's year. "They know what it should be. Their grandparents certainly know what it should be. And it is our responsibility to deliver that product."



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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

A preview of Nevada Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.

That’s the story with Nevada Ballet Theatre, which opted to move forward with a new production this year, rather than dust off the old work. Artistic director James Canfield chalks it up to timing: Its first holiday in the Smith Center comes with ample space for enormous props and an orchestra pit for live music. This isn’t, after all, just any performance for the company. Not that The Nutcracker ever is; despite it not being, typically, a dancer’s favorite, it’s the proverbial breadbasket for companies everywhere, helping them meet annual budgets and introducing new audiences to ballet by dazzling them with the seasonal performance.




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