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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

An interview with Colby Damon of Ballet X, who's recovering from a knee injury.

Colby’s injury not only impacted his performances for the rest of the run of Ballet X, but he had to cancel his appearances with Sacramento Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, something he financially counts on every year, and after that he was slated to appear in a production of Peter Pan in Texas. It was the first time in 13 years his dance life was completely interrupted for any length of time.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents "Swan Lake."

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

A review of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia in "Coppelia" by Nigel Jarrett in The South Wales Argus.

This opening performance of the Christmas and New Year residency by the Siberian State Ballet augurs well for its stay, during which Coppélia, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are being performed.The Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre, to give it its full name, is among Siberia's finest, though as ballet companies go its classic repertoire belies its relatively young age. It was founded in 1978.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

A preview of the new year in San Diego dance by Janice Steinberg.

For anyone whose idea of ballet is classical story ballets, the companies touring here won’t just push the envelope, they’ll turn it inside out. Forsythe, in particular, re-imagined the ballet vocabulary, and his sinuous, rubber-jointed style has influenced scores of choreographers. His 1987 classic “In the middle, somewhat elevated,” as well as works by Wheeldon and Welsh, will be performed here by the Joffrey Ballet, presented by La Jolla Music Society on Jan. 29.



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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

Rummel Creek Elementary puts on its fiftieth Nutcracker.

Rummel Creek’s interpretation includes choreographed dancing, acrobatics, speaking roles and singing.



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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

Q&A with Mikko Nissinen.

Q: Why has Boston Ballet embarked on a new production? It is expensive, no?

A: The former production was literally falling apart and coming apart at the seams. This new production, with sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola, who has designed for opera and ballet, cost about $2.5 million and includes almost 200 costumes. It is an investment, but it should have a shelf life of 20 years. And the Christmas tree in the first act grows in a dazzling way as no other tree I have seen. Perdziola is an extraordinary talent.




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