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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:26 AM

More on the latest arrivals from Cuba.

The Guardian

For Cuban officials, defections by the likes of dancers, athletes and doctors are bitter betrayals. Communist authorities lament what they deem to be a theft of talent that they train for free but at great cost to the government.


The Miami Herald

The dancers defected “to be in a place where one can grow artistically,” Ariadnni Martín, 20, said during an appearance in the television program Sevcec a Fondo hosted by Pedro Sevcec on America TeVe.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:31 AM

Poluninpalooza, Part 2: Polunin drops out of "Midnight Express."

The Telegraph

In a statement released this morning, his departure is simply ascribed to “unforeseen circumstances”. His part in the Peter Schaufuss ballet based on a book by Billy Hayes about a drug trafficker’s imprisonment in Turkey will be taken by Johan Christensen.


The Independent

The 23-year-old failed to turn up for rehearsals of Midnight Express yesterday, according to the production’s director, despite being due to take the stage at the London Coliseum in the lead role next week.


BBC News

Schaufuss told the BBC he was "hugely disappointed" after Polunin, 23, missed rehearsals on Wednesday."I saw him on Tuesday evening and he said he really wanted to dance. Since then we haven't seen him and nobody from our team has had any response from him....."


Bloomberg News

Sucking an imaginary joint with an exaggerated air in rehearsal, Polunin gave no special reason for his disappearance last year, beyond an urge to party and acquire lots of tattoos. On Twitter and in interviews he mentioned heroin and boasted of performing on cocaine.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

A story on Polunin by Sam Jones in The Guardian.

Schaufuss, who described Polunin as "perfect for the role of Billy Hayes", said the dancer did not appear to have checked out of his hotel even though his room was empty.

"I really hope that it's not a repeat of last year when he walked out," he said. "He seemed to have matured a lot and become more confident. Until now, we had no reason to believe otherwise."



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

The Albany Berkshire Ballet presents ballets not named "Nutcracker" for the first time in awhile.

What's more, the new performances won't involve any students. Only professionals are involved — a handful of locals, plus dancers imported from as far away as Bulgaria and Brazil. The move marks a return of sorts for the ballet, which started in 1960 as the Berkshire Civic Ballet, added its Albany arm in 1988 and long strived to offer a varied and challenging repertoire throughout the year.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:14 PM

Six of the seven Cubans audition for the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami.

Six dancers who defected last month from the National Ballet of Cuba, one of the country's proudest and most prestigious institutions, auditioned at a Miami ballet group on Thursday.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:29 PM

Misty Copeland reads to kids.

Misty Copeland‘s talent makes her extraordinary, but her message is simple: she’s just like the rest of us. To kick off the start of Boys & Girls Club week, the talented ballerina visited the Columbus location in the Bronx. She was right at home, and read a story about a ballerina with big dreams to a group of young members.




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