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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

A preview of Grand Rapids Ballet Company's "Movemedia."

That includes programs such as “Movemedia,” which invites emerging choreographers to town with the time and resources to create new work.

Enos, who formerly danced with Houston Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, premiers a brand-new work, titled “Nae Regrets.”



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

Pennsylvania Ballet presents a new mixed bill.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow lends his talent to the Pennsylvania Ballet’s upcoming production of Christopher Wheeldon’s charming “Carnival of the Animals,” May 9-12 at the Academy of Music. The program also includes two George Balanchine masterpieces: “Ballo della Regina” and “The Four Temperaments.”



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

The struggling Ballet Kelowna will try for another season after nearly closing down.

The company is still working on details for the 2013-14 Season and its fundraising campaign. “We don’t have all the answers, but Friday’s performance, supported by so many in the cultural community in the Okanagan, is a great place to launch the efforts. We hope that residents will pick up on the theme and ‘Be Moved’ to be a part of the future of Ballet Kelowna.”


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Following up on the extraordinary response to Ballet Kelowna’s final showing last month, a group of dedicated volunteers are attempting to extend the dance troupe’s life by staging a benefit concert fundraiser tomorrow night (Friday).



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:04 AM

Ballet Theatre of Ohio presents "Cinderella."

Meneer has something else up her sleeve that will make the magical world of “Cinderella” come to life, especially for young children and aspiring dancers. Thanks to OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Meneer said Ballet Theatre will offer a children’s interactive element.


As each child enters the Civic Theatre, she or he will be given a dance card to fill out. As they wander through the theater, they will be able to visit various rooms that are sort of lifted out of the story.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:07 AM

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet puts its costumes on display.

The exhibit at the Dykeman-Young Gallery provides an opportunity to view these costumes up close rather than from the normal distance one would view costumes when seeing them onstage. The attention to detail and exquisite handwork that goes into each of these pieces will be evident in the exhibit.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:12 AM

Northrop Dance announces its 2013-14 season schedule.

Royal New Zealand Ballet also makes its Minnesota debut, in program that includes “28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini” (Feb. 8, 2014, Orpheum).

The lineup includes the return of Trisha Brown, with a four-decade retrospective of her work at Walker Art Center (March 12-15, 2014).



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

Peter Frampton performs with the Cincinnati Ballet this weekend. Video.

Frampton and the Cincinnati Ballet Live is a three part performance. It has familiar Frampton favorites -- and music he wrote just for this show. "I had this guitar bit that was always sort of dainty and I always thought this would be right for dancers. It's not just instrumental, it's not all vocal."


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Few things good ever come easily, or without stepping outside one’s comfort zone. But persistence paid off in Cincinnati Ballet’s pursuit of Peter Frampton, the Grammy-winning guitar hero with a career spanning decades. And he’s still touring and making new music, including some original compositions written especially for Frampton & Cincinnati Ballet Live.



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

Q&A with Ashley Wheater on the Joffrey's new production of "Othello."

Q. Why do you think so many choreographers turn to Shakespeare’s plays?

A. One reason is that his characters are just so sharply etched. And in the case of “Romeo and Juliet” it is the extraordinary Prokofiev score. With “Othello,” our music director, Scott Speck, has worked closely with Elliot Goldenthal and has been able to bring out all its nuances. It has some wonderful motifs, and there is a real underlying surge of trouble in it.



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:14 PM

A review of New York Theater Ballet by Judy Gelman Myers for CityArts.

However captivating their performances are, no mention of the NYTB should ignore the organization’s commitment to reach underserved children and families in NYC.  Their LIFT community service program provides scholarships for talented at-risk and disadvantaged children, who receive not only instruction in ballet but also individualized mentoring, academic tutoring, and warm clothing. Using the discipline of ballet as a tool, Byer shows her students that what really counts is focus, discipline, and hard work, even if you’re living in a shelter—helping children rediscover what it truly means to be “thrilled by the new.”




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