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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:17 AM

LIFE reprints a series of photographs of the School of American Ballet from 1936 by Alfred Eisenstadt.

Dancers have changed, too, of course. “The technical training across cultures and facility that dancers have now is so much greater,” Princeton Lecturer in Dance and longtime member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Tina Fehlandt told LIFE.com. Higher expectations accompany the rigorous preparation: flexibility is boundless, and Odile’s thirty-two fouettés standard fare. Dancers are often strikingly thin — not exempt, it would seem, from societal assumptions about weight. And ballet, like so many practices built on aesthetics, is more than ever a province for the very young.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:19 AM

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has not yet reached a deal with New York City Ballet for an engagement next summer.

Both SPAC management and officials at the "highest levels" of the dance troupe are committed to restoring City Ballet's residency from one week to two in the future. But because the company still is in negotiations over union contracts, it cannot yet estimate costs for 2014 or commit to two weeks for next summer, SPAC board Chair Susan Phillips Read said at the arts center's annual meeting Wednesday morning.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:21 AM

Peter Martins will get a star in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Walk of Fame.

SPAC’s Walk of Fame is a walkway memorializing artists and individuals who have been instrumental in the life and history of the arts center. The walkway currently features stars for Marylou Whitney, Charles Dutoit, George Wein, Chantal Juillet, Philly Dake and Lewis Swyer. Each star is cast in bronze, inscribed with the honoree’s name and inlaid in granite.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

An audio slideshow of the Royal Ballet.

Andrej Uspenski is a dancer with the Royal Ballet – and also a photographer. His new book offers a unique insight into the everyday life of the company, from morning warm-ups to opening nights at the Royal Opera House, and features intimate portraits of dancers including Carlos Acosta, Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

John Lithgow reprises his role in "Carnival of the Animals" with the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Lithgow had to spend a lot of time around dancers to get ready for the part. The biggest difference between dancers and actors? "Ballet dancers are about 100 times more disciplined than we are, and they're indefatigable. They make me feel like a complete lout. But I love to feel like a complete lout around them," Lithgow said. "They're terrible perfectionists, ballet dancers. They're magnificent perfectionists."



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:26 AM

A preview of Alberta Ballet’s new piece created with k.d. lang, “Balletlujah.”

Balletlujah follows a trio of pop ballets over the past half decade where Grand-Maitre has worked with the songs of Joni Mitchell, Elton John and Sarah McLachlan, and in the process reconfigured the boundaries of what a ballet could be.

What all of those pop ballets aren’t, Grand-Maitre is quick to emphasize, are biographies of the artists who inspired them.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:37 AM

Alina Cojocaru dances for charity this month.

....Sitting backstage in Covent Garden, an elfin figure in multicoloured woollen leggings, Alina told me about her own recent visit to her homeland to see how the charity staff work.


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ISMENE BROWN: How did you first become aware of the Hospices of Hope in Romania?
ALINA COJOCARU: They approached me a few years ago. It's an English-based charity, but they'd started in Romania. They're looking after adults and children with terminal conditions and incurable diseases of all kinds. At first of course there was no hospice so they built a mobile team to go to houses and teach families how to learn to continue being human beings in those conditions, when you've been sent home from hospital with the words, "We can't do anything for you". With no painkillers, with no preparation for how to face the future. It's so important to prepare the families, to know how important little things are. And another wonderful thing they do is look after the children for a day or two so the families can have a break. This considerably lowered the number of children being abandoned by their families because they could no longer look after them.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:42 AM

A review of the cinema broadcast of the Royal Ballet in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Jennifer Fried for Broadway World.

The one drawback of the film format may be that the settings do not translate as well as they would in a live performance. Set designer Bob Crowley created grand, vivid, and even optical illusions in his settings that one would expect from Alice and Wonderland, recreating the images from the book and Disney movie in recognizable, yet novel ways. ......The costumes are colorful and visually pleasing, especially those for the caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts. However, some of the excitement of the set transitions may have been lost through the film, which a live audience may have delighted in.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:49 AM

Art news gossip item from The Stranger.

Some ballet-world rumormongers are speculating that Peter Martins, ballet master in chief at the New York City Ballet, will leave his post in the next few years. You know who'd fit that job perfectly? Peter Boal, current director of Pacific Northwest Ballet....




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