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Friday, August 23

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A preview of "Stars of American Ballet" by Michael Wade Simpson for Pasatiempo.

Ulbricht said that he is in a good place in his career right now, but he seems to be preparing himself for a post-performing career by taking on all the duties of an impresario. “We’ve brought 25 different ballets to Santa Fe now. And I have some ideas up my sleeve for next year.” In addition to his work with New York City Ballet, he is an associate artistic director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, and he serves as an artistic advisor for the Manhattan Youth Ballet. “There are scheduling issues,” he said. “We just hired a manager, but I still buy all the plane and hotel tickets. I’ve been putting the lever down on my freelance career and doing more producing and directing. I fell in love with the process."

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In selecting dancers for the show, Ulbricht thought about which ones had the versatility and willingness to take on two different roles during the performance. Coming to town are American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky and New York City Ballet dancers Jared Angle, Robert Fairchild, Rebecca Krohn, Lauren Lovette and Tiler Peck.

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A review of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in "Swan Lake" by Bernadette Rae for The New Zealand Herald.

Like many a traditional "story ballet", the curtain rises on a scene of pleasant, peasant festivity. But this time the bucolic shenanigans score a direct hit, drawing you to the edge of your seat with a huge shiver of delight. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra are playing Tchaikovsky's score wonderfully. Kristian Fredrikson's costumes gleam and glow, and his set looms evocatively.

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Kansas City Ballet launches Kansas City Ballet II.

It's an endeavor the Kansas City Ballet had wanted to embark on for years, but it didn't have the experienced staff it needed to build a second company from the ground up. That is, until Devon Carney became artistic director in early July. He stepped into his role with the intention of creating a second company similar to the one he developed in Cincinnati.

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A piece by Carrie Seidman on photographs of Sarasota Ballet dancers taken by Barbara Banks.

I don't want to diminish in any way the beauty of this art -- nor hesitate to acknowledge that dancers are, indeed, remarkable physical specimens -- but am I the only one who feels a little uneasy about the sexual "come on" aspect of some of these poses?

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An article on and photo gallery of Baltimore's Evergreen Mansion, decorated by Leon Bakst.

The results: You’ll have to go see for yourself. But if you’ve already been to “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music,” now is a good time to learn more about Bakst, who lived in Baltimore with the Garretts on and off from 1922 until his premature death in Paris in 1924. At Evergreen you can see dozens of Bakst’s paintings and drawings, his elaborately stenciled theater and his only surviving sets. His work is stunning. But equally fascinating is the story of the Washington heiress who became the confidante, agent and muse of Leon Bakst, and a “Dame Patroness” of the Ballets Russes.

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The Brandywine Ballet Company launches a new contemporary ballet troupe.

Muzio founded the Brandywine Ballet in 1979. Bringing together pre-professional, professional, and special guest dancers from diverse artistic backgrounds and experiences, Brandywine Ballet has established itself as a formidable platform for dance training and performance in the Greater Philadelphia region.

In recent years, the company has strived to expand its repertoire, premiering new works by guest choreographer’s Matthew Neenan (Ballet X), Ronen Koresh (Koresh Dance Company), Meredith Rainey (formerly Pennsylvania Ballet), and Resident Choreographer Nancy Page.

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Mold drives the Orlando Ballet and other tenants from their building.

The ballet shares the building, a former Orlando Utilities Commission power plant near Lake Ivanhoe, with Central Florida Community Arts. The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra uses the ballet's main hall for rehearsals.

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Donations help a former dancer with Miami City Ballet pay for therapy following a brain aneurysm.

Rodriguez had reached his insurance policy’s limit for therapy, and Sciturro could only afford to pay for limited sessions out of her salary. The donations will pay for speech therapy and physical training necessary for his continued recovery.

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A Cuban ballplayer and a Cuban dancer will team up to throw the ceremonial pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game.

The two met in Cincinnati through a mutual acquaintance and talk about their homeland a lot. Amador played a little bit of baseball as a boy. He notes that three big passions in Cuba are baseball, ballet and boxing.

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Remarks on Tchaikovsky's sexuality by a Russian screenwriter cause a stir.

“Only philistines think this,” the screenwriter, Yuri Arabov, told the newspaper Izvestia of the commonly accepted view of Tchaikovsky’s sexual orientation. “What philistines believe should not be shown in films.”

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Ballet San Jose announces its 2013-14 season.

The season opens with the company's traditional holiday production of "The Nutcracker" with choreography by longtime Ballet dancer Karen Gabay. But the season's other three programs include a staging of Roland Petit's "Carmen" and a string of premieres including works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin and Dwight Rhoden. There will also be popular ballets by Jorma Elo (2006's "Glow-Stop") and George Balanchine ("Serenade").

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