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Wednesday, September 11

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A mediator is called in for San Francisco Ballet management's negotiations with the dancers' union.

The parties started negotiating last March and have had about 17 sessions but have been unable to finalize a deal. “The dancers are already having a hard time affording to live in the city,” said Nora Heiber, national dance executive for AGMA, noting a studio apartment near the theater rents for around $2,000 a month. “We have the best dancers in the world, and they should be able to afford a decent lifestyle.”

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A photo gallery of designers at work with dancers of New York City Ballet.

In conjunction with Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, the company — driven by the actress and board member Sarah Jessica Parker — has paired three designers with three choreographers.” The collaborators are: Olivier Theyskens with Angelin Preljocaj, Prabal Gurung with Justin Peck, and Iris van Herpen with Benjamin Millepied.

Related article by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

For Ms. Parker, the goal behind combining both worlds is obvious yet necessary: finding a new ballet audience. “If it’s the candy — and I don’t mean to be diminishing to fashion in any way — but if it’s the thing that they can recognize the taste of in their mouth first, that’s O.K.,” she said in a telephone interview. “That is our hope: that the nights of the gala bring in a future audience.”

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Q&A with Scott Speck, the conductor for the Joffrey Ballet's "Russian Masters" program.

You will be conducting the music of four different composers that evening: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Khachaturian. Which is the most difficult -- and why?

By far our most difficult task -- and also the most fun -- is preparing Stravinsky's masterpiece, "The Rite of Spring." This piece was once considered practically impossible to perform, because it often calls for instruments to play at the extremes of their ranges, with seemingly unpredictable changes in meter. Luckily, the musicians of the Chicago Philharmonic are some of the best in the world; they can do anything. They see this piece as a fun challenge, and I'm sure they will simply tear it up. (In a good way!)

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A review of Indianapolis City Ballet's "Evening with the Stars" by Allison Edwards for Indianapolis Monthly.

It’s difficult to pick favorites among so many stellar performances, but midway through the first act, Tiler Peck (principal, New York City Ballet) and James Whiteside (soloist, American Ballet Theatre) took the “Pas De Deux” from Le Corsair, traditionally a very showy piece, to an astronomically high level. Both executed so many consecutive fouettes (this writer lost count around 20) that the audience cheered. And by the time intermission arrived—several awe-inspiring dances later—anyone could have left satisfied.

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A story on New York Theatre Ballet's need for a new home by Carla Escoda in The Huffington Post.

.....Will the next mayor have the foresight and taste to nurture the smaller cultural gems like New York Theatre Ballet, or will he or she continue to fund grandiose, ego-boosting projects, allowing sky-high real estate costs to drive out all but the titans of the performing arts world?

Diana Byer, founder and Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet, has no time to find out.

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Cape Town City Ballet presents a program of pas de deux.

Cape Town City Ballet’s dancers will be back to wow their fans in Pas de Deux. Angela Hansford will feature in several extracts, including the Gypsy pas de deux from Don Quixote, Robin van Wyk’s Ensemble for 6 and Veronica Paeper’s Emperor Waltz. Kim Viera is set to impress with her dramatic acting skills as Anna Karenina, partnered by Daniel Szybkowski, while Tracy Li will perform the role of Phrygia opposite Xola Putye’s Spartacus. Laura Bosenberg, Thomas Thorne, Rosamund Ford, Mariette Opperman. and Jesse Milligan will also display their expertise in some of the charming extracts on the programme.

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Q&A with Ashley Bouder.

When I was watching Serenade last season, I thought, dancers come into this company (or any other company) and they get typecast or there's a decision made. You're this kind of dancer... you're the Russian Girl type of dancer... when, really, you could dance any part in that ballet.

AB: I've broken out of that in certain ballets but there are others where I haven't. You can't change someone's opinion of your dancing. If they think that you should be doing this role it's really hard to convince them otherwise. When there are other dancers who naturally do that type of dancing and they're standing right next to you, they're obviously going to get picked. It's hard. You have to fight for it.

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A preview of Ballet Theatre of Maryland's new season by Mary Johnson in The Baltimore Sun.

Also in February, Cuatto premieres her staging of "Swan Lake," infusing the classic with her own flair for drama, passion and style. Nicole Kelsch is slated to dance the dual roles of Odette/Odile and Django Alegretti is the prince who defies the sorcerer, to be played by Calder Taylor. Performances are Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30, Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

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A review of New Chamber Ballet by Marjorie Liebert for Broadway World.

Doon Na on violin and Melody Foder, on piano, returned to play Rebecca Saunder's Duo for violin and piano for the ballet, Anna's Last Day. This was performed by the strong, passionate Sarah Atkins as Anna. Her dancing was engaging, while it appeared d to be caged. It seemed that the walls tried to stop her movement while she danced the character of a woman consumed by guilt over the death of her sister. The other character, Anna's deceased younger sister, was played by Amber Neff. The character had very little dancing to do. For the most part, she sat in a chair, miming licking a bowl and her fingers.

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The Royal Opera House enters into a partnership with Digital Theatre to make performances available online.

A total of six productions will feature in the Royal Opera House Collection, including the Royal Ballet’s 75th anniversary production of Sylvia starring Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle, and the Royal Opera’s Eugene Onegin, which marked Kasper Holten’s directorial debut earlier this year.

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A preview of the new season of Fall for Dance by Susan Reiter for Playbill.

What began with five evenings of diverse programming has grown to 12 performances, and acquired a significantly international profile—importing companies from as far away as Hong Kong, Hawaii and Australia. This season, Fall for Dance boldly moves into commissioning original works, offering no less than three world premieres.

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A story on Tiler Peck in her hometown paper, The Bakersfield Californian.

In addition to her work on the stage in New York and Washington, Peck has been featured on television in "Dancing with the Stars" and in a Kennedy Center Honors tribute to ballerina Natalia Makarova. During that engagement, she met President Obama, Hillary Clinton and entertainers like David Letterman. She called that 2012 experience "by far the most exciting weekend of my life," in an interview with The Californian.

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A story on the international makeup of the West Australian Ballet's troupe.

Artistic director Aurelien Scannella said more than 80 per cent of applications to WA Ballet came from overseas rather than Australia.

Czech dancer Jiri Jelinek, a former Stuttgart Ballet and National Ballet of Canada principal dancer, leads the new arrivals taking the total international recruits to 11 out of 32 dancers and four young artists.

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The CW pulls the season finale of "Breaking Pointe."

Ballet West has indicated that the last episode of the season is a recap so it doesn’t sound like viewers will be missing any original content. The ballet company still plans to host their “season finale party” on the 23rd in Salt Lake City.

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