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Thursday, September 19


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

A photo gallery of the designers at work on the costumes for New York City Ballet's gala.

 

Theory’s Artistic Director Olivier Theyskens will design the costumes for a ballet by Angelin Preljocaj; the well-known Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung will collaborate with choreographer Justin Peck; and the Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen will work with Benjamin Millepied.

 

 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:46 AM

An item on New York City Ballet's short film commemorating 9/11, with video.

 

The video shows NYCB principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour performing on the 57th-floor terrace of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The backdrop, of course, is One World Trade Center. The dancers perform an excerpt from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's poignant "After the Rain" pas de deux—signifying new beginnings in New York City.

 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

Ballet Mississippi  begins its fiftieth season with a "Stars of American Ballet" gala.

 

The guest artists are Daniel Ulbricht, Lauren Lovette, Teresa Reichlen, Amar Ramasar, Megan Fairchild, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. Stars of American Ballet is a traveling, education and outreach program founded and directed by NYCB principal dancer Ulbricht that presents top dancers and choreography from major American companies; for this particular performance, they’re all from New York City Ballet.

 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:00 AM

A Lexington Ballet  photo gallery.

 

Members of the Lexington Ballet rehearse Les Sylphides, act one of Ballet Russes.....

 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:05 AM

Reviews of the Australian Ballet in "Cinderella."

 

The Australian

 

This new production, choreographed for the Australian Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky, courageously returns to classical principles and seeks the fairytale's inner narrative. Ratmansky's intricate choreography reveals nuance and depth in the familiar fable, places minimal reliance on mime and responds admirably to the dramatic cues in Prokofiev's vibrant score.

 

 

The Herald Sun

Forget pumpkin carriages and fairy godmothers with sparkly wands. Instead, Ratmansky goes universal with a luscious cavalcade from the solar system.

 

Dancers are the planets, moon, sun and stars (in outrageously divine costumes by Jerome Kaplan) in solos, duos and trios of delightful and meaty choreography.

 



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:55 PM

A story on American Ballet Theatre's Project Plie.

 

Described as a "comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies." The program is made up of a combination of partnerships within the community and within the industry in addition to scholarships and opportunities for exposure for children of color. There's also an internship component to encourage more diversity on the executive level within professional ballet companies.

 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

New York Social Diary pix and notes on the dinner held last week in honor of Benjamin Millepied.

 

On Monday a week ago, the American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet, the Consul General of France in New York Bertrand Lortholary and Vacheron Constantin hosted a dinner in the beautiful salons of the New York French Consulate in honor of Benjamin Millepied and his new position at the head of the Paris Opera Ballet. The evening brought together 80 close friends and artists for a magical and surprise performance.

 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

A preview of the English Youth Ballet's "Swan Lake" by David Bellan in The Oxford Times.

Some ex-members of the company have done really well, moving on to The Royal Ballet or other prestigious companies. But of course none of these youngsters is up to the demands of one of the leads in Swan Lake, so six very talented professionals are recruited for those parts. Some of the choreography has to be changed for the young dancers, and Janet has also done something rather clever with the plot.

 

“I’ve made the ballet more realistic. I have set it in the Mariinsky Theatre as the company is putting on Swan Lake, so the girls play dancers in the company, and then play swans and other roles when the company is performing...."

 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

The Louisville Ballet's "Swan Lake"  is enlivened with a proposal at curtain call.

 

But there was a big disappointment, which I had expected. I knew there would not be a live orchestra performing with the dancers as the Louisville Ballet forgone than expense to tighten its budget and rid its books of red ink. My frustration with that situation piqued when at one point in the third act, the recording sounded tinny. So, I’m crossing my fingers for the company to find that special sponsor who will restore live music to this deserving company with its hard-working dancers. -

 



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:27 PM

The New Mexico Ballet performs this weekend.

 

The company is paying tribute to its founder Suzanne M. Johnston. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary. And it is giving a peek into the kind of work it wants to present....

 

One premiere is Philip Neal’s “Four by 4,” a contemporary work made for four of the ballet company’s principal dancers and the other is Bailey Moon’s “Dream a Little Dream,” with music performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

 

 

 



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:37 AM

Margot Fonteyn's Kensington house is up for sale. (Scroll down for item.)

The ballerina, who died in 1991 aged 71, purchased the house after her husband’s appointment in 1955 and it was where she took in Nureyev after he defected from the Soviet Union in 1961.

 




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