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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:54 AM

A piece on recent high-profile developments in the world of ballet by Rainesford Alexandra for The Huffington Post.

 

Speaking of Misty Copeland, ABT's soloist who has toured with Prince and been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and Forbes, it seems she's ready to launch ballet into the mainstream in entirely new ways. The title of Copeland's memoir (Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina) was announced, and the book is set to hit shelves in March 2014. Copeland was also the subject of another launch, this time, a Kickstarter Campaign for a documentary following her history and career. Directed and produced by Nelson George, the film (titled A Ballerina's Tale) will feature Copeland's narration. Dance lovers craving the literary also have the sensational Michaela DePrince's memoir to look forward to in Fall 2014. DePrince, now with Het Nationale Ballet, is also rumored to be releasing a nonfiction book aimed at children shortly after.

 

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:56 AM

Ballet Theatre of Maryland kicks off its season.  Video.

 

The company gives this synopsis of the show:

 

"Five beautiful princesses wear out their shoes every night dancing. Where do they go? It's up to the royal cobbler, Darien, to find out. Adventure awaits as he travels to the Underworld to battle the Goblin Queen and win the heart of Elayna, the youngest princess."

 

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:59 AM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet in La Dame aux camélias by Laura Cappelle in The Financial Times.

http://www.ft.com/cm...l#ixzz2fq1VK2Jv

 

A faint air of ennui ran through the cast on opening night. The POB’s current succession issues were evident among the supporting cast: several soloists have clearly outgrown roles they started dancing in 2006, among them Nolwenn Daniel (Prudence) and étoile Myriam Ould-Braham, inexcusably stuck in the minor role of Olympia. This is a character for promising young dancers to hone their stagecraft on, and yet none has been cast.

 

But the ballet belonged to Letestu, who will be the first étoile to go this season, at the end of the run....

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:02 AM

Janos Gereben makes inquiries as to when and where the Royal Ballet cinema broadcast series will appear in the Bay Area.

 

By last night, Lisa Bustamante, of MPRM Communications, had the good news from Cinemark: Emeryville, Cupertino, and Dublin are now among the venues!

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:04 AM

A preview of the new "Ballet in Cinema" season by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

Good news for those of us who can't fully satiate our ballet fix with the admirable, if infrequent, local offerings of the Sarasota Ballet. Not only is the "Ballet in Cinema" series featuring the Bolshoi returning soon to the Royal Palm 20 theater in Bradenton, but this year, the Hollywood 20 right here in Sarasota will carry the Royal Opera House Ballet Series as well.

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:05 AM

A feature on Misty Copeland by Jozen Cummings in The Root.

 

But what makes Copeland's achievements even more impressive is she didn't look like any of the other dancers. Prior to her appointment as a soloist, American Ballet Theatre didn't have a black soloist for 20 years, and Copeland was only the third one in the company's history. Such achievements are why she has garnered the attention of people outside of the ballet world such as Prince.

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:10 AM

A review of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet  in "Hansel and Gretel."

 

The sumptuous music score was created by Nikki Saks; it is a rich and varied score that perfectly accompanies the various scenes and marks the key scenes with tuneful motifs. The team, comprising set, costume and animation design by the multi-talented Andrew Botha, lighting design by Jean-Claude Laurent and AV and Projection by Malcolm Finlay all have long years of experience and many successful productions to their names. 

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

Young dancers appearing in "Billy Elliot" meet and pose with Royal Ballet principals.

 

The girls, aged 10 to 13, received words of inspiration from the stars of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House. Sophie Green, Chorlene Biron Monnier, Allanah Martin Judge, all 13; Samantha Delaney, Taila Halil, both 12; Brooke Wolpert, Ellie Munden, Ellis O’Neill, all 11; and 10-year-olds Esa Halil and Charlotte Ross-Gower met professionals Marianela Nuñez, Sarah Lamb, Roberta Marquez and Fumi Kaneko, who are all playing the role of Kitri.

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

Philip Neal speaks to a group of dance students.

 

The students were at the downtown facility as part of their weekly dance routine. Two or three days a week, they travel from the Petersburg school for two-hour dance sessions at the Ballet

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:22 AM

American Ballet Theatre hosts its fourth annual Junior Turnout benefit.

 

 Hosted by ABT’s Junior Council, this glamorous night allows guests to mingle with ABT dancers while enjoying savory appetizers, cocktails, and dancing. During the event guests are invited to place their bid on over 100 items in an elite silent auction. All proceeds support the dancers of American Ballet Theatre and will benefit ABT’s Dancer Sponsorship Fund.

 



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:38 PM

Marina Harss writes about Ballet School NY and New York Theatre Ballet's impending homelessness next Monday for "Culture Desk" on newyorker.com:

 

It’s the first class of the year, but, as it turns out, it may also be one of the last, because, like so many smaller New York arts institutions—and some larger ones, such as the New York City Opera—B.S.N.Y. is in serious trouble. (Dance New Amsterdam, a training and performance space downtown, has been fighting eviction for more than a year.) The parish house that has been home to the Byer and Dokoudovsky schools for the past thirty-three years has been sold, and, unless a solution is found posthaste, there will be no more classes after this Monday, September 30th. The dignified old building, owned by the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, will eventually be knocked down, according to Faith Grill, the chairman of the church’s board of trustees. The building has been in serious need of repairs for a while, repairs that the church cannot afford, and which the developer is not interested in making. (If recent trends are any indication, the building will probably be replaced by pricey condos.)

 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:46 PM

Alexei Ratmansky is one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur "Genius" grants.

 

As in the past, some of the winners are well known, in their disciplines or on a broader stage, while others have been working quietly for years. One-third of the 2013 fellows live in New York City and, like Mr. Abraham, many are artists of distinction.

 



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:16 PM

A preview of Misty Copeland's autobiography by Rhonesha Byng for The Huffington Post.

 

"It was like a therapy session revisiting and reliving my life," Copeland, 31, told The Huffington Post via email. "It's scary and you feel very naked, but at the same time you want people to know why you are the way you are, why you have made certain choices, and how they can most likely relate to you."

 

 



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:23 PM

Carolina Ballet's season schedule.

 

Carolina Ballet marks the beginning of the holiday season with the return of Messiah, set to Handel’s magnificent and moving score. The production will be accompanied by live music and vocals from 130 members of the North Carolina Master Chorale under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis.

 

 



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:52 PM

A review of the West Australian Ballet  in "Onegin" by Deborah Jones in The Australian.

 

WAB's former artistic director Ivan Cavallari secured Onegin for the company (the rights are tightly controlled) and he was on hand to polish the performances. WAB is fielding two casts, neither without blemishes but each with much to offer. On Friday, new leading artist Jiri Jelinek, a glamorous Onegin, and WAB's prima ballerina Jayne Smeulders set the bar high for mastery of Cranko's sweeping lines and challenging pas de deux. On Saturday, Fiona Evans and Matthew Lehmann raised the emotional stakes in what turned out to be an inspired pairing. Lehmann banished the fumbles seen in his exposing Act I solo and matched Evans's fevered anguish step for step.....

 

 




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