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Thursday, November 7

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A review of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post.

Ogden was lovely in this role, angelic and remote. So why did the ballet ultimately feel flat? The gentle, palpable energy of the opening was never replenished, and it steadily drained out. There were some miscues among the ensemble dancers. Performing Tchaikovsky’s “Mozartiana” suite, the Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Allan Lewis, never rose to a level of excitement; indeed, it sounded underpowered throughout the evening.

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The Shanghai Ballet brings "The Butterfly Lovers" to St. Louis.

For more than three decades, the Shanghai Ballet has toured internationally. Its repertoire includes classic ballets such as “Swan Lake” and “Serenade” as well as modern works such as “Fébrile” and “The Imagination of Red.”

A former principal dancer with the company, Xin says her transition to artistic director has allowed her to contribute to the development of Chinese ballet.

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A review of American Ballet Theatre by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger.

It takes time, however, to assemble a repertoire of hits and ABT has produced its share of duds, too.

Hitting the buzzer this year is "The Tempest," one of those garish and expensive mistakes that have become increasingly frequent since Alexei Ratmansky was installed as resident artist. While contemporary dancemakers have found ingenious ways to translate Shakespeare’s "Tempest" into movement, turning the play into classical ballet is problematic, since the story doesn’t supply a central ballerina role.

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A review of Ballet Next by Marjorie Lieber for Broadway World.

Ms. Wiles' choreography, All the Drops of Water, music by Max Richter, was 2nd on the program. This is an expressive, fluid duo for two women, Ms. Wiles and Tiffany Mangulabnan, dressed in midnight blue tights and long-sleeved leotards, which helped to create a feeling of depth. The Richter music is hypnotic and the dancers are mesmerizing. The movements resemble water, sometimes flowing, sometimes brusque, then, fluid again... The two dancers were sometimes on their own paths, but would ultimately return to flow together. Female emotion is on display throughout, generously offered by Ms. Mangulabnan and Ms. Wiles. That this ballet was a first attempt at choreography, by Ms. Wiles, is hard to believe. It is an exceptional achievement.

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More on the trial of Pavel Dmitrichenko and two others in Moscow.

The acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet "destroyed everything" in his life and brought misery on him and his family, a relative told a court on Thursday.

Three men, including solo dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, are on trial for the Jan. 17 attack on 43-year-old Sergei Filin that damaged the reputation of one of Russia's leading cultural institutions, revealing bitter rivalries behind the scenes.

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Jack Mitchell has died at age 88.

Kathryn Willis, marketing director for the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, where a collection of Mitchell’s work is permanently displayed, said Mitchell died about 9 a.m. The New Smyrna Beach resident had been in deteriorating health, she said. He was 88.

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An interview with Peter Boal and Crystal Pite.

“Yes, ticket sales will be smaller,” Boal admits. But bringing work like Pite’s to Seattle is about 1) mixing it up for PNB’s loyal audience and 2) inspiring and growing his dancers. Actually, when he considered Pite, Boal acknowledges he was thinking of his dancers first.

“It’s about growing them as artists, showing them what they’re capable of,” he says. “They still have to go out and do ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ But they’re not on a track that they can’t break out of.”

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