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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:12 AM

A review of Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker by Robert Greskovic in The Wall Street Journal.

 

Without detracting from the various accomplishments of Pennsylvania Ballet's leading and ensemble dancers, it's in good measure the presence of the children from the School of Pennsylvania Ballet that gives this production some of its most enchanting moments. This year's "Nutcracker" represents the first time the troupe has been able to cast its production completely from its own school. This means Pennsylvania Ballet didn't have to audition, as it did in the past, supplemental children from across the region. In all, 93 of the school's 145 students play parts in this year's production.

 

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:30 AM

A behind-the-scenes look at English National Ballet's Nutcracker preparations.

 

....Back in the upstairs rehearsal room smaller groups of dancers huddle apart from the main floor, like flocks of sheep grazing. When these sinewy creatures are not performing their steps they can be found pulling on warm, woolly leggings to keep their muscles warm or lying on their backs, legs high in the air to allow the blood to drain from their limbs and back to their hearts. Either that, or they fly in and out of physiotherapy and massage sessions to help treat a plethora of injuries – in the morning two sheets of white paper pinned outside the medical wing are already full of appointments. An injury, I am told by Forbat, who is suffering pain in the ball of his foot, can sometimes be the one thing standing in the way of your promotion through the ranks.

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:33 AM

A review of Scottish Ballet's "Hansel and Gretel" by Mark Monahan in The Telegraph.

 

With enchanting help from designer Gary Harris, and an instrumental score craftily filleted from Humperdinck’s 1893 opera, he sets the action in a nameless Fifties/Sixties town from which children have been mysteriously disappearing and in which only the titular siblings remain. Also novel are the flawed-but-adorable parents (no wicked stepmothers here), and the fact that the Pied Piper-like villainess of the piece is a schoolteacher — children will surely relish the latter development.

 

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"There is a darkness to the story, as with all fairy tales there is a darkness," said Christopher Hampson, Hansel & Gretel's choreographer and artistic director.

"We don't shy away from that in this production. The witch is eventually very, very evil...."

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:45 AM

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents its thirty-fifth Nutcracker.

 

Having a large cast offers the company a chance to include members of the community in the production. Some 1,400 dancers — children and adults — have played party guests, 560 have played mice and another 560 have performed as soldiers. Snowflakes come in at 904 dancers, while 840 have danced in the “Waltz of the Flowers.” In the divertissements, there have been 90 Spanish, 170 Arabian, 130 Chinese and 140 Marzipan dancers .

 

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

Ronnie Underwood makes a Nutcracker guest appearance.

 

Underwood will appear in the virtuoso roles of the Snow King and the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier in the Bellas Artes Academy’s Nutcracker scheduled for Saturday at the Texas State College Arts Center.

 



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

A television feature on San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Video.

 

Zahorian has been with San Francisco Ballet since 1997. She's been dancing Sugar Plum ever since. "Every time it's a new beginning; I say that because i find something new in the role," she said.

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

A preview of Springfield Ballet's Nutcracker.

This year’s four-day run of “The Nutcracker,” which starts tonight at the Landers Theatre, features professional dancers Emily Ricca as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Tomas Mazuch as her cavalier, who are returning for their second appearance in as many years.

 

As an alumna of Springfield Ballet, Ricca offers an example of what young dancers in Springfield can achieve, said Ashley Paige Romines, school director for Springfield Ballet.

 

 



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 02:09 PM

A permanent collection of materials related to the life and career of Rudolf Nureyev is established in a French museum.

....Nureyev’s own homes were fully the equal of these lavish sets, and now many of his belongings have been gathered into a permanent collection that offers visitors a sense of his exuberant, vagabond personality and passion for all that was rare and beautiful.

 

It has taken the 20 years since Nureyev’s death from AIDS in 1993, but the new Nureyev Collection, which opened in October at the Centre National du Costume de Scène, the national theatrical costume museum here in the Auvergne region of France, has turned out to be the “lieu de memoire,” or “place of memory,” that Nureyev requested in his will.

 



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

SHAPE magazine features a 'city.ballet' episode, "Male Dancers."

 

Considering that they jump higher than NBA players and lift women over their head on a regular basis, the male dancer consistently delivers performances that rival any profession athlete. But try explaining to your playground buddies that you're a ballet dancer. It's not easy, but there's nothing else these men would rather do. Watch the video to find out why.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

Robert Fairchild shares his workout regimen with The New York Times. Video.

 

Robert Fairchild, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, talks about his workout and his role in "The Nutcracker."

 

 




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