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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:39 PM

The Long Beach Ballet presents its Nutcracker.

 

The Long Beach Ballet is the only ballet company in Southern California that has a full symphony orchestra and is only one of two ballet companies in the country to use two harps for their production of The Nutcracker to ensure the performance sounds exactly as Tchaikovsky intended it, said Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director, David Wilcox.

 

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:41 PM

A review of several Nutcrackers on both sides of the Atlantic by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

Do you want total fidelity to Tchaikovsky’s score? Of the more than 40 productions I’ve seen, I know only two that play all of it in the right order: Mark Morris’s “The Hard Nut” (last seen in New York in 2010) and Mr. Ratmansky’s. Still, even the 1892 version made small cuts. And both “The Hard Nut” and the Ratmansky version radically change the ballet’s narrative by turning it into a love story, making the magical music of the Sugar Plum pas de deux serve as an accompaniment to love’s transfiguring wonder. So what’s authentic in a “Nutcracker”?

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:42 PM

A preview of Manassas Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.

 

The Manassas Ballet Theatre, the only professional ballet company in Northern Virginia, will give its annual performance of the holiday favorite this weekend at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. With nearly 100 professional and amateur dancers in five shows, it’s the company’s largest production and most performances ever.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:43 PM

A preview of Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

"From year to year," says Lustig, "I've watched them grow from party guests to snowballs, which melt and then they become rats, and then, finally, bonbons. Altogether two-thirds of the children have been in earlier revivals." He hopes, too, that the free dress rehearsal performance, which will draw 1,500 schoolchildren, will prompt their interest in participating next season.

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:45 PM

An exhortation to go see Nevada Ballet Theater's Nutcracker.

That is why I implore you, go see the damn ballet. Wear a tuxedo, or a fur stole. Make your date wear something similar. Go out and try to enjoy something that doesn’t have robot fights, or that guy who dresses up like a granny in all his movies. Hell, maybe you’ll even FEEL something! An emotion, if you’re lucky. Hopefully, that emotion will be earned, honest pride.

 

This is pride in having done something for the arts, for a bunch of great kids who just want to dance, and for having effectively voted against the lowest common denominator.

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:46 PM

A preview of Ballet West's 2014 season.

 

Since its inception, Ballet West’s “Innovations” has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year’s “Innovations 2014” will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists to be announced, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:53 PM

Michelle Persad of The Huffington Post goes backstage at New York City Ballet.

 

And Bouder has it down to a science. "I can do a full face of makeup in 15 minutes," she told us nonchalantly. And she wasn't kidding. In the brief amount of time we sat with her she transformed herself from an ordinary New York City girl into a prima ballerina.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:09 PM

Reviews of the Royal Ballet in "Jewels."

 

The Financial Times

 

As an alternative to – and escape from – the inevitable Nutcracker, the Royal Ballet this year proposes Jewels, Balanchine’s celebration of scores by Fauré, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, whose worlds he explores in blissful choreography. So Emeralds evokes fin de siècle sensibilities, Proustian subtleties and shadowed regrets, Verlaine’s Fêtes galantes, all implicit in Fauré’s theatre-music. And hugely difficult it is to bring off. Its heart was originally Balanchine’s French ballerina, Violette Verdy, whom we saw as music personified in elegant dance – and how sadly her spirit and her grace were missing at Tuesday night’s revival, which, save for Laura Morera’s beautiful phrasing and sensibilities, was numb, with Edward Watson wasted in this galère.

 

The Guardian

 

Marianela Nuñez, partnered by Thiago Soares, makes that story individual and sublime. In the opening duet, she dances in a state of heightened wonder, broken only by a dawning ripple of sensuality in her arms, and the wilfulness of an arrogantly held arabesque. Then, as the trance breaks, something very rare happens. So radiantly commanding is Nuñez's technique that her performances look genuinely effortless. Dancing Diamonds, it's as though Nuñez has been given the choreography as a very special present; she's simply letting us watch as she opens it.

 

 

The Telegraph

 

Not so in Rubies. As the lone amazonian, Zenaida Yanowsky, pro that she is, swiftly banished memories of an unfortunate early stumble backwards, delivering a mighty display of lofty, sexy, devil-may-care insolence. And there was an air of mutual and musical exhilaration about the central couple – Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae – that blazed into the stalls.

 

The Arts Desk

 

Emeralds is almost a scent rather than a ballet, a drifting, ephemeral mood of past happiness. It floats gently by, and if you try, as a dancer, to make your mark on it, you have already stepped too heavily. Akane Takada in the pas de trois alone captured the style; Alexander Campbell danced well, although in a four-square Petipa presentation that would have been better left to Diamonds. Otherwise Emeralds was what it too often is, a sort of Presbyterian heaven, where everyone stands around looking refined, but boredom prevails.

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:12 PM

A review of the Royal Opera House cinema broadcast of the Royal Ballet in  "The Nutcracker" by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

However, those in the meager audience who enjoyed her bravura turns got a second viewing. Toward the end of the grand pas de deux the screen went black and we spent several minutes in the dark listening to the score alone. Once the picture was restored, the dancers sped through their movements in reserve as it was fast-backwarded to begin all over again.

 

It was only the second time in my two years of watching ballet in theaters that this has happened. But that is exactly twice more than has ever occurred live. There's a lot to be said for historical authenticity, but there's something we never would have had to deal with in the old days.

 

 



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

A story on the Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker.

The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Philadelphia Boys Choir bring the masterful Tchaikovsky score to life. Audiences get lost in the story of Marie’s magical gift, a suspenseful battle between soldiers and mice, and the dreamy Land of Sweets.

 

As if the magic of Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” was not enough, the Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2013-2014 season.

 



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:55 AM

Ballet Iowa gets an NEA grant.

 

Ballet Iowa, the collaboration between Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities, has been recommended for a $20,000 grant to support new productions of three Igor Stravinsky ballets over the next three years.

The first performances in the series, “The Rite of Spring,” will be in April 2014. Two additional Stravinsky works, “The Firebird” and “Petrouchka,” will be performed over the next two seasons.

 

 



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:21 PM

Misty Copeland appears in a video for Coach. Video and photo gallery.

 

Although Misty is a southern California native, New York City has been her home for the past 13 years and she has found joy twirling across the ABT stage in her tutu and across town in her favorite Coach accessories. The short one-minute "New York Stories" clip perfectly captures the 31-year-old dancer doing just that and more. Plus it's getting us super excited about Misty's upcoming full-length documentary. Can't wait!

 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:46 PM

A review of the Paris Opera Ballet.

 

“Le Parc” has its limitations: Mr. Preljocaj’s choreography is overly stylized, frequently repetitive and often dominated by the Mozart score. If you were watching the ballet outside France, you might begin to find its conceit slightly precious. But the tightness of the ballet’s structure over its intermissionless 95 minutes; its sly, yet often touching expression of male-female relations; its lush visual beauty and showstopper opportunities for its lead dancers mean that these failings matter less than they might.

 




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