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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:05 PM

The Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre reaches out to poorer families.

 

 

Fraser said the company originally planned to distribute 2,000 tickets through Globe Santa and other nonprofit partners. But after they began running out at the end of October, supporters donated enough for an additional 1,000 tickets to be distributed to Dorchester residents.

 

Fraser said this is a big leap from the first two years of outreach around Uphams Corner, when partners had to make a real effort to find families to take the last few tickets.

 

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:06 PM

A review of Cincinnati Ballet by David Lyman in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

Artistic director/CEO Victoria Morgan’s production, which has been meticulously refined since its 2011 premiere, is still a delightful choreographic concoction. But the revelation I’m talking about is something that goes much deeper than any single production. It’s that, as Cincinnati Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has grown to become one of the city’s boldest and most endlessly challenging major arts institutions. The company has matured; it has grown up.

 

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:12 PM

A review of the Sarasota Ballet's "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker" by Carrie Seidman in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
 

Forget under-the-Big Top: this is over-the-top all the way. And strangely enough, it works beautifully, giving a fresh injection of life to a more than century-old ballet.

 

It's always a pleasure to get a second sighting of an original ballet and this one made me appreciate all the more the cleverness of Matthew Hart's choreography, which appeals on multiple levels to various ages, like a good Sesame Street show.

 

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:14 PM

A review of Ballet Minnesota's "Classic Nutcracker" by Jay Gabler for Vita.mn.

 

Since the last time I saw Ballet Minnesota's "Nutcracker," in 2008, the company have ditched the live amateur orchestra—which is a good thing, given that with all the kids in this production, there's enough wobbling onstage. Additional wobbling from the wind section didn't help. The switch to a recorded score leaves the focus where it should be: on the busy performers.

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:18 PM

Sophie Flack recalls Nutcrackers past.

 

In my first season with the City Ballet, about two weeks into the nearly 50-show run, I began to feel run down. Because we were around one another constantly — if not on stage or in rehearsal than in the dressing room — everyone was ill. And once the cast was dwindling, calling in sick was not an option. One corps dancer had a stomach bug and would throw up in the wings whenever she ran off stage. The more senior corps dancers sometimes began the “Nutcracker” season with performances off, but that generally didn’t last for more than a show or two before they had to fill in for someone for the entirety of the run.

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:23 PM

A year-in-dance overview by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

 

Despite accusations of impropriety at almost every level, the Bolshoi sailed on, its three-week summer residency at Covent Garden culminating in a series of glorious performances by 21-year-old Olga Smirnova.....

 

 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:26 PM

An interview with Simon Morrison on the troubles at the Bolshoi Ballet.

 

“The problems are multi-layered,” Mr. Morrison said. “It seems clear that there were favorites. There was no proper collective agreement. No union represented the dancers properly. So if you got sick or got pregnant, you were in trouble. That absence of a proper collective bargaining agreement is the cause of the problem, and it needs to be fixed.”

 

 



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:17 PM

Karen Campbell's dance picks in The Boston Globe.

 

This is the last week for Boston Ballet’s grand and lavish production of the beloved holiday tradition. Post-Christmas, the party scene may feel a little tired, but the divertissements in the Land of the Sweets can still delight.

 

 




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