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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:24 PM

A profile of Suzy Ward, the executive director of Richmond Ballet.

 

On any given day, Ward is responsible for marketing and development, accounting, managing fundraising efforts, and more, as well as working closely with Leverett. Always appreciative of the ballet, she says she has "fallen deeply in love with it" after being so close to the creativity and technical excellence consistently shown by the company's 17 dancers and staff.

 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:30 PM

An interview with Zack Brown, the designer of Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

"The choreographer wanted it that way, so that's what we did, all the way down to Faberge eggs in Act 2," says Brown. "It's a period I've done many times, but you obviously do plenty of research before you begin to get every little bit just so. The soldiers' uniforms are Hussar style, the others as close as they can be to the era. It's a lot of back and forth with your drawings and models with the choreographer."

 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:32 PM

Vivienne Westwood designs costumes for the Vienna State Ballet.

 

 Vivienne Westwood is taking her dramatic designs to the stage. The perennially punkish designer has designed and curated costumes for the Vienna State Ballet, to be worn when the dancers perform during the intermission of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s concert on Wednesday. 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:34 PM

A review of Northern Ballet by Paul Szabo for The Gay UK.

 

Northern Ballet’s sumptuous production of this beautiful and original ballet is a festive treat and provides a fresh take on an established story. The story itself is familiar but there are a number of aspects which not only elevate this production but which also refreshes the classic fairy tale. The fairy godmother is replaced by a cunning magician, the coach is pulled by huskies and; with the transportation of the story to Russia, the ballet provided a number of scenes set outside the kitchen and the ballroom – including a graceful sequence set on a frozen lake, with the cast “ice skating” across the stage and a carnival scene allowing the stage to be awash with dancers performing a variety of magic and circus skills. 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:36 PM

A year-in-dance review by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Most ImprovedWhen Taras Domitro arrived at the San Francisco Ballet in 2008, one wondered what all the shouting was about. The Cuban-born dancer went through the motions without the spark that had won him more than one international ballet competition. But in the past couple of years (notably in "Don Quixote" and Christopher Wheeldon's "Cinderella"), Domitro's soaring style and flair have made him one of the company's powerhouse resources.

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:37 PM

A feature on Damian Woetzel by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

 

When Damian Woetzel retired in 2008 as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, popular opinion had him aiming at a ballet company directorship. But he has taken a more surprising direction, becoming an all-around arts advocate. He is involved in Musicorps,which helps war veterans; he’s on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; and he directs the Aspen Institute Arts Program.

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton presents its Nutcracker. Video.

 

Inside and backstage, there was organized chaos, too, as dozens of dancers warm up, preparing for their first of several shows. They are dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Scranton and some of them have been part of the Nutcracker production for more than a decade like George Mehalchick, who’s making this year number 17.

“You’ve got to see the looks on all the children’s faces and the people who come and the lines that are here. Personally, I now have a 6-year-old grandson and 4-year-old granddaughter who are in the audience today,” Mehalchick said.

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:53 PM

A Wisconsin Public Radio story on the business side of Nutcracker season. Audio and text.

 

Milwaukee Ballet executive director Dennis Buehler says The Nutcracker makes up 55 percent of the company's annual ticket sales. He says for many people, it's their introduction to ballet. “We hope that they'll come back and experience other work that we'll do throughout the course of the year,” Buehler says, “whether it's more traditional, narrative work or maybe a little more edgier, contemporary work.”

 

 



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:09 PM

A preview of Heather Kravas' "a quartet" by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

 

Ms. Kravas’s original idea was to work with four groups of movers: cheerleaders, young boys who study ballet, Greek folk dancers and men in the military. Even though the cast did spend time with cheerleaders and folk dancers, Ms. Kravas, who is half Greek herself, didn’t follow through completely. In the end, she felt that the concept was too obviously about appropriation. Still, that experiential residue is palpable in “a quartet,” from its cheerleading sequence and rigorous ballet section to the folk-dance finale.

 

 




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