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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:31 PM

An interview with Ashley Wheater.

 

Yet he also wants to go "beyond the step." Wheater explains that he's always loved the way the Joffrey dances full out. "They've always danced with their hearts. What comes to the audience is something very genuine: their love, their warmth. Today you also see their technical brilliance.

"Change is not easy, but it's a necessity. There's such a balance between needing to let people go and providing space and opportunity for budding talent. And today, you see an extraordinarily talented company with a quality about how they think, how they dance, and how they look at their art form."

 

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:33 PM

A preview of Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker by Deborah Meyers in The Vancouver Sun.

 

It is perhaps no surprise then, that when he was called upon to create a new Nutcracker for Alberta Ballet in 2008, Stripe conceived the ballet as something that needed to be very Russian indeed. His artistic collaborator, award-winning designer Zack Brown, agreed, and together they built a Nutcracker that is rooted in 19th century Imperial St. Petersburg.

 

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:35 PM

A year-in-dance review by Sarah Crompton in The Telegraph.

 

Without him, Rojo, Cojocaru and Kobborg, and with the retirements of Leanne Benjamin and Mara Galeazzi, the Royal suddenly looks short of star power, though Marianela Nuñez has continued to grow, finding new depth and lustre as she added Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin to her repertory, and Edward Watson is the great English dancer of his generation, his reading of Mayerling outshining even Kobborg’s.

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:36 PM

The National Ballet of Cuba presents its final program of 2013,

 

With this gala, the BNC concluded its cycle of performances in 2013, but will not cool the stage. For the upcoming January 1 and in the same theater it will dance Nutcracker in honor to the 55th anniversary tribute to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents a Nutcracker performance designed especially for an audience of autistic children.

 

Accommodations included house lights dimmed only partway, muted booms in the Tchaikovsky score and quiet rooms where audience members could retreat from the show. Attendees could take their own food into the theater and could come and go from their seats as they pleased.

 

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:40 PM

Laurel Dance Company presents its Nutcracker.

 

For Hurdleston and the entire company of "The Nutcracker," it has been a season of tradition and change. The 10-year-old Laurel Dance Company has moved to a new home as part of Footprints Studio in Ephrata.

 

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:46 PM

Ashley Bouder organizes a benefit performance to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

 

 ....Nonetheless, Bouder sprang into action: securing a performance space, amassing artworks for a silent auction, and inviting others to donate performances. The December 30 program will feature 16 different pieces in an intimate setting. Among the Filipino artists participating are American Ballet Theatre’s Stella Abrera; City Ballet’s Georgina Pazcoguin; Mica Bernas of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company; Tiffany Mangulabnan of Ballet Next and Terra Firma Dance Theatre; and Bennyroyce Royon; with the Filipino American Choir and many more. Bouder and her partner, Amar Ramasar, will dance—you guessed it—an excerpt from “The Nutcracker.” The proceeds will benefit the World Food Programme, and Bouder says if they raise $12,500 that sum will buy 50,000 meals.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:49 PM

Laura Bleiberg and Lewis Segal choose "Faces to Watch" in dance for the coming year.

 

Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak:  There's an undeniable synchronicity to the career arcs of Los Angeles natives Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak. They are alumnae of Westside Ballet; both became ballerinas with prominent national companies — Walsh with Joffrey Ballet and Barak with New York City Ballet. Then in 2010, Walsh got a commission from Los Angeles Ballet and cast Barak (then a soloist with LAB) in a leading part. Now, these outspoken women are forging against the local head winds and heading up their own contemporary troupes, Walsh's Ballet Red and Barak's Barak Ballet.

 

 



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 08:37 PM

Darcey Bussell talks Christmas trivia.

 

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge - who is former ballerina - is known for her petite frame, but she admits she is happy to stop watching what she eats and gorge on calorific treats over the festive season because it's a ''special time''.

 

 



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:28 PM

A listing of the best in area dance for 2013 from MySanAntonio.com.

 

Ballet San Antonio made news as well with its production of “Cinderella,” its first major story ballet choreographed by a big-name choreographer, Ben Stevenson. And the company's founder and former artistic director, Mayra Worthen, also made waves by announcing the creation of a new company, Ballet Latino de San Antonio (which was briefly known as Ballet Hispanico).

 

 



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:30 PM

A review of Scottish Ballet's "Hansel and Gretel" by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.

 

It’s only fair to acknowledge that I saw the third cast, the ones who normally do matinées for the under fives, and the story may well be more compelling as danced by the first cast, on whom it was created (Constant Vigier as Hansel, Sophie Martin as Gretel, the fantastic Eve Mutso as the Witch, pictured above right). But even the most charismatic actors and assured dancers will struggle to make up for the fundamental lack of excitement in both music and choreography. This is a good starter ballet for the uninitiated – easy on the ear, easy on the eye, clear story – and I hope it does well at the box office, but for me, this gingerbread fairytale is just too vanilla.

 




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