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Monday, January 6

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The Trey McIntyre Project will cease to function as a full-time operation.

McIntyre will continue to live and work in Boise, but the yellow and black TMP headquarters building on Warm Springs Avenue will be closed. After July, McIntyre will continue to accept freelance choreography assignments and work with some of the dancers who are under contract, but on a per-job basis.

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A review of the Bolshoi Ballet in "Lost Illusions" by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

This enables Mr. Ratmansky to indulge his love of ballet history and extensive knowledge of bygone styles, since it is Lucien’s compositions for two ballets-within-the-ballet that provide the pivotal moments of the narrative. The ballerina characters are incarnations of a real 19th-century balletic rivalry between Marie Taglioni, strongly identified with airy, romantic ballets like “La Sylphide,” and the fiery Fanny Elssler, who specialized in Gypsies and other exotics.

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Jonny Orsini and Lloyd Mayor are the recipients of this year's Clive Barnes Awards.

In addition to Mr. Mayor, this year's nominees for dance included Talli Jackson (Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company), Xiaochuan Xie (Martha Graham Dance Company), and Calvin Royal III (American Ballet Theatre.)

All finalists will receive a cash prize, with the winners in each category receiving an award of $5,000 furnished by the Clive Barnes Foundation.

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A story on Carlos Acosta's receiving a CBE by Joel Luks for CultureMap Houston.

In pairing Acosta with ballerina Lauren Anderson, Stevenson forged an unstoppable pair who earned considerable esteem from national critics and local balletomanes, also making the Houston Ballet one of the first professional ballet companies that cast prominent roles with dancers of African provenance.

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A review of Moscow City Ballet's Nutcracker by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.

But this kind of criticism probably misses the point of a performance like last night's, and of a company like Moscow City Ballet, who do an important job in bringing an affordable taste of a wonderful art form to a public outside its traditional metropolitan centres. To do that, they have to provide constant entertainment, and so everyone is decked out in lurid costumes, smiling fit to burst, and hopping madly around the stage. Yes, it can be jester-ish (the less said about the hideous stuffed toys employed as props in the children’s party scene, the better), but it’s not boring.

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