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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

A profile of Brooklyn Mack.

 

Mack is actually part of a growing fraternity of world-class dancers raised locally. “I don’t know if it’s the cornbread, the grits or the water, but there’s a lot of talent coming out of Columbia,” Mack says.

He lists a few from Columbia or elsewhere in South Carolina: Sara Mearns and Joseph Phillips of the American Ballet Theatre; McGee Maddox, from Spartanburg, at the Royal Ballet in Canada; and Columbia-born Mathias Dingman, who is a soloist at the Royal Ballet in Birmingham, England.

 

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:07 AM

A review of New York City Ballet by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

There’s fault to be found with individual dancers, while several have room to grow, but the general level of musical precision and sweeping physical freedom was scintillating, exhilarating, galvanizing. The walls and floors of the Koch Theater foyers also feature a striking new installation by the prizewinning artist J R; the company’s dancers are his subject matter, and several of his images are imaginative, haunting and poetic.

 

 

Mary Cargill's review for danceviewtimes.

 

.....There were no misses from Sara Mearns, dancing the second violin with her usual ability to make the stage disappear and let the audience feel she is seeing some mystery beyond those four walls.  She combines this otherworldly quality with almost dizzying speed and attack, and she commanded the stage.

 

Maria Kowroski, as the first violin, the one who gets the pas de deux, unfortunately, came a distant second.  Her extreme flexibility, while striking, seemed uninflected and she danced everything with the same, slightly diffident, approach, never varying the dynamics.  Tyler Angle, in his debut as the mysterious partner, was attentive and gracious.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:10 AM

Q&A with JR.
 

 

What was it like to work with dancers as your models or medium?
It was really strong for me to work with dancers from the New York City Ballet, because they’re such professionals that if you have an idea, they make it happen. If you have no idea, they will make something happen. We had a couple days of shooting, which was real exchange and real inspiration for me. A lot of images came out of the shoot that I will exhibit on the night of the opening. For me, it was a really special moment.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:12 AM

Lourdes Lopez and the conductor Gary Sheldon will appear at a panel discussion.

 

At this Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) special event, Lopez and Sheldon will participate in a panel discussion. Guests will learn all about the internationally acclaimed ballet company and its exciting program, which contains one of George Balanchine’s signature works, Concerto Barocco, set to a glorious Bach Violin Concerto.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

The State Ballet of Russia brings "Cinderella" to Ohio. Photo and brief text.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:17 AM

A review of Alberta Ballet's "Up Close" by Stephan Bonfield in The Calgary Herald.

 

Alberta Ballet’s presentation of the Up Close Program made its eagerly anticipated annual return on Tuesday night, featuring two World Première choreographies, both of which were for all-male corps. All performances this week are nearly sold out and it is small wonder: these remarkable new works by Yukichi Hattori (who last year presented his unforgettably excellent and challenging choreography ‘Dump the Physical Memory’) and dance master Alex Ballard range from the insightfully provocative to the transcendentally sublime.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:19 AM

The career of dancer, teacher, and director Vicki Karras will be celebrated with a tribute performance.

 

At 17, she won the Adeline Genee Bronze Medal in London and subsequently had a long and varied professional career. With her husband, Hendrik Davel, she performed with London’s Festival Ballet, Walter Gore’s London Ballet, Jack Carter’s London Dance Theatre, and the Royal Ballet. As a soloist with the Royal Ballet, she worked with many teachers and choreographers such as Frederick Ashton, Kenneth Macmillian, Norman Morrice, and Glen Tetley.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

The Nutmeg Ballet prepares for its forty-fifth season.

 

This week, Kirk Peterson has been working with The Nutmeg Ballet trainees as a special guest artist setting repertoire for The Nutmeg’s IMPACT performances in March. It’s no exaggeration to say that Peterson has been a longtime associate and friend of The Nutmeg Ballet and that the ties go back a long way. It is fitting that as The Nutmeg begins celebrating its 45th year, that Kirk Peterson would return to the studios of an organization he has seen grow into what it is today. Peterson danced in The Nutmeg Ballet’s very first performance in 1970 and since that time, has been a master teacher and mentor to many Nutmeg graduates who have gone on to successful careers in dance.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:23 AM

An interview with Amanda Green.

 

Juliet, the only big classical lead left for her to take on, is a part she loves. “It was the last one that we do at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet that was on my bucket list,” she reveals. She’s a huge fan of this rendition, choreographed by Rudi van Danzig for the Dutch National Ballet in 1967 and premiered by the RWB in 1981. Set to the sweeping music of Sergei Prokofiev (who composed the score for its debut in 1938 by the Kirov Ballet), the piece stays faithful to Shakespeare’s famous story of two star-crossed young lovers, with lush sets and costumes that bring 16th-century Verona to life.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:26 AM

A story on Dance Theatre of Harlem by Katie Dravenstott for TheaterJones.

 

Johnson admits that today’s dancers, like Williams, are physically and technically stronger than the dancers of her generation. “Their physical embodiment of dance is so powerful. They’re technically strong, flexible and very hungry. In my day I was at the end of that generation where you were either a modern dancer or ballet dancer, but because we have such a diverse repertoire today this generation of dancers has got to be able to do all kinds of movement.”

 

Today, DTH consists of 18 dancers and currently has 16 pieces in its repertoire......



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

Ballet Black appears at the Bermuda Festival.

 

This will be the first time the company has performed as part of the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts and it is presenting a mixed bill of new work from emerging choreographers Ludovic Ondiviela (The Royal Ballet), Robert Binet (National Ballet of Canada) and world renowned dance maker Javier De Frutos.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:30 AM

A story on Under Armour's push to sign more female athletes mentions Misty Copeland.

 

In addition to Copeland, Under Armour has signed deals with athletes including tennis star Sloane Stephens and skier Lindsey Vonn. The company hopes to grow its sales through tapping what has often been an overlooked demographic: female competitors and athletes.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:31 AM

Aleksandar Antonijevic is retiring from the National Ballet of Canada.

 

The National Ballet of Canada said Tuesday that Antonijevic, 44, will retire as a principal dancer in June after 23 years with the company. He’s pursuing a post-retirement career as a photographer, which means ballet will continue to be a part of his world from behind the camera lens.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:33 AM

A preview of Louisville Ballet's Choreographers's Showcase.

 

Choreographers's Showcase is Louisville Ballet's annual performance of new works and ideas from Louisville Ballet's artists and creators. The performances, which include multiple styles of dance, sometimes in the same work, are performed in an intimate studio setting to allow audiences an up-close look at the future direction of Louisville Ballet works.

 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:34 AM

A preview of Columbia Classical Ballet's 18th annual gala.

 

Boston Ballet standouts (and brother-sister duo) Jeffrey and Lia Cirio return this year; for Jeffrey, this is the sixth appearance in the show. When asked what keeps him coming back, he explains, “It’s simple: I love Radenko, I love Columbia Classical Ballet, and the people involved with the company. I also love the audience in Columbia.”

He will partner Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga in the wedding pas de deux from Coppelia....

 

 




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