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Thursday, March 6

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Wes Chapman will teach a master class in Birmingham.

A native of Union Springs, Chapman graduated from ASFA in 1983, danced for a season with Alabama Ballet, then went on to dance with American Ballet Theatre in New York from 1984 to 1996, with two years’ hiatus with Bavarian National Ballet. With ABT, he worked his way from the corps de ballet to principal dancer, performing leading roles in classical ballets as well as 20th century masterpieces.

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The Paris Opera Ballet will visit Montreal.

Les Grands is subsidizing 100 per cent of the cost of the visit. They hope to break even through ticket sales, and by fundraising. The company is soliciting corporate funds through the Ambassador’s Circle, under honorary chairman Philippe Zeller, French ambassador to Canada, and private donations through Amis du Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris au Québec, under honorary chairmen Bruno Clerc, consul general of France in Montreal, and Nicolas Chibaeff, consul general of France in Quebec City.

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will perform with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

Forty-four symphony musicians will perform the 1877 Russian classic, the full orchestra number reduced slightly to those who may fit in the orchestra pit. However, “all parts of the orchestra will be represented,” said Symphony Managing Director Morrie Brand.

Fourteen ballet theatre dancers will perform the Sinatra works and most of the 29-member company will be represented in the overall program.

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Michael Popkin interviews Emery LeCrone about her upcoming Works & Process presentation at the Guggenheim for his blog on danceviewtimes.

Who are the dancers going to be at the Guggenheim?

For the classical rendition part it will be be Tess and Tyler but also Stella Abrera and Alexandre Hammoudi, two dancers from ABT whom I’ve never worked with before. And then for the contemporary part it’s three men and three women - Kaitlyn Gilliland, Sarah Atkins and Kimi Nikaidoh; Pierre Guilbault, Richard Isaac and Alfredo Solivan.

(The last two photos are by Matthew Murphy.)

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An interview with Mark Morris.

The other thing Morris doesn’t do is go to a lot of dance. He won’t go to New York City Ballet, he said, because he doesn’t like their style and the music isn’t that good. And he doesn’t care for Paul Taylor. Also, if the music is taped at a dance concert, he stays away.

“When I’m looking for fun, I don’t go to dance,” he said. Fun for Morris is hanging out with friends, cooking and traveling.

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A review of "Dancing the Dream," an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

Though occupying only a few rooms, it captures dancers by several different means: photography, posters, films. Many of the images are unfamiliar but highly distinguished. And though the organizing principle — reasonably enough in this museum — is essentially a famous-names approach to dance history, very few people will be acquainted with all those names. (I certainly wasn’t.) So it’s likely that most viewers will come away, as I did, with a more complete and livelier sense of dance in the United States.

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