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Friday, March 14


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:07 PM

A New York City Ballet backstage slideshow.

 

Alberda, who joined the corps de ballet in 2006, has been providing a rare glimpse inside this cloistered world, posting pictures of his fellow dancers to Instagram all winter. This is the most punishing time of year, when they work 12-hour days for 14 weeks without a break. Alberda says they struggle with the long stretches of rehearsal indoors, under artificial light. “We really don’t see the sun,” he says. “But there’s also something really spectacular about it.” 

 

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:09 PM

An omnibus review of some of this week's dance performances by Robert Gottlieb in The New York Observer.

 

Earlier in the week, two ex-Balanchine dancers presented their relatively new companies in mixed bills. Tom Gold capered at City Ballet for 21 years—he was the bouncy short soloist who jumps and twirls (“Candy Cane” in Nutcracker, for instance); the current avatar is Daniel Ulbricht. To perform his choreography, Gold calls upon his ex-colleagues, including the ravishing Sterling Hyltin, as well as a few outsiders like the stalwart Stephen Hanna, an ex-City Ballet principal, and Luciana Paris, of ABT, whose energy and polish stood out in a beach romp called La Plage. There were three dances, all smooth, all pleasing and all inconsequential. Urban Angels was propulsive (and the women made wing-flapping gestures); The Ladies Room (to Debussy) gave us three soignée ladies revealing their inner states of mind while primping; and La Plage had some amusing swimming tropes and cute costumes. It was all over in less than an hour (blessedly without intermissions), and it was as if it had never been.

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:11 PM

A review of Pennsylvania Ballet by Ellen Dunkel in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

The evening cast featured Lauren Fadeley as Swanilda, and her acting was spot-on - charming, naive, playful, a little naughty. Her real-life husband, Francis Veyette, played her boyfriend, Franz, who would flirt with anything on two feet - even if that anything turned out to be Coppelia, a doll sitting in the window of Dr. Coppelius, the toymaker.

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:11 PM

A slideshow from Mobile Ballet's "Coppelia."

 

“Coppelia” stars Lauren Woods and Noel Hanley alternating the part of Swanilda, Alabama Ballet Principal Dancer Noah Hart as Franz, and David Beech as the nutty Dr. Coppelius.

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:14 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter will appear with the Pennsylvania Ballet this weekend.

 

The ballet company announced Friday that Nutter would spend about 35 minutes onstage as “The Mayor” in "Coppelia", the story of a toymaker in a 19th century village who makes a doll and dreams that she will one day come to life.

 

 

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Nutter is hardly playing against type. He will play the role of the mayor who greets villagers in Act One.

 



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 04:19 PM

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform a new piece by Nicola Fonte.

Fonte, who already had created seven works for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, initially wasn’t sure he wanted to do another, according to Mossbrucker. Fonte, who moved from performing to full-time work in choreography in 2000, has worked closely with companies in Spain, Sweden and elsewhere, and was named resident choreographer for Ballet West in Salt Lake City with the 2012-13 season, according to his website.

 

As the two of them talked about the new dancers in the company, Mossbrucker said, the choreographer became inspired by the idea of working with them. Three of the company’s senior dancers retired in the last two years – and when you’re talking about a troupe of 10, that’s a major difference, he added.

 



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:42 AM

A review of San Francisco Ballet's 'Cinderella' by Harmony Wheeler for Broadway World.

 

 Here lives a Cinderella whom audiences can relate to, a Cinderella with an always generous and loving heart and a strong spirit. Her plight is aided by four "Fates" who effortlessly lift her on air and manipulate her story like the hands on the timeless clock. Wheeldon's choices for Cinderella's fighting step-sisters and drunk stepmother, and his fun third-act trying on of the glass slipper, leave plenty of room for fresh comedy, too. Various dancers alternate in the principal roles.

 



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:56 PM

A review of Boston Ballet in Ashton's 'Cinderella' by Karen Campbell in The Boston Globe.

 

And of course, we get more of the stepsisters. Funny though they are, and performed with great comic zest, they threaten to become too much of a good thing, especially given the ballet’s 2½-hour plus length. A little tightening would make the work nearly ideal for younger audiences.

 



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 12:12 AM

A preview of the spring season in dance by Laura Bleiberg in The Los Angeles Times.

 

.,...Companies that qualify as American treasures will be well represented too, with Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing. New York's Tere O'Connor will be bringing two new pieces to the Skirball Cultural Center in April, while a newer Big Apple group, the much-talked-about Jessica Lang Dance, makes its first appearance here in late May.

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

A story on Lucinda Dunn's retirement, previously announced.

 

The 40-year-old principal artist joined the ballet when she was only 17, making her the company’s longest serving ballerina. Her extraordinary technique and precision has created some of ballet’s most memorable moments.

 

 




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