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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:41 PM

American Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker will head west after next year.

 

Starting in 2015, the renowned ballet company will become an even more regular guest when its production of "The Nutcracker" directed by Alexei Ratmansky becomes an annual engagement.

 

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:43 PM

Performers from Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony present an evening of their own work, in collaboration.

 

 MCB dancer Michael Sean Breeden, an organizer on the ballet side, said that watching the Peck piece unfold, as well as two previous seasons when choreographers Liam Scarlett and Alexei Ratmansky had also choreographed new ballets for the company. This left the dancers hungry to create and perform something new.

 

“This season we didn’t have a new piece commissioned … so people were eager to have a taste of that again,” says Breeden.

 

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

 The Cultural Center of the Philippines is holding its first national ballet competition.

 

Five adjudicators – four Filipinos and one from the Asian region – will evaluate the competition, with the dancers to be scored based on technique and artistry.

 

Winners in both junior and senior categories will receive P35,000 (first prize), P25,000 (second prize) and P15,000 (third prize) and the Trudl Dubsky Award for Choreography.

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:48 PM

A review of the Australian Ballet in Manon by Stephanie Glickman in The Herald Sun.

 

The ensemble sequences didn’t always live up to those demands. However, the individual work — the solos, duets and even a sinuous love triangle trio — hit the mark.

 



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:57 PM

A story on gender issues in ballet by Alice Lagnado for Voice of Russia.
 

 

I asked Vasiliev which male dancer has inspired him most.

 

“For me, of course, it’s Nureyev - because his energy is fantastic, and he was an animal on stage. I like this. I like crazy people!” he told me.

 

 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:42 AM

A video clip from Mayor Nutter's appearance in Pennsylvania Ballet's "Coppelia."

 

Nutter took the stage to perform, fittingly, the role of "The Mayor" in the Pennsylvania Ballet's production of Coppelia.

 

 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:51 AM

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet's Director's Choice" program by Maggie Larrick in The Queen Anne & Magnolia News.

Stravinsky’s primordial “Rite of Spring” powers Molissa Fenley’s “State of Darkness,” a solo piece that puts the dancer through some brutal paces for more than 30 nonstop minutes. As Jonathan Porretta repeated Fenley’s movement sequence over and over again on opening night, the original sacrifice of a young woman in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” transforms into solitary ritual and the boundaries of our ability to endure.

 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 06:34 AM

A preview of Northern Ballet's 'Cinderella' by Kelly Apter in The Scotsman.
 

For a large group scene, one of the first things Nixon does is send the dancers away to create an “oral conversation” that the characters might have in that situation – then they all explore what movements would go with those words.

 

“The pay-off is that the people on stage all know why they’re there,” says Nixon. “So the dancers in the corps de ballet know what their purpose is – and it isn’t decoration. They know that they’re setting different atmospheres and adding to the scene in a very clear way, which I think is important.”

 

 



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:21 PM

Many thanks to a Ballet Alert! reader for this heads up:
 
Nancy Reynolds review's Jenifer Ringer's new memoir, Dancing through It, for the Washington Independent Review of Books.
 

Jenifer Ringer, recently retired from her long-time profession as principal with the New York City Ballet, was lovely and distinctive dancer, with an unusual warmth and graciousness. She had a strong classical ballet technique and an unshowy, unmannered presentational style. And her face was worthy of a beauty pageant. Now, having left the stage, she is faced with a major life transition. On the basis of this memoir, her first book, she just might have a second career as a writer.




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