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Wednesday, March 26

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The Grand Rapids Ballet announces its 2014-15 season.....

A fourth season of "Movemedia," blending the familiar elements of choreography, costumes, sets and props with digital media and other new technologies, rounds out Grand Rapids Ballet's 43rd season.

....and a new Nutcracker in the works.

Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg is designing the production with Tony Award-winning designer Eugene Lee. It will be choreographed by Val Caniparoli, winner of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Choreography.

A $2.5 million fundraising campaign, in part, is providing for the 42-year-old company's first entirely new production of "The Nutcracker" in three decades.

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The clothing brand Cloud + Victory showcases ballet.

Yes, you read it right -- in addition to fabulous clothing, Cloud + Victory is famous for their clever photoshop jobs and zingers, like captioning a picture of Mariinsky dancers, costumed for Swan Lake, "Prince Siegfrizzle chillin' with his hype-girl, O-Diddy." According to Min: "Ballet is all about portraying an unworldly grace on stage, and I love juxtaposing it with something very random and of-this-world." The relationship between boundless elegance and cheerful whimsy make the brand not just clever and sleek, but lovable as well. The designs are attention grabbing, chicly crafted to walk the line between professional and utterly unique.

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A review of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

Performed by the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday, “Glory” makes you pine for 1969. That’s when George Balanchine became the artistic adviser to this company; the troupe, which included the American choreographer Karole Armitage, was dedicated to his repertory.

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Dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet will perform with Lafayette Ballet Theatre.

Tisserand and the Lafayette Ballet dancers will be joined by other leading guest artists from PNB, Joshua Grant and William Yin-Lee. Tisserand describes principal dancer Joshua Grant as “easy to work with” and “a great partner.”

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Ballet Lubbock may move into a proposed performing arts center.

That is, that Ballet Lubbock would move its performances from the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre to the new performing arts center.

That would appear to be the case, although ballet management has not yet signed any contractual paperwork.

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Pix of starlet Margot Robbie doing Ballet Bodies exercises.

Legs outstretched in vertical splits, the stunning 23-year-old posted a photo of herself in the midst of what looks to be a very strenuous pose.

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A profile of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new principal Shaun Kelly.

He was there for five years before spending four years with English National ballet in London.

“I learned a lot there and, just prior to going, I spent three weeks in Melbourne on a scholarship exchange with the Australian Ballet.”

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A look at the rest of Miami City Ballet's season.

Wrapping the twenty-ninth season is Program IV: Points of Departure. The performance will include another Balanchine work, Raymonda Variations; the world premiere of a new 35-minute routine created by MCB choreographer Justin Peck; and the company premiere of The Concert (Or, the Perils of Everybody).

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A review in brief of the Trocks by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The years (and there are four decades of them) have only seen standards rise with the Trocks; the pointe work is more than commendable. But the target remains whatever is over the top in dance, including the hilarious noms de ballet these guys assign themselves. The Trocks' version of Act 2 of "Swan Lake" is both sidesplitting and, in some ways, more historically accurate than you might imagine. Elena Kunikova's staging of Petipa's "Paquita" keeps you chuckling, not least for the balances of Olga Supphozova while partnering Mikhail Mypansarov, and the gutsy corps work.

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A review of the National Ballet of Canada in 'Onegin' by Denise Sum for danceviewtimes.

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the NBoC premiere of "Onegin" (with Frank Augustyn as Onegin and Sabina Allmann as Tatiana). The ballet is performed regularly, and was given a face-lift in 2010 with new sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto. The new designs feature a forrest of birch trees in the duel scene, a scrim with written verse, a grand rotunda in the ballroom and costumes that are more embelished. It is a "more is more" approach and one might feel nostalgic for the simpler designs by Jürgen Rose, but the new ones are thankfully not overly distracting.

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Sergei Filin prepares for his visit to the US in April.

The shy ballet master, who underwent 23 surgeries and nearly went blind, was hesitant because he wears dark glasses to protect his eyes. But an organizer told him, the shades enhance his image: “In America, they’ll make you look like Jack Nicholson.”

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A preview of Scottish Ballet's "Romeo and Juliet."

Set in the 20th century, this passionate story of forbidden love unfolds through three dramatic acts as time moves on inexorably. Beginning in black-and-white, in a 1920s Italian metropolis, Pastor uses a back projector depicting stark images of First World War trenches to invoke a message of conflict and turmoil – a clear hint of what is to unfold on stage. The second act moves to the sepia-toned 1950s, in the wake of Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship. Finally, the third act is set amidst the backdrop of warring nations in the 1990s; a land dominated by the eerie blue light of television cameras that report 24/7 from the frontline of global wars.

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