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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:41 PM

A review of Washington Ballet by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post.

 

I’d rather see a crystal-clear “Theme,” attentive to all details, than a pretty good one. So yes, it was too much to ask. This “Theme” was a heavy lift. That said, I look forward to its return to the repertoire, for the dancers are not far from delivering the needed clarity. Jordan’s quiet, understated demeanor, moving neatly from pose to pose without strain, was just right and a welcome respite from the showier, muscular displays in the program’s earlier pas de deux.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:43 PM

New England Ballet presents "The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood."

 

"The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood," with music by Rachmaninov and choreography by long-time NEBC associate Victor Trevino, will combine popular characters from the three famous fairy tales.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:45 PM

N.C. Dance Theatre changes its name to Charlotte Ballet.

 

The Queen City has few boosters as vocal as executive director Doug Singleton and artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. They felt it was time dance fans knew they represent Charlotte, rather than the state – and what the troupe performs is ballet, whether in tutus or street clothes.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:48 PM

A look at Grand Rapids Ballet Company in dress rehearsal by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk in The Grand Rapids Press.

Grand Rapids Ballet's Movemedia II, blending dance with modern technology, is an incredible experience.

 

Live music as well as prerecorded audio, projections, helium-filled balloons and little red balls that show up in improbable places are part of the evening created by artistic director Patricia Barker.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:51 PM

A celebration of balletomane craziness by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

 

Are you wondering whether this craziness is a symptom of the decline of the West? It was already happening during the Enlightenment. When the ballerina Marie Sallé, admired by Voltaire, danced “Pygmalion” in 1734 in London, the audience hurled gold coins wrapped in bank notes onto the stage. When Marie Taglioni, the archetypal sylph of the Romantic era, triumphed in St. Petersburg in the 1830s and ’40s, Russian balletomanes detached her horses from her carriage and drew it themselves. More peculiarly, they bought a pair of her toe shoes, had them baked in a cake and ate it.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

The executive director of the USA International Ballet Competition announces her retirement.

 

[Sue] Lobrano, 71, is originally from Batesville where she had her own dance school for 13 years. She joined the IBC staff right after the first competition in 1979 to manage the office, later moved to general manager, and in October 1990 was named the director. With the 2014 edition, she’ll have been executive director for seven of Jackson’s 10 IBCs.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:55 PM

A review of Maggie Shipstead's "Astonish Me" by Lisa Shea for Elle.

 

Shipstead’s handling of her characters is supple and satisfying. The triumphs and mistakes they make onstage mirror the movements and missteps they make offstage. As in life, “Love in a ballet is something that does not exist and then suddenly does, its beginning marked by pantomime, faces fixed in rapture, a dance. After, when they are hidden in the wings or behind the curtain, the dancers will grimace like goblins, letting the pain show.”

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:56 PM

An article on the boys of St. Croix Ballet.

Roesler has been dancing for fun since he was 7 years old: He is one of 12 male dancers of the St. Croix Ballet.

 

In the world of dance, that's a bounty of boys.

 

....The dozen will all be on stage this weekend, accompanying 100 female dancers.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:59 PM

A preview of Sarasota Ballet's Ashton festival by Carrie Seidman in the Herald-Tribune.

 

The time has come. In this, the 25th anniversary year of Ashton's death — and during National Dance Week as well — Webb is welcoming an international audience for the Sir Frederick Ashton Festival, four jam-packed days of lectures, films and performances, a veritable Ashton sampler. The schedule includes four evening triple bills (with live music opening and closing nights), showcasing 10 of the 13 Ashton ballets Webb has introduced to the repertoire since his arrival in 2007, as well as a few divertissements never before seen here.

 

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:00 PM

Promotions and new arrivals at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

 

Liang Xing, who has been a guest artist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the 2013-14 season, has been promoted to principal dancer, in a series of promotions announced late Thursday.

 



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:02 PM

Flesh and Bone, a cable drama set in the world of ballet, begins production.

 

Here's a synopsis: Follows a young ballet dancer with a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.

 



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:00 AM

Misty Copeland appears on National Public Radio's "Wait...Wait... Don't Tell Me!" Text and audio.

 

And now the game were people who have exceptional talent do something that makes no use of that talent whatsoever. Ballerina Misty Copeland is one of the greatest dancers performing today in classical ballet. She's a soloist at the American Ballet Theater. And she accomplished all this despite starting ballet at the age of 13. By that age, most kids who dream of dancing have already given it up and resign themselves to a career in public radio.

 

 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:43 AM

Devin Alberda tells Gia Kourlas about the music he plays in his dressing room.

 

Devin Alberda, one of the wittiest ballet dancers in New York, is inspired by music—all kinds. In honor of the spring season at New York City Ballet, where Alberda is a member of the corps de ballet, he has generously shared his dressing-room playlist.

 

 




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