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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

A LIFE magazine photo gallery of shots from Stravinsky ballets.

 

The Russian-born composer, conductor and pianist Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) remains, five decades after his death, a towering figure in 20th century music. If he had written the music for only one of the three ballets for which he is best known — The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913) — he would still be celebrated today. That he wrote all three of those masterpieces, in the space of just a few years, ensures his musical immortality.

 

 

 

 



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:45 AM

An update on Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick.

On Sunday, Hamrick’s mother, Anne Hamrick, who at 66 is four years younger than Jagger, appeared to offer some sage words of advice after her daughter was identified as the mystery woman.

 

On her Facebook page she posted a Polish proverb: “Every time you feel yourself getting pulled into other people’s nonsense, repeat these words: not my circus, not my monkeys.” She also recited a quote from Aristotle: “There is one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, be nothing and say nothing.”

 



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:47 AM

Philanthropist Zoe Dell Nutter is honored.

The lavish ball raised more than $100,000 for the museum and attracted nearly 900 party-goers, according to the museum. The event featured dancing, cocktails, wine and entertainment well into the evening.

 

Nutter, a former nightclub and San Francisco Ballet dancer, was called the “most photographed girl in the world” after then New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia told her to cover the skimpy outfit she was wearing with a coat before he would be photographed with her, according to The Dayton Engineers Club.

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:14 AM

A respiratory problem puts IBC jury chair Edward Villella into a Jackson hospital.

 

The 10 jurors who have seen all sessions of Round I will determine semifinalists who advance to Round II, Meehan said. Competition is at the halfway point of Round I, with four remaining sessions at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, before the field of competitors is cut by about half for the contemporary competition in Round II.

 

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:15 AM

The executive director of the USA IBC is retiring.

 

[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 17 June 2014 - 06:19 AM

A review of American Ballet Theatre's "Cinderella" by Jessica Abejar for Broadway World.

 

But lest the audience forget, Ashton was certain to include such beautiful dancing. Hee Seo exemplified that through her most exquisite and elegant portrayal of Cinderella. The opposite of her stepsisters, Cinderella was poised yet carefree, even taking time in between perfect little bourrées and gorgeous extensions to mock them. Ms. Seo was marvelous; from her beautifully arched feet to her light-as-a-feather pointe work, she is a master of her art, what one can only hope young ballerinas aspire to be.

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:21 AM

A report on Round One at the USA IBC by Sherry Lucas in the Clarion-Ledger.

USA International Ballet Competition watchers enjoyed a deja vu delight Monday afternoon, as 2002 USA IBC gold medalist Joseph Phillips (a junior in 2002) danced the flirty, fiery “Don Quixote” pas de deux as the noncompeting partner of Russian dancer Irina Sapozhnikova.

 

The two are a couple. Both are dancers with Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theater.

 

 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:26 AM

A review of the Pennsylvania Ballet by George Jackson for danceviewtimes.

 

Dispensing with ballet’s usual partner - a full symphony orchestra performing live – this program celebrated solo and chamber instru-mentation and intimacy. Close formatting benefitted three of the four ballets on the program, yet even the choreographic and musical outlier - William Forsythe’s potentially operatic “Middle” - appeared in a different, not at all unflattering light.

 

 

 




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