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Friday, August 8

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The Bodrum International Ballet Festival wrapped up this week.

The festival, which opened on July 19 with a performance of the Turkish ballet “Çalıkuşu” (The Wren) by the Mersin State Opera and Ballet, sold a total of 10,264 tickets, the DOBGM said. The İstanbul, İzmir and Ankara State Opera and Ballet companies also performed at the festival, as well as a Spanish company presenting director Carlos Saura’s new show “Flamenco Hoy.”

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A piece on Misty Copeland by Fred Pawle in The Australian.

The story of sport stars raised by a single parent is invariably an inspiring one. You don’t need to follow football or basketball to be impressed by the way people such as Jarryd Hayne, Ron Barassi, Luis Suarez and LeBron James beat the odds to kick spectacular goals.

Add to that list of heroes Misty Copeland, the 31-year-old star from California whose advertisement for sportswear company Under Armour went viral this week.

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Tiler Peck is interviewed about her role in the new musical "Little Dancer."

These questions fuel the musical, which is reportedly part fact, part fantasy. Rehearsals haven’t yet started, but Peck has been reading up on the artwork, and has formulated some answers of her own.

“There’s so much power in her stance,” she says. “I think that says a lot about her character. Her character has a really strong backbone; she’s a fighter. She’s had to fight all her life to make it.”

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A profile of Chengwu Guo.

His parents, who migrated from China to Melbourne two years ago, still talk about the struggle, though they love living here and enjoy the quality of life, the clean air and quiet, leafy surrounds of Bundoora. Guo first brought them to Australia three years ago when he won the Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year Award and used all his prizemoney to fly them out.

He is proud to have been able to give his parents — his father was a technician in China and his mother a factory manager — a new life in Australia.

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A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Janine Parker in The Boston Globe.

Distinguished by the high quality of its dancers — formidable performers of, in particular, the works of George Balanchine — the group boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that includes full-length classics alongside contemporary ballets. The Pillow program of four contemporary dances was re-ordered Wednesday night (a change that wasn’t announced to the audience, causing some confusion) with the most physically challenging, “A Million Kisses to my Skin,” switched from last to first. On the one hand this was probably the right choice — the cast may not have had the stamina to get through it at the end of the evening as well as they did at the beginning — but the artistic flow of the program was compromised by this hyper but often shallow ballet.

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A report from the Vail International Dance Festival by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.

Tuesday evening closed with BalletX’s performance of “Slump,” a rich comedy, choreographed by Joshua L. Peugh, suggesting various kinds — often wonderfully fast — of exhaustion, deflation, resilience and coupling in a dance-hall situation. The music ranges from klezmer to Yma Sumac and Ella Fitzgerald’s recording of Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.” You laugh at the contrasting behavior (each person seems to contain opposing impulses); you always respond to the varying dance impetuses going on; and you come to know these people on multiple levels. If Mr. Peugh has other pieces of this caliber in him, he’s an important discovery; it’s admirable that the Vail Festival gave his work this big break.

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