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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:15 PM

Sarah Kaufman writes on a new exhibit at the Library of Congress, “American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years.” 

 

A remarkable 1948 Irving Penn photo captures the diversity and breadth of personalities in Ballet Theatre. There is Barbados-born Hugh Laing, the great dramatic interpreter, with his well-muscled, leo­nine intensity; the knowing, seductive Youskevitch; Alonso, in a white tutu with all the dark glamour of a Hollywood star; Tudor, standing slightly behind her, looking shy and wise; Oliver Smith, the set designer who was also the company’s longtime co-director, seated in a beautifully tailored suit with his long legs stretched before him, and Nora Kaye, the great dancer-actress, with a sly, sidelong look. Each person hints at a fascinating life story, and the capacity to tell it. You long to see them in motion.

 

 



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:17 PM

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre creates a new ensemble, imaginatively named The Ensemble.

The Ensemble will focus on new trends on ballet and dance with an eye on the art's history. The new group will be featured alongside the company's usual performances, like its main stage show in the spring, plus additional public performances, Benoit said.

 

"It's not that we see it growing as a separate arm of BRBT," she said. "What we're trying to do is basically showcase an array of what ballet can be. It can be classical, and it can be modern. It's part of that."

 



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

Another story on a possible new feature film based on Misty Copeland's autobiography, reported yesterday.

Next month she will make history again as the first African-American ballerina to dance lead in American Ballet Theater's Swan Lake.

 

'I understand the importance of having a voice, and exposing people beyond the typical ballet world,' she explained. 'Ballet saved my life and I want to introduce it to more people.

 



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

A story in Elle on the news about Misty Copeland's book.

 

Copeland, the third black female soloist ever to dance for American Ballet Theatre, is quickly becoming a household name. The 31-year-old trailblazer is the face of Under Armour's empowering new women's campaign: You can see her gorgeous, muscular legs and perfect feet on a New York City billboard or in an inspiring commercial that's been viewed over five million times on YouTube. She's a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. A movie seems like the logical next step.

 



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:14 PM

Arrivals and departures at Houston Ballet.

 

 

 

Native Houstonian Jared Matthews and Japanese ballerina Yuriko Kajiya, both formerly of American Ballet Theatre, have joined the company as first soloists.

Meanwhile, two other wonderful marquee dancers will be missed: Former principal Joseph Walsh has moved to San Francisco Ballet, and first soloist Kelly Myernick has retired.

 



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:17 PM

A Fox 5 interview with Jacques d'Amboise.

 

 

D'Amboise says he has not danced professionally in decades. Although even at 80, he couldn't sit still during our interview, expressing emotions through movement. Dance has taken a toll on his body. As for his soul, that's an entirely different matter.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:20 PM

Sylvie Guillem plans to retire at the end of next year, giving her last performance in Japan.

 

 

She has visited Japan on a number of occasions and in 2011 performed in an area hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:21 PM

A list of "!0 Things You Should Know About Pina Bausch."

 

 

 

5. She pushed her dancers to extraordinary lengths.

‘Pina? You work for her… I think it’s like joining a cult.’ Sylvie Guillem, the revered French ballerina, said about Bausch, who not only shocked audiences but also those in the wider dance community by the formidable workload she put on her dancers. She often pushed them to gruelling lengths during her shows, with the aim that they would be completely immersed in the experience, ending up emotionally and physically spent. However, many of those on the inside were happy to oblige. One of her former dancers, Jo Ann Endicott, remarked: ‘You meet Pina, you fall in love.’




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