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Monday, December 26

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A year-in-dance review by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.

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The Royal Ballet's new pieces by contrast, notably the full-evening Frankenstein by Liam Scarlett (pictured above right) and a handful of one-acters by Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, were all disappointing: Kevin O'Hare's managerial tenure has not been marked by success with new choreography, and the best performances theartsdesk saw at the Royal Ballet this year were all revivals: notably a striking revisit of Kenneth MacMillan's Anastasia and performances of old chestnuts La Fille mal Gardée and Sleeping Beauty with the inexhaustibly lovely Vadim Muntagirov as male lead. 

 

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Miami City Ballet appoints a new trustee.

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The ballet company will perform Program II, including the troupe’s premiere of Peter Martins’ witty Calcium Light Night, from Jan. 20 to 22 at the Kravis Center. Works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins will be featured.

 

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Tulsa Ballet and other Oklahoma arts organizations receive NEA grants.

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As part of its 60th anniversary season, Tulsa Ballet is dancing off to Oz. The acclaimed company will perform the world premiere of the new full-length ballet “Dorothy and the Prince of Oz” Feb. 10-12. The $1 million adaptation of “Glinda of Oz,” the 14th book in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, is a joint commission of Tulsa Ballet and BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio.

 

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A year-in-New-York-dance review by Marina Harss for DanceTabs.

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2. Alexei Ratmansky’s new work for American Ballet Theatre, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, was, for me, the dance of the year. This meditation on love for seven men and one woman, was the closest thing to a danced conversation I have ever seen. The choreography was so articulate you could practically “hear” each dancer’s voice as he laid out his story and his ideas about love. The depiction of the complex bonds between the men was equally remarkable – they were a fraternity, a community of friends, partners-in-crime, a den of co-conspirators.

 

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Ballet studios offer perks to induce boys to join.

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Ballet academies are trying to recruit more boys, so some are offering young dancers cookies, special outings and — more controversially — free tuition. Critics argue the practice is unfair.

 

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