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Marina Harss writes about a revival of "Sounddance" for The New Yorker's Culture Desk.

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Six years on, though, the Cunningham rep seems to be faring better than anyone had any right to expect. This is largely thanks to the efforts of the Cunningham Trust, which holds the rights to the work. Several companies, including Ballet de Lorraine, Lyon Opera Ballet, and L.A. Dance Project, have recently licensed pieces from the trust. There’s even a Cunningham offshoot in France, the Compagnie CNDC-Angers, founded by Robert Swinston, a former company member. Technique classes are held daily at City Center, in New York. Young dancers are still drawn to the technique, it seems, because it is so challenging. “Because he put steps together that wouldn’t normally go together, and because you have to get from one place to another really quickly, without transitions, it forces you to really move,” Cemiyon Barber, who is going into his senior year at SUNY Purchase, said recently, of his forays into the Cunningham rep.

 

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Even more dancers have departed the Bavarian State Ballet than previously indicated.

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According to information from within the company, the situation is worse than what the press office wants the public to believe. If one doesn’t count the departure of Dmitry Sobolevsky, who turned his back on the Bavarian State Ballet after only a few weeks at the beginning of the season, not just 18 but 22 dancers (almost 32%) are said to be leaving. (see update below)

 

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The nominees are announced for this year' s New York Dance and Performance Awards.

 

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The awards will be presented on Oct. 9 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts — a change of venue for the itinerant ceremony, which after years at the Apollo Theater moved last year to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 

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A preview of the Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival by Gia Kourlas in The New York Times.

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Co-curated by John Selya, a former Ballet Theater member who became a leading Twyla Tharp dancer, this contemporary festival opens with Emery LeCrone Dance in a program featuring Ms. LeCrone’s sister, the City Ballet soloist Megan LeCrone, and Ballet Theater’s Stephanie Williams. Other performances include Claudia Schreier & Company — with Wendy Whelan, Jared Angle, Unity Phelan and Cameron Dieck — as well as two groups headed by Ballet Theater dancers: Cirio Collective, led by the Ballet Theater principal Jeffrey Cirio, and Gemma Bond, a corps de ballet member who is making a name as a serious choreographer.

 

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