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Miami City Ballet performs at the Spoleto Festival USA.

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When the curtain rises on Balanchine’s “Walpurgisnacht Ballet” we see a stage full of women dressed in various shades of purple, their hair pulled back in low ponytails with matching ribbons, gently swaying to a familiar waltz. Only two of the 24 women in this cast sport the traditional bun, and while there is one male dancer — Renato Penteado — his role is largely limited to playing cavalier to the ethereal Katia Carranza, whose ability to suspend every movement and nearly float across the floor caused sighs of admiration from the audience.

 

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A review of American Ballet Theatre by Barnett Serchuk for Broadway World.

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Ratmansky has every right to change and update the tale as he sees fit. I'm glad that he has taken this opportunity, even if I don't see this production remaining in the repertoire for an extended period of time. There is no pomp, no grandeur to match the music, especially in the finale, which calls for majesty, those last notes swelling as if they could go skyward. It's just flat. We get rows of men and women dressed in what look like nightgowns, fitting in with the Ratmansky scenario, but never measuring up to the opulence that Stravinsky has written.

 

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An interview with dancer and teacher Gautam Nima of Goa.

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And finally, in 2016, he adopted Goa as home, and has been playing a huge role in the local ballet scene since then. He, along with his wife and collaborator Pushpanjali Sharma, have had several performances here in Goa, in spaces such as Goa Chitra Museum, Geetangali Arts Gallery, and HH Arts Space, and were invited to the Story of Space Festival as artists in residence where they performed and taught a workshop in MOG. Gautam’s major interest lies in dance education, with him teaching courses and classes in ballet for kids and adults alike, as well as workshops. “As artists and educators, we are interested in taking dance to unconventional spaces and educational institutions opening dialogue around topics that are thought provoking,” he says.

 

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