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 A look at American Ballet Theatre's new "Harlequinade" by Marina Harss in The New York Times.

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So, rather than patch together a “Harlequinade” based on the versions he knew or dream up his own, like Balanchine, Mr. Ratmansky went back to a trove of dance notations kept at Harvard: detailed scores written out in a system of lines, dots, arrows, X’s and O’s. Stepanov Notation, as the system is called, was developed by the dancer Vladimir Ivanovich Stepanov in Russia in the 1890s. Note-takers sat in studios, scribbling in real time as the dancers rehearsed.

 

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A review of Miami City Ballet by Susan Galbraith for DC TheatreScene.

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With Simone Messmer and Chase Swatosh, the company has found a partnership of perfection. Dressed alike in pistachio green that only emphasized their same pale marble skin tones and exact languorous length and line of limbs, they delivered a pas de deux in the middle of this work that was something so beautiful I found sitting forward in my seat and teary-eyed.

 

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The Australian Ballet doubles its surplus.

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Described by artistic director David McAllister as the Ballet's "most ambitious production ever staged", the special effects-fuelled Alicetook in a record 75,840 paid attendances across 41 performances in Sydney and Melbourne, helping the company boost its overall box office to $31.6 million from $27.5 million in 2016.

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Chairman Craig Dunn said the year was one of notable artistic triumphs in which the ballet and its audiences successfully navigated challenges of theatre availability, including the closure of its home, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, for refurbishment. It returned to the Opera House this month.

 

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Robert Lepage creates his first  work for the National Ballet of Canada.

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Lepage directs while the choreography is done by Guillaume Cote, who is a principal dancer and choreographic associate at the National Ballet.

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The choreographer for the National Ballet of Canada’s Frame by Frame says the multimedia production aims to attract a new generation of fans. The production examines the life of pioneer Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren.

 

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Kevin Rhodes returns to the Vienna State Opera Ballet for his 23rd season as conductor.

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On June 29, he will lead the annual Nureyev Gala, which will commemorate what would have been the international ballet dancer and choreographer's 80th birthday.

 

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Stanton Welch talks about Houston Ballet's upcoming "Swan Lake" and how the company coped with the aftermath of the storm.

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Getting back to this season in general, Welch said, "We were on the road the entire time. Every ballet had some level of adjustment. In some cases we changed entirely what the program was and made them specifically for that venue."

 

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An update on the Susan Stroman show with Tiler Peck, "Little Dancer."

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The private industry, invitation-only reading was announced today by producers Anita Waxman and Rodney Rigby, and is set for Friday, June 8. The musical is scheduled for a West Coast premiere next March in Seattle.

 

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