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A review of Oakland Ballet by Allan Ulrich in The New York Times.

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This is a real challenge for this 12-dancer company. Economy counts, and so does ingenuity, given that decor is limited for this run. If one test for a narrative ballet is the ability to comprehend the story without program notes (which were provided in this case), then Danielle Rowe’s “Itchy Bot Bot (A Family Portrait)” merits much praise.

 

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Reviews of Milwaukee Ballet in "Swan Lake."

The Journal-Sentinel

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Choreographed by artistic director Michael Pink, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s legendary 1895 production, with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and conductor Pasquale Laurino playing the famous Tchaikovsky score, the production is a feast of beauty, grace, emotional depth and exquisite classical dance — lots and lots of classical dance.

OnMilwaukee

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But the creative powerhouses behind this production would be nowhere without a cast of exceptional performers. In this regard, "Swan Lake" does not fail to deliver. Odette, a role cherished by countless dancers around the world, is certainly a role that Luz San Miguel was born to play. Her stunning portrayal of this innocent and tormented Swan Queen is truly flawless. Odette's delightfully menacing counterpart, Odile, is perfectly played by Marize Fumero. I can only imagine that their matinee-performance counterparts, Nicole Teague-Howell and Annia Hidalgo, are equally inspirational.

 

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents "Dancing with Mozart."

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Three genius choreographers throw out a challenge to the dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet – and they rise to meet it with grace, vigour and artistry. This season bodes well as Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, places her curatorial and artistic stamp on the company.

 

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A review of American Ballet Theatre by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.

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ABT has abandoned its policy of importing guests wholesale to populate its Spring season roster, but with the current shortage of tall, princely men (so many injuries), the company invited the Korean-trained Maryinsky dancer Kimin Kim back for "Bayadère" week, a wise and rewarding decision.  Kim's noble bearing and superb partnering helped his Nikiya, the beautiful but somewhat bland Hee Seo, float through the famous white act, and electrified the audience with his solos.

 

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A review of the National Ballet of Cuba by Roger Catlin for Broadway World.

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In the central role as Kitri, the women in question, Viengsay Valdés was a delight, with easy, supple moves and a broad, sunny smile. She also excelled in continuing some of the hallmarks Alonso has instilled in the company, with technically brilliant, non-stopping spins and long lingering balancing en pointe that drew gasps and applause.

 

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A review of New York City Ballet's "Coppelia" by Lauren Gallagher for DanceTabs.

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On another regrettable costume note are Discord and War in the final act. In using Delibes’ full score, Balanchine was challenged with how to utilize music that was written to resemble some sort of vague pageant celebrating different aspects of the human experience — including time of day (dawn, prayer or sleep, etc.) and marriage and war. For war, the men are clothed in Viking helmets and Roman gladiator costumes, and the women look like romanticized Valkyries in long, asymmetrical skirts. This looked ill-rehearsed Friday night and shaky.

 

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Where Justin Peck likes to go on weekends.

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We love gallery hopping by the High Line. What’s cool about the Whitney Museum is that you feel you can just wander in there, spend time outdoors on their roof … and there’s an Ample Hills ice cream shop across the street. I always try something different when I go there. It’s never vanilla or chocolate, but “cake batter with flakes and sprinkles.” It takes, like, a paragraph [to describe] each flavor!

 

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Former Ballet San Antonio dancer Hugo Ihosvany Rodriguez is accused of raping two of his fellow dancers.

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Rodriguez’s lawyer, James Vincent Tocci, and Shives did not return multiple messages. Board members of Ballet San Antonio declined interview requests, but ballet officials released a statement saying the organization was only aware of one of the rape allegations against Rodriguez, but it acted swiftly to remove him.

 

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