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Luke Jennings reviews ENB's Sleeping Beauty:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jun/10/english-national-ballet-sleeping-beauty-review-alina-cojacaru

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It’s not the newest production in the world, nor the most lavish, but Kenneth MacMillan’s version of The Sleeping Beauty for English National Ballet gets so many things right. First and foremost, the cast’s attention to stylistic detail. To tell this fairy story convincingly you have to lead your audience into a particular and elaborate imaginative realm. If the conventions are not observed, the illusion never takes shape. In this production, everything comes together. The soft, leafy greens and misty golds of Peter Farmer’s painted set, Neil Austin’s numinous lighting, a heartfelt account of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful symphonic score from the orchestra under the baton of Gavin Sutherland, and dancing that, if at moments flawed, evinces an absolute commitment to classical style and stage manners.

 

A related article about Chase Johnsey from Martin Evans for the Telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/10/male-dancer-gender-fluid-wins-part-english-national-ballets/

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While the English National Ballet's latest production of The Sleeping Beauty may have won rave reviews from the critics, members of the audience may be unaware they are also witnessing a little bit of stage history.

Because for the first time in the modern era, a male dancer - who identifies as being 'gender fluid' - is performing as part of the female ensemble.

 

 

 

 

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Milwaukee Ballet has broken ground for a new facility:

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/curated/new-milwaukee-ballet-facility-breaks-ground-baumgartner-center-dance/

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Milwaukee Ballet broke ground on the new Baumgartner Center for Dance this afternoon in a formal ceremony on the site of the future two-story, 52,000 square foot facility at 132 N. Jackson Street.

During the ceremony, Milwaukee Ballet announced the capital campaign that is underway to create this new physical space and to provide program funds to empower the world-class artistry and operations of Milwaukee Ballet.

 


 

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