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Friday, April 1


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A review of Milwaukee Ballet by Jim Higgins and the Journal Sentinel.

"Kaleidoscope Eyes" featured two world premieres. "Addendum," choreographed by Garrett Smith, winner of last year's Genesis competition, paired nine dancers with tiny chairs — perhaps the size kindergartners would sit in. The chairs served as partners, props, anchors, pitons, occasionally even weapons, for dancers in solid-colored hoodies. They moved, often briskly, to recorded music by composer Zoe Keating, who layers and samples her cello playing to create something exciting and propulsive. (I'm guessing some Beatles fans will be adding her music to their iPods this weekend.) Marc Petrocci and Garrett Glassman danced an entertaining duet tinged with humor — like so many male relationships, a shifting blend of affection and tussle.
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The Cleveland Orchestra and the Joffrey get together to present a Bartok program.

With the orchestra's upcoming "Bartok On Stage," a new collaboration with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, the conductor will get exactly what he's always wanted in this realm: to preside over a high-level dance production, to do justice to music he feels is underappreciated.

"It's long been a wish of mine, to do ballet with a great company," said Welser-Most, a noted conductor of opera. "When it comes to ballet, there's so much great music. Only so much of it almost never gets performed."

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Ballet Idaho presents "The Sleeping Beauty."

And in Ballet Idaho’s April 8-9 production of the show, Anastos says the company is adding the perfect Aurora, Elizabeth Barreto.

“This girl was born to dance this role,” Anastos said. “She is Aurora.” He said he has never seen a dancer more suited to the part, comparing her to Margot Fonteyn, an English ballerina whose decades-long portrayal of Aurora is considered the standard for the role.

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An interview with Christopher Tierney, who is currently appearing in "Dirty Dancing."

....Tierney stuck with ballet for years, performing with Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal and Houston Ballet, then later joining the contemporary dance troupe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Years later, weary of the regimented world of ballet, he was ready for a change.

Tierney's relationship with director Julie Taymor (creator of the smash-hit musical The Lion King) from his work on the musical Beatles film Across the Universe helped land him a role in the Broadway show Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Just a few months into previews, Tierney fell 30 feet in an accident at the Foxwoods Theater, breaking 15 bones, including a hairline fracture in his skull and a bruised lung. Four months after the near-death fall, after surgeries and physical therapy, he was back in the theater flying as Spiderman.

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