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Wednesday, September 13


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Australian Ballet makes an onstage statement of support for same-sex marriage.

 

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Then the curtain rose again. The cast was still there, but suddenly they were armed with posters, metallic heart-shaped red balloons and gold and silver blow-up letters, all with one message: YES.

 

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Artistic Director David McAllister said: “The Australian Ballet has a long and proud history of embracing equality and diversity. We support equal rights for all Australians. And so we say ‘YES’ to marriage equality because we believe that love is love.”

 

 

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The arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov on embezzlement charges adds a new twist to the saga of the Bolshoi's "Nureyev."

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Urin said he had agreed with Serebrennikov before his arrest that they would meet again in September to decide on the time frame of the premiere.

 

Urin also said he had asked investigators to allow him to meet Serebrennikov while he is under house arrest.

 

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A look at how local dance companies are addressing issues of gender by Sandra Kurtz for Seattle Weekly.

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..............American modern dance has strong roots in women’s rights and social justice, but it can also labor under a stereotype when it comes to embracing a larger community. In a panel discussion about race and dance hosted last spring by Pacific Northwest Ballet, PNB executive director Ellen Walker explained her light-bulb moment when it came to understanding the need for teachers and administrators of color in ballet schools: She compared it to her own experience when she came into a room of fellow dance-company administrators and automatically looked around to see if there were any other women there. As the motto says, you cannot be what you cannot see.

 

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Q&A with Nicola Buggé of Buggé Ballet.

 

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What inspired the Liberty Hall Dance Festival?

 

I have always been interested in finding new ways to make dance accessible and relevant to anyone. I visited Liberty Hall Museum on a few occasions for tours, enjoyed the beauty of the grounds and started thinking this would be a great venue to showcase New Jersey companies. I reached out to Bill Schroh, Lacey Kohutich, and Gina Lampasona from the museum and Kean University with the idea for historical inspired dance pieces in the different locations across the museum would be very unique and Liberty Hall Dance Festival was born!

 

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Updates on the state of play at Bavarian State Ballet and State Ballet Berlin from Ilona Landgraf in her blog, "Landgraf on Dance."

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In Berlin, Nacho Duato seems to have clarified who actually is master of the house. Before the State Ballet Berlin had even begun Duato’s last season, his successors Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman planned to hold a press conference to present the dancers and reveal the entire schedule for the 2018/19 season as well as their future collaborations and collaborators. The invitation email was sent on September 1st. On September 7th, one day before the conference should have taken place, it was canceled and postponed to a later date. What had happened?

 

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A review of the Australian Ballet in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Stephanie Glickman in The Herald Sun.

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It’s a spectacle ballet of the highest order in which visual design across projection, puppetry, costumes and sets, are characters unto themselves. The choreography — contemporary ballet with flourishes of tap and musical theatre — is yet another cog in the total Alice wheel.

 

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