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Wednesday, September 20


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Amar Ramasar adds film to his list of extracurricular activities.

 

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Meta offers a glimpse into a dancer’s struggle to find himself off the stage. Told in four movements that echo the life cycle of a moth, the film follows Alex, a dancer attempting to navigate a world without dance after a career-ending injury. Ramasar will play his friend Robin; Alex is played by choreographer Misha Braun, himself a former professional dancer. Abigail Classey also stars.

 

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Matthew Bourne's "The Red Shoes" comes to Southern California.

 

The Los Angeles Times

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Indeed, his one-and-only Page-Craster love duet is the weakest choreography of the evening: a lift-laden showpiece with no real feeling beyond what Shaw and North can deliver. Far better is their falling-apart duet a few scenes later, but by then it’s too late. If they don’t make a case for true love and if Lermontov can’t embody the primacy of art, then the personal and thematic conflict of “The Red Shoes” becomes eclipsed by its diversionary delights.

 

EW

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.....The New Adventures company of dancers posses a potent combination of strength, grace, and acting ability. They have flawless bodylines in every movement, making even walking seem like an effortless elegant pursuit. But they also imbue their performances with heartfelt believability, a trait sometimes lacking in more traditional dance performances. Michaela Meazza and Liam Mower are both commanding and subtly hilarious as Irina and Ivan, the resident prima ballerina/o of the Ballet Lermentov. Shaw is stunning as Victoria, the rising star who is torn between her passion for her art and her love for composer Julian Craster (Dominic North)......

 

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Photo gallery from the Australian Ballet's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the biggest production the Australian Ballet has ever undertaken and it’s also one of the most spectacular. Created for the Royal Ballet and designed by Bob Crowley, it involves puppetry, optical illusions, major setpieces and immersive projections, as well as costumes that some dancers have to actually climb into. The Australian Ballet’s design co-ordinator, Sukie Kirk, and Kat Chan, the design associate for the production, offered Guardian Australia the inspirations and stories behind the designs – and some of the challenges.

 

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Another story on the appointment of  Michael Scolamiero as Ballet West's new executive director.

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The announcement concludes a six-month international search led by Michael Kaiser, president emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kaiser said his goal was to find an administrator “uniquely attuned” to the long-term artistic goals of Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute and his team.

 

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