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A review of Teatro alla Scala Ballet in 'Don Quixote' by Jill Sykes for The Sydney Morning  Herald.

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On opening night, Nicoletta Manni and Leonid Sarafanov were Kitri and Basilio, at first thwarted and eventually united in their love. Both are technically brilliant and adept at comedy, an essential combination.

Manni's iconic jumps – all over the publicity and on a guest badge in a lavish and sophisticated marketing campaign – lived up to their pictured moment, as did the rest of her dancing, from classical interlude to showbiz. It's a beautiful performance.

 

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New Jersey Ballet celebrates its sixtieth anniversary.

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When Carolyn Clark founded the Livingston-based company in 1958, the Garden State lacked a professional ballet troupe, said Assistant Artistic Director Paul McRae. Dance fans had to cross state lines -- to New York or Philadelphia -- to find high quality performances 

 

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A review of Miami City Ballet by Lauren Warnecke in The Chicago Tribune.

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Making its company debut, “Brahms/Handel” closed the evening in all its ‘80s glory, with flouncy poet shirts and dance dresses in vibrant blues and greens originally designed for New York City Ballet by Oscar de la Renta. The color palette distinguishes who made what: Jerome Robbins’ contributions are performed by the dancers in blue and the “greens” dance steps made by Twyla Tharp. Apart from the costumes, the designations aren’t always obvious, except when they are. Tharp’s goofiness is perhaps a bit hokey for contemporary audiences (and one moment, a guillotine-style chop to the green ballerina’s neck, has simply got to go). Just laugh those parts off and revel in the nostalgia of neoclassical ballet, exquisitely done.

 

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