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Natalia Osipova appears in a new piece by  choreographer Meryl Tankard.

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Two Feet was created from Tankard's own experiences training as a dancer, as well as those of Olga Spessivtseva, the Russian ballerina driven insane by the search for perfection.

 

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The Martha Graham troupe visits Sarasota.

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The works to be performed in Sarasota are meant to round out The Sarasota Ballet’s season with a larger look at Graham’s body of work after the ballet performed her “Appalachian Spring” last fall, the first Graham work in the Sarasota Ballet repertoire.

 

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Ballet West presents "Swan Lake."

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Storyline aside, the performance is a well-rounded spectacle. The Ballet West Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s familiar tunes with every ounce of respect they deserve. The ornate sets and costumes help create both the suspenseful and festive environments of all four acts. The colorful attire in the castle scenes places audience members directly in the royal world (Taylor Swift actually rented the costumes the swans use for her 2014 music video, “Shake it Off”). Sklute tops it all off with appropriate special effects, including eerie mist and flashing lights.

 

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A review of New York City Ballet by Deborah Jowitt for her blog, "DanceBeat."

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Some of the most memorable of images in Principia involve structures made of dancers. Stanley stands at the center of a doughnut of kneeling women, their clasped hands raised behind them. Several women cluster around another one and put their hands together in a way that suggests the petals of a flower. Three inward-facing quartets of women press together, each with arms held high. You can imagine them as calyxes, since when another woman rushes around, lightly touching each group, they burst open to reveal a hidden dancer at the center (here I think more of flowers and bees than of stellar shenanigans).

 

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