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Kazakh ballet dancer dies in car crash. Item in brief.

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Astana State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kazakhstan has announced the death of the leading male dancer, Tair Gatauov, in a car accident. He was 35.

 

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The Smuin Contemporary Ballet streams Michael Smuin's "Stabat Mater" through Friday.

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A response to the events of 9/11, the ballet is set to composer Antonin Dvorak’s composition. Smuin artistic director Celia Fushille will introduce the video.

 

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Sally Banes has died at age 69.

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Her most recent book, Before, Between, and Beyond: Three Decades of Dance Writing (2007)—a wide-ranging collection that includes essays on Paul Taylor, Russian ballet, appropriation, music videos, and African American dance traditions—was compiled by her assistant Andrea Harris after Banes suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002.

 

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