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Saturday, February 6


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A new piece for Paris Opera Ballet will be available for streaming in Canada this month.

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Body and Soul will be available for online viewing from Feb. 17 to 23 courtesy of the brand-new streaming platform Digidance, Vancouver non-profit DanceHouse announced this week. The online release marks the Canadian film premiere of Pite's latest work with the Paris Opera Ballet, while Canadians will become the first international audience to experience Body and Soul since its world premiere in Paris. 

 

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An interview with Stella Abrera.

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2020 was supposed to be an eventful year for Abrera, but not in that way. In June, she was scheduled to retire with a final performance of “Giselle,” the ballet she had first performed in the spring of 2015, the season in which she became a principal dancer. Her farewell performance didn’t happen. There were no streamers or bouquets, though there may have been private tears. Instead, her ABT colleagues held a surprise Zoom farewell, which had been disguised as a company meeting. “Any feelings of loss or disappointment were definitely tempered by the utter chaos and despair that the world is going through with the pandemic,” she told me at the time.......

 

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet prepares to go on tour.

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Patricia Barker:

Tutus is a wonderful opportunity for our dancers to get out to small towns and cities. Some of our ballets are too large to take to smaller stages, but these are all smaller works, with smaller casts. It also gives our dancers a chance to get their feet wet with a pas de deux or an excerpt from the ballets.

 

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An appreciation of the publisher Naim Attallah, who has died at age 89.

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His most recent autobiography, published two years ago — shortly after he was awarded the CBE for services to literature and the arts — is a name-dropper’s paradise. From Billy Connolly and the Bee Gees, to Paula Yates and Dame Margot Fonteyn for whom ‘sex had been her driving force’.

 

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Nope, not pregnant, says Natalie Portman, in response to reports.

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Portman has two kids with her husband Benjamin Millepied – a son born in 2011 and a daughter born in 2017........

She arrived in September with her husband and kids and, after a two-week hotel quarantine, settled down in Sydney.

 

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