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 Houston Ballet announces the lineup for its 2021-22 season.

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It's a lineup that blends new choreography (one ballet by Principal dancer Melody Mennite, the other by Principal dancer Connor Walsh) with the tried and true (Madame Butterfly, Sylvia and, of course, The Nutcracker) Houston Ballet is aiming to engage audience members with a certain member of comfort.

 

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Ballet Edmonton presents "Persistence of Memory."

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But Wang and the nine-person dance troupe, yes, persisted. Over time, wearing masks throughout the process, the group was able to bring more dancers into the studio. They finished taping just before the latest round of restrictions was enacted in April. While the team had planned to record the final performance in the Westbury theatre with appropriate lighting, they ended up having to stay at the Ruth Carse Centre for Dance, Ballet Edmonton’s home, with bare-bones production elements.

 

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An introduction to Tchaikovsky.

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Much of the disfavour faced by Tchaikovsky among critics could be reduced to their perception of his work as not sufficiently or authentically ‘Russian’. The composer’s sound and style were, and in many ways still are, regarded as bearing a distinctively Western hallmark. Indeed, Tchaikovsky worked almost exclusively in European forms and frameworks, such as those of ballet and opera. At a time of heightened and pervasive nationalist sentiment in the Russian Empire, the composer’s alignment with western modes aroused some degree of controversy......

 

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An interview with Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin about their festival celebrating Asian choreographers and dancers.

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Last year, they decided to take matters into their own hands. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2020, they started a “What’s the Tea?” series, recording a conversation every day with an Asian dancer. And this year’s 10,000 Dreams Virtual Choreography Festival aims not just to highlight Asian choreographers and artists but also to tell dance companies: Hey, we’re here, hire us.

 

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