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Anna Kisselgoff has written a nice tribute to Johan Renvall in an obituary that will appear in Sunday's NYT print edition. It's online now here. Yet as critics across the country noted, Mr. Renvall’s gifts went far beyond pyrotechnics. Antony...

If you're alone & lonely, Sylvia is free on Saturday night.

Oh, yes she is, and she'll be all dolled up and ready to dance. Pay no attention to her helmet, weapon, or legion of fiercerinas, she's all yours for the asking. It seems that the Teatro Colon will livestream it's...

My life as a stomper

5 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Coryphée Nicola Curry came to The Australian Ballet after a career at American Ballet Theatre, where she first danced Twyla Tharp’s electrifying ballet In the Upper Room, part of our 20:21 season. She tells us about the joys of dancing in … Continue reading ?

OMG OMG OMGYuriko as Manon

Our own much-missed Yuriko Kajiya will debut as Manon next month at Houston Ballet along with the extraordinary Aaron Robison as Des Grieux. The former long-time artistic director of the RNZB, Gary Harris, is setting Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterpiece on...

Shots from RNZB's A Midsummer Night's Dream

According to Jack Yan who writes for Lucire, the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new production by Liam Scarlett is "jaw-droppingly magnificent" and "witty yet respectful." Respectful is always nice to hear. Like previous choreographers, Scarlett chose to add incidental music...

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance 2016 season

at Lincoln Center is going to be pretty exciting and will further clarify Mr. Taylor's vision and mission for his new organization. The season will run from March 16 through April 3 and will include performances by the Paul Taylor.....

Everyone has a dream

In a day and a half, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will premiere Liam Scarlett's brand new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Wellington. Tonia Looker will dance the role of Titania and will most likely sweep everyone into...

Garage ballet

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

For every garage band that turned into Tommy James & the Shondells or Question Mark & the Mysterians, there were thousands of bands that never found their crystal blue persuasion in the rock music market and ended up crying 96...

Beauty’s Bluebirds

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Is there a more charming pas de deux in all of classical ballet than the Bluebird? Airy, delicate, nimble, the choreography captures the moment when a bird teaches a princess to fly – all set to Tchaikovsky’s trilling music, perhaps … Continue reading ?

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Ballet School – Chicago"

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

There's news from the Washington Post that a 2500 word manuscript of an unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been found by Andrew Gulli among the Fitzgerald archives at Princeton. Though only 2500 words, Gulli is convinced that Fitzgerald...

First glimpse: Nymph

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

One of the most beautiful moments of The Sleeping Beauty is the Vision Scene. In a sylvan glade, the Lilac Fairy shows the Prince a vision of the sleeping Aurora. Woodland nymphs surrounding her, the Vision dances for the Prince, … Continue reading ?

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