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Risky dancing

In Giselle, the heroine’s love of dancing is seen as a threat to her poor health. However, in the 19th century, it wasn’t only the weak of heart that were thought to endanger their lives through too much indulgence in … Continue reading ?

ABT's Cinderella - 7/1 matinee

Wednesday’s matinee performance of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella was luxurious casting of such refined elegance and understated beauty that it felt like we had our very own little Royal Ballet on stage. Stella Abrera as Cinderella, Joseph Gorak as The Prince,...

Beauty, true skill, and integrity win

And soon, may we please see another "Aurora" Abrera!

The Devil made me do it

As we approach our last performances of Giselle for 2015, we thought we’d revist Robert le diable and the sensual nuns that inspired the Romantic era’s battalions of ghostly women. Ghostly women dressed in white, their heads veiled and their … Continue reading ?

Monotones II and Space-Age chic

3 days agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Made in 1965, inspired by space travel and featuring sleek white costumes topped by domed helmets, Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II belongs to an age infatuated with the interplanetary. As we gear up for our last performances of this poetic ballet, … Continue reading ?

Stella !!!!!!!

Finally, some respect. Such great news! Our new Principal, Stella Abrera. Tom Forster and Luciana Paris have been long overdue promotions to soloist, as well. Skylar Brandt, Cassandra Trenary, Arron Scott - all fine choices, too. Misty Copeland, well, let's...

The Royal Ballet – Weekend rep program 6/27-28

When Carlos Acosta retires next season, we hope that the Royal Ballet will: 1) livestream the event worldwide for free, 2) figure out a way to set up a jumbotron in Havana so that the Cubans can watch, and 3)...

Royal Ballet – Song of the Earth, The Dream 6/26

Gustav Mahler’s music has the ability to re-open the wounds of the listener’s soul and make them feel like fresh cuts. A ritardando passage of Mahler's flute notes can slow one’s breathing, cause the throat to tighten, and lower one...

observations 6-26

We received a report on the Dame Monica Mason event that was held at Lincoln Center last Wednesday afternoon. Thanks much to Ellen for the comments which we've pulled up from beneath the original post: Here are some of the...

ABT Swan LakeVeronika takes flight – 6/24 Evening

Every year it seems that we depend on Veronika Part’s Swan Lake to save us from so much misery in ABT's season. Not only did she save us again last night, but she gave us new reason not to jump...

The Royal Ballet Gala - The Dream 6/23

Thoughts strayed to another Puck tonight at the Royal Ballet’s Gala performance of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. Albert Evans, who for many years danced a brilliant and unmatched Puck in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the same theater, passed...

The Social Promotion of Misty Copeland

The pushing forward of Misty Copeland to the next level when she has failed to master the skills required at the current level and may never be able to master them would be Social Promotion at its most flagrant. ABT...

observations 6-21

It seems that the "star power" of Maria Kochetkova is dragging down sales to Herman Cornejo's Swan Lake. Haglund knows people who would like to see Herman but are staying away because of the unappetizing guest artist who not only...

Jared Matthews promoted to principal dancer

This is great, great news. So very deserved. Houston Ballet: Well done!! Congratulations to one of our most favorite home grown talents ever. Here are Jared and Yuriko as Romeo and Juliet. What a shame to have been denied this...

Cinderella’s date with the Lui Bar

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Our latest heavenly match with the chefs of the Vue de monde group takes it sky high – to the top of the Rialto Building and the gleaming golds and glittering views of Shannon Bennett’s Lui Bar. It’s opening night … Continue reading...

Skip the wrapping and ribbon

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Rachel Moore's present to ABT on its 75th Anniversary is to bail out on the declining institution. Now if we could only get the same present from her mate on the artistic side. The LA Music Center has hired ABT's...

First glimpse: The Lilac Fairy

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

A new production of The Sleeping Beauty must have a spectacular design. For David McAllister’s Beauty, we are lucky enough to have the acclaimed Gabriela Tylesova creating the sets and costumes. Here is a sneak peek of the magical tutu … Continue reading ?

The Sleeping Beauty: On the page

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

When David McAllister thought about a designer for his new production of The Sleeping Beauty, Gabriela Tylesova was his dream choice. She has realised his vision for the ballet with her characteristic blend of the bold and the fanciful – … Continue reading ?

observations 6-14

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

There is plenty of progress on our new Culture Shed in the Hudson Yards District on the West Side of Manhattan! (Click on image to enlarge.) Applause for New York's construction workers for whom Sunday is just another work day....

PTDC, Parsons Dance, Ballet Hispanico @ Pier 63

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The inaugural performances of the Hudson River Dance Festival are this week! On Wed. 6/17 and Thu. 6/18 at 6:30 PM on the Great Lawn of Chelsea (Pier 63 @ 23rd Street) in Hudson River Park, this fabulous new annual...

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