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observations 10/24

4 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The hotly anticipated new Starz series Flesh and Bone starring Ben Daniels, Irina Dvorovenko, and Sascha Radetsky among others has been converted into a "limited series" with a final ending from its original ongoing series status. Oh dear. One reader...

ABT Gala 10/22Desperate times call for desperate measures

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The only thing that went right for ABT at its opening night gala on Wednesday was that Klinghoffer had the night off next door at the Met Opera. On the 39th anniversary of his funeral which the Met is celebrating...

Pennsylvania Ballet Press Play 10/19

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

On Sunday morning Haglund rode the rumbling Acela through the crisp autumn air and deciduous delights to beautiful Philadelphia to catch a matinee performance of Pennsylvania Ballet. It is the directorial debut season of Angel Corella and he has taken...

NYCB – Wendy's Farewell

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

What a happy, positive energy-filled, forward-looking Farewell Evening to Wendy Whelan it was. A local Haglund’eeler spotted this clip of the last few minutes of Wendy’s actual dancing on the NYCB Facebook page which you can access here. The first...

Spoiler alert: we're not happy

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

A few years ago, ABT spent thousands of dollars that it didn’t have on trying to turn Natalia Osipova into an Aurora for its pathetic production of Sleeping Beauty instead of investing in the company’s own enormous talent. Osipova's was...

Wardrobe V Pantry – Cinderella

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Our friends at Wardrobe V Pantry have created a series specially designed for our 2015 season, juxtaposing a ballet with a sumptuous dining experience. Today’s delectable morsel? Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella. Don’t miss your chance to experience Ratmansky’s comical Cinderella in 2015. Purchase your … Continue reading ?

Nobody should stay home tomorrow night

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

... that is, if you are in or around Manhattan. There are too many fabulous ballet choices and not enough Apple Quantum iCycles for everyone to be in three places at the same time. Uh-oh, did Haglund just leak the...

The Nutcracker – sets, costumes and magic

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker is famous for its gorgeous costumes, theatrical sets and spectacular props. John Macfarlane’s ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series … Continue reading ?

NYCB – autumnal bliss

21 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

It’s hard to believe that we’ve begun the final week of New York City Ballet’s fall season. The company is dancing with such strength and so vividly that it’s a shame we have to interrupt the rep season with a...

Then and now: Tim Harbour and Ty King-Wall

It’s the 100th issue of our Behind Ballet email this week, and it’s got us looking back to 2010. Back then, an up-and-coming coryphée, Ty King-Wall, in addition to being  a Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee, was having a busy … Continue reading ?

Double Duty for John Mark Giragosian

last weekDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

The summer months are relatively quiet at Joffrey Tower and Sunday afternoons even more so. Still, on a Sunday afternoon in late July, dancer John Mark Giragosian was stretching and sweating, trying to stay in shape for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Show More Summary

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