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22 hours agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Thanks to our Haglund'eeler in far off places for alerting us that filmmaker Greg Vander Veer uploaded to Vimeo last week his 2010 film Keep Dancing which follows Donald Saddler and Marge Champion around town and through the years. It...

Reminder – Prix de Lausanne finals livestreamed Saturday

Starts at 9:00 am Eastern time; 3:00 pm Lausanne time – tomorrow. The jury includes Julio Bocca, Jan Broeckx, Lucinda Dunn, Viviana Durante, Marcelo Gomes, Luca Masala, Elisabeth Platel, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Ruheng Zhao. Just seeing the names Viviana Durante...

Millepied is (French) toast

Benjamin Millepied has resigned, been removed, been relieved, been accommodated, whatever, from his position at the Paris Opera Ballet. All of the players will put the best face on this situation, but the reality is that his appointment was a...

NYCB Art Night – not exactly incredible

The first Art Night of the 2016 season brought out an enthusiastic crowd of hip newcomers to New York City Ballet. As soon as one walked through the double doors of the theater, you could feel the difference in the...

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Punxsutawney Phil said it best this morning, “Shadow, shmadow. Let’s get on with planning the spring planting and primaries. The rest of the winter is going to be hot, hot, hot.” Then he bit the hand that feeds him and...

NYCB 1/28 Barber Violin Concerto, Fancy Free, Who Cares?

Finally, New York City Ballet corpsman Joseph Gordon is old enough to walk into a bar for a beer. Though he still retains a youthful hint of Opie Taylor in the eyes and cheeks, his U.S. Navy dress whites now...

NYCB – Whip it, baby 1/26

New York City Ballet could make hundreds of thousands of dollars by hooking up with Proctor & Gamble for a Pantene Shampoo brand that features the finale of Walpurgisnacht Ballet in a commercial. The hair, the music, the wild dancing,...

NYCB – Liebeslieder Walzer, Glass Pieces 1/20

On Wednesday night no fewer than eight dancers debuted in two long established ballets in the repertoire and all brought freshness and individuality to their roles. Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer premiered 55 years ago with Diana Adams, Melissa Hayden, and Violette...

Whew! LCF comes thru with The Winter's Tale

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Blizzard Schmizzard! The snow can blow all it wants in D.C. this weekend, because Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale and The National Ballet of Canada are coming to the Lincoln Center Festival for five performances this summer (July 28-31...

NYCB - Opening Night of the Winter Season 1/19

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Over the next few weeks, the night skies will reveal five planets shining brightly simultaneously. It’s a rare occurrence that last happened more than a decade ago. Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will all be lined up in a...

NYCB's winter premiere offering

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Here is NYCB's promo vid for Justin Peck's new ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Most Incredible Thing which premieres on Groundhog Day. Very slick and enticing marketing effort. Our fingers are crossed for this overall project and that...

Education and Community Engagement’s X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! Program – A Teaching Assistant’s Journey

Education and Community Engagement is thrilled to announce the start of its new X³: Explore, Extend, Excel! program (formerly HBASP) this week on Tuesday, January 19. Lindsey Ho, a 10th grader from St. John’s School in Houston shares her joys and experiences of working with students in the program last semester. I first heard about X³ when […]

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2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Let's get it started, folks. Winter Season begins tomorrow! We have loved this marketing campaign since Day 1. Illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin's little cat-like faces full of cat attitude and ultra-long skinny-kitty limbs just makes us smile and want to...

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3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

As of January 1, 2016, the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia has been officially re-designated as the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. There is a new beautiful website, still a work in progress, (http://prim.mariinsky.ru/en/) where...

NYCB 2016 Art Series – Marcel Dzama and Amy Sedaris?

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Chess moves are coming to New York City Ballet's 2016 Art Series. Canadian born, Brooklyn-based, chess enthusiast, contemporary artist Marcel Dzama will be the featured artist this winter. His installation on the Promenade will be digital in nature and will...

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4 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema presents Jean-Christophe Maillot’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW on Sunday, January 24th. The cast is as follows: Katharina, the Shrew: Ekaterina Krysanova Petruchio Vladislav Lantratov Bianca: Olga Smirnova Lucentio: Semyon Chudin The Housekeeper: Anna Tikhomirova The...

NYCB Nutcracker - New Year's Eve

Don't cry because you finished the nuts. Smile because you had the nuts… -- Mr. Squirrel Yes, okay, but Squirrel Wisdom is sometimes hard wisdom to follow. Haglund cracked a final unscheduled Nut on New Year’s Eve at New York...

A final look behind the scenes of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker

By Jessica Maria MacFarlane On a snowy night in 1892, The Nutcracker (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Balletmaster Lev Ivanov) made its first appearance at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. With a dazzling original score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and classical ballet choreography, The Nutcracker became a holiday tradition in the […]

Foreign Reports from the Land of the Sweets

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

’Tis the season for traveling far and wide in search of the spirit of the Nutcracker. Recently Haglund packed his bags, climbing gear, and Homeland Security ID and cautiously ventured across 8th Avenue to the chaos that awaits all who...

Hugh Colman: Grand design

2 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

The revered designer Hugh Colman has had a long and happy association with The Australian Ballet, most notably creating the sets and costumes for Maina Gielgud’s The Sleeping Beauty, and for Stephen Baynes’ 2012 Swan Lake. Some of the exquisite … Continue reading ?

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