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observations 4/16

Now here's a book that Haglund couldn't pre-order fast enough on Amazon after reading this morning's NYT review of it in the Music section. Reynold Levy, who left his job in 2014 as President of Lincoln Center after a dozen...

PECKing Order

2 days agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Choreography, for me, is a celebration of music. In the world of classical ballet, there is a general pecking order. After years of training, if you are talented enough, you join a company and start making your way through the ranks....Show More Summary

Reports from Down Under re: Stella Abrera's Giselle

We'll update as we receive more. This report just into H.H. from Anna C. after the second performance at the Australian Ballet which concluded an hour or two ago: She was divine. Those arms! That face! That lightness! Didn't hear...

Jennie Somogyi and Ana Sophia Scheller return!

NYCB posted the first week's casting, and our Jennie is back! Hallelujah! She will dance opening night, April 28th, in Balanchine's Episodes and in all of the performances of Episodes that week. Never has Haglund ever looked forward to Episodes...

observations 4/14

The NYT has posted an online correction to it's review of The Washington Ballet's Swan Lake: The review also referred imprecisely to the casting of two African-Americans in the lead roles. Dance Theater of Harlem used such casting in presenting...

April 28th

is going to be a big, big day around these parts. Two weeks from today, New York City Ballet opens its Spring Season with a huge week of Balanchine Black & White repertory followed by its brand new La Sylphide....

observations 4/13

High praise for Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris from Charles Isherwood in today's NYT: The city of light is ablaze with movement in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation of “An American in Paris” that opened at the Palace Theater...

Diana Vishneva: On the Edge

One of our most awaited balletic events this spring, Diana Vishneva: On the Edge is an evening built around the well-known Mariinsky/ABT principal. If you... The post Diana Vishneva: On the Edge appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

She's breaking their hearts in rehearsal

The Australian Ballet has posted more Kate Longley photos of our Stella Abrera in rehearsal for her performances of Giselle on April 13th and 15th opposite AB principal Ty King-Wall. The Aussies say on their FB page that Stella "has...

The Dream: Did you know?

Our program The Dream, a bill of three ballets by Frederick Ashton, has three distinct moods, a rich history and a few surprises in store. Here are eight fascinating facts about the ballets and the artists involved in them. 1) … Continue reading ?

Men en pointe

Luke Marchant is one of the dancers cast as Bottom, the “rude mechanical” transformed into a donkey in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. He tells Rose Mulready what it’s like training en pointe for the role. RM: How did you begin … Continue reading ?

From the archives of authentic history records

Newspaper record and AP photo of Dance Theatre of Harlem's Lydia Abarca and Ronald Perry in Swan Lake circa 1980: Lydia Abarca was a treasure at DTH - light and lissome, a natural faun. Her and Perry's historical accomplishments should...

Classical form counts

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

This evening The Australian Ballet kindly published on their social media this lovely photo by Kate Longley of our favorite Giselle's arabesque penche. They say she's "divine". Yup, we know it to be true. Photo of Stella Abrera by Kate...

observations 4/3

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Stella Abrera will be Calliope to Roberto Bolle's Apollo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall on November 27th, 28th and 29th in a program entitled Dudamel & Bolle. Devon Teuscher and Hee Seo will dance Polyhymnia...

Yumiko Easter Promo

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with a brand new Yumiko promo! We are giving away three gift certificates, one per... The post Yumiko Easter Promo appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

Irina Baronova: Ballets Russes star

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

We’re counting down the days to this Saturday 4 April, when Hollywood actress Victoria Tennant (best known for her starring role in L.A. Story) will sit down with our artistic director in a special-event McAllister in Conversation. Victoria has written … Continue reading ?

It's a juicy Monday morning here on the blog

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

London's Daily Mail spotted Mick & Melanie climbing into a limo in Manhattan recently. Oh, this hurts. It's not a good time for one of Haglund's favorite ballerinas to be distracted. Preparations for ABT's Met Season are about to move...

observations 3/29

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

This comes from the Department of It's-best-to-come-up-with-one's-own-original-artistry-instead-of-messing-with-another-genius's-respected-work-and-trying-to-call-it-your-own. The Director of Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet has been fired as the result of his re-working of Wagner's opera 'Tannhauser' which was offensive to a lot of people. According to the Siberian Times,...

ABT's new Promo and Mis-infomercial for PBS

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Well, it sounds like Ric Burns’ reputation as a legitimate documentary-maker is about to fall into the sewer if this new ABT Infomercial gets aired on PBS as it is supposed to on May 15. From accounts received here at...

Six Reasons Why We Love ENB’s Modern Masters

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

English National Ballet has just wrapped its first official season as a Sadler’s Wells associate ballet company. The programme, Modern Masters, brought together acclaimed works... The post Six Reasons Why We Love ENB’s Modern Masters appeared first on The Ballet Bag.

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