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ABT Romeo and Juliet 6/23Unions shattered; plunging into despair, happily

It was an evening of unions shattered. No one could have predicted such a disastrous outcome of a commitment so strong that it was valued more than life itself. CNN Reporter: Mr. Shakespeare, what say you about the vote on...

ABT – Romeo and Juliet 6/21

Cultures collide. Battles ensue. Love springs from hate. Innocents die. And so it goes... And so it went Tuesday night when Diana Vishneva's Juliet was sucked into the vortex of tragedy with Marcelo Gomes’ Romeo whirling right behind her. Two...

Divine dives

Just sayin', there are Sleeping Beauty lessons to be learned from this 41 second vid of the Royal Ballet's lovely Lauren Cuthbertson and the cokehead who threw away his career. She possesses such stunning composure, grandeur, and pristine style as...

ABT 6/13 Swan Lake stokes the famished crowd

The rooster may have laid a big egg last week, but this week the swans are a-swimming with smooth grace. ABT opened its week of Swan Lakes with a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer performance starring Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes. Charlton Heston could...

UIEX – in memory of Johan Renvall

A reader has alerted us that ABT's June 20th performance of Romeo and Juliet (Seo/Stearns/Salstein) will be dedicated to the memory of former principal dancer Johan Renvall who expired last August at the age of 55. He was a standard...

Pennsylvania Ballet – Balanchine and Beyond 6/12

Haglund zipped down to Philly on Sunday for Pennsylvania Ballet’s final performance of the season, Balanchine and Beyond, a program of plotless, eclectic offerings from Hans van Manen, Trisha Brown, Jean-Piere Frohlich, and George Balanchine. The local Sunday matinee audience,...

The Ballerina’s Legacy of GISELLE

Artistic Director Stanton Welch has crafted a new production of Giselle with sets and costume designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. For this production, Mr. Welch handpicked principal dancer Yuriko Kajiya as his muse for the iconic role of Giselle. Show More Summary

observations 6-9

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Our own Yuriko Kajiya and Connor Walsh premiere the new Giselle at Houston Ballet tonight. What a wonderful clip this is. How lucky Houston is to have these great artists perform in the greatest ballet of all time.

ABT 6/6 Company Premiere The Golden Cockerel – Always keep your bargains

2 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Alexei Ratmansky’s The Golden Cockerel, which ABT premiered last night at the Met, was more like a good staging for the opera of the same title than a stand alone ballet. It lacked choreographic invention and relied heavily, too muc...

observations 6-3

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Today's Houston Chronicle includes an informative write-up about Houston Ballet's new Giselle which premieres next week with Yuriko Kajiya in the title role opposite Connor Walsh. This quote should be of interest: Welch has thought about doing a major reboot...

Angel Corella's new Le Corsaire at PA Ballet

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Just a reminder that tickets are on sale for Angel Corella's new production of Le Corsaire at Pennsylvania Ballet in March. Laugh at yourself if you think this isn't going to be great. Arian Molina Sorca, Ian Hussey, Jermel Jackson,...

ABT 6/1 mat & eve Le Corsaire: The ship is sinking

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Le Corsaire should be one of the highlights of ABT’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House and enjoy a packed house night after night after night. It is a fun-filled, pyrotechnics-filled, fantasy-filled fluff of a ballet that gives dancers...

Yuriko will be Giselle in Houston Ballet premiere

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

On June 9th, our Yuriko Kajiya will dance her signature role, Giselle, in the premiere performance of Stanton Welch's new production at Houston Ballet. Connor Walsh will be her Albrecht, Ian Casady will dance Hilarion and Katharine Precourt will dance...

observations 5-31

3 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

LFmg finals at the Met Never have we seen so many 3-point shots taken in a final – swish, swish, swish. Nothing but net all night long. And when it was all over, they raised the MVP, Stella Abrera, high...

ABT - La Fille mal gardee 5/26 Playing with ribbons, tugging on heartstrings

4 weeks agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

Ribbon Play enjoyed the height of its popularity in 19th century England when factory-made toys were mostly available only to the wealthy. Youngsters in the common classes played with toys made out of household items: clothespins became dolls, a broom...

Discussing Ekman’s CACTI with Stager Spenser Theberge

For this blog post we'll be talking one-on-one with Cacti's stager and freelance dancer-choreographer Spenser Theberge. Get ready to laugh and smile with us as we discuss the triumphs of staging this captivating ballet!

NYCB 5/22 – There's no better way to spend a Sunday

With impeccable style and a first rate performance, Craig Hall bowed for the last time in front of his New York audience on Sunday. Following the company’s Paris and Saratoga tours, he will become a ballet master which is a...

observations 5-19

Here's the rest of the quote from Julio Bocca about his desire to direct ABT. It didn't appear in the first article to which we linked below on 5-17, but has surfaced in another online paper today. Previously, he said:...

ABT - Shostakovich Trilogy 5/17

Haglund revisited the Shostakovich Trilogy last night where Joseph Gorak made an early debut in Symphony #9 subbing for an injured Herman Cornejo. Gorak was on the calendar to dance the role for the first time on Friday. He gave...

Congratulations Taylor Stanley

What great news that New York City Ballet has once again fully recognized one of its most talented, interesting, and deserving dancers with a promotion to Principal. Prior to his last minute substitution in Hallelujah Junction last night, Taylor Stanley...

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