American Ballet Theatre News

Transgender Protections, Misty Copeland & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEENTransgender Protections, Misty Copeland & More Set for Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEEN
by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The award-winning series MetroFocus premieres new episodes in the New York and tri-state region weeknights at 5 p.m. on WLIW21, 5:30 p.m. on NJTV and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN. All episodes are available at metrofocus.org following the broadcast. (more...)

ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, Starring Wade McCollum, Headed Off-Broadway This MayERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, Starring Wade McCollum, Headed Off-Broadway This May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Producer Q Theatricals announced today that after critically acclaimed and award winning productions in Seattle, New Jersey and Boston the new musical, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, will begin performances on Friday, April 14, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, June 11th only. (more...)

The Kennedy Center Presents the Return of BALLET ACROSS AMERICA Series in AprilThe Kennedy Center Presents the Return of BALLET ACROSS AMERICA Series in April
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Celebrating innovation and diversity in American ballet, the Kennedy Center presents the return of its weeklong Ballet Across America series, April 17 and April 19-23, for seven performances in the Opera House. Last seen in 2013, and illustrating the most exciting, creative dance happening across America today, this season's engagement explores new directions in the art form through programs curated by two of the biggest superstars in the ballet world: dancer-choreographer Justin Peck and principal dancer Misty Copeland. (more...)

Larry Kirwan's New Musical IRELAND - A HISTORY IN SONG Headed to NJLarry Kirwan's New Musical IRELAND - A HISTORY IN SONG Headed to NJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm, Peter LeDonne, the Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ), will present as part of the Ciccone Theatre's Distinguished Artist Series the World Premiere of music legend Larry Kirwan's highly anticipated musical voyage and masterful tribute to Ireland and its centuries of musical genius, IRELAND-A History In Song. (more...)

Visceral Dance Chicago to Return to Harris with SPRINGFOURVisceral Dance Chicago to Return to Harris with SPRINGFOUR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Visceral Dance Chicago will continue its fourth season offerings with SPRINGFOUR at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, the third mainstage Chicago performance of the company's fourth season. (more...)

BWW Review: A Fantastic Evening with Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van YoungBWW Review: A Fantastic Evening with Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young
by Caryn Cooper - Feb 20, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017, in a one night only engagement, brought together MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance and Bessie Award winner Nicholas Van Young for the world premiere of the inaugural Works & Process Rotunda Project at the Guggenheim Museum. This is a new residency and commissioning initiative that invites artists to create site-specific work for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. This culminating residency performance that features the dancers and musicians from Michelle's company Dorrance Dance with special guests Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie and Matthew "Mega Watts" West combines dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape while incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument. (more...)

The Washington Ballet Announces Bidding for Exclusive Misty Copeland Autographed Pointe ShoesThe Washington Ballet Announces Bidding for Exclusive Misty Copeland Autographed Pointe Shoes
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

As part of the 40th Anniversary of The Washington Ballet (TWB) performance Company, TWB is participating in an ebay auction and is pleased to announce a unique gift package for the balletomane and footwear aficionado: A pair of pointe shoes autographed by Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer. (more...)

Smuin to Present Trey McIntyre Premiere THE CHICKEN SEES and More for 23rd SeasonSmuin to Present Trey McIntyre Premiere THE CHICKEN SEES and More for 23rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Smuin concludes its 23rd season with Dance Series 02, featuring a world premiere by internationally acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre entitled The Chicken Sees. McIntyre returns to Smuin to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" in an energetic exploration of dance and the creative process. The program also includes an exciting new addition by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins. Rounding out the bill is Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert's critically lauded Broken Open. (more...)

Houston Ballet II's SLEEPING BEAUTY Canceled at bergenPACHouston Ballet II's SLEEPING BEAUTY Canceled at bergenPAC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Due to unforeseen circumstances the performance of Houston Ballet II's Sleeping Beauty Act III, scheduled for March 18, 2017, has been cancelled. Ticket buyers may request refunds at point of purchase.  (more...)

HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, SCHOOL OF ROCK Headline Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 SeasonHAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, SCHOOL OF ROCK Headline Segerstrom Center's 2017-18 Season
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 16, 2017

A pair of fresh Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, a couple of critically-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revivals, plus Broadway's biggest hit of the century (hint: Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote it) will all be a part of the spectacular 2017-2018 Broadway season at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Announced earlier this week, SCFTA will be offering the following national tours for next season: SOMETHING ROTTEN • THE KING & I (2015 Revival) • LOVE NEVER DIES • HAMILTON • SCHOOL OF ROCK • ON YOUR FEET! • MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL • KINKY BOOTS • THE COLOR PURPLE (2016 Revival) • JERSEY BOYS • THE BOOK OF MORMON (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Presents Four World Premieres In WINNING WORKS, 3/11-12Joffrey Ballet Presents Four World Premieres In WINNING WORKS, 3/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in collaboration with Chicago Public Library present four world premieres in the seventh annual Winning Works program, the culmination of Joffrey's national call for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy's Seventh Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. (more...)

BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School Share the StageBWW Review: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School Share the Stage
by Rose Marija - Feb 14, 2017

On February 10th and 11th the ABT Studio Company (formerly ABT ll), under the artistic direction of Kate Lydon, and graduate students of London's RBS met at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to give three performances of classical and new classical repertory. The shared performances are part of a unique exchange, which began in 2003, between the ABT Studio Company and The Royal Ballet School. On alternate years, they perform in NYC, while on alternate years, they perform in London. I attended the opening night performance, February 10, 2017. (more...)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces American Ballet Theatre's WHIPPED CREAMWorks & Process at the Guggenheim Announces American Ballet Theatre's WHIPPED CREAM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

On Sunday and Monday, April 30 and May 1, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents performance highlights and discussion on American Ballet Theatre's newest production, Whipped Cream by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky in collaboration with pop surrealist Mark Ryden.  Ratmansky and moderator John Meehan will discuss the new work and ABT dancers will perform excerpts prior to the New York premiere. (more...)

NYCDAF Awards High School Seniors $1,000 in ScholarshipsNYCDAF Awards High School Seniors $1,000 in Scholarships
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

 The New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF), a forward-thinking charity committed to shaping the future lives and training of young dancers, returned to The Joyce Theater on January 30, 2017 with Destiny Rising. A yearly fundraising performance benefiting NYCDAF's college scholarship program, the evening opened with a commissioned premiere by NYCDA's Rachel Kreiling, spotlighting 2016 scholarship recipients. The program also included guest performances from prominent professional dance companies, including Desmond Richardson, Parsons Dance, and American Ballet Theatre soloists Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell. Ten 2017 scholarships recipients were named during the program, from eight different states. (more...)

BWW Feature: TWYLA THARP DANCE at Ruby DiamondBWW Feature: TWYLA THARP DANCE at Ruby Diamond
by Trevor Durham - Feb 8, 2017

Opening Nights of Florida State University will be presenting a special performance of Twyla Tharp Dance to celebrate their 50th anniversary. (more...)

Fridman Gallery To Host Performance And Conversation By Helene Nymann, 2/10Fridman Gallery To Host Performance And Conversation By Helene Nymann, 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

This Friday, at 7pm, by invitation from artist Helene Nymann, Vangeline participates in an artist discussion about Butoh curated by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum. (more...)

Colorado Ballet Announces 2017-18 SeasonColorado Ballet Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs announced the 2017-2018 season, which will feature technically-challenging classical ballets, innovative contemporary works and the 57th annual production of The Nutcracker. (more...)

BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Theater LeagueBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Theater League
by Cary Ginell - Feb 6, 2017

The success of the awkwardly titled Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage depends primarily on whether or not you were a fan of the motion picture it was closely modeled after. It's easy to say this since the stage version is nearly identical to the film, and in many ways works better as a live production. For the uninitiated or those who steered clear of the film, Dirty Dancing was one of the most successful motion pictures of the 1980s. The low-budget film became a surprise hit, earning $214 million at the box office and becoming the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video. The soundtrack LP, featuring a combination of original songs and vintage hits from the early 1960s, sold 32 million copies and spent four months on top of the best-selling album charts. Looking at the film from today's perspective, 30 years later, one wonders why it was so big. Though many remember the film as a charming coming-of-age story, critics called it 'schmaltzy,' citing the formulaic portrayal of its stock characters spouting trite dialog. (more...)

Randall Craig Fleischer Leads Utah Symphony and Guest Vocalists in JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERTRandall Craig Fleischer Leads Utah Symphony and Guest Vocalists in JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

On February 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM, conductor Randall  Craig Fleischer leads guest vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell in a performance of "Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert". Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents HOUSTON BALLET II'S SLEEPING BEAUTY ACT IIIBergen Performing Arts Center Presents HOUSTON BALLET II'S SLEEPING BEAUTY ACT III
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Sleeping Beauty is recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. The ballet is based on the classic French fairy tale by Charles Perrault: a beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years - only to be awakened by the kiss of the handsome prince who loves her. Act III includes many classic fairytale scenes including the famous Aurora's Wedding pas de deux, Blue Bird, Puss-n-Boots and a pas de quatre. (more...)

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