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ROMEO AND JULIET to Launch Royal Opera House's Live Cinema 2015-16 SeasonROMEO AND JULIET to Launch Royal Opera House's Live Cinema 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2015/16 is the most ambitious to date. Six ballets and six operas, including five new productions, will be screened in over 1,000 cinemas across 45 countries allowing audiences in the US to experience more opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House than ever before. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com for 8/2/2015 - 8/9/2015Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com for 8/2/2015 - 8/9/2015
by BWW - Aug 9, 2015

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The Sarasota Ballet to Make Jacob's Pillow Debut, 8/12-16The Sarasota Ballet to Make Jacob's Pillow Debut, 8/12-16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

The Sarasota Ballet, acclaimed for their vitality, versatility, and elegance kicks off its 25th anniversary season with an exclusive seven-show Jacob's Pillow debut in the Ted Shawn Theatre, August 12–16, including an added Thursday matinee at 2pm. The dynamic company performs Christopher Wheeldon's fluid, joyous ballet The American, set to the Dvorák quartet of the same name; Sir Frederick Ashton's celebrated, artful trios Monotones I and Monotones II; and a world premiere by resident choreographer and principal dancer Ricardo Graziano, set to music by Philip Glass. (more...)

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by BWW - Aug 2, 2015

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American Ballet Theatre Sets Dancers for 2015 Fall Season at Koch TheatreAmerican Ballet Theatre Sets Dancers for 2015 Fall Season at Koch Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

American Ballet Theatre opens its Fall season on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 P.M. with a special opening night Gala performance, highlighted by the New York City premiere of a new work by Mark Morris, with music by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (Septet in C Major, No. 2 'Military') and costumes by Issac Mizrahi, and the Company Premiere of Frederick Ashton's Monotones I and II set to music by Erik Satie with costumes by Ashton. (more...)

BWW Reviews: At Long Last - Misty Copeland Has Been Promoted to PrincipalBWW Reviews: At Long Last - Misty Copeland Has Been Promoted to Principal
by Rose Marija - Jul 14, 2015

No other ballet dancer has received more publicity than Misty Copeland during the last five years. Her promotion to principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre was announced on June 30, 2015, and picked up immediately by most newspapers and television news shows, including the front page of the New York Times. This long awaited announcement eclipsed the simultaneous promotion of ABT soloist Stella Abrera, another great talent, to principal, who has been waiting longer than Copeland for her promotion. (more...)

New Work by Mark Morris, Balanchine's VALSE-FANTAISIE and More Highlight ABT's Fall 2015 SeasonNew Work by Mark Morris, Balanchine's VALSE-FANTAISIE and More Highlight ABT's Fall 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Programming for American Ballet Theatre's 2015 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Highlighting the season will be the New York City Premiere of a new work by Mark Morris and the Company Premieres of Frederick Ashton's Monotones I and II, George Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie and AfterEffect by Marcelo Gomes. The 2015 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, October 21 through November 1, marks the conclusion of ABT's 75th Anniversary celebration. (more...)

BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's CINDERELLABWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's CINDERELLA
by Barnett Serchuk - Jul 6, 2015

When the Sadler's Wells (now the Royal Ballet) first performed "Cinderella" on its triumphant 1949 debut performance at the old Metropolitan Opera, John Martin, the eminent New York Times dance critic, was not engrossed. He wrote that it was difficult to be enthusiastic about it, but "if it were stripped of all its dead wood, both musical and choreographic, it would run considerably less than the two and a half hours it now undertakes to fill." (more...)

American Ballet Theatre Announces New PromotionsAmerican Ballet Theatre Announces New Promotions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland have been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Arron Scott and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to Soloist effective August 1, 2015.   In addition, Maria Kochetkova, a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Alban Lendorf, a principal dancer with Royal Danish Ballet will join the Company as Principal Dancers and Jeffrey Cirio, a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, will join ABT as a Soloist, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE ROYAL BALLET Offers an Uneven Mixed Bill by British ChoreographersBWW Reviews: THE ROYAL BALLET Offers an Uneven Mixed Bill by British Choreographers
by Sondra Forsyth - Jun 29, 2015

The second program of the Royal Ballet of England's return to New York City after an 11-year hiatus – and the first appearance of the company at the Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center – was an ambitious but not entirely successful presentation of works by British choreographers. The greatest failing was not onstage but in the Playbill. No notes at all were included to help the audience appreciate the ballets and the music in a historical context. While I applaud the company as well as the presenting Joyce Theater Foundation for eschewing the standard story ballets in favor of repertory fare, I am at a loss to figure out why the dancegoers were not given any information other than titles, credits, and casting. On the afternoon of June 27th when I was there, I overheard many people during pauses and intermissions commenting that a little assistance in comprehending the inspiration and intent of the choreographers would have been appreciated. (more...)

Casting Announced for American Ballet Theatre's SWAN LAKE and CINDERELLACasting Announced for American Ballet Theatre's SWAN LAKE and CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2015 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Royal Ballet Triumphs at the Kennedy Center with Carlos Acosta's Don QuixoteBWW Reviews: The Royal Ballet Triumphs at the Kennedy Center with Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote
by Frances Steiner - Jun 15, 2015

Marius Petipa first staged Don Quixote for the Imperial Bolshoi Theater in 1869 to great acclaim, and it immediately entered the ballet canon.  Almost every ballet enthusiast has seen a version of this work--new productions run the risk of seeming stale and mundane.  This general familiarity made The Royal Ballet's decision to open its American tour with the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote daring.  The gambit paid off, however, as this production proved to be a fresh take on an old warhorse. (more...)

Pennsylvania Ballet Promotes Soloist Alexander Peters to Principal DancerPennsylvania Ballet Promotes Soloist Alexander Peters to Principal Dancer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Philadelphia, PA (June 1, 2015) – Pennsylvania Ballet and Artistic Director Angel Corella are pleased to announce that Soloist Alexander Peters has been promoted to Principal Dancer, the highest rank in the Company, for the 2015-2016 Season.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

(May 28, 2015) Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater will be awarded the prestigious University of Chicago Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal at UChicago's 523rd Convocation, Saturday, June 13. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow to Kick Off 2015 Festival with Performances, Classes, Exhibits, & More, 6/13Jacob's Pillow to Kick Off 2015 Festival with Performances, Classes, Exhibits, & More, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015 - (Becket, MA) Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival opens its 2015 season in June. Highlights of Festival 2015 include Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special dance and radio stage production starring Ira Glass, host of This American Life; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO; Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company's 90th Anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.  (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free LineupJacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2015 Announces Full Free Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival opens its 2015 season in June. (more...)

NYC Debut of the Polish National Ballet Set for The Joyce TheaterNYC Debut of the Polish National Ballet Set for The Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to present the New York debut of the Polish National Ballet, Poland's leading ballet company based in Warsaw, from June 16-21. The company, under the artistic direction of Krzysztof Pastor, will present a program of three works: two by Pastor (Adagio & Scherzo, a US Premiere and Moving Rooms, a New York Premiere) and Emanuel Gat's acclaimed Rite of Spring.  Tickets range in price from $10-$49 ($26-$37 for Joyce Theater members), and can be purchased through JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at www.joyce.org.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. (more...)

BWW SPOTLIGHT: Vienna Festival Ballet's Principal Female Dancer Emily-Joy SmithBWW SPOTLIGHT: Vienna Festival Ballet's Principal Female Dancer Emily-Joy Smith
by Jenny Antill - May 26, 2015

Vienna Festival Ballet is currently in the midst of its 35th Anniversary Gala UK tour which celebrates their extensive repertoire and wonderful performers. I had the privilege of speaking to the company's principal female dancer, Emily-Joy Smith, who is presently enjoying performing some of her favourite characters all in one show! (more...)

New York Theatre Ballet's Garden Party to Honor Richard Alston & Valda Setterfield, 6/18New York Theatre Ballet's Garden Party to Honor Richard Alston & Valda Setterfield, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

New York Theatre Ballet will celebrate their first season in their new home, and honor longtime friends Richard Alston and Valda Setterfield at a Garden Party on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th Street, New York City. (more...)

Sadler's Wells Announces Autumn/Winter 2015 SeasonSadler's Wells Announces Autumn/Winter 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

The Autumn / Winter 2015 Season at Sadler's Wells has just been announced. (more...)

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