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The Houston Ballet Presents JUBILEE OF DANCE, 12/5The Houston Ballet Presents JUBILEE OF DANCE, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

Houston Ballet presents its eleventh annual Jubilee of Dance, a special one-night only performance on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This year's program will feature the great American ballerina Julie Kent, a principal dancer with New York's American Ballet Theatre, who will make a special guest appearance. Ms. Kent will perform the leading female role in Stanton Welch's Clear (2001), a role she created at the work's premiere in 2001 in New York. Houston Ballet will also pay tribute to beloved first soloist Kelly Myernick, who is retiring after 14 years with the company. The Jubilee of Dance will close the evening with an excerpt of Stanton Welch's high-speed Velocity (2003), a ballet that pays homage to classical conventions in a contemporary manner. The Jubilee of Dance will be held at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org. (more...)

NUTCRACKER: PART 1, THE WORKSHOP to Play Knockdown CenterNUTCRACKER: PART 1, THE WORKSHOP to Play Knockdown Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Nutcracker: Part I, The Workshop: An immersive, dance-theatre reimagining of the classic ballet, performed in the cavernous Knockdown Center, depicts the life-story of a woman (and dancer) named Clara. (more...)

Houston Ballet to Present JUBLIEE OF DANCE, 12/5Houston Ballet to Present JUBLIEE OF DANCE, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Houston Ballet presents its eleventh annual Jubilee of Dance, a special one-night only performance on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet to Present THE NUTCRACKER, 12/6-7Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet to Present THE NUTCRACKER, 12/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

KARINA GONZALEZ and SIMON BALL, principal dancers of the Houston Ballet, will appear as guest artists in the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's production of The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, 2014 at the Riverview Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana. (more...)

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, OTHELLO and More Set for ABT's Spring 2015 Season at the MetTHE SLEEPING BEAUTY, OTHELLO and More Set for ABT's Spring 2015 Season at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

American Ballet Theatre's 2015 season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The season will be highlighted by the New York Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's all-new production of The Sleeping Beauty, a revival of Lar Lubovitch's Othello and repertory programs featuring historic works in celebration of the Company's 75th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes to Retire from The American Ballet TheatrePaloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes to Retire from The American Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes, Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theatre, have announced their retirements from the Company at the conclusion of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera House season in New York City. “These three unique ballerinas have each made such distinctive contributions to ABT throughout the years,” Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie stated. “With them, an era of our history resides. Their remarkable careers will be three more reasons to celebrate our 75th Anniversary Season.” (more...)

Three Performers to Retire This Spring as Principal Dancers for American Ballet TheatreThree Performers to Retire This Spring as Principal Dancers for American Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes, Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theatre, have announced their retirements from the Company at the conclusion of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera House season in New York City. 'These three unique ballerinas have each made such distinctive contributions to ABT throughout the years,' Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie stated. 'With them, an era of our history resides. Their remarkable careers will be three more reasons to celebrate our 75th Anniversary season.' (more...)

Joffrey Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards Appointed Company's New Director of Community EngagementJoffrey Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards Appointed Company's New Director of Community Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

CHICAGO (September 25, 2014) – Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron announced today that Erica Lynette Edwards, a dancer with the Joffrey since 2000 who took on such roles as The Chosen One in Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, fourth song soloist in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, will retire following the engagement of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker (set to run at the Auditorium Theatre, December 5-28) to become the company's new Director of Community Engagement. (more...)

Joffrey Names Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards New Director of Community EngagementJoffrey Names Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards New Director of Community Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron announced today that Erica Lynette Edwards, a dancer with the Joffrey since 2000 who took on such roles as The Chosen One in Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, fourth song soloist in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, will retire following the engagement of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker (set to run at the Auditorium Theatre, December 5-28) to become the company's new Director of Community Engagement. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sara Webb Talks Houston Ballet's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Interview: Sara Webb Talks Houston Ballet's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Katricia Lang - Sep 5, 2014

Houston Ballet's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, choreographed by John Neumeier, is a mix of neo-classical ballet, classical ballet, and the bard's timeless tale. In this interview, BWW had the pleasure of talking to Sara Webb, principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and Hippolyta and Hermia in this classic romantic comedy. (more...)

Cast Announced for Christopher Wheelon's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND at Lincoln Center This FallCast Announced for Christopher Wheelon's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND at Lincoln Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

The Joyce Theater Foundation and The National Ballet of Canada today announced the casting for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, having its New York premiere at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center, September 9 - 14, 2014. (more...)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Launch Houston Ballet's 2014-15 Season; Lineup Announced!A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Launch Houston Ballet's 2014-15 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

From September 4-14, 2014, Houston Ballet launches its 45th season with the company premiere of John Neumeier's three-act ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream. The ballet is based on Shakespeare's lighthearted play of the same name and follows the hijinks and hilarity that ensues when a well-intentioned plan with a love potion goes awry. Created in 1977, A Midsummer Night's Dream has served as Mr. Neumeier's calling card, being seen as one of his most joyous and popular creations. Houston Ballet is the first American ballet company to perform the famous work and it is the first piece by Mr. Neumeier to enter the Houston Ballet repertoire. (more...)

New York City Center Announces 11th Annual FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL Lineup, Running Sept & Oct 2014New York City Center Announces 11th Annual FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL Lineup, Running Sept & Oct 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

New York City Center's 11th annual Fall for Dance Festival will feature free performances in Central Park and 24 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world, in six unique programs in September and October 2014. (more...)

Casting and Cameo Groups Announced for Free Public Works' Musical Adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALECasting and Cameo Groups Announced for Free Public Works' Musical Adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed Public Works production of The Tempest, The Public Theater will continue this community-based initiative this September with a free original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE. Featuring more than 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs performing alongside professional actors and The Public's community partners, Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE will run for three nights only, September 5-7, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ABT's Ballets for the BardBWW Reviews: ABT's Ballets for the Bard
by Melia Kraus-har - Jul 8, 2014

American Ballet Theatre's Shakespeare Celebration on July 2nd delved into magical mishaps while bidding adieu to dancer Yuriko Kajiya. The evening began in a lush wonderland of Frederick Ashton's The Dream and ended with the choppy waters of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest. Driven by patriarchy, both ballets presented hierarchy and tradition as precariously shifting power schemes. (more...)

New Promotions Announced at American Ballet TheatreNew Promotions Announced at American Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Isabella Boylston has been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Joseph Gorak, Christine Shevchenko, Devon Teuscher and Roman Zhurbin have been promoted to Soloists. The promotions, which become effective August 1, were announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

Casting Announced for Seventh and Eighth Weeks of AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 2014 Spring SeasonCasting Announced for Seventh and Eighth Weeks of AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 2014 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2014 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's Cutting-edge CINDERELLABWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's Cutting-edge CINDERELLA
by Jessica Abejar - Jun 16, 2014

American Ballet Theatre's premiere of the Royal Ballet's Cinderella was a beautifully romantic and astonishingly comedic whirlwind of a fairytale. With Frederick Ashton's cutting-edge choreography set to Sergei Prokofiev's vibrant score, American Ballet Theatre delivered a ballet enjoyable for all ages. (more...)

American Ballet Theatre Announces Fifth and Sixth Week Casting for CINDERELLA, GISELLEAmerican Ballet Theatre Announces Fifth and Sixth Week Casting for CINDERELLA, GISELLE
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Casting for the fifth and sixth weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2014 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

Sasha De Sola & Tiit Helimets Set for SLEEPING BEAUTY at Allen Civic Ballet TonightSasha De Sola & Tiit Helimets Set for SLEEPING BEAUTY at Allen Civic Ballet Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

SASHA DE SOLA, soloist of the San Francisco Ballet, and TIIT HELIMETS, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, will appear as guest artists in a collaborative performance co-presented by the Allen Civic Ballet and the Allen Philharmonic. Ms. De Sola and Mr. Helimets will dance the Grand Pas de Deux in The Sleeping Beauty Act III in collaboration with the Allen Civic Ballet and the performance will be accompanied by the Allen Philharmonic at the Performing Arts Center at Allen High School in Allen, Texas on May 17, 2014. (more...)

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