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Date Of Birth:
January 22, 1904
Date Of Death:
April 30, 1983 (79)
Birth Place:
RUSSIA
Gender:
Male
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BWW Reviews: ABT's 75th ANNIVERSARY GALA Served up a Retrospective Feast of Excerpts from the Company's Incomparable RepertoireBWW Reviews: ABT's 75th ANNIVERSARY GALA Served up a Retrospective Feast of Excerpts from the Company's Incomparable Repertoire
by Sondra Forsyth - May 21, 2015

ABT's 75th Anniversary Gala, a balletomane's dream of a performance on May 18th 2015 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, treated the nearly sold-out audience to a joyous celebration in dance and archival images of the American Ballet Theatre's seven-and-a-half decade reign as 'America's National Ballet Company'. That designation became official with an act of Congress on April 27th 2006, but the troupe founded by Richard Pleasant with Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith as Co-Directors in 1940 had embraced the ethos of this country right from the start. (more...)

The School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance Benefit 2015 Set for 6/2The School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance Benefit 2015 Set for 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The School of American Ballet announces the Workshop Performance Benefit 2015 on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30pm in Juilliard's Morse Hall, followed by the performance at 7pm in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. A seated dinner at 9pm at the Mandarin Oriental will conclude the evening. For more information, please contact the special events office at SAB at (more...)

Centenary Stage Company's YPW Spring Festival of Shows to Run 5/29-6/7Centenary Stage Company's YPW Spring Festival of Shows to Run 5/29-6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers work tirelessly to perfect their dance moves, learn all of their lines, and get their vocal harmonies just right for the culmination of their training session and this spring is no exception! These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 will fill the Little Theater with a variety of shows and musicals to entertain audiences of all ages May 29th - June 7th with their annual Spring Festival of Shows. The Young Performers Workshop (YPW) has been hailed as a "state treasure" by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger and brings in youth from Morris, Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties. This spring, the festival will feature How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Gypsy, and American Sampler: 100 Years of Broadway Dance.  Performances will be held on select dates in the Little Theatre on the campus of Centenary College at 400 Jefferson Street in Hackettstown.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Gypsy Tea Dance Celebrates 2015 Tony Nominee Chita RiveraPhoto Flash: Broadway Gypsy Tea Dance Celebrates 2015 Tony Nominee Chita Rivera
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

BROADWAY GYPSY TEA DANCE recently gathered at the rooftop bar Top of the Strand at the Strand Hotel (33 West 37th Street) to celebrate Chita Rivera's 2015 Tony Award nomination, enlisting dancers from most of Broadway's shows. Those represented included The King & I, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten, Wicked, American in Paris, The Lion King and gypsies who danced with Rivera in her last Broadway show A Dancer's Life. Check out a look back below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Elliot Goldenthal - A Composer Grows in BrooklynBWW Interviews: Elliot Goldenthal - A Composer Grows in Brooklyn
by Erica Miner - May 18, 2015

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in classical music, he has won Oscar, Golden Globe and World Soundtrack Awards (more...)

BalletCollective's 2015 Season to Feature World Premieres, Vail Intl FestivalBalletCollective's 2015 Season to Feature World Premieres, Vail Intl Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

BalletCollective's 2015 season will include its first performance at the Vail International Dance Festival, a residency at the Millbrook School, a residency at the Palm Theater in Telluride, and performances in New York City that will feature two world premiere ballets that showcase the company's commitment to artistic collaboration, today announced company director Troy Schumacher. (more...)

Manhattan Youth Ballet to Present WITH REGARD In Practice & Performance, 5/29-30Manhattan Youth Ballet to Present WITH REGARD In Practice & Performance, 5/29-30
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Manhattan Youth Ballet presents WITH REGARD... In Practice & Performance from May 29 & 30, 2015 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. In Practice & Performancewill feature world premieres by Brian Reeder, Marina Stavitskaya, Daniel Ulbricht, Frederick Earl Mosley and Natalia Boesch as well as George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie. Performance times are Friday, May 29 at 7pm and Saturday, May 30 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. (more...)

Chester Theatre Company Artistic Director to Helm American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary GalaChester Theatre Company Artistic Director to Helm American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Chester Theatre Company Artistic Director Byam Stevens has been engaged by American Ballet Theatre to conceive, direct and produce, in partnership with ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, the company's 75th Anniversary Gala celebration. The Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday, May 18.  (more...)

BWW Reviews: SUZANNE FARRELL, a Guest of LIVE from NYPL, Recounts Her Legendary Ballet CareerBWW Reviews: SUZANNE FARRELL, a Guest of LIVE from NYPL, Recounts Her Legendary Ballet Career
by Sondra Forsyth - May 14, 2015

Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, proved herself to be a charming and thoroughly engaging raconteur when she appeared on the evening of May 12th 2015 as a guest of LIVE from NYPL. The event at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in NYC was ably hosted by LIVE founder Paul Holdengraber and co-presented with Jennifer Homans' Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University as well as the Friends of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Ballet NY's July 2015 Season to Feature World Premiere, Works by Butler, Forsythe & MoreBallet NY's July 2015 Season to Feature World Premiere, Works by Butler, Forsythe & More
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Ballet NY will present the world premiere of What Ever, choreographed by Medhi Bahiri, as well as works by John Butler, William Forsythe and Stanton Welch, July 9 - 11 at Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue). (more...)

Manhattan Youth Ballet to Present WITH REGARD, Gala to Honor Marina Stavitskaya, 5/29-31Manhattan Youth Ballet to Present WITH REGARD, Gala to Honor Marina Stavitskaya, 5/29-31
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Manhattan Youth Ballet presents WITH REGARD... In Practice & Performance from May 29 - 30, 2015 and A Gala Benefit honoring Marina Stavitskaya on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Gods Prevail in NYCB's Black and White Festival IIBWW Reviews: The Gods Prevail in NYCB's Black and White Festival II
by Melia Kraus-har - May 11, 2015

Hear the Dance:Russia, covered forty years of Balanchine accompanied by Stravinsky's music from his Apollo, created in 1928 for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, to 1957's Agon, to two works from 1972, Duo Concertant and Symphony in Three Movements. In Balanchine's temple on Lincoln Center's campus, his choreography plagued the dancers with drops, trips, and slips. (more...)

Breaking News: Encores! 2016 Season to Feature CABIN IN THE SKY, 1776, DO I HEAR A WALTZ?Breaking News: Encores! 2016 Season to Feature CABIN IN THE SKY, 1776, DO I HEAR A WALTZ?
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2015

The 2016 season of New York City Center's Tony-honored Encores!series will open with Cabin in the Sky on February 10–14, 2016, followed by 1776 and Do I Hear a Waltz?. Jack Viertel is the artistic director of Encores!; Rob Berman is its music director. (more...)

BWW Review: Kansas City Ballet Performs DANCES DARING (THEN AND NOW)BWW Review: Kansas City Ballet Performs DANCES DARING (THEN AND NOW)
by Steve Wilson - May 10, 2015

With enchanting beauty and grace, the Kansas City Ballet brings Dances Daring (Then and Now) to the stage of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. From the moment of the first curtain rising, to the fall of the final curtain the beautifully crafted and performed movements of the four-part ballet mystifies the audience. (more...)

Twyla Tharp, CITY OF CONVERSATION, Israel Philharmonic and More Set for The Wallis Center's 2015-16 SeasonTwyla Tharp, CITY OF CONVERSATION, Israel Philharmonic and More Set for The Wallis Center's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis -- Tania Camargo, Managing Director; Patricia Wolff, Interim Artistic Director; James D'Asaro, Interim Producing Director) announce Artistic Advisors and programming for the 2015-2016 Season, opening October 1-3 with Twyla Tharp: a 50th Anniversary Celebration, a program of new work by Ms. Tharp, co-commissioned by The Wallis (in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Joyce Theatre, Ravina Festival Association & Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and Texas International Theatrical Arts Society). (more...)

AXIS Dance Company, Jessica Lang Dance, Miami City Ballet and More Set for Harris Theater's 2015-16 Dance SeriesAXIS Dance Company, Jessica Lang Dance, Miami City Ballet and More Set for Harris Theater's 2015-16 Dance Series
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

President and Managing Director of The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Michael Tiknis, announced today the dance performances for the 2015-16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date. (more...)

School of American Ballet to Host Workshop Performance Benefit 2015, 6/2School of American Ballet to Host Workshop Performance Benefit 2015, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The School of American Ballet announces the Workshop Performance Benefit 2015 on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30pm in Juilliard's Morse Hall, followed by the performance at 7pm in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. A seated dinner at 9pm at the Mandarin Oriental will conclude the evening. For more information, please contact the special events office at SAB at (212) 769-6610. Tickets and tables are available at www.sab.org/workshopbenefit. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT's Maria May Stars in IF THE TREES COULD TALK Film, Screening This WeekendBILLY ELLIOT's Maria May Stars in IF THE TREES COULD TALK Film, Screening This Weekend
by Movies News Desk - May 6, 2015

Maria May makes the leap from Broadway to the silver screen!  (more...)

Choreographers Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang & Reggie Wilson Receive City Center FellowshipsChoreographers Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang & Reggie Wilson Receive City Center Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Choreographers Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang and Reggie Wilson have been awarded New York City Center's 2015 Choreography Fellowships. The Fellowship supports choreographers at critical stages in their careers and reflects City Center's long history of nurturing dance makers, from George Balanchine to Christopher Wheeldon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Showcases Three Minimalist Masterpieces in 'Balanchine Black & White I'BWW Reviews: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Showcases Three Minimalist Masterpieces in 'Balanchine Black & White I'
by Sondra Forsyth - May 6, 2015

The spring 2015 season of the New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center boasts not one but two programs featuring George Balanchine's minimalist masterpieces that are affectionately referred to as the "leotard ballets" by dancers and devotees alike. On the evening of May 1st, "Balanchine Black & White 1" proved once again that plotless ballets stripped of elaborate sets and costumes do indeed achieve Mr. B's goal of focusing on the movement and the music. What is so remarkable is that each of the three works on the bill, all of them with the dancers in practice clothes, is uniquely compelling. This feast of Mr. B's earliest neoclassical creations holds the audience in thrall from start to finish without ever becoming repetitious. (more...)

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