George Balanchine News

Date Of Birth:
January 22, 1904
Date Of Death:
April 30, 1983 (79)
Birth Place:
RUSSIA
Gender:
Male
Retrospective, SLEEPING BEAUTY, New Works, Gala, Exhibits and More Among ABT's 75th Anniversary Programming
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

Plans were announced today for American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary season by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director, and Rachel S. Moore, CEO. The 15-month long celebration will be highlighted by performances of ABT's historic repertoire presented during the Company's 2014 and 2015 seasons, a special PBS American Masters documentary by Ric Burns, a touring exhibit by the Library of Congress, a 75th Anniversary Gala and a new commemorative souvenir program. (more...)

Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent and Xiomara Reyes to Retire from The American Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 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 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...)

Ballet San Antonio to Premiere Inaugural Tobin Center Season with Original Take on DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Ballet San Antonio opens its 2014-15 season with 'Dracula,' a much-lauded homegrown work showcasing the artistic breadth of the resident ballet company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Performances run Oct. 16 through 19. (more...)

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts to Open 2014-15 Rodney Strong Vineyard Dance Series, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts kicks-off the 2014-15 Rodney Strong Vineyards Dance Series with the celebrated Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa). Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco, is an internationally renowned contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by its uniquely global artistic vision. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, innovative choreographer and artistic director Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and imbue classical ballet with new expressive potential. (more...)

Ballet San Antonio to Open Tobin Center Season with DRACULA, 10/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Ballet San Antonio opens its 2014-15 season with Dracula, a much-lauded homegrown work showcasing the artistic breadth of the resident ballet company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Performances run Oct. 16 through 19. (more...)

American Repertory Ballet to Present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Union County PAC's Hamilton Stage, 2/26/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

RAHWAY, NJ - On October 17, 2014 at 8:00pm, American Repertory Ballet will present A Midsummer Night's Dream Preview Performance at Union County PAC's Hamilton Stage. The professional dancers of American Repertory Ballet will perform Act II of Artistic Director and choreographer Douglas Martin's brand new full-length ballet, and Martin will lead a pre- and post-performance discussion about the choreographic process. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALL BALANCHINE, Honoring an Internationalist Genius
by Wesley Doucette - Sep 30, 2014

With influences of Italian divertissements to the Russian avant-garde, the New York City Ballet's All Balanchine program presents the pancultural genius of their founding artist. (more...)

Ballet Kelowna to Present THE NUTCRACKER, FORWARD & More During 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna's newly appointed Artistic Director & CEO, proudly announces the Company's extraordinary 2014/15 Season in celebration of its long-awaited return to the stage. The versatile and dynamic company will perform a rich and varied programme of works with highlights including two world premieres – one each by Simone Orlando and former Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer and award-winning choreographer Shawn Hounsell – an anticipated Canadian premiere, performed by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder and artists from the New York City Ballet; a Company premiere from internationally acclaimed choreographer James Kudelka; coupled with the introduction of Lee Dances – a presentation of excerpts from award-winning works created for the esteemed Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. (more...)

Mikhailovsky Ballet to Make West Coast Debut with THE FLAMES OF PARIS at Segerstrom, 11/28-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Joining the illustrious list of renowned ballet companies presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Mikhailovsky Ballet from St. Petersburg, Russia will make its West Coast debut opening the Center's 2014 - 2015 International Dance Series performing The Flames of Paris, a work rarely seen in a full production. The Mikhailovsky will dance four performances November 28 - 30, 2014 in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan to Bid Farewell to the NYC Ballet in Special Performance, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan will bid farewell to New York City Ballet with a special one-time-only performance on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. For the occasion, two of the dance world's most acclaimed choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, will collaborate on a world premiere piece d'occasion for Whelan. (more...)

Audition for The AG!D Intensive Professional Project YOU & GONE!, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

The AG!D Intensive Professional Project -- YOU & GONE! -- offers emerging and professional dancers and dance instructors an opportunity to investigate and experience the creative process and choreography of renowned choreographer Karole Armitage. (more...)

PNB Principal Dancer Carla Körbes to Retire at End of the Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and principal dancer Carla Körbes have announcedthat Ms. Körbes will retire from the Company at the end of PNB's 2014-2015 season. Ms. Körbes joined PNB as a soloist in 2005 and was promoted to principal in 2006. (more...)

2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes to Dance Theatre of Harlem Founder Arthur Mitchell
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announces Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the recipient of the 2014 NY Dance and Performance Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance and Dr. Chuck Davis of DanceAfrica! for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. These awards will be presented at the 30th Annual Bessie Awards ceremony at the legendary Apollo Theater on Monday, October 20. (more...)

American Repertory Ballet to Present Fall Repertory Preview for Oct 2014 'On Pointe'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Through guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, performance previews, and panel discussions, American Repertory Ballet's On Pointe series gives the public an inside look at the world of dance and, within that, ARB's unique work. ARB's 'Fall Repertory Preview' On Pointe will be held October 10, 2014 at 5:15pm. This On Pointe event will feature American Repertory Ballet dancers performing excerpts from upcoming ARB productions. (more...)

The Kansas City Ballet Names Grace Holmes as the New School Director
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Kansas City Ballet is pleased to announce that Grace Holmes, previously Professor of Dance at University of Texas at Austin, assumed the role of Kansas City Ballet School Director beginning September 1, 2014. Her responsibilities will include oversight of the Academy, the Kansas City Youth Ballet, the newly created Trainee Program, the Studio Division and the summer programs for the more than 600 children, young adults and adults in the downtown Bolender Center campus and the Johnson County campus. (more...)

BalletCollective to Present Two World Premiere Ballets, 10/29-30 at NYU's Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

BalletCollective will present two world premiere ballets that showcase the company's commitment to artistic collaboration on October 29 and 30 at NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square. The program will also include The Impulse Wants Company (2013). All three works will be accompanied by live music performed by the ensemble Hotel Elefant and feature lighting design by Brandon Stirling Baker. (more...)

Bob Dylan, NEWSIES, Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson and More Set for The Kimmel Center's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The Kimmel Center kicks off its 2014-2015 season this week with more than 100 new shows on sale to the public for the first time, including multi-Grammy winner and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Dylan (Nov. 21-23), Broadway's Tony-Winning hit Newsies (Oct. 28-Nov. 2), award winning NPR radio host Ira Glass (Nov. 12), Puerto Rican super group, Calle 13 (Sept. 27), and Emmy winning astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Feb. 25). (more...)

Houston Ballet Presents 'From Houston To The World' (September 18 – 28)
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2014

From September 18-28, 2014, Houston Ballet offers up its fall mixed repertory program titled From Houston to the World with ballets choreographed for Houston Ballet dancers. Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo brings wit and humor to the extreme virtuosity that he demands in ONE/end/ONE. Edwaard Liang's deeply spiritual ballet Murmuration also returns. Closing the program is Stanton Welch's vivid and exciting interpretation of the third act of Paquita, showcasing a breathtaking display of technique and classical skill. Houston Ballet will give six performances of From Houston to the World at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets start at $20, and may be purchased at www.houstonballet.org, or by calling 713 227 2787. (more...)

The Kansas City Ballet Announces New Artistic Staff and Company Members
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney today announced the appointment of three new members of the artistic staff: Grace Holmes as the new Director of Kansas City Ballet School, Kristi Capps as the new Ballet Master and Anthony Krutzkamp as newly created position of Manager of KCB II. Carney also announced eleven new members of the Company, increasing the Company from 28 to 29 members for the 2014-2015 season. He also announced the appointment of four new KCB II dancers, which stands at six members. Carney also announced the creation of a Trainee Program with five students, two selected from Kansas City Ballet School. (more...)

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