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George Balanchine News

Date of Birth: January 22, 1904
Date of Death: April 30, 1983 (79)
Birth Place: RUSSIA
Gender: Male
Boston Ballet to Stage OBSIDIAN TEAR in London, May 28Boston Ballet to Stage OBSIDIAN TEAR in London, May 28
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Choreographer Wayne McGregor. Obsidian Tear, inspired by renowned Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen's orchestral work Nyx, features an all-male cast. Salonen, who was recently named Composer in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, will make his Royal Ballet debut conducting the world premiere. The work will see its world premiere in London May 28, 2016, and its U.S. premiere in Boston Ballet's 2017–2018 season in Boston. In addition to the groundbreaking work Chroma—performed by Boston Ballet in 2013 and 2015 to critical acclaim with repeated standing ovations—Obsidian Tearwill be the second work of McGregor's in Boston Ballet's repertoire. After Boston Ballet's debut performance in Chroma, Thea Singer of the Boston Globe stated: “The Boston Ballet dancers astonish with their master of the choreography, contorting this way and that with remarkable intensity.” McGregor will reveal additional plans for the world premiere and co-production at The Royal Opera House's Insights event on May 11, 2016, 2:15 pm EDT / 7:15 pm BST. The event will be live-streamed for viewers around the world to enjoy on The Royal Opera House YouTube Channel. (more...)

Steps Beyond Foundation Announces Opening Night Benefit and Steps Repertory Ensemble's New York SeasonSteps Beyond Foundation Announces Opening Night Benefit and Steps Repertory Ensemble's New York Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2016

The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway's non-profit arm committed to connecting artists and the community through dialogue, performance, and artistic collaboration, announces a 3-day weekend performance celebration May 6-8, 2016 at Ailey Citigroup Theater. The weekend will commence May 6 with the Steps Repertory and Guests Benefit, featuring performances by American Dance Machine, Jon Ole Olstad, choreography by Al Blackstone and the staging of a Swan Lake variation by Elena Kunikova to be danced by a student at Steps. Audiences will also enjoy performances by students of the Steps Conservatory Program and pre-professional students at The School at Steps, with staging by the legendary Leslie Browne. May 7-8, Steps Repertory Ensemble will present a full evening of works by Artistic Director Bradley Shelver and leading choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Sidra Bell, Julia Ehrstrand, and Jae Man Joo. (more...)

Houston Ballet Presents Spring Mixed Repertory Program Starting 5/26Houston Ballet Presents Spring Mixed Repertory Program Starting 5/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

From May 26 - June 5, 2016, Houston Ballet offers up its Spring Mixed Repertory Program. (more...)

Dance Against Cancer Raises $250,000 for American Cancer SocietyDance Against Cancer Raises $250,000 for American Cancer Society
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Sixth Annual Dance Against Cancer was held on Monday, April 25, 2016.  The event had over 500 guests in attendance and raised more than $250,000 for the American Cancer Society, which will fund lifesaving cancer research and support patient and family service programs like Hope Lodge New York City. (more...)

Clinton Luckett Named Assistant Artistic Director of American Ballet TheatreClinton Luckett Named Assistant Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Clinton Luckett, Ballet Master and former dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has been appointed Assistant Artistic Director of the Company. (more...)

Boston Ballet to Close 2015-16 Season with MIRRORSBoston Ballet to Close 2015-16 Season with MIRRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Boston Ballet presents Mirrors: a diverse selection of thought-provoking works that reflect the many facets of contemporary ballet, featuring two eagerly anticipated world premieres by Karole Armitage and Yury Yanowsky. (more...)

Photo Flash: Miami City Ballet Brings SERENADE and More to Lincoln CenterPhoto Flash: Miami City Ballet Brings SERENADE and More to Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

The Joyce Theater Foundation presented the long-awaited Lincoln Center debut of the internationally lauded Miami City Ballet under the artistic direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Lourdes Lopez, from April 13-17 at the David H. Koch Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the engagement below! (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Stage SATCHMO AT THE WALDORFPalm Beach Dramaworks to Stage SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks closes out its sixteenth season with Terry Teachout's funny and moving Satchmo at the Waldorf, in which the legendary Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong reminisces about and ruminates on his extraordinary life and career just months before his death in 1971. This production marks Teachout's debut as a director. Satchmo at the Waldorf opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on May 13 and continues through June 12, with specially priced previews on May 11 and 12.   (more...)

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents THE JUNGLE BOOK on 4/23Pennsylvania Ballet Presents THE JUNGLE BOOK on 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

Presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Jungle Book is a completely original children's ballet production, from the choreography, to the music, to the sets and costumes. PA Ballet II's director Francis Veyette has brought together a truly unique group of talented individuals. Choreographer and creator Colby Damon works closely with composer John B. Hedges and set designer Sebastienne Mundheim to bring to life a one-of-a-kind story in which a young boy learns about life and morality from the world and creatures around him. (more...)

Kansas City Ballet to Conclude Season with RITE OF SPRING, 5/6Kansas City Ballet to Conclude Season with RITE OF SPRING, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 15, 2016) — The 58th season of Kansas City Ballet closes with a mixed–repertory program of four bold and electrifying works in one performance: Viktor Plotnikov's WORLD PREMIERE, Vesna, featuring the music of Antonín Dvorák, Yuri Possokhov's Diving into the Lilacs including music by Boris Tchaikovsky, Helen Pickett's Petal with music of Thomas Newman and Philip Glass and closing the program with Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring with the brilliant masterpiece score by Igor Stravinsky. The production will be accompanied by Kansas City Symphony conducted by Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau and runs May 6 through 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Pennsylvania Ballet to Premiere Two New Works, 5/12Pennsylvania Ballet to Premiere Two New Works, 5/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (April 12, 2016) – Pennsylvania Ballet and Artistic Director Angel Corella will take audiences on a classical yet modern journey with works by three choreographers in A Program of Firsts. George Balanchine's Serenade, Liam Scarlett's Asphodel Meadows, and a much anticipated World Premiere from Pennsylvania Ballet's Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan, May 12-15 at The Academy of Music, sponsored by Bank of America.  (more...)

Boston Ballet to Present Repeat of Mikko Nissenen's SWAN LAKE, 4/29Boston Ballet to Present Repeat of Mikko Nissenen's SWAN LAKE, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

April 12, 2016 (BOSTON, MA)—Boston Ballet's spring season kicks off with Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake, back by popular demand after a record-breaking world premiere in October 2014. Described by Robert Greskovic of The Wall Street Journal as “artful” and “luminous,” the timeless classical masterpiece features choreography by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and costumes and sets by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola. Boston Ballet welcomes Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), as a guest artist. He will perform Prince Siegfried with Boston Ballet principal dancer Misa Kuranaga on April 29 and 30. Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake runs April 29–May 26 at The Boston Opera House. Due to the high-ticket demand, an additional performance has been added on May 25 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Boston Ballet to Launch Spring Season with SWAN LAKEBoston Ballet to Launch Spring Season with SWAN LAKE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Boston Ballet's spring season kicks off with Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake, back by popular demand after a record-breaking world premiere in October 2014. (more...)

Houston Ballet Heading to Los Angeles This FallHouston Ballet Heading to Los Angeles This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Distinguished American choreographer William Forsythe has selected Houston Ballet to perform in Los Angeles at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Oct. 21-23, as part of "Celebrate Forsythe", a program with a never-before-seen approach that salutes his works.  Houston Ballet will perform Artifact Suite, after its September premiere in Houston, a piece that both deconstructs and reconstructs the rules of traditional ballet. As the third Forsythe piece added to Houston Ballet's diverse repertoire, the visit to Los Angeles adds exciting momentum to a growing relationship with Mr. Forsythe's iconic works. (more...)

The Music Center Sets 2016-17 Dance SeasonThe Music Center Sets 2016-17 Dance Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Reinforcing the role of The Music Center as a major hub for dance in Los Angeles, The Music Center's powerful new dance season will engage both dance lovers and those new to the art form by challenging preconceived notions of classical ballet and exploring the realm of contemporary expression. The 2016-2017 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center (Dance at The Music Center) will provide the platform for some of the finest U.S. dance companies and artists along with internationally renowned companies who are among the most requested by Music Center audiences. This coming season opens with Celebrate Forsythe (October 21-23, 2016) as three American ballet companies - San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet - perform in one program in a never-before-seen approach to salute one of America's top choreographers, William Forsythe. The season continues with the distinctive contemporary work of Jessica Lang Dance (February 17-19, 2017); the return of the much-in-demand Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 8-12, 2017); the west coast premiere of Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire (May 19-21, 2017); Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg's exploration of the passions of Tchaikovsky (June 23-25, 2017); and an original program curated by New York City principal ballerina Tiler Peck with the return of The Music Center's BalletNow (July 28-30, 2017). A number of the engagements will be integrated with arts education programs including high school performances and teacher workshops. Center Dance Arts is the founding supporter of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Jessika Anspach to Retire at End of the 2015-2016 SeasonPacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Jessika Anspach to Retire at End of the 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and corps de ballet dancer Jessika Anspach have announced that Ms. Anspach will retire at the end of PNB's 2015-2016 season. A true “PNB baby,” Ms. Anspach literally grew up dancing at PNB over 26 years, first in classes at PNB School and then with the Company. She took her first PNB School Creative Movement dance class at the age of five in 1990, joined the company as an apprentice in 2004 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2005. (more...)

Charlotte Ballet Welcomes New Artistic DirectorCharlotte Ballet Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

?Charlotte Ballet board of trustees selected Hope Muir, currently the assistant artistic director of Scottish Ballet, as Charlotte Ballet's new artistic director. Muir's appointment is effective July 2017. Over the next year she will work closely with the board of trustees and staff in preparation for the 2017/2018 Season, her first as artistic director. (more...)

Allen Civic Ballet & Allen Philharmonic to Welcome Special Guests for Upcoming ConcertAllen Civic Ballet & Allen Philharmonic to Welcome Special Guests for Upcoming Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

LILLIANA HAGERMAN and LAMIN PEREIA DOS SANTOS of the Kansas City Ballet will appear as guest artists with the Allen Civic Ballet and Allen Philharmonic at the Performing Arts Center at Allen High School in Allen, Texas on May 19, 2016. This will be a joint performance of the Allen Civic Ballet and the Allen Philharmonic featuring Ms. Hagerman and Mr. Pereia in Act II of Cinderella. Ms. Hagerman and Mr. Pereia will also be teaching master classes as part of this engagement. (more...)

The Joyce Theater to Welcome Sao Paulo Dance Company, 5/3-8The Joyce Theater to Welcome Sao Paulo Dance Company, 5/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is thrilled to present São Paulo Dance Company, one of Latin America's major dance companies,in its debut engagement at The Joyce Theater from May 3 – 8. Tickets range in price from $35-$50 and can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org. (more...)

New Jersey Ballet to Perform Ginger Thatcher's SATURDAY NIGHT as Part of Annual Gala, 4/9New Jersey Ballet to Perform Ginger Thatcher's SATURDAY NIGHT as Part of Annual Gala, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The New Jersey Ballet will perform Ginger Thatcher's Saturday Night as part of the company's annual gala performance on April 9, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Thatcher's work is choreographed to the music of jazz singer Etta James, and has been in the company's repertoire for over a decade. (more...)

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