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Hamburg Ballet Returning to ChicagoHamburg Ballet Returning to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

? The world-renowned Hamburg Ballet is making its highly anticipated and long awaited return to Chicago bringing two works; Othello on February 23 & 24 at 7:30PM as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, considered John Neumeier's masterwork, on February 26 & 27 at 7:30PM. Plus, get an exclusive look at what it takes for a world renowned ballet company to put on two full productions in this never-before-seen interview with Hamburg's Technical Director, Frank Zollner, HERE. (more...)

Smuin Ballet to Present DANCE SERIES TWO Featuring World Premiere, 5/6Smuin Ballet to Present DANCE SERIES TWO Featuring World Premiere, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

WHAT:          Smuin Ballet concludes its 22nd Season with Dance Series Twofeaturing Oasis, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal. With water scarcity and abundance as her theme and inspiration, Pickett's powerful new work will be both timely and universal. Pickett's work was last seen in San Francisco when Smuin Ballet presented her work “Petal,” which received critical acclaim. The series includes the highly anticipated return of Ji?í Kylián's Return to a Strange Land. The piece, set on six dancers, combines classical ballet and swiftly-changing geometric poses in a meditation on loss, healing, and hope, created as a tribute to Kylián's mentor John Cranko. Also on the bill is Val Caniparoli's spirited Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink), which marries his trademark style and physicality with the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Caniparoli's work celebrates the versatility of the Smuin dancers, blending high-energy athleticism with wit and elegance. (more...)

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by BWW - Feb 7, 2016

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Boston Ballet to Present John Cranko's ONEGIN, 2/25Boston Ballet to Present John Cranko's ONEGIN, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

February 2, 2016 (BOSTON, MA)—Boston Ballet's 52nd season continues with John Cranko's emotionally evocative love story Onegin. Returning to Boston Ballet after fourteen years, this passionate tale of unrequited love is based on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's popular 19thcentury verse-novel. With all the heated romance and suspense of a classic melodrama, Onegin is set to the incomparable music of Tchaikovsky and has been hailed “an undeniable masterpiece, both technically and artistically” (Theodore Bale, The Boston Herald). Onegin will run February 25–March 6, 2016, at the Boston Opera House.  (more...)

Boston Ballet Promotes Three Principal DancersBoston Ballet Promotes Three Principal Dancers
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

January 19, 2016—(Boston, MA) Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen has announced three promotions from within the Company: Paul Craig (USA) and Irlan Silva (Brazil) have been promoted to soloist, and Alexander Maryianowski (USA) has been promoted to the corps de ballet from Boston Ballet II (BBII), Boston Ballet's second company. The Company is comprised of 68 dancers—including nine dancers in Boston Ballet II (BBII)—representing 20 nationalities. Nissinen continues Boston Ballet's tradition of developing a strong, versatile company by cultivating talent from within the Company and Boston Ballet School and recruiting from all over the world. (more...)

Birmingham Royal Ballet Sets Shakespeare Season 2016Birmingham Royal Ballet Sets Shakespeare Season 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

The timeless drama and storytelling of Shakespeare's plays have inspired generations of theatregoers across the globe for hundreds of years. In 2016, Birmingham Royal Ballet commemorates 400 years since the death of arguably the world's most prolific playwright with a rare and exceptional season of seven works including a brand-new one-act ballet from Jessica Lang, a world premiere by David Bintley plus two pieces new to the Company inspired by Shakespeare's stories, characters and prose. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Jeffrey Cirio & 
Misa Kuranaga in Boston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKERPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Jeffrey Cirio & Misa Kuranaga in Boston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen welcomes Jeffrey Cirio, former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer, back to the Boston Opera House Stage for select performances of The Nutcracker. Cirio will join the cast of Company dancers for performances on December 24 at 3 pm, December 26 at 7:30 pm, December 27 at 5:30 pm, December 29 at 7:30 pm, and December 30 at 1 pm, as well as a special New Year's Eve appearance on December 31 at 7:30 pm. He will be dancing the roles of Snow King, Grand Pas, and Russian.* Scroll down for a sneak peek at the dancers onstage! (more...)

The Kennedy Center to Welcome The National Ballet of CanadaThe Kennedy Center to Welcome The National Ballet of Canada
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The National Ballet of Canada returns to the Kennedy Center following its highly regarded 2013 engagement of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with the United States premiere of The Winter's Tale from January 19-24, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Based on William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name, the production is co-produced with The Royal Ballet and choreographed by the renowned British choreographer and Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer of the Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris, and his acclaimed creative team. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany this production. (more...)

New York Premiere of Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO Set for Joyce TheaterNew York Premiere of Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO Set for Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is proud to present the New York premiere of Daniil Simkin's INTENSIO, a program of works featuring an exceptional company of dancers, including Simkiin's fellow American Ballet Theatre members Isabella Boylston, Alexandre Hammoudi, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Cassandra Trenary and James Whiteside and guest artist Céline Cassone. Featuring works by acclaimed choreographers Gregory Dolbashian, Alexander Ekman, Jorma Elo and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, this must-see event will take place from January 5-10 at The Joyce Theater. Tickets range in price from $10-$75 and can be purchased through JoyceCharge at www.Joyce.org, or by calling 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. (more...)

Boston Ballet to Present Mikko Nissinen's THE NUTCRACKER, 11/27Boston Ballet to Present Mikko Nissinen's THE NUTCRACKER, 11/27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

November 16, 2015—(Boston, MA) Delighting audiences of all ages with a sense of youthful imagination, Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker returns to the Boston Opera House from November 27–December 31, 2015. Celebrated as “elegant and theatrically striking,” this completely re-imagined production premiered in 2012 and has received praise from audiences and critics alike (The New York Times). With “sleek, bejeweled costumes and spacious, regal sets” by Robert Perdziola and all-new lighting design by Finnish-based Mikki Kunttu, this timeless holiday classic features the full company of 68 dancers along with more than 200 Boston Ballet School students (Thea Singer, The Boston Globe).  (more...)

'Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler' Runs thru 11/1 at Boston Opera House'Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler' Runs thru 11/1 at Boston Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

Boston Ballet kicks off its 52nd season with Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. Captivating audiences with intensity and passion, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler has been critically acclaimed as “a work of genius” (Clive Barnes, New York Post). Boston Ballet becomes only the fourth company in the world—after Hamburg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet—to present Neumeier's iconic work. Boston Ballet is also the first North American company to perform it. A musical tour-de-force, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier will feature the Boston Ballet Orchestra along with New World Chorale, Greater Boston's premiere choral ensemble, as well as accomplished American soprano and international opera singer Sarah Pelletier. Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler will run from October 22 to November 1, 2015 at the Boston Opera House. (more...)

Ballet Idaho Promotes Two Principal DancersBallet Idaho Promotes Two Principal Dancers
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

Ballet Idaho announced that two company members have been promoted to the rank of principal dancer. Elizabeth Keller and Adrienne Kerr join returning principal dancers Phyllis Affrunti and Andrew Taft, along with 15 other company members and three apprentices/trainees to complete the roster for the 2015/16 season. (more...)

'Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler' to Run 10/22-11/1 at Boston Opera House'Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler' to Run 10/22-11/1 at Boston Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

Boston Ballet kicks off its 52nd season with Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. Captivating audiences with intensity and passion, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler has been critically acclaimed as “a work of genius” (Clive Barnes, New York Post). Boston Ballet becomes only the fourth company in the world—after Hamburg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet—to present Neumeier's iconic work. Boston Ballet is also the first North American company to perform it. A musical tour-de-force, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier will feature the Boston Ballet Orchestra along with New World Chorale, Greater Boston's premiere choral ensemble, as well as accomplished American soprano and international opera singer Sarah Pelletier. Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler will run from October 22 to November 1, 2015 at the Boston Opera House. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 8/28; WAITRESS at A.R.T., Signature's THE FIX, RING OF FIRE in Chicago and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 8/28; WAITRESS at A.R.T., Signature's THE FIX, RING OF FIRE in Chicago and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 28, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Chicago, Ireland and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include WAITRESS at A.R.T., RING OF FIRE in Chicago, and THE FIX in Washington, DC, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sabrina Harper Kicks High in PIPPINBWW Interview: Sabrina Harper Kicks High in PIPPIN
by Erica Miner - Aug 18, 2015

Harper will contribute her high-kicking talents to the acclaimed National Touring production (more...)

Boston Ballet Announces Dancer Promotions, New Associate Director for New SeasonBoston Ballet Announces Dancer Promotions, New Associate Director for New Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

Boston, MA—Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen has announced the 2015-2016 season roster, featuring 11 new dancers and six promotions from within the Company. The Company will be comprised of 68 dancers—including 10 dancers in Boston Ballet II (BBII)—representing 20 nationalities. The full company has returned to its 19 Clarendon Street studios in preparation for the 2015-2016 season. (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...)

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by BWW - Jun 28, 2015

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Houston Ballet Appoints Jared Matthews as New Principal DancerHouston Ballet Appoints Jared Matthews as New Principal Dancer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch promoted Jared Matthews to the rank of principal dancer after a well-received performance as Lucentio in John Cranko's production of The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, June 20.  (more...)

BWW Interviews: Melody Mennite Talks Making Sense of the Senseless Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREWBWW Interviews: Melody Mennite Talks Making Sense of the Senseless Kate in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by Katricia Lang - Jun 19, 2015

Melody Mennite, who portrays Katherina in Houston Ballet's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, was given the responsibility of bringing emotional content to senseless violence and etching butt kicking into your memory. As you'll see in our discussion, she worked very hard before she delivered. (more...)

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