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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...)

Hubbard Street Dance Announces Season 38 Spring Series - World Premiere by Lucas Crandall and More!Hubbard Street Dance Announces Season 38 Spring Series - World Premiere by Lucas Crandall and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, announces today its third mainstage engagement of the 2015-16 dance season.†March 17-20, 2016†at the†Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Season 38 Spring Series†features†a world premiere by choreographer and Hubbard Street Rehearsal Director Lucas Crandall, creator of numerous acclaimed works including†Atelier,†Gimme, and†The Set. (more...)

Four World Premieres Presented by Ballet Academy, Feb. 18-20Four World Premieres Presented by Ballet Academy, Feb. 18-20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2016

While pre-professional dancers have been integrated into professional productions ever since the early days of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, it is unusual for ballet students to have ballets especially choreographed for them. (more...)

The School at Jacob's Pillow Sets 2016 ProgramsThe School at Jacob's Pillow Sets 2016 Programs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

In the summer of 2016, The School at Jacob's Pillow, a world renowned center for professional dance training with diversely experienced and international artists will present Professional Advancement Programs in Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Dance, and a new program titled Improv Traditions & Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz. These programs will take place during the 84th annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, led by a highly-distinguished artist faculty, and offer an incomparable combination of studio, performance, and Festival experiences. (more...)

SPRING AWAKENING Stars Among Clive Barnes Award Nominees; Ceremony Today!SPRING AWAKENING Stars Among Clive Barnes Award Nominees; Ceremony Today!
by Michael Dale - Jan 11, 2016

The Sixth Annual Clive Barnes Awards for Theatre and Dance will be held this afternoon, January 11, at 3 p.m. at The Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center.†One recipient from each category will be chosen and the winners announced today.†All finalists will receive a cash prize, with the winners in each category receiving an award of $5,000. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Sets 2016 Festival LineupJacob's Pillow Sets 2016 Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking ticket sales and attendance of Festival 2015, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces a new season of exciting programming featuring international artists, world premieres, and an impressive number of live music engagements. This season signals an exciting new era in Pillow history, as the Board of Directors plans to name a new Jacob's Pillow Director in early 2016. Former Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff stepped down from her role in September of 2015, following a successful 17-year tenure. (more...)

I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER Set for PS122's COIL16I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER Set for PS122's COIL16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

As part of the eleventh edition of the COIL festival, Performance Space 122 and The Chocolate Factory present I Understand Everything Better, by recent Bessie Award Winner David Neumann. I Understand Everything Better is a deeply personal reflection on the consciousness of dying and interrupted narratives within the context of a cataclysmic storm. Combining personal narratives, traditional Japanese Noh theater and Neumann's virtuosic movement and humor, collaborators Tei Blow and Sibyl Kempson unite with Neumann to reveal the shimmer of attention to realms unseen, the concurrence of unrelated events and the body as evidence of a will having to let go. (more...)

Juilliard Dance's 2015-16 Season Opens with 'New Dances: Edition 2015'Juilliard Dance's 2015-16 Season Opens with 'New Dances: Edition 2015'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Juilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, opens its 2015-16 season this month with 'New Dances: Edition 2015' featuring four world-premiere dances by innovative choreographers Helen Simoneau (First-Year Dancers); Aszure Barton (Second-Year Dancers); Zvi Gotheiner (Third-Year Dancers); and Kyle Abraham(Fourth-Year Dancers). (more...)

Big Dance Theater Celebrates 25th Anniversary with BIG DANCE: SHORT FORM in JanuaryBig Dance Theater Celebrates 25th Anniversary with BIG DANCE: SHORT FORM in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

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SPRING AWAKENING'S Sandra Mae Frank, Katie Boeck, Austin McKenzie Nominated For Clive Barnes AwardsSPRING AWAKENING'S Sandra Mae Frank, Katie Boeck, Austin McKenzie Nominated For Clive Barnes Awards
by Michael Dale - Nov 20, 2015

Sandra Mae Frank and Katie Boeck share a nomination for their performance as Wendla. (more...)

BWW Review: HAGOROMO Meditates on the Contrasts Between Heaven and EarthBWW Review: HAGOROMO Meditates on the Contrasts Between Heaven and Earth
by Christina Pandolfi - Nov 9, 2015

Rich in history and antiquated opulence, the BAM Harvey served as the ideal theater for David Michalek's imaginative Hagoromo, the world premiere of a multi-medium artistic portrait of self-proclaimed "Sky, Earth, World, Flesh". A venue rooted to its past with an aesthetic that looks toward the future, Hagoromo served the space by exploring the physical and tonal differences between Heaven and Earth. (more...)

Sylvia Milo's THE OTHER MOZART Extends Off-Broadway Through Jan 18Sylvia Milo's THE OTHER MOZART Extends Off-Broadway Through Jan 18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Sylvia Milo's award-winning THE OTHER MOZART, directed by Isaac James Byrne, is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus -- a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Due to popular demand, THE OTHER MOZART will continue its limited engagement, with the rotating cast of Sylvia Milo and Samantha Hoefer, at Off-Broadway's The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street, NYC -- Third floor - no elevator) through Monday, January 18. (more...)

Samantha Hoefer Shares Lead Role in THE OTHER MOZART Off-Broadway, Starting TodaySamantha Hoefer Shares Lead Role in THE OTHER MOZART Off-Broadway, Starting Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2015

Today, October 24th, Samantha Hoefer will premiere in the role of Nannerl Mozart, then continue, alternating performances with Sylva Milo. (more...)

Samantha Hoefer to Share Lead Role in THE OTHER MOZART Off-Broadway, Starting 10/24Samantha Hoefer to Share Lead Role in THE OTHER MOZART Off-Broadway, Starting 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

Sylvia Milo's†award-winning THE OTHER MOZART, directed by Isaac James Byrne, is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus -- a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. On Saturday, October 24th, Samantha Hoefer will premiere in the role of Nannerl Mozart, then continue, alternating performances with Sylva Milo. (more...)

Jock Soto & Carmelita Tropicana to Host 31st Annual Bessie AwardsJock Soto & Carmelita Tropicana to Host 31st Annual Bessie Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announce the lineup of special guests for the 2015 ceremony. Acclaimed former New York City Ballet principal Jock Soto and performance artist and playwright Carmelita Tropicana will host the event. The 31st Annual Bessie Awards will be held on Monday, October 19, at 7:30pm, at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. Doors open at 6:30pm for red carpet and pre-show celebrations. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Free Concerts and More Set for New York City Center's Spring 2016 Dance LineupPacific Northwest Ballet, Free Concerts and More Set for New York City Center's Spring 2016 Dance Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

New York City Center today announced three diverse dance engagements which complete programming for the 2015-16 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival Breaks Records with Nearly $545K RaisedPhoto Flash: 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival Breaks Records with Nearly $545K Raised
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Fire Island Dance Festival returned for its 21st edition July 17-19, 2015, with some of the most talked-about world-class dance companies, raising a record-breaking $544,555 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The festival, performed outdoors on the picture-perfect shores of the Great South Bay in Fire Island Pines, included the world premieres of five works. Scroll down for photos from the performances! (more...)

10 Hairy Legs, Ailey II, Ballet Hispanico and More Set for 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival, 7/17-1910 Hairy Legs, Ailey II, Ballet Hispanico and More Set for 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival, 7/17-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Fire Island Dance Festival has captivated audiences for 20 years with a kaleidoscopic mix of famed and fast-rising dancers from ballet to Broadway and everything in between. See dance differently with the Great South Bay as a breathtaking backdrop for some of the most talked-about dance companies and choreographers in the industry (more...)

27th Vail International Dance Festival to Kick Off July 2727th Vail International Dance Festival to Kick Off July 27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Fans of the arts and luxury travel will not want to miss the 27th season of the Vail International Dance Festival this summer, which will take place from July 27-August 10.† (more...)

Joyce Theater Foundation Welcomes Pontus Lidberg Dance Company This WeekendJoyce Theater Foundation Welcomes Pontus Lidberg Dance Company This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2015

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. is proud to present two companies each having its first full engagements at The Joyce this June: Brian Brooks Moving Company, from June 2 - 4, with a mixed program that includes a world premiere; and Pontus Lidberg Dance, this weekend,†June 6 - 7, with the New York premieres of Snow and Written on Water. (more...)

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