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Sylvie Guillem on her retirement from ballet: 'It's a big goodbye'

“The pain was always there,” she says, her English inflected with a strong French accent. “It’s just that now I’m fed up with it. When I was 25 it …

Performing Arts

The Full-Throttle Campaign to Keep Ballet Kicking

Misty Copeland sparked widespread awareness of ballet this summer, when she became the first African-American female principal at American Ballet Theatre. But this centuries-old dance form is rarely so high in the public consciousness.

An effort to change that is now moving at full throttle, led by …

Performing Arts

Farewell Is in View for Jennie Somogyi, a City Ballet Lifer

Jennie Somogyi, who as a child played Marie in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” at New York City Ballet and then went on to become a celebrated principal dancer with the company, performing major roles and battling her way back from several serious injuries, plans to retire this fall, the …

Performing Arts

Ballet Review: Natalia Osipova Wows at the Ardani 25 Dance Gala

There is a reason why Natalia Osipova is the dancer everyone wants to see. And the star delivered on her box office draw for the Ardani 25 Dance Gala with performances full of her trademark visceral, emotional intensity blended with impressive technical excellence.

The star delivers, yes, but she is …

Performing Arts

American Ballet Theatre dancer Daniil Simkin discusses innovative program at Jacob's Pillow

Ballet and modern technology might seem like an unlikely combination.

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin hopes to change that, he …

Review: ‘Whelan/Watson: Other Stories’ Pairs Stars of Ballet

LONDON — The names in the title “Whelan/Watson: Other Stories” are those of Wendy Whelan, an American, and Edward Watson, a Brit. She retired from New York City Ballet in October after 23 years as principal; he has been a principal of the Royal Ballet for 10 years. They hold the attention …

Performing Arts

Emotional ties with Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova

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The Russian ballerina on preparing for a role, her weakness for chocolate, relaxing to soul music, missing rehearsals because of pandas and being …

Performing Arts

Ballet takes flight at SPAC

Dancers perform the Square Dance, choreographed by George Balanchine, on opening night of the New York City Ballet at SPAC on Tuesday in Saratoga …

Ballet

Review: Marianela Nuñez Enchants as Cinderella With American Ballet Theater

Until this summer, the Argentine ballerina Marianela Nuñez has scarcely been known in New York whereas for more than 10 years she’s been one of the Royal Ballet’s most beloved ballerinas. Suddenly, however, New York has seen her in three dissimilar roles. In the Royal’s weeklong season at the David …

Cinderella

New York City Ballet happy to be in its summer Saratoga home; season runs July 7-18

The world-class New York City Ballet has been a resident company of Saratoga Performing Arts Center since its very beginning, but in recent seasons …

Ballet

South Pasadena’s Stella Abrera American Ballet Theatre dream comes true

Stella Abrera as Clara in ‘The Nutcracker’ with the American Ballet Theatre. The South Pasadena native was recently promoted to the rank of principal …

American Ballet Theatre

Principal Kochetkova to split time between SF Ballet and ABT

Maria Kochetkova performs in San Francisco Ballet’s “Giselle”...

Ballet

Review: ‘Cinderella’ Returns to the American Ballet Theater Stable

The 20th century saw four choreographic masters of the male-female duet: Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Merce Cunningham. Ashton’s are almost all to do with love of one kind or another. On Monday, as his 1948 treatment of Prokofiev’s three-act “Cinderella” returned to …

Cinderella

Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States — making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still …

Performing Arts

Royal Ballet’s Focus on British Choreography Exposes Its Limits

In recent years a remarkably high number of British choreographers have been working internationally: Richard Alston, David Bintley, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, David Dawson, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon, Matthew Bourne. I’ve even heard New Yorkers suggest …

Performing Arts

The ballet dancers growing older gracefully

“I started dancing at three, but it was only when I reached 12 that they found I had curvature of the spine,” says Wendy Whelan, one of America’s greatest ballerinas. “The orthopaedist lined me up, then put me in traction, casts and in a brace. Until I was finished growing I was in a brace.”

Whelan …

Performing Arts

Ballet BC kicks off Jacob’s Pillow festival with flair

BECKET — Joy upon joy: The annual international dance smorgasbord that is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has begun, and Ballet BC (that’s British …

Review: The Royal Ballet Returns to New York With ‘The Dream’

The Royal Ballet remains one of the world’s finest ballet companies. The season it’s presenting at the David H. Koch Theater — the first time in that theater, and its first visit to New York in 11 years, the city that was its second home from 1949 to 1976 — is in some ways problematic. But at the …

Performing Arts

Albert Evans, Ebullient City Ballet Dancer, Is Dead at 46

Albert Evans, a retired principal dancer with New York City Ballet who was praised by reviewers and sought after by choreographers for his almost singular combination of fluid elegance and sinewy muscularity, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 46.

His death, at Mount Sinai Hospital, was announced …

Performing Arts

Dance This Week: Misty Copeland, the Royal Ballet and Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’

Misty Copeland’s Debut as Odette-Odile

When I started to watch American ballet companies in London and New York in the late 1970s, one of the four ballerina roles in George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C” at New York City Ballet was filled by the African-American dancer Debra Austin. Suzanne Farrell, …

Performing Arts

Misty Copeland's Possible Promotion Is Talk of Dance World

Promotions usually mean higher pay, maybe a fancy title. But for Misty Copeland, it means breaking a color barrier in the elite world of ballet.

Ms. Copeland is a soloist, a notch just below principal dancer, with American Ballet Theatre. If promoted to principal, she will be the first …

Dancing

Colette Marchand, Glamorous International Ballet Star, Dies at 90

Colette Marchand, a French ballerina whose long-legged glamour made her an international star in Roland Petit’s ballets in the 1940s and 1950s, and who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge,” died on June 5 at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 90.

Laurent …

Performing Arts

Royal Ballet Returns to New York After More Than a Decade

LONDON — “Death is here, knock, knock, knock!” Monica Mason called out cheerily as two dancers circled the Royal Opera House studio here. Another dancer lay prone in the center, and Ms. Mason moved among the Royal Ballet principals, calling out counts, stretching her arms as she echoed their …

Performing Arts

4 Lessons Learned from a Prima Ballerina

Principal dancer Julie Kent will end her three-decade career this weekend with the A.B.T. at the Metropolitan Opera House. In a candid conversation with VF.com, she reflects on how ballet shaped her life.

Mikhail Baryshnikov was “mesmerized by her looks.” The New York Times said she danced with …

Opera

Review: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Spurs American Ballet Theater to Work on the Details

As American Ballet Theater gave a series of performances of its new production of “The Sleeping Beauty” last week, it was easy to spot ways in which things could sound and look better. Tchaikovsky’s score should have been better played (especially by the brass and wind sections) and been more …

Performing Arts

Sonia Rodriguez still reigns on National Ballet stage | Toronto Star

In theatre, making a good entrance is always important and after 25 years with the National Ballet of Canada, 15 of those as a principal ballerina, …

News (Canada)

American Ballet Theatre’s New ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Pays Homage to Ballet’s History

The plot of Sleeping Beauty isn’t hard to follow, even when it’s performed as a ballet, without any words: A princess is born, and an evil fairy soon …

Performing Arts

Pennsylvania Ballet program looks to the Corella future

Angel Corella's first year as artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet has been one of many changes. The entire artistic staff was replaced, new …

The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre, New York — review

The Sleeping Beauty has come to stand for so much — the triumph of order and grace over chaos and unseemliness, of past over future, good over evil, …

Performing Arts