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The Joffrey Ballet: A “Nutcracker” Steeped in Americana

I first saw the Joffrey’s Nutcracker more than fifteen years ago It struck me then as being a particularly beautiful production.The staging and design for Waltz of the Snowflakes alone was well worth the price of admission. Happily, that is still tru

Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company SUBTEXT

Reprising the format from LACDC’s most recent production,The Nature of Things (May 2011), the company recently concluded its new repertory program at Diavolo Dance Theater with an evening of works by guest choreographers and LACDC Artistic Director,

KINGS of the DANCE 2011 Goes LITE

Kings of the Dance brought the current version of its ongoing dance franchise to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in a stripped down program of both old and new works.Making a hard turn away from the last Ardani Artists production, Reflections

San Francisco Ballet: A “Romeo and Juliet” with Masterful Dancing and Acting

Helgi Tomasson's full length Romeo and Juliet (1994). His version is a richly costumed adaptation with beautiful sets. He hews to the standard music and staginh. Great dancing and acting prevail in this version with music by the Pacific Symphony.

“RAkU” Shines in San Francisco Ballet Repertory Program

San Francisco Ballet concluded its repertory program on Wednesday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a program of works by San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson,current company resident choreographer,Yuri Possokhov and Balanchine.

BRIGHT STREAM REVISITS THE COLLECTIVE IN STYLE

Bright Stream has waited nearly seventy years for a revival since its successful debut in 1935 in Leningrad and Moscow.Though its original creators fared poorly Ratmansky has been successful with Bright Stream, Namouna, and also his recent Nutcracker

Ballet Nacional de Cuba Dances in a Faded Don Quixote

Ballet Nacional de Cuba brought its Alonso version of Don Q to the Music Center for five performanes and while much of the signature Cuban style was on display this Don Q looked tired and uninspiring. Music by the LA Opera Orchestra and G. Duarte.

THE ROYAL DANISH BALLET RESTYLES “NAPOLI”

Royal Danish Ballet is currently on tour with their time travelling version of Napoli, which borrows both fashion and manners from the social world of circa 1950 Capri. With aüdditional music by Louise Alenius and new choreography by Sorella Englund

ROYAL DANISH BALLET GOES ULTRA MODERN WITH APOCALYPTICA

The Royal Danish Ballet presents a repertory program of recent works in the Bournonville style along with two works by Finnish choreographers Jorma Elo and Jorma Uotinen. EARTH which is part spectacle, part dance uses electric music by Apocalyptica.

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP SHINES IN A FULL THROTTLE “L’ALLEGRO”

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Mark Morris’ visually stunning ballet based on the combined glories Handel’s music and Milton’s poetics wove it’s magic Thursday evening, charming a full house with dance and an exceptional oratorio.