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State Street Ballet “Nutcracker “ Has Both Sparkle and Disappointments

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State Street Ballet concludes Nutcracker season,shows in Spokane,Durango,Santa Barbara.Choreography & staging by R.Gustafson.Music,Opera San Luis Obispo Orch (Brian Alhadeff) & Morro Bay High School Chorus (Collen Wall).Costumes by A. Giannini.

“Chéri” at Signature Theater Distills Colette’s Novellas with Powerful Dance and Theater

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Clarke’s Chéri at Signature Theater based on Colette novellas Chéri & The Last of Chéri. The first of three new productions Clarke is scheduled to create for her residency at the theater. With H. Cornejo & A. Ferri. Music by pianist S. Rothenberg.

Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty”, A Gothic Tale for the “Twilight” Age

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25 years after forming Adventures in Motion Pictures Bourne has completed his trilogy of the Tchaikovsky and Petipa story ballets with his gothic version of “Sleeping Beauty”.Sets and costuming by Brotheston.Lighting,Paule Constable.Hannah Vassallo.

JACQUES D’AMBOISE, Still a Dance Man

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Interview with J. d'Amboise at the McCallum Theater 16th Choreography Festival.Topics: NDI, the Balanchine trust, working with young dancers, and sustaining the Balanchine repertory. Touching story about his first job at age 8 with Tanny LeClercq.

Vishneva “On the Edge” : Works by Maillot and Carlson

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Diana Vishneva’s latest star vehicle program,"On the Edge",which premiered at Sergerstrom Center for the Arts on Wednesday, proved less edgy than its title suggested.Works by Maillot and Carlson with music by Danny Elfman and Giovanni Sollima.11/6/13

Nederlands Dans Theater Plays up the Spectacle in Performances at the Music Center

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AD Paul Lightfoot in an interview for the company’s Australia tour said he wanted to “put the theater back” in the company name. The three works on Friday’s program, two by the Lightfoot and Sol León team, and a third by NDT dancer M..Walerski.

BODYTRAFFIC CARVES OUT NEW TERRAIN FOR MODERN DANCE

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BODYTRAFFIC’s shows at the Broad Stage were a homecoming after a summer of concerts at Jacob’s Pillow, The Fire Island Dance Festival, plus recent performances in New York City and San Francisco.Works by Kyle Abraham, B.Marshall and R.Siegal.

No Shortage of Geniuses for the MacArthur Fellows Program

Twenty four new recipients for MacArthur Fellowships were announced today. They include two from the dance world, Alexei Ratmansky, who is currently the resident choreographer for American Ballet Theater and a former artistic director of the Bolshoi

State Street Ballet’s “An American Tango” Offers a Nostalgic Look at a Bygone Era

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State Street Ballet presents LA premiere of its charming 2 act ballet,An American Tango.Part stage documentary,part nostalgic homage to the Jazz Age with choreography by William Soleau, it uses music by Waller, Gershwin& Elllington. Book by G Veloz.

ABT Offers the Tried and True Plus a Glimpse of Ratmansky’s “Shostakovich Trilogy”

The only choreographic or musical contribution not Russian on Thursday’s rep program by ABT was the music from Bizet’s youthful, ebullient C major Symphony, the touchstone for Balanchine’s spirited Symph in C. Also Apollo and Shostakovich Triolgy.