December 21, 2014

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Features: Dance Features

The Balanchine Nutcracker: A Child’s Dream of Heaven
02 Dec 2014
In 2004, the late critic Clive Barnes wrote the following story on how New York City Ballet’s 1954 production of The Nutcracker, which was then largely unknown, became a turning point in the history of dance in America.

St. Petersburg Ballet to Grace the Stage in New York this Autumn
10 Nov 2014
In autumn 2014, for the first time in its history, the Ballet Company of the Mikhailovsky Theater will be going on tour in the United States.

Troy Schumacher on His First Work For City Ballet
10 Oct 2014 -- “I have no idea what it’s going to be like and I love that,” says Troy Schumacher, speaking ahead of a milestone: the debut of his first ballet created for NYCB, which premiered at the Company’s Fall Gala performance on September 23.

A Singular Star
21 Aug 2014 -- The iconic Wendy Whelan bids farewell to New York City Ballet.

A Great Journey: Roy Kaiser’s 35 Years With Pennsylvania Ballet
28 Jul 2014 -- “I was 21 years old when I came to Philadelphia,” says Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. “I came here to see what was going on, because I had seen the Company perform, and there was something about it that really resonated.”

New Shoes to Fill
02 Jun 2014 -- Looking back, it seems inevitable that American Ballet Theatre would one day stage Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella. With 11 Ashton works in the repertory – Cinderella makes 12 – his choreography has never been far from the ABT stage.

Richly Thematic
09 May 2014 -- Last fall, American Ballet Theatre raised the curtain on a new production of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, which he created especially for the company in 1947.

Peck in Process: The Choreographer on His Latest Work for NYCB.
05 May 2014 -- A lot can happen in a year and a half. Just ask New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Justin Peck.

Swan Lake for the 21st Century
13 Mar 2014 -- Jean-Christophe Maillot, artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, on his updated approach to the classic ballet.

A Star Couple Says Goodbye
29 Jan 2014 -- Through their lyricism and imagination, Janie Taylor and Sébastien Marcovici have joined a long legacy of distinctive artists at New York City Ballet. On the evening of March 1, the two principal dancers, who married in 2012, will retire from the company with a program celebrating French composers.

London Calls
24 Jan 2014 -- Liam Scarlett and Justin Peck have a lot in common. Like his New York City Ballet counterpart, at 27, Scarlett is a precocious homegrown talent, nurtured as a choreographer alongside a dancing career with The Royal Ballet.

Celebrating the Artistry of Ailey’s Matthew Rushing
13 Dec 2013 -- Matthew Rushing the dancer is well-known to Ailey audiences who have experienced his uniquely insightful artistry for over two decades.

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