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Features: Dance Features

Jennie Somogyi The Principal Dancer Bids Farewell to NYCB
24 Sep 2015
A highlight of last spring’s Black & White Festival at New York City Ballet was the return of Principal Dancer Jennie Somogyi in George Balanchine’s Episodes.

Birds Of A Feather: Dancer Mary Elizabeth Sell on the Sisterhood of Swans
17 Sep 2015
This fall, Peter Martins’ Swan Lake returns to New York City Ballet for eight performances only. The full-evening ballet, which received its world premiere in 1996 by the Royal Danish Ballet, and was first performed by NYCB in 1999, features scenic and costume design by Per Kirkeby. Here, dancer Mary Elizabeth Sell reflects on being a part of the famed flock of swans.

The Taming of the Shrew: A classic comic ballet closes the season
03 Aug 2015 -- Houston Ballet closes its 2014-15 season with John Cranko’s wonderfully comic ballet The Taming of the Shrew, based on the play by William Shakespeare. Based on the play by William Shakespeare, John Cranko’s version of The Taming of the Shrew is considered a classic.

The Creation of a Classic: The History of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
30 Jul 2015 -- MacMillan challenged ballet conventions by making Manon an immoral leading lady at a time when virtuous heroines were the norm.

On Her Own Terms: Wendy Whelan Comes to City Center
26 Jun 2015 -- It’s here that she began to recover her strength and learn her limits, and build the confidence to know that she needn’t be defined by them. With the backing of the associateship, she can feel free to experiment. “I’m incredibly confident”.

Balanchine Black & White
26 May 2015 -- Twelve pivotal works open New York City Ballet’s spring season. In these inimitable compositions, Balanchine zeroed in on the raw essentials—music and dance—stripping away fancy costumes and scenery along with a host of accepted ideas of what constitutes a ballet.

The Beautiful Danger
20 May 2015 -- New York City Ballet Dances August Bournonville’s La Sylphide. La Sylphide is a story about being seduced, a story about a young man who can’t catch his dream.

Keeping It Fresh
27 Jan 2015 -- How do dancers create something new in every performance of The Nutcracker?

Celebrating Ailey's Women
24 Jan 2015 -- Jacqueline Green remembers the first time she saw an Ailey dancer up close.

The Creative Process at NYCB Captured in a New Documentary Film
16 Jan 2015 -- On February 8, the curtain rises on a new ballet by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck. For anyone who sees it and wonders how it, or any new ballet for that matter, leaps from the choreographer’s brain to the Company’s panoramic stage, insights abound in Ballet 422.

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.

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