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2008-10-10 00:00:24

By Mark Kanny A fresh perspective on one of literature's most famous stories kicks off the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, which is being presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Andy Warhol Museum. "Radio and Juliet" is choreographer Edward Clug's retelling of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set to music by Radiohead, one of Clug's favorite bands, for Ballet Maribor from Slovenia. It is a "breakthrough for our company in an international sense. We've...

2008-10-07 09:00:33

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Contemporary ballet company BalletX opens its second season at The Wilma Theater with new works by co-artistic director Matthew Neenan and guest choreographer Zane Booker, November 6-9, 2008. Tickets: $30 General, $25 Student/Senior. Tickets at the Wilma Theater Box Office, 265 S. Broad Street, call 215-546-7824, or at http://www.wilmatheater.org/. For more information, visit http://www.balletx.org/. November 6-8, Thu-Sat, at 8:00 PM November...

2008-09-30 15:00:36

By Bryan Rourke PROVIDENCE -- The modern meets the classic: Up Close on Hope. Festival Ballet Providence opened its 31st season last weekend with its Up Close series showcasing varied shorter dances in its Hope Street studio. This particular show, which continues three more weekends, involves nine pieces by eight choreographers. And overall the production is quite good. Perhaps the surprise of the program is that the best dance is the oldest and the most formal, a 59-year-old classical...

2008-09-26 06:00:23

By John Przybys By JOHN PRZYBYS REVIEW-JOURNAL Don't think of it merely as the Nevada Ballet Theatre's 2008- 2009 season. Think of it as a very entertaining, season-long introductory course in dance. With no final exam. That's because this season's diverse slate of offerings by Nevada's largest professional dance company will satisfy both balletgoing veterans and beginners with everything from classical to cutting-edge dances created by George Balanchine and today's hottest...

2008-09-25 09:00:34

By Roslyn Sulcas A man and a woman stride across an open space, crossing paths with a quick glance at each other, then disappear from view. A second woman walks in, another man appears; they pause, confront each other and run off together. A series of such fleeting encounters, quotidian and yet imbued with mystery, mark the beginning of Benjamin Millepied's "Triade," a Paris Opera Ballet commission that had its premiere at the Palais Garnier on Saturday night as part of "Homage to Jerome...

2008-09-24 03:00:19

By Sarah Day Owen The contemporary ballet troupe Complexions defines diversity in dance, yet eludes classification in company. It is unique from its 15-member multicultural cast to its varied techniques, said Dwight Rhoden, Complexion's artistic director and co-founder. "There's a very classically based vocabulary that's taken off- center," he said. "They take risks. It's very athletic." Complexions performs at 8 tonight at the Imperial Theatre as part of the Westobou Festival....

2008-09-19 00:00:20

By Mark Kanny Local and world premieres dominate Pittsburgh's 2008-09 dance season, some by creators not seen here before and others by choreographers who already have won local fans. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre begins its season with a new setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby," from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Staging and choreography by John McFall and Lauri Stallings move to a montage of music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and others. Artistic director Terrence S....

2008-09-15 21:00:18

Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance Since 1981, FOOTMAD has brought folk, blues, ethnic and alternative music to the Kanawha Valley. October 18 Gandydancer is made up of West Virginia's own old-time string band. November 15 Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys perform high-energy music from the bayou. December 13 Sones de Mexico Ensemble was nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American album. January 31 Tannahill Weavers, Scotland's finest traditional...

2008-08-22 15:00:34

CHOREOGRAPHER Matthew Bourne's ballet Dorian Gray has been officially confirmed as the biggest selling dance event in the history of the Edinburgh International Festival. The show, which has its premiere this evening at the King's Theatre, already has 11,212 bookings. The clamour to see the first show by Matthew Bourne in nearly three years has broken the Festival's previous record of 10,146 tickets, set by Mark Morris's Hard Nut in 1995. And with ten days of booking left until the...

2008-08-14 09:00:45

By Claudia Barbieri Amid the 10,000-odd athletes gathered in Beijing for the Olympic Games, a small troupe of about 20 will not be in contention for any medals, and indeed will not be seen in any of the Olympic sports venues. But they are athletes, nonetheless, as fit, honed and disciplined as any of the contenders for track, field or gymnastic gold. On Saturday at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, the Pietragalla dance company will present the premiere of "Marco Polo,"...


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