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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,"...

2008-08-08 15:00:38

By CRAIG SMITH Craig Smith The New Mexican Talking to David Parsons is fun. Not only because the American choreographer is interesting, articulate, and eager to talk about dance, but because he has a world-of-fun view. Certainly the word popped up several times in a recent phone interview about his dance Wolfgang, which Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs this weekend in a mixed-repertoire program at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Set to music by Mozart and commissioned and first...

2008-08-04 15:00:34

By Jennifer Noyer For the Journal Ballet Pro Musica presented its second Albuquerque-based Chamber Music Ballet Festival, featuring this year Mexico's Compaia Nacional de Danza at the Hispanic Cultural Center. The idea is to forge a new marriage of dance and live music, deepening the relationship between the two art forms. Mexico's dancers were a delight to behold, especially in Mark Godden's "Reflections" to Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs," and John Clifford's ballet to Felix Mendelssohn's...

2008-08-03 03:00:16

By Tanner, Michael La Gioconda; Pulcinella; Iolants Opera Holland Park On a hot fine evening in London there can't be anywhere more delightful for an opera-lover than Opera Holland Park, which is now so comfortable, and has such high standards of performance, that to see a rarely performed work there is in all respects at least as enjoyable as it would be anywhere. The admirable policy of mixing conventional fare with rather out-of-theway things seems to work well, since I get a strong...

2008-08-02 21:00:13

By Elaine Guregian, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 2--A big crowd gathered at Akron's Firestone Park Friday night, and not only to see the Ballet Theatre of Ohio in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. The word must be out that the company's artistic director, Christine Meneer, has a talent for working with children. What looked like about 100 kids from the audience gathered onstage for Meneer's free preconcert event. Meneer dressed the kids in red, white or blue T-shirts...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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