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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

 

On March 14th, I had the rare privilege to see a professional dance company do a studio rehearsal.  This was two days before the company debuted “Square None”, a new work choreographed by Norbert De La Cruz III.  Aside from the wonderful opera-meets-electronic remixed music, and Austin Scarlett (of Project Runway fame) baroque inspired costumes, the rehearsal showed each of the dancers moving freely throughout the piece and dancing with major …more…

Photo borrowed from Cultural Trust website

Upcoming: Amitage Gone! Dance in Pittsburgh

Karole Armitage, known for her punk approach to classical dance, will present the work Three Theories this Saturday as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Dance Council season. Armitage’s company Armitage Gone! Dance is known for their exciting speed of movement and their ability to contrast the fractured lines and asymmetrical forms of the choreography with the continuous and symmetrical forms of ballet.

Three Theories is based on the best-selling book …more…

Photo borrowed from PBT website

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Uncommon to feature Dwight Rhoden premiere at August Wilson Center

via PBT website

In an uncommon move, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) will stage its first work in partnership with August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The show, Uncommon, will open the post-holiday season for the well-established Pittsburgh company and will feature a world premiere by Complexions Contemporary Ballet‘s Dwight Rhoden.

Uncommon will be performed with a live chamber orchestra that will play works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The show …more…

Scene from Balanchine's The Nutcracker, photo culled from the New York City Ballet website.

Pliés and Popcorn: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Movies

Even if you don’t live in New York City, you and your family can experience one of the city’s quintessential holiday traditions this year. On December 13 at 6 pm ET, George Balanchine’s renowned ballet The Nutcracker–as performed live by the New York City Ballet–will be presented in movie theaters throughout the country. The cast for this special performance includes Principal Dancers Megan Fairchild as Sugarplum, Tiler Peck as Marzipan, Joaquin de Luz as Cavalier, Ashley Bouder as Dewdrop, Teresa Reichlen as Coffee, and Daniel Ulbricht as Candy Cane. ...more...