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Great Body, Soulful Face, Ananiashvili Inspires Georgia Ballet

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 29, 2008. Nina Ananiashvili and Vasil Akhmeteli perform in Alexei Ratmansky's "Bizet Variations" at a dress rehearsal at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb. 26, 2008. Performances by the State Ballet of Georgia will continue at the BAM through March 2. Photographer: Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos/BAM via Bloomberg News Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The State Ballet of Georgia, on the New York leg … [Read more...]

In New Vishneva Ballets, Lovers Beat the Heck Out of Each Other

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 23, 2008. Desmond Richardson, left, and Diana Vishneva rehearse for "Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion" in New York on Feb. 13, 2008. Performances will be held at the Manhattan City Center through Feb. 24. Source: Helene Davis PR via Bloomberg News Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Even the curtain call was costumed, the ballerina wearing a gleaming black gown cut Victorian style but slashed to reveal bare skin and cradling in her arms an extravagant sheaf of calla … [Read more...]

Inimitable Tudor

New York Theatre Ballet / Florence Gould Hall, NYC / February 8-9, 2008 Members of the New York Theatre Ballet in Antony Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas. Photo by Richard Termine. Antony Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas reveals the vagaries of the human heart through impassioned rushes through the space (as if it were an invisible maze constructed by Fate), furtive meetings, whispered secrets, brief touches, gestures of unfulfilled yearning, and cruel ones of possession. At a celebrated point, all the members of the cast freeze in postures indicating their … [Read more...]

Wheeldon Leaves NYC Ballet With Intimate ‘Rococo’ Quartet

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 8, 2008. Ballet dancers, from left, Sterling Hyltin, Giovanni Villalobos, Sara Mearns, and Adrian Danchig-Waring perforn in the New York City Ballet production of "Rococo Variations" in New York. Photographer: Paul Kolnik/NYCB via Bloomberg News Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- ``Rococo Variations,'' set to Tchaikovsky's ``Variations on a Rococo Theme,'' is Christopher Wheeldon's final offering as the New York City Ballet's resident choreographer. He relinquished the … [Read more...]

Bolshoi’s Ratmansky Would Bring Stardom, Heart to City Ballet

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on February 7, 2008. Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet, performs in this undated handout image. Photographer: Vyacheslav Podorozhy/NYCBallet via Bloomberg News Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet, is scheduled to meet this weekend with Peter Martins, his counterpart at the New York City Ballet. The tete-a-tete, confirmed by the City Ballet, is likely to determine whether … [Read more...]

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