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Tracking Corella

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Barcelona Ballet / New York City Center / April 17-20, 2012 Ángel Corella, artistic director of the Barcelona Ballet and the company’s star dancer Photo:  Erin Baiano For a long and happy time, we thought of Ángel Corella, a much-adored star with American Ballet Theatre, simply as a king of dance.  Now we’re coming to know him as a “native son.”  The classical company he founded in Spain, his birthplace, now called the Barcelona Ballet, owes its existence in large measure to his decision that such a troupe was needed.  Spain, celebrated for … [Read more...]

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Rising Generation

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem  Photo:  Martine Basagni

DTH II / Joyce Theater, NYC / February 7, 9, and 11 matinee and evening, 2012 Dance Theatre of Harlem, with its mission of countering classical ballet’s unspoken policy of no-blacks-need-apply, was founded in 1969.  Its leaders were Arthur Mitchell (a charismatic African-American principal with the almost exclusively white New York City Ballet) and Karel Shook (a white former dancer and star teacher, known for welcoming black dancers to his classes).  From its legendary New York debut at the Guggenheim Museum in 1971, the company was … [Read more...]

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