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Ratmansky’s Fantastically Funny, Tim Burton-Esque New FIREBIRD

Thursday night I went down to Costa Mesa for ABT’s premiere of Ratmansky’s FIREBIRD at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. I’m so glad I braved the nearly three hour drive (with traffic; without about fifty minutes) from west L.A. … Continue reading

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ABT is Coming to Orange County with Ratmansky’s New FIREBIRD

How excited am I! This Thursday through Sunday, my beloved ABT will be performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. They’re premiering Ratmansky’s new Firebird – and none other than SLSG faves Marcelo Gomes and Natalia … Continue reading

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Literary Aperitif

Hi guys – I’ve just begun a new Tumblr blog, called Literary Aperitif, pairing two of my loves (other than dance of course): books and booze. I wanted to call the blog something along those lines but didn’t realize there … Continue reading

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Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg Guest Star in ABT’s SLEEPING BEAUTY

Curtain calls photos taken by my new balletomane friend, Andrea. I have to confess, Sleeping Beauty is probably my least favorite ballet. I like the Aurora / Prince Desire wedding pas de deux, with all the gorgeous fish dives, in … Continue reading

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Natalia Osipova in ABT’s Coppelia

Photo by Rosalie O’Connor of Osipova in Coppelia, which I wrote about in my last post.

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Paloma Herrera Celebrates 20 Years with ABT

Photo by Rosalie O’Connor. On Saturday night, Paloma Herrera celebrated twenty years with ABT. Her celebratory performance was Coppelia, which she danced with Angel Corella, in one of the only performances he’ll be seen in at ABT this season, sadly. … Continue reading

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The Sheepdogs of GISELLE

Don’t have time to write a review right now, but last week I saw basically three Giselles (two inside the auditorium, and one on the screen in the lobby ). I saw Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes (my favorites), Hee … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky Premieres at ABT

Above: Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes in Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, which premiered at American Ballet Theater two weeks ago. (Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.) Once again, I’m behind on posts. May was a crazy month, filled with family emergencies, last … Continue reading

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Former NYCB Dancer Sophie Flack Signs Her Debut Novel, BUNHEADS, at BEA

My apologies for my lack of blog posts this week. I spent Monday through Thursday at Book Expo America, the largest book industry trade fair in North America, held every year in NY at the Javits Center. (Nevertheless, I did … Continue reading

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Photos of Alina Cojocaru & Jose Carreno, and Polina Semionova in ABT’s DON QUIXOTE

Here are some photos of Alina Cojocaru and Polina Semionova guest starring in American Ballet Theater’s Don Quixote last week. Top photo is of Cojocaru and Jose Manuel Carreno, below is of Cojocaru, and bottom is of Semionova. All photos … Continue reading

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American Ballet Theater Spring 2011 Opening Night Gala

Last night was ABT’s Spring 2011 opening night gala. Dreary, rainy night … but what else is new for New York these days? Once inside, I really enjoyed the show though. (I’m hoping to receive photos soon, which I’ll post). … Continue reading

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American Ballet Theater’s “On To Act II” at the Guggenheim

Did you guys watch the live-stream last night or tonight? If you missed it, you can watch the video now archived on the Guggenheim’s ustream channel. It feels weird to review a program that everyone can easily watch online, but … Continue reading

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Jose Carreno and ABT Live-Streamed from the Guggenheim this Sunday and Monday

The Guggenheim’s Works and Process event this coming Sunday and Monday nights (May 1st and 2nd) is entitled “ABT: On to Act II” and focuses on what awaits a principal ballet dancer upon retirement from an illustrious career. The focus … Continue reading

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Kurt Froman on Training Natalie Portman to Dance

But his funniest, most interesting words are about Mila Kunis: “Mila, and I mean this in the best way, she is such a loud-mouthed kind of broad. You know exactly where you stand with her, if she’s not happy with … Continue reading

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Jose Carreno in “Swan Lake” on Dancing With the Stars

Did you guys see it last night? I don’t know who choreographed but it’s obviously a version created for fans of Black Swan the movie, showing both black and white swans vying for Prince Siegfried’s attention, and shortened for the … Continue reading

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The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote

So who went to the live-streaming yesterday? The Manhattan showing was such a blast. Daniil Simkin, ABT soloist and Natalia Osipova’s friend, was there, and I saw Marc Kirshner from TenduTv and several critics. And Evan McKie, principal at the … Continue reading

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Misty Copeland on Tavis Smiley

Apropos of our recent discussion on race and ballet, ABT’s Misty Copeland was recently on the Tavis Smiley show. She talks about race, ballet, elitism, her training, her recent appearance onstage with Prince, the immense difficulty of ballet, and of … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Golden Globe Acceptance Speech

Did you guys watch last night? I thought she looked radiant, and her speech was really sweet. She seemed genuinely happy about both the film and her personal life. She still seemed to be in a state of blissful shock … Continue reading

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Is Millepied a K-Fed or a Baryshnikov?

I’ve seen a good number of articles like this one popping up on various celebrity gossip blogs, contending that Benjamin Millepied poked holes in his condoms and is basically just after Natalie Portman for fame and money – I guess … Continue reading

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Cory Stearns Promoted to Principal at ABT

ABT has just announced via Facebook that Cory Stearns has been promoted to principal dancer. Above, as Romeo in photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

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Is Ballet A Dying Art?

I must confess I haven’t yet read Jennifer Homans’ acclaimed but controversial history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels. I’m working hard on my second novel and have been knee deep in prison and cop memoirs and haven’t had time for much … Continue reading

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SLSG’s Dance Highlights of 2010

Instead of trying to remember which were my favorite performances of the year, I’m just going back through my blog archives from January of this year and linking to the most memorable posts. More fun that way! A lot happened … Continue reading

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Photos of ABT’s New Nutcracker

As promised, here are some photos of Ratmansky’s new Nutcracker for ABT. I forgot to mention in my last post how much I loved the Alice in Wonderland-like high chair for Clara to sit atop to watch the mice / … Continue reading

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American Ballet Theater’s Original New Nutcracker

More photos coming soon. This one (of Gillian Murphy and Catherine Hurlin as the two versions of Clara) is taken from culture.wnyc.org. Last night was the official opening of ABT’s much awaited new Ratmansky-choreographed Nutcracker at BAM. I loved almost … Continue reading

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The Bolshoi’s Nutcracker

So of course I went yesterday to see the Bolshoi’s Nutcracker, live-streamed into movie theaters all over the world, though, judging by the opening remarks made by announcers and intermission interviews, I think most of the audience was in France. … Continue reading

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Guggenheim Announces its 2011 Works & Process Season

And it looks like there are several good dance events, including the Royal Danish Ballet with Nikolaj Hubbe, a program on how judges judge the big ballet competitions like the Youth America Grand Prix, a sneak peek at Pacific Northwest … Continue reading

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Gillian Murphy Critical of “Black Swan”

Apparently, Gillian Murphy gave an interview to the L.A. Times in which she called Black Swan unrepresentative of the ballet world and said she was a little disturbed by its intentionally overdone darkness. She says in her experience the lecherousness … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek of ABT’s New Nutcracker

The Guggenheim just sent me the above video, which is of their Works & Process event a few weeks ago that I’d attended and written about a bit here, featuring excerpts of ABT’s upcoming Nutcracker at BAM. It starts December … Continue reading

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Paperback Dolls and Nutrackers

I have a guest post up today at the Paperback Dolls blog! They’re currently featuring New York authors and bloggers as part of their “Passport to New York” series. So, since I’m both, I talked about both my novel and … Continue reading

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ABT in Cuba

So, American Ballet Theater performed at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Cuba, as part of the Havana International Ballet Festival, this Wednesday and Thursday. This is the first time ABT has performed in Cuba since 1960 when diplomatic relations … Continue reading

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