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Two Premieres for Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky will have world premieres on two coasts this winter. On February 10, Miami City Ballet will debut his new one-act version of The Fairy’s Kiss to Stravinsky’s celebrated score, a homage to Tchaikovsky. The following month, on March 15, at California’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, AmericanMore »

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Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must have a production of Nutcracker as part of its holiday season repertoire. And for nearly three decades, through its final performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in December 2015, the Joffrey Ballet was well served by itsMore »

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NYCB’s Gala Features Choreography by Women, Company Dancers It’s been five years since a female choreographer premiered a work at New York City Ballet. Fortunately the 2016 fall gala on September 20 presents a more gender-diverse choreographic lineup, including company principal Lauren Lovette and independent choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The gala program includes premieres byMore »

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Guillem in Mats Ek's "Bye" (photo by Bill Cooper, courtesy New York City Center)

Sylvie Guillem’s Final Bow Legendary ballerina and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem will give the only U.S. run of her farewell tour, Life in Progress, November 12–14 at New York City Center. The extensive tour has already hit Italy, Poland, the UK, Greece, Russia, France, Spain, Australia and Taiwan. It will continue on to Austria beforeMore »

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Millepied’s Kickoff Season Less than a year after taking over the Paris Opéra Ballet, Benjamin Millepied is already making his mark on the venerable company. From the schedule to dancers’ health, the young director has left no stone unturned. As the curtain prepares to rise on his first opening gala in September, the ensemble looksMore »

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Carla Körbes in Residence at VailPacific Northwest Ballet principal Carla Körbes announced in September of last year that she would retire at the end of the 2014–15 season—her last performance with the company will be on June 7. Fortunately for her fans, Körbes isn’t quite finished dancing: She’ll serve as an artist in residence atMore »

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Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in costume for TWB's "Swan Lake" (photo by Theo Kossenas, courtesy TWB)

History in the Making This April, The Washington Ballet will not only tackle its first ever full-length Swan Lake, but it will cast two African-American dancers, American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland and TWB’s Brooklyn Mack, in the principal roles of Odette/Odile and Siegfried. The performances run April 8–12 at the John F. Kennedy Center forMore »

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American Ballet Theatre’s Fresh PrincessABT will premiere Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty on March 3 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. The ballet features scene and costume design by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson, based on the historic Ballets Russes production from 1921. —Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone   Going DeeperAtlanta Ballet’s residentMore »

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Susanne Grinder and Ulrik Birkkjær in "Napoli" (photo by Costin Radu, coutesy RDB)

Pacific Northwest Ballet to Refresh Its Nutcracker This year, Pacific Northwest Ballet says good-bye to its time-honored Nutcracker. Choreographed by founding artistic director Kent Stowell—with sets and costumes designed by the beloved picture book author Maurice Sendak—the unique production has been performed for 31 years and has reached audiences far beyond the Northwest, thanks toMore »

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ABT Commemorates Three-Quarters of a Century American Ballet Theatre turns 75 this fall. The company’s season at the David H. Koch Theater will feature a world premiere by choreographer Liam Scarlett set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and a new production of Raymonda Divertissements staged by artistic director Kevin McKenzie and ballet mistress Irina Kolpakova.More »