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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 »

Directorial Changes Around the World: Johan Kobborg, Julio Bocca and Charlotte Ballet’s New A.D.

Fresh off the heels of Aurélie Dupont’s appointment as artistic director at the Paris Opéra Ballet, and Julie Kent’s appointment to the same position at The Washington Ballet, further changes are hitting the ballet world. This morning Johan Kobborg, international star and director of the National Ballet of Romania, tweeted that his name had beenMore »

Director’s Notes: Southern Charm

Bonnefoux rehearsing dancers Melissa Anduiza and David Morse (photo by Jeff Cravotta, courtesy Charlotte Ballet)

Take a look at Charlotte Ballet’s repertoire, and it’s clear it’s a company fueled by innovative contemporary works yet rich in ballet pedigree. Led by former New York City Ballet stars Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, the company has challenged its home audience with Dwight Rhoden’s civil-rights themed Sit In Stand Out and delighted attendeesMore »