Lincoln Center’s All-Star Jewels Casting Announced

Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin in "Diamonds" from Jewels.

In November, Lincoln Center announced that three of the world’s biggest companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—would present a collaborative performance of George Balanchine’s Jewels July 20–23 in honor of the ballet’s 50th anniversary. Each company will take an act, with the Paris Opéra performing “Emeralds” and NYCB and theMore »

#TBT: Tanaquil Le Clercq and Jacques d’Amboise in Afternoon of a Faun

Known for her long limbs and leggy grace, Tanaquil Le Clercq was one of the most transcendent American ballerinas of her generation. George Balanchine’s fourth and final wife, Le Clercq was an inspirational muse for both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, who choreographed Afternoon of a Faun for her in 1953. The ballet, described as “aMore »

NYCB, Paris Opéra Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet Announce Historic Jewels Collaboration

George Balanchine’s Jewels, a glittering three-act, plotless ballet that many consider one of the choreographer’s most revered masterpieces, turns 50 next year. In honor of its anniversary, Lincoln Center announced this morning that three of the world’s most prestigious companies—New York City Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet—will share the stage in aMore »

Finding Prodigal

New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to Amy Brandt Prodigal Son is the most important role of my career, and the most challenging. It’s not only powerful physically; it takes you on a journey, and hopefully you take the audience with you. It’sMore »

Beckanne Sisk on Bringing Balanchine’s “Rubies” to Cuba

Beckanne Sisk

For American audiences, Balanchine’s “Rubies” is instantly recognizable. Cuban audiences, though, have never seen the iconic work, due to over five decades of severed diplomatic relations with the U.S. That will change this Sunday, when Beckanne Sisk and fellow Ballet West principal Christopher Ruud perform the saucy, showy “Rubies” pas de deux at the International BalletMore »

Suzanne Farrell Ballet Gears Up for Rarely Seen Gounod Symphony

George Balanchine’s Gounod Symphony is one of those ballets that seems to have fallen through the cracks, for no good reason. This 25-minute work, set to Charles Gounod’s lively first symphony, has largely faded from popular repertoire. (It was last performed at New York City Ballet in 1993, and by the School of American Ballet in 2007.)More »

Carrie Imler’s Tips for Tackling Balanchine

Carrie Imler

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s season opener also marks principal Carrie Imler’s return to the stage after becoming a new mom. Pointe spoke with her about reprising the principal role in the first movement of Balanchine’s dazzling Symphony in C.   How would you describe the ballet to someone who’s never seen it before? It’s beautiful. It’s so classical with its white tutus.More »

Saturday Night Plans? Catch Free Ballet at Chicago Dancing Festival

This week, there’s a whirlwind of dance in the Windy City. The annual Chicago Dancing Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, opened last night at the Auditorium Theater with glittering performances by the Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet and Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet. The festival continues through Saturday, withMore »

Miami City Ballet’s Newest Costumes

When we first reported on Miami City Ballet’s redesign of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we were, to be totally honest, mostly interested in seeing the costume for the character Bottom. Why? In the MCB production, which places Oberon and Titania’s kingdom underwater, Bottom is a manatee rather than a donkey. We needed toMore »

“Flesh and Bone” Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Chances are you’ve heard a lot about Starz’s “Flesh and Bone” over the past year, from its casting choices (22 professional dancers make up the show’s fictional ballet company) to Sarah Hay‘s Golden Globe-nominated performance as a talented yet troubled young dancer who runs away from an abusive home to join a New York CityMore »