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Published: June 28, 2011
Category: review

A Near Century Later, Bournonville Thrives

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Judging from its recent, six-performance visit to the former New York State Theater, the world’s third-oldest ballet company has lost none of its famous buoyancy. Not seen in Manhattan for 23 years, the Royal Danish Ballet still jumps as if dancing on a trampoline-lined stage. Which is all to []

Published: June 20, 2011
Category: review

Banned Ballet Gets New Life

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Bright Stream,” which had its New York premiere with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera June 9-15, is a comedy of errors in the vein of “Twelfth Night.” Cross dressers and star-crossed lovers abound. As restaged from the 1935 Soviet original, choreographed by Fyodor []

Published: June 13, 2011
Category: review

Ballet Museum Makes Rare Tour

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK – Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s founding Artistic Director Alicia Alonso, former prima ballerina with the likes of the American Ballet Theater and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, is now nearing 90. Her 52-year-old company, installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 8 for a rare three-day []