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Photos: Boston Ballet's Nutcracker at the Opera House

Boston Ballet stages The Nutcracker at the Opera House through December 30, 2012.

By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  December 07, 2012
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The five worst Nutcracker roles

From the ages of eight to 16, I played just about every supporting role The Nutcracke r had to offer. Here are a few lowlights.
My star-studded turns in a low-budget, small-town production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 23, 2012
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Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker gets a makeunder

From November 23 through December 30, an expected 90,000 audience members will slide into seats at the Boston Opera House to take in The Nutcracker , a 42-year tradition for Boston Ballet and the result of countless hours of preparation — and not just
Tutu Takeover
By RENATA CERTO-WARE  |  November 23, 2012
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Photos: The Nutcracker on the town

Out and about with the star of the Boston Ballet holiday show
Out and about with the star of the Boston Ballet holiday show
By DANNY KIM  |  November 23, 2012
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Boston Ballet: falling Awake

Almost every dance by Jorma Elo opens with men rushing from the wings and erupting in big, climactic leaps.

By DEBRA CASH  |  November 02, 2012
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Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
New moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 26, 2012


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Review: Never Stand Still

A multitude of A-list choreographers speak their piece to the camera — Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, Mark Morris — as they gather for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass.
A-list choreographers
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 29, 2012
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Photos: The Boston Ballet's Fancy Free

The Boston Ballet performs "Fancy Free" at the Opera House on May 10-20, 2012.
Boston Opera House | May 10-20, 2012
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  May 18, 2012
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Joffrey Ballet gets its due

New York has two great ballet companies, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Any other ballet troupe that wants to put down roots there has to develop a personality that's distinct from those two.
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By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 11, 2012
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Review: First Position

While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 11, 2012
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The Boston Ballet’s Don Quixote

In the long string of ballet productions extracted from Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote, the delusional Don has become a minor character, charging into situations where he shouldn't go and causing trouble instead of good works.
Old Don, old tricks
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2012


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Boston Ballet Reignites Elo, Kylián, And Bruce

Choreographers in America rarely get to rethink and revise their work.
From ‘Sharp’ To ‘Sharper’; Boston Ballet's "Play With Fire"
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 09, 2012
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Photos: Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire'

Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire' at the Boston Opera House
 Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire' at the Boston Opera House
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  March 09, 2012
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Getting up close at Festival Ballet

Festival Ballet Providence's second Up Close on Hope series this season began last weekend and continues February 24-25 and March 2-3.
Intimate moments
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012
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Boston Ballet brings back John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has probably inspired as many ballet translations as The Rite of Spring .
Return of the star-cross'd
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 11, 2011
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Larissa Ponomarenko bows out

The bad news — really bad news — this past week is that principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko is retiring after 18 years with Boston Ballet. (She will, however, be staying on as a ballet master.)
End of an era
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 27, 2011


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The BIBC, 'Next Generation,' and more of Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

It's been a busy week and a half. The first ever Boston International Ballet Competition took place May 12-16 at John Hancock Hall, climaxing with a gala awards ceremony and performance last Monday. On Wednesday, at the Opera House, Boston Ballet present
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins,' plus a soupçon of tap

Boston Ballet is ending the season with four prime examples of ballet choreography, displaying not only the rigors of classical technique but the different kinds of images technique can be crafted to evoke.  
The pleasures of craft
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 20, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

After the frenetic gutbusting of its Elo Experience and "Bella Figura" programs, Boston Ballet is closing out its 2010–2011 season with a breath of classical fresh air — or so it would seem.  
Mind games
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 20, 2011
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The meaning of 'THE'

William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'

"Bella figura" in Italian is more than a phrase — it's a philosophy. It makes life beautiful. "Bella Figura" as the title of Boston Ballet's latest program is an invitation to find beauty in three disparate choreographic styles — one of them incorporatin
Everything is beautiful
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 29, 2011


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Boston Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

George Balanchine didn’t create a slew of full-length ballets, but it’s easy to see why a setting of Shakespeare’s ever-popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of them — and not just because, back home in St. Petersburg, when he was eight, he played a b
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2011
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Jorma Elo and Anna Sokolow

In silence a man slowly pushes a large, light-filled box across a dark stage. The box is bigger than an outhouse and smaller than a garage, and the light shows through only one side.
What's in that box?
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 01, 2011

Festival Balelt's latest 'up CLOSE on HOPE'

Watching a ballet or modern dance from eighth row center is a pretty privileged experience, but an "up CLOSE on HOPE" performance makes that seem like peanut gallery seating. Festival Ballet Providence is presenting nine company premieres through March
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2011
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Boston Conservatory does Graham and Limón; Doug Varone gets literary at the ICA

One thing that distinguishes the early modern dancers from their contemporary descendants is idealism, or the lack of it.
Heroes and civilians
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2011
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Festival Ballet's emotional, sensual Carmen

Although the gypsy girl Carmen is most familiar from the 1875 opera of that name by Georges Bizet, local audiences have also become acquainted with the Carmen performed by Festival Ballet, which was commissioned by them and first appreciated in the 20
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2011


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Live! — sort of

The success of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" experiment augurs well for dance on the big screen. Simulcast at select theaters, with tickets priced higher than for a movie but much cheaper than for a live opera, these events generate a sense of a
Fela! on screen
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 14, 2011
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Winter Dance Preview: Toe shoes to tap shoes

Whether you're more likely to thrill to '80s funk, to groove on the tap-goes-flamenco experiments of hoofer Savion Glover, or to enjoy classical ballet with a side of buttered popcorn, the winter months' many offerings are guaranteed to keep your spirit
Winter dance's top 10
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 31, 2010
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A dance critic's take on Black Swan

WARNING: This article contains spoilers regarding the ending of Black Swan .
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By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 17, 2010
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Photos: The Slutcracker 2010

The Slutcracker: A Burlesque takes its sexy  Nutcracker makeover to the Somerville Theatre through December 24, 2010.
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By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 17, 2010