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Chilly scenes in winter

The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.  
The year ahead on Boston stages
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 27, 2008
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Wising up

Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008
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Moonbeams

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dizzy dance of a drama, meandering mystifyingly between May Eve and Midsummer Eve under a moon that goes from new to full swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
Boston Ballet illumines George Balanchine’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 24, 2008
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Dreaming and remembrance

Two momentous revivals in town showed us how big the category of classical ballet really is.
Boston Ballet’s Midsummer, Boston Conservatory’s Dark Elegies
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 21, 2007
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L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006
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Lambarena redux

All summer long I’ve had the phrase “Do the Lambarena” running through my head, as if it were a dance craze, like the la-dee-dah or the lambada.
Pacific Northwest Ballet and Choreftes at JP, plus BB 2006 – 2007 and a DVD surprise
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 23, 2006


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New Orleans story

When the Royal Ballet touches down at the Wang Theatre this month, quash any visions you might have of tea-and-crumpets decorum.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
By DEBRA CASH  |  June 13, 2006
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Pensées mal gardées

Boston Ballet’s second production of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée made it clearer than ever what a fractured fairy tale this is. The pastoral scrim that’s revealed when the curtain goes up sports a surly Demeter bearing a sheaf of grain and
Plus, fantasy Filles
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 14, 2006
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Farm frolic

The La Fille Mal Gardée we recognize now as the real thing is quite modern.
Boston Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 14, 2006
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Christmas packages

Some of us cringe at the very word Nutcracker , but there are alternatives — and even the Real Thing comes in many flavors.
Nutcrackers and other holiday treats
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 09, 2006