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National Ballet of China

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  Founded in 1959, the National Ballet of China performs a varied repetoire of homegrown and Western ballets. Fun fact: It was the National Ballet that entertained President Nixon on his visit to China. While Nixon ...

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Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 26, 2014


  The Moscow Ballet returns to the Palace this weekend with their colorful Great Russian Nutcracker, opening what we in the culture-watching biz like to call “Nutcracker season.” Beautiful costumes and scenery, virtuoso dancers and that ...

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Russian Fireworks

by Lynn Hasselbarth July 31, 2014


  Saratoga Performing Arts Center pulled out all the stops on Tuesday night for the opening performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Don Quixote. With only three cities on their U.S. tour, the company was welcomed with ...

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Bolshoi Ballet

by The Staff July 24, 2014


  The Bolshoi Ballet will make their SPAC debut this week with four performances of Don Quixote on the amphitheater stage. The legendary Russian company will be accompanied by a full orchestra (which The New York Times ...

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

by The Staff July 3, 2014


    The company opened the 2013 season at Jacob’s Pillow; now, Dance Theatre of Harlem return for another week in the Ted Shawn Theatre with an all-new program. Donald Byrd’s contemporary ballet Contested Space “features a plethora ...

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New York Theatre Ballet

by The Staff March 6, 2014


  New York Theatre Ballet will return to the Egg this weekend to present their kid-friendly production of Cinderella. It has everything kids love about the fairy tale: wicked stepsisters, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

by The Staff October 10, 2013


  Matthew Bourne, the internationally renowned choreographer behind 1992’s smash Nutcracker! and the recent Broadway version of Mary Poppins, returns with a new interpretation of a classic fairy tale. Judging from the images (and the YouTube sneak ...


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

by The Staff July 18, 2013


  SPAC’s varied summer dance season continues this week with three shows featuring the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The widely praised company doesn’t have a resident choreographer, but performs works by a variety of choreographers. An Ann ...

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New York City Ballet

by The Staff July 3, 2013


  The New York City Ballet return this week for another short-but-stellar residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Opening night is Tuesday; both Tuesday and Wednesday they will present a mixed repertoire that includes the Tchaikovsky ...

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 29, 2012


  When it comes to dance, the holidays are Nutcracker season. First up this year is the Moscow Ballet’s lavish Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace. How lavish, you ask? There will be 40 dancers, nine hand-painted ...

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Film Festival of Dance

by The Staff June 21, 2012


Gotta dance! In collaboration with five other organizations, Saratoga Film Forum is presenting an excellent program of dance movies tonight through Sunday. Tonight (Thursday, June 21) at 7:30 PM, the festival kicks off at Saratoga Arts’ ...

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New York Theatre Ballet’s Cinderella

by The Staff January 26, 2012


Founded in 1978, the mission of the New York City-based New York Theatre Ballet is to perform classic repertory works for adult audiences and special arrangements of classic ballets for young people. On Sunday afternoon, ...

Moscow Festival Ballet

by The Staff January 5, 2012


The holidays—aka Nutcracker season—may be over, but Proctors has another Tchaikovsky ballet treat on offer this weekend: The Moscow Festival Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty. Founded in 1989 by ex-Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, the ...


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 10, 2011


If the arrival of Christmas cards in your grocer’s “seasonal goods” aisle didn’t tip you off, we’ll let you in on a secret: The holidays are more-or-less here. And let’s face it, nothing says “Christmas ...

Radio and Juliet

by The Staff October 19, 2011


What do Shakespeare, Radiohead and a Slovenian ballet company have in common? Radio and Juliet. Choreographer Edward Clug has translated the Bard’s saga of star-crossed love into a spare contemporary ballet, touched with the isolating chill ...


New York City Ballet

by The Staff June 29, 2011


Always a premier force in the dance world, the New York City Ballet hit the Hollywood mainstream last year with the Academy Award-nominated Black Swan. This week, the New York City Ballet return for their ...

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Russian National Ballet Theatre

by The Staff March 17, 2011

As Russian ballet companies go, the Russian National Ballet Theatre are the new kids on the block. They were formed in the late 1980s as the Soviet National Ballet; since 1994, they have operated under ...

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