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July 26, 1987 | ROBERT GRESKOVIC
Back in the United States professionally for the first time in 10 years, Maya Plisetskaya was in good part expressing gratitude to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's recent policy of glasnost (openness) when she remarked, "I have been here two weeks and for that, thank you." The center of a great deal of attention from the New York dance community, the Bolshoi ballerina was somewhat weary but nevertheless willing to maintain her reputation as an outspoken individualist.
July 10, 2011 | By Susan Reiter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On a brisk January afternoon, there's an air of high spirits as dozens of American Ballet Theatre's dancers and staff gather in the largest studio of the company's Lower Manhattan headquarters. For two hours, as they run through ABT's newest full-length ballet, "The Bright Stream," bravura mixes with hilarity, as virtuoso turns alternate with comic vignettes. Numerous characters not usually found on the ABT stage — a tractor driver, a milkmaid and the denizens of a 1930s Soviet agricultural collective — express themselves with individuality and distinctive styles.
January 24, 2010 | By Debra Levine
When Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella" premiered at Covent Garden in December 1948, London resembled a lovely woman with ash on her face. It was a grim time. Remnants of the war lingered in the city: rubble from the blitzkrieg, treasury coffers riddled with debt, homelessness, food rationing. A splendid fairy-tale ballet -- the first by a British choreographer -- promised an escape. In its January 1949 review of "Cinderella," Time magazine noted that the English audience was "eager to be enchanted."
April 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Taras, 84, internationally praised choreographer and ballet master for the New York City Ballet and others, died Friday at his New York City home of unspecified causes. Born in New York into a family of Ukrainian descent, he began studying Ukrainian folk dance at age 9 and ballet at 16. Professionally, he danced for the Philadelphia Ballet and at the 1939 New York World's Fair with dancers associated with George Balanchine, who would become his choreography mentor.
November 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Basil Thompson, 67, a former ballet soloist and ballet master for the Joffrey and Milwaukee ballet companies, died Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va., of cardiac arrest. He was on sabbatical from the University of Iowa, where he had taught since 2000. Trained by the Sadlers Wells Ballet School in London, Thompson began his performance career with the Covent Garden Opera Ballet. In 1955, he moved to the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company, now London's Royal Ballet. Returning to the U.S.
January 26, 2000
Ballet Pacifica has laid off Raymond van Mason, the company's first ballet master, appointed only a year ago, because of "financial constraints," artistic director Molly Lynch said Tuesday. "You set a budget for the year and have to adapt due to changes in income and expenses. You're continuously monitoring your budget and keeping things in balance. I needed to make some adjustments," Lynch said.
February 3, 1990 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
Caught up in the euphoria of East Berlin's liberation, Long Beach Ballet director David Wilcox barely knew what to do first. For starters, he dedicated his production of "Coppelia," which has its premiere this afternoon, to the German people. Then came a wave of nostalgia. He remembered walking across Checkpoint Charlie several times--as a dancer with the (West) Berlin Ballet--to see the Komische Oper Ballet.
June 30, 1991 | Joan Acocella, Acocella is a New York dance critic. She is writing a book on choreographer Mark Morris
That George Balanchine was a great artist everybody now seems to recognize. What is less talked about is what a colossal career he had. He made his first ballet at age 5 and never stopped until age 78, when, gravely ill with a neurological disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, he finally was persuaded to check into a hospital.
If it's true that an arts compound isn't truly broken in until it hosts the perennial "Nutcracker," this weekend will be a landmark one in the life of the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. Doing the honors will be the California Dance Theater along with the Conejo Symphony Orchestra. Whatever you might think about Tchaikovsky's lavish ballet, it's one of the more benign of seasonal phenomena.
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