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May 26, 1989 | LEWIS SEGAL
A 1989-90 Joffrey Ballet season that mixes new productions of early 20th-Century masterworks with ballets commissioned from contemporary choreographers has been announced by company artistic director Gerald Arpino. "It's a great time for the arts because the world is in need of the arts . . . ," Arpino said in a news conference at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Monday. "It's a world that's in turmoil and it will take a great city like ours to set new ideals, new goals." The highlights: "Les Noces," the 1923 collaboration between choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Natalia Goncharova, will be danced on the same programs with works by Vaslav Nijinsky (Nijinska's brother)
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December 27, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg and Lewis Segal
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak | Artistic director-choreographer; artistic director-choreography-dancer There's an undeniable synchronicity to the career arcs of Los Angeles natives Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak. They are alumnae of Westside Ballet; both became ballerinas with prominent national companies - Walsh with Joffrey Ballet and Barak with New York City Ballet.
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January 28, 2010
The Joffrey Ballet brings its production of Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella," set to Sergey Prokofiev's stunning score, to downtown for five performances. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 135 N. Grand Ave. Thu., Fri., Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. matinees 2 p.m. (213) 972-7211. www.musiccenter.org
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November 30, 2013 | Matt Cooper, This has been updated
This season's offerings of "The Nutcracker" are robust and varied. Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents Tchaikovsky's holiday classic. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, Dec. 1, 1 and 5 p.m. Sold out. (310) 434-3200. http://www.westsideballet.com Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre offers highlights as part of the Nutcracker Holiday Festival. Alex Theatre, 216 Brand Blvd., Glendale, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $25-$90. (818) 243-2539. http://www.alextheatre.org Inland Pacific Ballet performs with the Pomona College Orchestra.
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February 3, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
The celebration of the “Rites” has begun. “The Rite of Spring” (Le Sacre du Printemps) is the revolutionary 1913 ballet by choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, composer Igor Stravinsky and artist Nicholas Roerich that clamorously heralded a new age for dance, music and all the arts. The L.A. Music Center and others will spend many months this year marking the 100 th anniversary of this 36-minute Ballets Russes juggernaut, which debuted in scandale and now resides secure in the canon.
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May 4, 1990 | Deborah Sakamoto
1956: The Joffrey Ballet is born as six dancers embark on a tour of 23 one-night performances. 1963: The Joffrey dances for the first time at the White House, in the presence of President Kennedy and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. 1964: After a U.S. tour, the company is disbanded in March, after disagreements on policy with the Rebekah Harkness Foundation, which controls most of the dancer's contracts and the recent repertoire.
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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."
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October 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
President and Mrs. Bush attended a performance of the Joffrey Ballet at the Kennedy Center Tuesday night that included the world premiere of a balletic salute to vaudeville that was commissioned in honor of the presidency. The 40-member dance company based in New York and Los Angeles displayed the versatility of its repertoire, from a classical opening set to the music of Saint-Saens to a revival of a dance for two called Sea Shadow to a solo performance set to the spiritual, "Touch Me."
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April 14, 2007 | From the Chicago Tribune
The Joffrey Ballet's Gerald Arpino will step aside July 1 as artistic director of the troupe he co-founded 50 years ago, signaling a momentous change for the world-renowned company, which has been based in Chicago for the last 11 years. When the new artistic director is in place, which could be this fall, the Joffrey will be led by someone other than a co-founder for the first time in its history. The troupe's namesake, Robert Joffrey, died in 1988.
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October 4, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Ever since early in this century, when Isadora Duncan and Mikhail Fokine dared to create dances to music by Chopin and other avatars of the classical pantheon, dance makers have been free to choose accompaniments from the full concert hall repertory. But, as two new Joffrey Ballet productions demonstrated on Wednesday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, this freedom can leave choreographers and dancers looking awfully inadequate.
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May 29, 2013 | By David Ng
It's hard today to imagine a ballet causing an audience to riot, but that's what happened 100 years ago when the well-heeled Parisian spectators at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées revolted against Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring. "  "Rite" debuted May 29, 1913, and its centenary will be marked during the next few weeks by music groups all over the world. In Southern California, the Pacific Symphony will pay tribute in a series of three concerts starting Thursday at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.
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February 3, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
The celebration of the “Rites” has begun. “The Rite of Spring” (Le Sacre du Printemps) is the revolutionary 1913 ballet by choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, composer Igor Stravinsky and artist Nicholas Roerich that clamorously heralded a new age for dance, music and all the arts. The L.A. Music Center and others will spend many months this year marking the 100 th anniversary of this 36-minute Ballets Russes juggernaut, which debuted in scandale and now resides secure in the canon.
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January 26, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
When the Joffrey Ballet debuted its reconstructed "The Rite of Spring" in Los Angeles in fall 1987, it received a seismic welcome - a 5.9 on the Richter scale, to be exact. The morning after "Rite's" opening at the Music Center, a major earthquake struck Southern California. The Whittier Narrows quake, with an epicenter in the San Gabriel Valley, shook buildings in downtown L.A. and could be felt as far away as Las Vegas. The Oct. 1 temblor caused widespread damage in the area, though no subsequent performances of "Rite" were canceled by the Joffrey, then a resident company at the Music Center.
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December 21, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY Enduring as the Alps, comforting as hot cocoa, and more sing-along-able than any Broadway musical before or since, it's the 1965 big-screen adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “The Sound of Music.” Julie Andrews stars. (ABC, 7 p.m.) MONDAY 'Tis the day before Christmas, and all through the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles, local dance ensembles and musical groups will assemble for the “53rd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration.” (KCET, 3 and 8 p.m.)
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November 25, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
On a recent frigid and blustery night in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet's Joy Womack was talking about her farewell visit last summer with influential Los Angeles teacher Yvonne Mounsey. Womack had traveled to Mounsey's West Los Angeles home in August because her former teacher was dying of cancer. The co-founder of the Westside School of Ballet - one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools - shared memories about her storied career with New York City Ballet and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and then made a special request of Womack.
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September 9, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
The Laguna Dance Festival is small, but it has a mighty impact, thanks to artistic director Jodie Gates and her long and impressive list of friends and contacts. The eighth annual festival, ensconced in its new home at the Laguna Playhouse, featured Lines Ballet from San Francisco and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on a shared headliners' program Saturday and Sunday; Orange County's contemporary troupe Backhausdance put on a strong 10th anniversary retrospective show Friday night. Gates' connections with both Lines and Hubbard Street derive from when she was a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in the 1980s: Fellow dancer Glenn Edgerton is now artistic director of Hubbard Street, and Lines artistic director Alonzo King cast Gates in one of his pieces for the Joffrey.
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May 9, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
The current season by the Joffrey Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion hasn't exactly been notable for novelty. We have seen an old "Romeo and Juliet" with new sets that duplicate the old ones. We have seen some recycled romantic fluff by Gerald Arpino and another minimalist ritual by Laura Dean. Under the circumstances, it would be easy to call James Kudelka the man of the hour--by default. But default has nothing to do with it. The man is good. His work is compelling, provocative, original.
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May 24, 1988
Gregory Huffman, 35, a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet from 1972 to 1983 who was best known for his performances in "Meadowlark," "Rodeo," "Remembrances," "Petrouchka" and "Pineapple Poll." In recent years he had turned to choreography and the Memphis Ballet presented his pas de deux "Behind the Garden Wall" last month. In New York City on Thursday of complications from AIDS.
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November 29, 2011 | By Sid Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— Like Santa's elves, costume shop workers have been racing to meet their deadline, stitching, sewing and hemming away in a small room tucked into a corner of the Joffrey Tower at State and Randolph streets. Four regulars have been joined by four seasonal workers to prepare some 200 costumes for "The Nutcracker," the Joffrey Ballet's annual outing, which will be performed six times at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion starting Thursday before a lengthy run in the Joffrey's hometown of Chicago.
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September 18, 2011
For 25 years, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has been Southern California's preeminent presenter of dance, hosting more than 50 national and international companies. These troupes have appeared most often, with the number of appearances through the 2010-11 season: 21 -- American Ballet Theatre 7 -- San Francisco Ballet 6 -- Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg; Joffrey Ballet; Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet 5 -- New York City Ballet 4 -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; Bolshoi Ballet; Royal Ballet
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