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March 19, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Taras, has resigned from his position as associate artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, ABT officials confirmed Friday. It is the second major change in ABT's top administration since the troupe arrived March 6 for a two-week engagement in Orange County. Jane Hermann was appointed co-artistic director (with Oliver Smith) of the New York-based company on March 7.
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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.
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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.
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March 19, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Taras, has resigned from his position as associate artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, ABT officials confirmed Friday. It is the second major change in ABT's top administration since the troupe arrived March 6 for a two-week engagement in Orange County. Jane Hermann was appointed co-artistic director (with Oliver Smith) of the New York-based company on March 7.
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March 19, 1990 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Taras Resigns From ABT: John Taras, the 70-year-old associate artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, has resigned from the company, ABT officials said Friday. It is the second major change in ABT's top administration since the company arrived March 6 for a two-week engagement in Orange County. Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith were recently appointed co-artistic directors.
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October 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Buckle, 85, a British dance critic and historian known for scholarly biographies of such ballet icons as George Balanchine, died Oct. 12 en route to a hospital in Salisbury, England. His best-known works were the books "Nijinsky" in 1971, "Diaghilev" in 1978 and "George Balanchine: Ballet Master," co-written with John Taras in 1988.
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June 9, 1990
Natalia Makarova has been appointed artistic adviser of American Ballet Theatre, effective immediately, company officials announced Friday. Makarova, 50, will consult on repertory and planning and advise on casting, coaching and stagings of the classical repertory, according to co-artistic director Jane Hermann. Hermann, who had been brought in to help run the company in 1989 by Mikhail Baryshnikov, took over in March, with Oliver Smith, after Baryshnikov's resignation in September.
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May 21, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL
The scarlet feathers, glittering white headband and scalloped blue veils belonging, respectively, to the three principal characters in John Taras' "The Firebird" all passed to new Dance Theatre of Harlem cast members at the matinee performances in Pasadena Civic Auditorium over the weekend. On Sunday, Judy Tyrus danced the title role with strong technique but not the compelling strangeness of her predecessor.
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September 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Andrea Karlsen, 78, an internationally known ballerina with Le Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas and a well-respected teacher in Southern California, died Sept. 10 of respiratory failure at a convalescent hospital in Tujunga. A native of Los Angeles, Karlsen began her dance studies in New Zealand with Estelle Berre. Upon her return to Los Angeles before World War II, she studied with Bronislava Nijinska. After the war, Nijinska took her to France to join Le Grand Ballets du Marquis de Cuevas.
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May 8, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL
American Ballet Theatre will present the Los Angeles company premiere of Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs" on Aug. 6, opening night of its two-week season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. These will be the first performances the company has given at the Music Center since 1981. Created in 1982 for Tharp's own company, "Nine Sinatra Songs" will be joined by "Push Comes to Shove" and "In the Upper Room" on an all-Tharp program to be danced at the Aug. 6 opening and then repeated on Aug. 14.
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March 9, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
An attractive revival, a familiar and beloved ballet, plus two repeats from opening night, made up the Wednesday offering by American Ballet Theatre at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. John Taras' "Soiree Musicale" was created in 1955 to music by Britten and danced the following year in Monte Carlo, according to the choreographer, who was in the audience. The work was not seen again until Taras revived it for ABT in January.
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February 16, 1990
American Ballet Theatre has announced casting for its March 6-18 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The schedule: --March 6, 8 p.m.: --Ashton's "Birthday Offering": Company. --Clark Tippet's "Some Assembly Required": Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner. --Tudor's "Jardin aux Lilas": Leslie Browne, Susan Jaffe, Ricardo Bustamante, Michael Owen. --Tharp's "Push Comes to Shove": Danilo Radojevic, Jaffe, McKerrow, Deirdre Carberry, Bustamante. --March 7, 8 p.m.
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