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September 18, 1986 | DOUGLAS SADOWNICK
With its cast of mismatched young lovers, feuding supernatural monarchs and inept amateur tragedians, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" has long attracted important ballet choreographers. But David Wilcox, founder and artistic director of the 4 1/2-year-old Long Beach Ballet, isn't intimidated by the historical record. "We should be the first choreographers allowed to call a ballet 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' " he proclaims. "We're the only ones following the story correctly."
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December 5, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
At the Long Beach Ballet academy on Wardlow Road, pint-sized ballerinas get dressed upstairs in Signal Hill. When they go downstairs for class, the dance floor is in Long Beach. That's because city lines pierce right through the building, making it a two-city hybrid that was created when 100-year-old boundaries got overtaken by development. From time to time, the oddity has created confusion among business owners and residents seeking to get business licenses, pay taxes or obtain police services.
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February 19, 1987 | DOUGLAS SADOWNICK
When Vaslav Nijinsky and Igor Stravinsky collaborated in 1913 to create "Le Sacre du Printemps," the public outcry made history. Twentieth-Century art was ushered in with a compulsive acceleration of tension and explosiveness. The audience didn't approve. Now, David Wilcox, artistic director of the Long Beach Ballet, takes on the same great subject and score in what he calls "the most contemporary version of 'The Rite of Spring,' " Friday in the Long Beach Center Theatre.
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June 4, 1993 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing poor ticket sales, the Los Angeles Classical Ballet has canceled its June 12 and 13 engagement at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The company's Saturday and Sunday performances at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach will be given as scheduled, however. The cancellation comes on the heels of other financial troubles plaguing the 11-year-old company, which changed its name in 1991 from the Long Beach Ballet.
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December 2, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
Apologies for the Long Beach Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa began even before the curtain opened on Saturday: The performance would be, announced the anonymous voice over the public address system, "a pre-season presentation . . . specifically tailored for the intimate Robert B. Moore Theatre" on campus. Translation: Don't get your hopes up: This may be just a stripped-down dress rehearsal. The warning was appropriate.
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March 26, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Something has gone wrong with the Long Beach Ballet production of the "Petrushka." While not an out-and-out disaster, the scaled-down version of Fokine's ballet, seen Saturday afternoon on the small thrust stage of the Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center, now looks surprisingly sketchy and insignificant. Dancers noodle about aimlessly or clump in groups and do nothing; opportunities for character vignettes pass by, unexplored; dance and mime distinctions blur.
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May 24, 1991 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Ballet has approached the Los Angeles Music Center about performing there on a regular basis. Artistic director David Wilcox said his goal is to see the troupe become the "resident company" of Southern California, establishing residencies in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as Long Beach. The Music Center recently lost the Joffrey Ballet as its resident ballet company when the Center canceled its contract with the company in March.
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November 18, 1990
The Public Corporation for the Arts, the city's regional arts council, has announced the recipients of the city's 1990-91 cultural arts grants. In addition to the four resident performing arts organizations--the Long Beach Ballet, the Civic Light Opera, the opera and the symphony--28 community arts organizations and eight individual artists received awards totaling $368,000.
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June 24, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Musicality is the touchstone of dancing and choreography in 20th-Century ballet. Whenever movement achieves perfect union with a score, performers and audiences alike feel connected to a life force. But when this relationship fails--as it continually does in the Long Beach Ballet version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"--it's like being trapped in an endless lie.
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June 20, 1991 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vladimir Malakhov, 23, can boast a dazzling array of medals from the world's most prestigious ballet competitions: * Grand Prize, junior level, International Ballet Competition, Varna, Bulgaria, 1986. * Gold Medal, International Ballet Competition, Moscow, 1989; Grand Prix, Lausanne, 1987 * Bronze Medal, International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., 1990.
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May 24, 1991 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Ballet has approached the Los Angeles Music Center about performing there on a regular basis. Artistic director David Wilcox said his goal is to see the troupe become the "resident company" of Southern California, establishing residencies in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as Long Beach. The Music Center recently lost the Joffrey Ballet as its resident ballet company when the Center canceled its contract with the company in March.
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March 19, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Choreographer Terri Lewis' "The Unicorn" is dripping with good intentions, but that doesn't make it any less simplistic. Billed as a "Pop-Opera-Ballet," the work received its first performances by the Long Beach Ballet over the weekend at the Center Theater. Through double-cast characters (each principal was sung by one person, danced by another), the morality-play plot traces the changes wrought on people's lives when a unicorn surfaces in downtown Manhattan.
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December 18, 1989 | Lewis Segal
Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of "The Nutcracker" has nearly everything that money can buy. This year, the spare-no-expense innovations include a shower of fireworks behind the production's trademark flying sleigh, the dancing of two guests from the Bolshoi Ballet and the authoritative conducting of ballet specialist Patrick Flynn.
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December 8, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
In everything from do-it-yourself school productions to million-dollar opera-house stagings, "The Nutcracker" is back under the tree, with platoons of mice, soldiers, dancing flowers, snowflakes and desserts waiting in the wings to begin the annual sugarplum onslaught. In unfortunate recessionary cutbacks, fewer groups than ever have gone to the expense of a live orchestra this year--and guest dancers, too, are at a premium.
NEWS
November 18, 1990
The Public Corporation for the Arts, the city's regional arts council, has announced the recipients of the city's 1990-91 cultural arts grants. In addition to the four resident performing arts organizations--the Long Beach Ballet, the Civic Light Opera, the opera and the symphony--28 community arts organizations and eight individual artists received awards totaling $368,000.
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