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January 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Norman Morrice, 76, a choreographer and former director of the Royal Ballet, died last week, the company announced in a statement. The exact date of his death and the cause were not announced, but British newspapers reported that he was found dead Jan. 11 at his home in London. "Norman was the fourth director of the Royal Ballet and very much felt the responsibility of following in the illustrious footsteps of the previous directors," Royal Ballet Director Monica Mason said in a statement to Bloomberg News.
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February 1, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
Classic ballets change over time---sometimes radically. Take "Giselle," the antique, tragic two-act dance drama about a peasant girl driven mad by a nobleman but who rises from her grave to save his life.   In the 1841 French original, Albrecht (her betrayer) ended up in the arms of someone else he'd betrayed: the noblewoman Bathilde. But in the revisions created in Russia by Marius Petipa in 1860, and then in the 1880s, Albrecht remained alone after his brush with death, suffering hopelessly.
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December 26, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
An attempt to cram more dancing into a traditional "Nutcracker" reaches a dead end tonight in the lavish Royal Ballet version on PBS. Over the last 16 years, Peter Wright's staging and Julia Trevelyan Oman's designs have grown familiar to Americans through telecasts on cable and a home video edition. In this revision (videotaped in 2000), the standard Clara story is again supplemented by a prologue and epilogue depicting Drosselmeyer's efforts to rescue his young nephew from a curse.
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August 7, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
The Ford Amphitheatre can be magical, especially for dance: The tiered performance area, stone steps and verdant foliage seem to heighten the art form's already ephemeral qualities. When L.A.'s Lula Washington Dance Theatre joins forces with New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, the alchemy promises to be potent. As the second and final part of the newly inaugurated Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series, the pairing of a local troupe with a world-renowned one sounds irresistible.
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August 21, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
The Royal Ballet of Great Britain will appear next summer at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, a highly placed company official in London confirmed Saturday. Center President Thomas R. Kendrick, however, has refused to confirm or deny the booking.
NEWS
August 6, 1991
John Field, 69, a former director of the Royal Ballet and Sadler's Wells Theater Ballet companies. Field, who also served as ballet director at La Scala, studied dancing in Liverpool and made his first appearances at age 17 with the Liverpool Ballet Club. At age 18 he joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet in London and took part in its first wartime tour before joining the Royal Air Force in 1942.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL
Local balletomanes will recall David Bintley's "Still Life at the Penguin Cafe" as an overproduced, under-choreographed ecological fable danced brightly by the Royal Ballet of Covent Garden at the Orange County Performing Arts Center two years ago. This whimsical one-act tribute to endangered species (including our own) comes to Bravo cable at 4 and 11 p.m. today in a resourceful studio production directed by Bintley and Keith Beckett.
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July 17, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Casting has been announced for the Royal Ballet engagement Aug. 6-11 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Conspicuously absent from the roster is guest artist Sylvie Guillem, the company's best known international dancer, who appeared with the company during its East Coast engagement, ending Saturday in New York. The casting and schedule: * Aug. 6, 8 p.m.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | PAMELA MARIN
Local arts patrons had a chance Tuesday to mix with royals--members of Britain's Royal Ballet. At parties before and after opening night at the Performing Arts Center, the county's social somebodies mingled with the graceful dancers and gracious administrators of the internationally renowned company. Strike a Pose The photo-op ruled at both parties, but was particularly noticeable at the exclusive pre-show gathering in the Center Room.
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March 25, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
The two-year ordeal suffered by Valery Panov when he tried to emigrate from the Soviet Union in the early '70s ennobled him as man and artist to all of us. However, the integrity, dignity and stature he revealed in that harrowing experience have been largely absent from his dancing since he came to the West.
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July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
Jeppe Hansen was a young dancer at the school run by Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, a prestigious company with an international reputation. But online, Hansen sometimes went by a different name: Jett Black, star of videos on a pornography website. The 22-year-old Hansen, who hails from Denmark, is claiming that the ballet company dismissed him from its school because of his work in pornography and that he was made to sign a letter saying that he was voluntarily withdrawing from the organization.
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March 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Nigel Lythgoe, the über reality-TV producer, is a one-man brand for bringing the world of dance to the masses, mainly through the Fox series "So You Think You Can Dance. " Later this month, he will host a special cinematic event that is intended to give classical ballet a leg up in terms of public exposure. "Ballet's Greatest Hits" is a filmed version of a January gala that took place at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla. The gala performance featured excerpts from famous ballets -- including "Swan Lake," "Giselle" and "The Nutcracker" -- performed by dancers from top companies around the world.
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October 3, 2012 | Laura Bleiberg, Special to The Times
Yvonne Mounsey, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the longtime director of one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools, died Saturday from cancer at her Los Angeles home. She was 93. Her daughter, Allegra Clegg of Pacific Palisades, confirmed her death. The South African-born Mounsey took over Academy West on Westwood Boulevard in 1967 with her close friend and former Royal Ballet soloist, the late Rosemary Valaire; the name was later changed to Westside School of Ballet and they moved to Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2012 | By Lewis Segal
Since nearly every dance-related film and television project in this century has involved a contest or competition, however bogus, it was a good idea to make a documentary about the Youth America Grand Prix, a genuine, internationally recognized event where ballet hopefuls in various age groups can win trophies, scholarships and contracts. But Bess Kargman's 90-minute “First Position” not only shows hundreds of dancers battling for recognition, it focuses on the professional ambitions and personal lives of seven participants, giving the film what we can call "Glee" appeal.
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April 13, 2012 | By Lewis Segal
Since nearly every dance-related film and television project in this century has involved a contest or competition, however bogus, it was a good idea to make a documentary about the Youth America Grand Prix, a genuine, internationally recognized event where ballet hopefuls in a various age groups can win trophies, scholarships and contracts. But Bess Kargman's 90-minute “First Position” not only shows hundreds of dancers battling for recognition, it focuses on the professional ambitions and personal lives of seven participants, giving the film what we can call “Glee” appeal.
HEALTH
March 31, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
She's better known for her arias than her arabesques, but mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins temporarily trades singing for dancing as a contestant on Season 14 ofABC's"Dancing With the Stars. " Her albums, including "Rejoice," "Believe" and "Daydream," have sold in the millions, and she's been featured on British shows "Dr. Who" and "Popstar to Operastar. " But her voice isn't the only thing that gets a workout: The Welsh-born Jenkins regularly runs eight to nine miles at a stretch as she trains for an upcoming half marathon and is a big fan of Bikram yoga.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1994 | LEWIS SEGAL
The ballets that Frederick Ashton created for Anthony Dowell took the art of classical partnering to new levels of sophistication--levels that dancers after Dowell have not always found congenial. In the final two Royal Ballet performances of Ashton's "The Dream," Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, two otherwise fine Oberons ultimately came to grief in the great "Nocturne" pas de deux that crowns the work.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
A decade ago, the consensus on the Royal Ballet was that it was in the doldrums. Artistic standards for the premier British company had dropped, and the company was beset with financial and management problems. All that seems to have been turned around, though. It's a revitalized Royal that is touring the United States these days, critics say. The company's engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa through Sunday is part of the Royal's first U.S. tour in eight years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012
The ballet world is spinning after one of the art's brightest stars walked away from Britain's Royal Ballet without explanation, days before he was due to take the lead in a new production. Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin announced this week that he is quitting immediately. He had been due to open as Oberon in "The Dream" next week. The 21-year-old studied dance in Kiev before attending the Royal Ballet School in London from the age of 13. He has thrilled audiences since he became the company's youngest-ever male principal dancer at the age of 19. His poise, muscularity and gravity-defying leaps have brought comparisons with the young Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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