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RE/ACTION (Pennsylvania Ballet): Brilliant ballet by divine dancers

The company has gone through drastic changes since last season, some of which may have come with sorrow. Still they never stopped their devotion to ballet and to the Philadelphia art community.

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ROMANCE (PA Ballet): Fall in love with a provocative and diverse program

ROMANCE showcases the diversity and beauty of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s dancers.

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Bad Title, Good Bloopers, and Brian Sanders: PA Ballet’s REVOLUTION

Lily Kind uses a recent PA Ballet program to look at what makes a ballet a ballet and what makes a dance a dance.

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George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): Showcasing the next great talents

It uses the same stage, the same music, and the same settings as previous years, but this year’s NUTCRACKER is even more convincing and more magical than before.

Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

REVOLUTION (PA Ballet): Revolution for our mind

Dance is an ever-changing artform: the standard themes change, technique changes,audiences change. Even such key aspects and tools as the body shape of the dancers change.

Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Oksana Maslova in Ben Stevenson’s CINDERELLA.
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CINDERELLA (PA Ballet): Enchanting ballet magic

The ballet shows the brave and caring intention of artistic director Angel Corella to the company and the Philadelphia ballet fans.

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BALANCHINE & BEYOND (PA Ballet): Experiment and challenge our comfort zone

For the last program of Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2015-2016 season, Angel Corella challenges both the dancers and the audience with the four experimental dances

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A PROGRAM OF FIRSTS (PA Ballet): Remembering the start-line

It would not be too much to say that this has been one of the most exciting and accomplished seasons in Pennsylvania Ballet’s history.

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Bodies in Translation: Week Two: Trust Fails

Trisha Brown Company dancer Neal Beasley details the experience of setting Brown’s work on PA Ballet dancers.

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STRENGTH & LONGING (PA Ballet): Longing for higher and stronger

The selections show artistic director Angel Corella’s close attention to the dancers’ talents and characters and his passion to bring out the best in them.

Principal Dancers Julie Diana and Ian Hussey in THE NUTCRACKER. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): A beloved holiday tradition

A holiday tradition for many Philadelphians, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s NUTCRACKER returns for another season.

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SPEED & PRECISION: (PA Ballet): Color and character at the start of a new chapter

In his second season as the artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Angel Corella is hand-picking the entire program for the first time.

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Keigwin, Fonte, & Forsythe (PA Ballet): Dance review

As Angel Corella’s first season with Pennsylvania Ballet draws to a close, it’s safe to say that his tenure as the company’s artistic director is off to a very impressive start.

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet. | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS (PA Ballet): Perfect for Mother’s Day

Most balletomanes credit Balanchine with capturing the American spirit in ballet, but to me it’s Jerome Robbins who deserves the accolades.

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SWAN LAKE (PA Ballet): An enduring classic

If you want to see the traditional ballet form challenged but simultaneously upheld then Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic is just the ticket.

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT OUTER SPACE (Pennsylvania Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music, FringeArts): Fringe Review 14

If dance is a language, it is spoken in a variety of accents. With WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT OUTER SPACE, FringeArts commissioning three contemporary choreographers—Zoe Scofield, Georg Reischl, and Itamar Serussi—to create pieces on PA Ballet dancers.

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Julie Diana and Zachary Hench in After the Rain | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE (PA Ballet): Julie Diana’s luminous pas d’adieu

Roy Kaiser’s ‘Director’s Choice program proved to be one of the most artistically rich mixed bills PB has done and during their 50th anniversary season. , It featured the arrestingly intimate pas de deux between retiring dancer Julie Diana and real-life husband Zachary Hench.

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A benefit night to remember – Shut Up & Dance 2014

Shut Up & Dance 2014 benefit for MANNA proved one for the books. Every year the performance is typically wonderful for a number of reasons, primary among them its great sense of Philly community spirit in support of MANNA and not the least of which is the esprit of the participating dancers. Some years are standouts artistically and this was just one of those years.