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Principal dancer Damian Woetzel has been named artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival.

More in our Vail International Dance Festival topic: http://www.ballet-dance.com/forum/viewt ... 275#184275


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Miranda Weese is leaving NYCB:

For Immediate Release - December 15, 2006

New York City Ballet's 2007 Winter Repertory Season To Open January 3

Highlights Include Peter Martins' Full-Length Production of The Sleeping Beauty, a Major Revival of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein's Dybbuk, and the NYCB Premiere of Christopher d'Amboise's Tribute


Internationally-Renowned Conductor Valery Gergiev to Make a Guest Appearance Conducting the Friday, February 23 Performance


Principal Dancer Miranda Weese to Close Her Career at NYCB Following the 2007 Winter Season

New York City Ballet's 2007 winter repertory season will open on Wednesday, January 3, and feature 38 different ballets from the Company's rich repertory, performed over the course of eight weeks.

The season begins with the first of 13 performances of the Company's full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, and continues through February 25 with 10 distinct mixed-repertory programs. The programs have been designed to highlight various aspects of the Company's repertory and history, and each will be performed several times. All performances take place at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.

Among the highlights of the winter season are a major revival of Jerome Robbins' Dybbuk, which NYCB has not performed in its original version since 1974, and the Company premiere of Tribute by former NYCB Principal Dancer Christopher d'Amboise. Tribute and The Sleeping Beauty were both originally created to honor Lincoln Kirstein, NYCB's co-founder, and are being performed this winter to launch the festivities for the 100th anniversary of Kirstein's birth, which will be celebrated during the 2007 spring season.

On Friday, February 23, Valery Gergiev will make a special appearance with New York City Ballet, conducting the Company's orchestra in a program featuring Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes and Firebird. Maestro Gergiev is the Artistic and General Director of the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, as well as the principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, the music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and, as of January 2007, the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

At the conclusion of the season, Principal Dancer Miranda Weese will end her career with New York City Ballet. Ms. Weese, who is from San Bernardino, California, joined NYCB in 1993, became a soloist in 1994, and was promoted to principal dancer in 1996. Following NYCB's 2007 winter season, Ms. Weese will appear as a guest artist with Pacific Northwest Ballet for the remainder of that company's 2006-2007 season.

This year New York City Ballet has adjusted its programming and scheduled the winter season to consist of 11 distinct programs that will each be performed several times. The programs, designed by Mr. Martins, have been created to provide a more focused way of approaching the repertory. Of the 38 ballets being performed during the winter season, 19 are by George Balanchine, 8 are by Jerome Robbins, 3 are by Mr. Martins, and 3 are by NYCB's Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, including Evenfall, which was created for the 2006 Diamond Project festival of new choreography. The season will also include three other 2006 Diamond Project ballets-In Vento by Mauro Bigonzetti, Russian Seasons by Alexei Ratmansky, and Slice to Sharp by Jorma Elo-as well as Eliot Feld's Intermezzo No. 1, which had its NYCB premiere during the 2006 spring season.

Tickets for NYCB's 2007 winter season are currently on sale through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com, at the New York State Theater box office, and through Center Charge at 212-721-6500. Single tickets range in cost from $20 to $95.

New York City Ballet's 2007 spring season will open on April 24 and continue for nine weeks through June 24. On May 1, NYCB will premiere a new full-length Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Peter Martins to Sergei Prokofiev's score. Additional programming for the spring season will be announced at a later date.

The New York State Theater is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Ave. and 63rd St. The mailing address for the NYCB Box Office is New York City Ballet, New York State Theater, 20 Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023. For general information on tickets for any New York City Ballet performance, call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.

New York City Ballet is grateful to Movado for its generous support of the Company.

Major support for new work is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund and members of the New Combinations Fund.

The revival, refurbishment, and presentation of works by Jerome Robbins, particularly those works that have been absent from the repertory, is made possible in part by a lead gift from The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Major support for French programming is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation.

Christopher Wheeldon's work as New York City Ballet's Resident Choreographer is made possible by a generous grant from the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation.

New York City Ballet's performances of works by George Balanchine are supported in part by the Balanchine Production Fund, an endowment created through The Campaign for New York City Ballet.

The creation and performance of works by Peter Martins is funded in part by an endowment gift from the Solomon family, given in loving memory of Carolyn B. Solomon.

New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, which provides support for new work and audience development.

New York City Ballet's 2006-2007 season is also made possible in part by grants from The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, contributions to the Repertory and Education Funds, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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For Immediate Release - December 29, 2006
New York City Ballet Promotes Tiler Peck And Ana Sophia Scheller To Soloist

New York City Ballet announced today that Tiler Peck and Ana Sophia Scheller have been promoted to the rank of soloist with the Company. The promotions are effective immediately.

Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of seven. At the age of 11, Ms. Peck began studying with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen Neary and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2003. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Peck has performed featured roles in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Butterfly), George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM (Dewdrop, Marzipan, Dolls), and Symphony in C (Fourth Movement). Ms. Peck has also performed in Jerome Robbins' Mother Goose (Princess Florine) and Peter Martins' Swan Lake ("Pas de Quartre"). Ms. Peck has also originated featured roles in Peter Martins' Friandises and The Red Violin.

Ms. Peck was the 2004 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA Dance Fellowship and a Mae L. Wien Award.

Ana Sophia Scheller was born in Buenos Aires, and began her dance training when she was six years old. She received a scholarship as part of Argentina's National Presidential Prize for Cultural Excellence in Classical Dance for three consecutive years before moving to New York at age 13 to enroll as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet, in January 2000. Ms. Scheller joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in August 2003, and joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2004.

Since joining New York City Ballet, Ms. Scheller has performed featured roles in George Balanchine's Ballo della Regina, Divertimento No. 15, George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM (Sugarplum, Dewdrop, Marzipan), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hippolyta), and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. She also originated a featured role in Jorma Elo's Slice to Sharp, as part of the 2006 Diamond Project.

New York City Ballet's 2007 winter season begins Wednesday, January 3, and runs through Sunday, February 25. For general information on tickets for any New York City Ballet performance, call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.


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Casting for "Sleeping Beauty"

New Auroras: Megan Fairchild, Sterling Hylton
New Desires: Jared Angle, Benjamin Millepied, Joaquin deLuz, Jonathan Stafford
New Lilac Fairys: Sara Mearns, Ellen Bar


Wed. Eve. Jan. 3, 2007 at 7:30 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [KAPLOW]

Princess Aurora: WHELAN Prince Desire: HÜBBE The Lilac Fairy: SOMOGYI The Fairy Carabosse: ASHLEY The Fairies: Tenderness: *HANKES Vivacity: *SCHELLER Generosity: *KROHN Eloquence: DRONOVA Courage: BAR The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: *REICHLEN Emerald: *PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: *ZUNGRE Puss in Boots: SUOZZI Princess Florine: M. FAIRCHILD The Bluebird: *VEYETTE Little Red Riding Hood: ^*HANAFUSA The Wolf: SETH The Court Jesters: ULBRICHT, LAURENT, PEIFFER

Thur. Eve. Jan. 4, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [BERNAS]+ Princess Aurora: RINGER Prince Desire: NEAL The Lilac Fairy: REICHLEN The Fairy Carabosse: KOWROSKI The Fairies: Tenderness: LARACEY Vivacity: RIGGINS Generosity: KROHN Eloquence: *ZUNGRE Courage: BARAK The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: *LOWERY Emerald: PECK Ruby: *SCHELLER The White Cat: DRONOVA Puss in Boots: ORZA Princess Florine: *HYLTIN The Bluebird: *ULBRICHT Little Red Riding Hood: ^*GORAKOHV The Wolf: *R. FAIRCHILD The Court Jesters: *HENDRICKSON, SEVERINI, *VILLALOBOS

Fri. Eve., Jan 5, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty[BRISKIN]+ Princess Aurora: BORREE Prince Desire: *J. ANGLE The Lilac Fairy: *MEARNS The Fairy Carabosse: *BARAK The Fairies: Tenderness: *LARACEY Vivacity: SCHELLER Generosity: *ARTHURS Eloquence: *PISKIN Courage: *MULLER The Jewels: Gold: J. STAFFORD Diamond: *KROHN Emerald: RIGGINS Ruby: *DRONOVA The White Cat: KING Puss in Boots: RAMASAR Princess Florine: *PECK The Bluebird: *CARMENA Little Red Riding Hood: ^HANAFUSA The Wolf: TWORZYANSKI The Court Jesters: +*SUEHARA, *PARADISO, *SCHUMACHER


Sat. Mat., Jan. 6, 2007 at 2 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [KAPLOW] Princess Aurora: WHELAN Prince Desire: HÜBBE The Lilac Fairy: SOMOGYI The Fairy Carabosse: ASHLEY The Fairies: Tenderness: HANKES Vivacity: KING Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: DRONOVA Courage: BAR The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: REICHLEN Emerald: PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: ZUNGRE Puss in Boots: SUOZZI Princess Florine: M. FAIRCHILD The Bluebird: VEYETTE Little Red Riding Hood: ^GORAKHOV The Wolf: SETH The Court Jesters: ULBRICHT, LAURENT, PEIFFER

Sat. Eve., Jan. 6, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty[BERNAS]+ Princess Aurora: RINGER Prince Desire: NEAL The Lilac Fairy: REICHLEN The Fairy Carabosse: KOWROSKI The Fairies: Tenderness: HANKES Vivacity: RIGGINS Generosity: KROHN Eloquence: ZUNGRE Courage: BARAK The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: LOWERY Emerald: PECK Ruby: SCHELLER The White Cat: DRONOVA Puss in Boots: ORZA Princess Florine: HYLTIN The Bluebird: ULBRICHT Little Red Riding Hood: ^GORAKHOV The Wolf: R. FAIRCHILD The Court Jesters: HENDRICKSON, SEVERINI, VILLALOBOS


Sun. Mat., Jan. 7, 2007 at 3 pm

The Sleeping Beauty[BRISKIN]+
Princess Aurora: BORREE Prince Desire: J. ANGLE The Lilac Fairy: MEARNS The Fairy Carabosse: BARAK The Fairies: Tenderness: LARACEY Vivacity: KING Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: PISKIN Courage: *MULLER The Jewels: Gold: J. STAFFORD Diamond: KROHN Emerald: RIGGINS Ruby: DRONOVA The White Cat: KING Puss in Boots: RAMASAR Princess Florine: PECK The Bluebird: CARMENA Little Red Riding Hood: ^HANAFUSA The Wolf: TWORZYANSKI The Court Jesters: +SUEHARA, PARADISO, SCHUMACHER


New York City Ballet Principal Casting January 9 - 14, 2007

Tue. Eve. Jan. 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [BRISKIN]+ Princess Aurora: BOUDER Prince Desire: *MILLEPIED The Lilac Fairy: HANKES The Fairy Carabosse: ASHLEY The Fairies: Tenderness: LARACEY Vivacity: RIGGINS Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: DRONOVA Courage: MULLER The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: REICHLEN Emerald: PECK Ruby: SCHELLER The White Cat: ZUNGRE Puss in Boots: SUOZZI Princess Florine: A. STAFFORD The Bluebird: HENDRICKSON Little Red Riding Hood: ^GOROKHOV The Wolf: SETH The Court Jesters: *CARMENA, LAURENT, PEIFFER
Wed. Eve. Jan. 10, 2007 at 7:30 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [KAPLOW]

Princess Aurora: *M. FAIRCHILD Prince Desire: *DE LUZ The Lilac Fairy: *BAR The Fairy Carabosse: KOWROSKI The Fairies: Tenderness: *COLLINS Vivacity: SCHELLER Generosity: KROHN Eloquence: ZUNGRE Courage: BARAK The Jewels: Gold: ORZA Diamond: LOWERY Emerald: RIGGINS Ruby: DRONOVA The White Cat: KING Puss in Boots: RAMASAR Princess Florine: PECK The Bluebird: ULBRICHT Little Red Riding Hood: ^HANAFUSA The Wolf: R. FAIRCHILD The Court Jesters: HENDRICKSON, SEVERINI, VILLALOBOS

Thur. Eve. Jan. 11, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [BERNAS]+ Princess Aurora: *HYLTIN Prince Desire: *J. STAFFORD The Lilac Fairy: MEARNS The Fairy Carabosse: BARAK The Fairies: Tenderness: LARACEY Vivacity: KING Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: PISKIN Courage: BAR The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: KROHN Emerald: PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: DRONOVA Puss in Boots: ORZA Princess Florine: *SCHELLER The Bluebird: *PARADISO Little Red Riding Hood: ^GORAKOHV The Wolf: TWORZYANSKI The Court Jesters: CARMENA, LAURENT, PEIFFER

Fri. Eve., Jan 12, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty[KAPLOW] Princess Aurora: WHELAN Prince Desire: HÜBBE The Lilac Fairy: SOMOGYI The Fairy Carabosse: ASHLEY The Fairies: Tenderness: COLLINS Vivacity: KING Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: PISKIN Courage: MULLER The Jewels: Gold: *T. ANGLE Diamond: REICHLEN Emerald: PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: ZUNGRE Puss in Boots: SUOZZI Princess Florine: *DRONOVA The Bluebird: VEYETTE Little Red Riding Hood: ^HANAFUSA The Wolf: SETH The Court Jesters: ULBRICHT, PARADISO, SCHUMACHER


Sat. Mat., Jan. 13, 2007 at 2 pm
The Sleeping Beauty [BRISKIN]+ Princess Aurora: BOUDER Prince Desire: MILLEPIED The Lilac Fairy: HANKES The Fairy Carabosse: BARAK The Fairies: Tenderness: COLLINS Vivacity: RIGGINS Generosity: KROHN Eloquence: DRONOVA Courage: BAR The Jewels: Gold: HANNA Diamond: LOWERY Emerald: PECK Ruby: SCHELLER The White Cat: KING Puss in Boots: RAMASAR Princess Florine: A. STAFFORD The Bluebird: HENDRICKSON Little Red Riding Hood: ^GORAKHOV The Wolf: SETH The Court Jesters: +SUEHARA, PARADISO, SCHUMACHER

Sat. Eve., Jan. 13, 2007 at 8 pm
The Sleeping Beauty[KAPLOW] Princess Aurora: M. FAIRCHILD Prince Desire: DE LUZ The Lilac Fairy: BAR The Fairy Carabosse: KOWROSKI The Fairies: Tenderness: LARACEY Vivacity: KING Generosity: ARTHURS Eloquence: PISKIN Courage: MULLER The Jewels: Gold: T. ANGLE Diamond: KROHN Emerald: PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: DRONOVA Puss in Boots: ORZA Princess Florine: SCHELLER The Bluebird: PARADISO Little Red Riding Hood: ^GORAKHOV The Wolf: R. FAIRCHILD The Court Jesters: HENDRICKSON, SEVERINI, VILLALOBOS


Sun. Mat., Jan. 14, 2007 at 3 pm

The Sleeping Beauty[BERNAS]+
Princess Aurora: HYLTIN Prince Desire: J. STAFFORD The Lilac Fairy: REICHLEN The Fairy Carabosse: ASHLEY The Fairies: Tenderness: HANKES Vivacity: RIGGINS Generosity: KROHN Eloquence: ZUNGRE Courage: BAR The Jewels: Gold: ORZA Diamond: LOWERY Emerald: PECK Ruby: A. STAFFORD The White Cat: KING Puss in Boots: RAMASAR Princess Florine: DRONOVA The Bluebird: VEYETTE Little Red Riding Hood: ^HANAFUSA The Wolf: TWORZYANSKI The Court Jesters: ULBRICHT, LAURENT, PEIFFER

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Dancer updates:

Based on the cast lists for the Nutcracker, it appears that there are a few new apprentices and/or SAB students dancing with the company: Sarah Williams, Erica Pereira and Courtney Muscroft.

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A Forest, a Prince and a Slumbering Lass, at a Gallop

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By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: January 5, 2007

Much was made of the fast pace and streamlined look of Peter Martins’s restaging of “The Sleeping Beauty” for the New York City Ballet at its premiere in 1991. The ballet, which opened the company’s winter repertory season on Wednesday night at the New York State Theater, has been condensed to a mere two acts from a leisurely, sumptuous three.

Mr. Martins honors the supposedly “neo-classical” traditions set by the company that George Balanchine founded, with Lincoln Kirstein, in America. And some saw, in the coronation that ends the new production, a metaphor for Kirstein’s handing over of the company to Mr. Martins after Balanchine’s death. But the production also honors Balanchine’s reverence for the traditions of the ballet training of his youth in St. Petersburg, including Marius Petipa’s “Sleeping Beauty,” and incorporates Balanchine’s delicately spectacular 1981 Garland Dance.


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All sorts of debuts afoot in the first week of repertory programs. And for the first time, repertory is sorted into a series of programs instead of having a different combination each night. The new approach has pros & cons, so I hope that the management will make an honest assessment of the success or failure and act accordingly for future seasons.

Of note, the Angles brother are debuting in different pieces on the same night... a NYCB first perhaps?

PRINCIPAL CASTING JAN. 16 - 21, 2007 9TH WEEK

TUES., JAN. 16, 2007 at 7:30 pm [KAROUI]

Agon:

intermission
Monumentum Pro
Gesualdo:
pause
Movements For Piano
and Orchestra:
pause
Duo Concertant:
intermission
Symphony In Three Movements:


WHELAN, EVANS, *SUOZZI, KROHN, BAR,
REICHLEN, *T. ANGLE, *DANCHIG-WARING

*KROHN, ASKEGARD


KROHN, ASKEGARD Grant


BORREE, HÜBBE Grant, Delmoni

WEESE, *J. ANGLE, BOUDER, GOLD, BAR, HIGGINS

WED., JAN. 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm [BRISKIN]+
Mozartiana:
intermission
In Vento:
intermission
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2: WHELAN, HÜBBE, ULBRICHT

MILLEPIED, KOWROSKI, *LIANG

*SYLVE, ASKEGARD, REICHLEN, SUOZZI, ORZA,*LARACEY, *ARTHURS Walters
THUR., JAN. 18, 2007 at 8 pm [BRISKIN]+
Mozartiana:
intermission
In Vento:
intermission
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2: WHELAN, HÜBBE, ULBRICHT

MILLEPIED, KOWROSKI, LIANG

SYLVE, ASKEGARD, REICHLEN, SUOZZI, ORZA, LARACEY, ARTHURS Walters
FRI., JAN. 19, 2007 at 8 pm [KAROUI]
Agon:

intermission
Monumentum Pro
Gesualdo:
pause
Movements For Piano
and Orchestra:
pause
Duo Concertant:
intermission
Symphony In Three Movements: WHELAN, EVANS, SUOZZI, KROHN, BAR,
REICHLEN, T. ANGLE, DANCHIG-WARING

KROHN, ASKEGARD


KROHN, ASKEGARD Grant


BORREE, HÜBBE Grant, Delmoni

WEESE, J. ANGLE, BOUDER, GOLD, BAR, HIGGINS
SAT., JAN. 20, 2007 at 2 pm [KAROUI]
Agon:

intermission
Monumentum Pro
Gesualdo:
pause
Movements For Piano
and Orchestra:
pause
Duo Concertant:
intermission
Symphony In Three Movements: WHELAN, EVANS, SUOZZI, KROHN, BAR,
REICHLEN, T. ANGLE, DANCHIG-WARING

KROHN, ASKEGARD


KROHN, ASKEGARD Grant


BORREE, HÜBBE Grant, Delmoni

WEESE, J. ANGLE, BOUDER, GOLD, BAR, HIGGINS
SAT., JAN. 20, 2007 at 8 pm [KAPLOW]
2 and 3 Part Inventions:

pause
A Suite Of Dances:
intermission
In Memory Of...:
intermission
I'm Old Fashioned: *KROHN, *HYLTIN, *PECK, *SCHELLER, *T.ANGLE,
*J. STAFFORD, *ORZA, *RAMASAR McDill

WOETZEL Rozenblatt

WHELAN, ORZA, ASKEGARD Nikkanen

TBA, KOWROSKI, RINGER, TBA, NEAL, HANNA

SUN., JAN. 21, 2007 at 3 pm [KAPLOW]
2 and 3 Part Inventions:

pause
A Suite Of Dances:
intermission
In Memory Of...:
intermission
I'm Old Fashioned: KROHN, HYLTIN, PECK, SCHELLER, T.ANGLE,
J. STAFFORD, ORZA, RAMASAR McDill

HÜBBE Rozenblatt

WHELAN, ORZA, ASKEGARD Nikkanen

TBA, KOWROSKI, RINGER, TBA, NEAL, HANNA


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The NY Time profiles NYCB's new music director:

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City Ballet Brings Passion to Podium

By ROSLYN SULCAS
Published: January 6, 2007

As the house lights dimmed in the New York State Theater last Saturday night before Act II of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker,” the conductor, Fayçal Karoui, turned around and presented a red rose to a woman in the first row. Mr. Karoui became the New York City Ballet’s music director on Dec. 1, and his tenure seems to have started with a flourish. Earlier he had given each female player in the orchestra a rose for the end of the “Nutcracker” season, and upon finding a spare flower on his podium, he appeared to see no point in letting a chance for a charming gesture go to waste.

All of this seems natural for Mr. Karoui, whose conducting style is almost dancerly in its physical flamboyance and who is — there is no avoiding the description — tall, dark and handsome. He is also French, possessing pitch-perfect Gallic-accented English and given to drollery and dramatic gesticulation.


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Robert Gottlieb reviews the NYCB "Sleeping Beauty" in The Observer:

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NY Times review of the first repetory program....

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Balanchine and Stravinsky, Reunited

By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: January 18, 2007

Stravinsky was arguably the most important composer for dance in the 20th century, beginning with a 1910 commission from Serge Diaghilev to score Michel Fokine’s “Firebird.” Although Stravinsky wrote only four scores for ballets by George Balanchine, the two artists had a long and mutually fruitful working relationship.

The New York City Ballet paid tribute to that relationship on Tuesday night at the New York State Theater with “Stravinsky and Balanchine: An Eternal Partnership,” the first of 10 themed programs of familiar repertory that the company will present in an effort to provide context for the ballets audiences will see this season.


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The second repertory program is reviewed:

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Russian, American-Style, and a Loner on a Quest

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By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: January 19, 2007

Hard to say what ballets fit into what categories on Wednesday night in “Tradition and Innovation,” the catch-all title of the second of 10 themed programs to be presented by the New York City Ballet during its winter season at the New York State Theater. Tradition was possibly best represented by Mauro Bigonzetti’s “In Vento,” a hit from last spring’s Diamond Project festival, and George Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2,” with Balanchine’s “Mozartiana” holding the fort for innovation.


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Jerome Robbins: One Toeshoe in Bach, the Other in Kern

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By ROSLYN SULCAS
Published: January 23, 2007

Jerome Robbins choreographed two of his late ballets to Bach in the first few months of 1994, and both were on the third themed program of the New York City Ballet’s winter season, “Jerome Robbins: An American Icon.”

In a sense, the two pieces are very different: “2 & 3 Part Inventions” is an ensemble, created for teenage students at the School of American Ballet; “A Suite of Dances” is a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov, then in his 40s. But both works capture the radiance of spirit and the translucent purity of intention of thoroughbred bodies dedicated to joyous motion.


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I'm not very familiar with Ms. Sulcas, but the comment below makes me seriously question her observational skills...

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Mr. Woetzel often seems hesitant about being a star, but there was no doubt about it here.


It's not a criticism of Woetzel at all, but in all the years I've seem him, I would not describe him as shunning the spotlight. Anyone who has seen him mugging in "Stars & Stripes" would know that. I don't have it with me, but I can remember a quote back from when he was still in the corps that basically said that the one dancer who didn't have the usual self-effacing quality of NYCB dancers was Damian Woetzel. What he can be is distant - there have been times when he 'phones in' a performance - but when he's interested and engaged, he doesn't hesitate about anything.

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Kirstein, Youth and All Those Mice Who Made Good


By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: January 29, 2007
NY Times

It has been said that there would have been no New York City Ballet without Lincoln Kirstein. On Saturday night the company presented “Tribute to Kirstein,” a prelude of sorts to its season-long homage in the spring, on the centenary of his birth.

The program’s three ballets — “Episodes,” “Tribute” and “Vienna Waltzes” — didn’t have any special connection to Kirstein. It was business as usual, as was the Saturday matinee, which included the season’s first performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carousel (A Dance)” and role debuts in Jerome Robbins’s “I’m Old Fashioned.” But the extraordinary range of the repertory and outpourings of fresh young talent spoke to Kirstein’s achievement.


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The Fresh and the Seasoned
Angels we have seen on high
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice
published: January 29, 2007

Robbins's poignant In Memory Of. . ., a meditation on death and transfiguration is set to Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, written in memory of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Walter Gropius and Alma Mahler, who died at 18. When Robbins choreographed his ballet in 1985, a number of friends, including Balanchine, had passed away in recent years.
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More NY Times reviews from the Winter repertory season:

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An Evening’s Star Appears, but Only in Vivid Memories

By CLAUDIA LA ROCCO
Published: February 1, 2007

You have three chances this month to see “Essential Balanchine,” one of 11 thematic programs newly created by the New York City Ballet as a way of packaging its extensive repertory.

But none will include what audiences got Tuesday: a funny, touching tribute to the great ballerina Melissa Hayden by her former partner Jacques d’Amboise. He described her insistence on finishing a ballet after falling so hard she knocked herself out; her mischievous promise to kiss him every day from his 16th to his 17th birthday, only to tire of the game in a week; and how, when he saw her last, she removed her oxygen mask to say, “Oh, Jacques, you came for my last dance.”


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In a Robbins Revival, Mysticism Amid Movement

By GIA KOURLAS
Published: February 5, 2007

In Central European Jewish folklore, a dybbuk isn’t a good thing, but a malevolent spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person. The New York City Ballet’s revival of Jerome Robbins’s “Dybbuk” on Friday, as part of its new program “Balanchine and Robbins: Masters at Work,” isn’t necessarily a good thing, either. At best, the work, which regrettably fails to show Robbins at his most masterly, falls under the category of an interesting misstep.


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