Category Archives: Ballet

Un bouton de manchette

I recently turned twenty-nine-and-a-half and my husband pulled out all the stops. After all, it’s not every day that one turns twenty-nine-and-a-half for the first time. One of the events that he planned was a matinee performance of Lady of … Continue reading

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Mettre les bâtons dans les roues

The soundtrack to Louis XIV’s life was written by Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Lully was born November 28, 1832 in Florence, Italy. He was brought to France as a boy where he worked scrubbing pots in the kitchen of a … Continue reading

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L’échapper belle

Portrait by Snowdon Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev defected to the west at the Paris airport of Le Bourget on June 16, 1961, fifty years ago. He was in Paris with the Kirov ballet’s European tour. Apparently, the KGB suspected that Nureyev … Continue reading

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Le train-train

Jean-Georges Noverre was born on April 29, 1727. As he is considered to be the inventor of modern ballet, his birthday is celebrated as International Dance Day. His father was a Swiss soldier and his parents intended Noverre to follow … Continue reading

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Faire des pieds et des mains

Benjamin Millepied’s ballet This Part in Darkness premiered this weekend in Philadelphia. The Bordeaux native, choreographer and dancer of Black Swan fame, created the ballet as a thank-you to the Pennsylvania Ballet for loaning him 14 dancers for the Oscar-winning … Continue reading

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Prendre sa retraite

Martha Chamberlain, principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, retired at today’s matinée performance of a Balanchine / Gershwin Collaboration Who Cares?. The familiar tunes were a lively backdrop to choreography that had the audience roaring its approval (or at least … Continue reading

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Il faut le voir pour le croire

The interior of the Kimmel Center, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been transformed into April in Paris, including an 81 foot Eiffel Tower. This is all part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The calendar of events … Continue reading

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