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June 29, 2007 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet is pointing its toe shoes northward to a new home. The troupe, currently in rented studios and offices at Broad Street and Washington Avenue, has closed on a new site at 323-31 N. Broad St., just north of Vine Street. The plan calls for three buildings there to be demolished, with one kept and renovated. When the new 40,000-square-foot facility is up and running, it will house the ballet's administration, wardrobe facilities and rehearsal studios. The $5.5 million purchase was completed June 1, officials said.
NEWS
April 15, 2003
IT IS A shame that Vernon Anastasio didn't make it onto the ballot for the City Council election. I think he's probably a nice person with a good heart, but not cut out for public service. If he had followed the proper instructions and released the financial papers that he was required to do in order to run, he would have gotten on the ballot. To make matters worse, it was reported that, in a press release, his campaign spelled the word "ballot" as "ballet"! If young Vernon wants to perform Swan Lake on 9th Street, that's his business.
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June 27, 1991 | by Ann Gerhart, Daily News Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet kissed its horrendous fiscal year good-bye yesterday with a huge sigh of relief, a $2.5 million debt erased and a new fund-raiser to ensure that matters never get so out of control again. A last-minute contribution of $100,000 from the Annenberg Foundation topped off the campaign that began in March, when the ballet ran out of money and temporarily shut down. The Annenberg grant is earmarked for the Shirley Rock School of Ballet, said spokeswoman Luise Moskowitz.
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October 13, 1998 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
First things first: It's a ballet. That may seem obvious, inasmuch as (a) its name is Swan Lake, (b) it consists entirely of dance, and (c) its music is the lush Tchaikovsky score familiar to balletomanes the world over. But the advance word on the show at the Neil Simon Theatre was that notwithstanding such evidence, the enterprise wasn't really a ballet. Some advance scouts said it was theater with balletic overtones. A press release called it "more like a musical that happens to be danced.
NEWS
March 24, 2012
The parents of Polina Kadiyska, the Bulgarian ballet dancer who was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run, boarded a plane Friday with enough money to cover the cost of returning their daughter's body home for burial. A two-day fund-raising drive raised $11,350 for the family, said Valeria Gospodinov, owner of the Euro Market in Broomall, which organized the effort. "People were so generous and helpful, and I'm proud of what we did," said Gospodinov, who had known Kadiyska since she arrived in the United States three years ago on a scholarship to the Rock School for Dance Education.
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October 19, 1986 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
John Harbison's orchestral music is part of the older tradition in which large forces are used in shaping large ideas. His concertos and orchestral works exuberantly exceed the boundaries, as if the flow of inspiration is too strong for the form or the instrumentation to limit. One of these extravagances is his two-part ballet based on the Ulysses legend. The ballet's two parts, Ulysses' Raft and Ulysses' Bow, represent a full evening of dance, something in the mold of the Tchaikovsky narrative ballets.
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September 29, 1992 | By Doreen Carvajal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is like a traditional Mexican holiday feast, so fresh and so spicy that even after 40 years of performing, the company still prompts unrestrained squeals from toddlers in the audience and good-natured grumbling from adults suddenly thirsting for cerveza to go along with the festival mood. On Sunday the Mexico City company of about 60 dancers and musicians stormed the stage of the Academy of Music in their bare feet, bringing with them the hot yellow and red colors of Mexican sunsets and the cool blues and greens of woolen serapes.
NEWS
June 23, 1991
The Pennsylvania Ballet presented its swan song for the season last week in appropriate fashion by performing the spectacular favorite, Swan Lake. Watching the wonderfully costumed and choreographed ballet of love's battle with treachery, even the untrained observer had to be glad that this ballet company will live to dance another season. That feeling came not just from watching the dancers themselves, but the girls and boys cavorting afterward in the nosebleed section of the Academy of Music.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2006 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
When "The Firebird" first soared onto the Parisian stage in 1910, composer Igor Stravinsky was launched into a fame he retained for another 60 years. This collection of colorful Russian fairy tales, clothed in sumptuous orchestration, was the last work he ever recorded. The Pennsylvania Ballet's production with James Kudelka's choreography was first presented here in June 2003, and its sumptuous staging - and superb execution by the company - make it an absolute must-see. The sets by Santo Loquasto move the locale from ancient Russia to pre-Colombian America.
NEWS
September 15, 1994 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
You could call it a "thank you" to the city of Philadelphia - or a free sample. The Pennsylvania Ballet is calling it "One Good Turn Deserves Another" when it performs a free open rehearsal for the public at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Academy of Music. The ballet, which canceled its September series for budget reasons, will be rehearsing for its appearance the following week at the Kennedy Center in Washington. "Looking back on what this company has been through and the support we've gotten from the city, this (open rehearsal)
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May 10, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the Town was nominated for four Tony Awards last week. The ballet on which the Broadway show (and Gene Kelly movie) was based opened Thursday night at the Academy of Music as part of Pennsylvania Ballet's "Tribute to Jerome Robbins. " Choreographed in 1944, Fancy Free was Robbins' first ballet and a collaboration with then-on-the-brink-of-success composer Leonard Bernstein. It is the story of three young sailors who dance and show off in unsuccessful but valiant bids to win over two girls.
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April 19, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
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April 1, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon: They're among the hottest young choreographers in ballet today. And Pennsylvania Ballet will dance their works and more next year in a blockbuster-packed season, artistic director Angel Corella announced Monday. This is the sort of world-class programming that dance fans anticipated when Corella was hired in the fall. "I was incredibly lucky to have danced with all these companies around the world," he said in a recent interview, naming American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet, La Scala, the Australian Ballet, and others.
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March 25, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special portable floor designed for dance performance and offered to area dance companies at minimal cost by the soon-to-shutter Dance USA/Philadelphia service organization has been taken over by BalletX and will remain in use. The floor, which can be moved from venue to venue, has been used by area companies over the last four years, bringing dance to as many as 25,000 audience members. BalletX, based at the Wilma Theater, has used it on several occasions, including performances in the Gallery and at 30th Street Station.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
When a sensational dancer first steps onstage, it's as exciting for me as for an astronomer discovering a nova. Zachary Hench gave such a moment when he flashed his star quality stepping out as Prince Siegfried in Christopher Wheeldon's production of Swan Lake in 2004. Newly commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, it was a million-dollar gamble I hope has paid off in real money as much as it does in artistic quality and innovation. I reviewed that premiere, but looking back on it, I did not fully appreciate its value.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
  Once again, BalletX has delivered on its promise to present challenging new work performed by top-notch dancers. The troupe's winter series, which premiered Wednesday, consists of four pieces - including world, national, and company premieres - by choreographers from the United States, the Philippines, and Spain. The evening's emotional high point was "Triptych," by Val Caniparoli. Inspired by photos of British soldiers who served in Afghanistan, the dancers leap, crawl, and occasionally execute stylized military movements, first to contemplative string music by Alexander Balanescu, then to John Tavener's increasingly frantic score.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Excitement filled the Merriam Theater on Thursday night as the Pennsylvania Ballet presented a program featuring a world premiere by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan and a trio of rising stars. Mayara Pineiro, who joined the corps last fall, was outstanding in Neenan's Shift to Minor . Brand-new soloist Oksana Maslova distinguished herself - with the superb Ian Hussey as her partner - in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia . And Alexander Peters, a Pennsylvania Ballet apprentice just three years ago, was a revelation in the title role of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son . Set to a piano score by György Ligeti played by the excellent Martha Koeneman, Polyphonia was an impressive opener.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
From Richard Villaverde's opening rond de jambe in Matthew Neenan's Increasing to Jorma Elo's dramatic ending in Gran Partita , BalletX launched its seven-show fall run (with an added Sunday-night performance) at the Wilma Theater on Wednesday with the confidence and artistry of a world-class ballet company. That's what it is, really, though there wasn't a pointe shoe in sight. The world premiere of Gran Partita was inspired by Orson Welles' film noir classic Touch of Evil , yet had too much beauty and too little grit to match that imagery.
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October 26, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The first time I reviewed London's BalletBoyz, for their 2003 American debut, I said they were too cute for words, though I did think of a few: gymnastic, marvelous, elegant . Now, I add exciting . Their new show, theTalent , touring worldwide, kicked off its American leg at Dance Celebration's 2014 series Thursday night at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and it's more than exciting. It's thrilling. Former principal Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt left the Royal in 1999 to form their own company, George Piper (their middle names)
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