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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.
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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.
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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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July 17, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Ballet flats are easy and sweet. And lace-up pumps may be seductive. The trendlet But women who are choosing the lace-up-ballet-flat combo are having a comfortably chic time walking the city squares and cobblestones in skinny slacks, sarongs, skirts, and simple jeans and T-shirts. Where does it come from? Ballet flats have been a serious part of the modern women's shoe game since 1954, when Salvatore Ferragamo designed a pair especially for Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn wore the flats in 1957, paired with cigarette pants, in Funny Face . And, like that, pointy-toed pumps weren't alone in making classy looks classic.
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July 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal
SOME PEOPLE travel far afield for their summer vacations. But when BalletX cofounder and choreographer Matthew Neenan went to New Zealand in August 2013, it wasn't for play. He and composer Rosie Langabeer were researching the pioneering Trans-Pacific aviator Edwin Musick, who died en route between Hawaii and New Zealand in 1938. Their ballet about Musick and the ill-fated flight, "Sunset, o639 Hours," debuted in 2014 at the Wilma Theater. BalletX will dance it again July 20 to 24 when the company makes its main-stage debut at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.
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July 9, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Ballet X ends its 10th anniversary season at the Wilma Theater with two world premieres: Matthew Neenan's Identity Without Attribute and Bonzi , by the Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Both works feature video design by Klip Collective, a Philadelphia-based group known for its large-scale visual projections. Identity reaffirms Neenan's choreographic inventiveness. Here, he contrasts meditative movements for lead dancer Caili Quan with quick, jittery motions and unexpected segues - from entrechats to jazzy hip circles, plus gloriously quirky duets.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
Arantxa Ochoa, the director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, is the latest to announce that she is leaving the ballet. Hers has been one of the most-recognizable faces of the company for the last 20 years, and her departure, announced Tuesday in a letter from executive director David Gray, is an exclamation point on a tumultuous year. Ochoa will be moving to Florida in August to work at the Miami City Ballet School. Two others from Pennsylvania Ballet recently joined Miami City Ballet as dancers: former principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and corps de ballet dancer Amir Yogev.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania Ballet is saying goodbye to more than 40 percent of its dancers on a somewhat unfinished note. Balanchine and Beyond opened Thursday night at the Merriam Theater, and it would have been a quiet finale to any season, since three of the four ballets were smaller group works. But this year, many contracts were not renewed and other dancers chose to leave as artistic director Angel Corella transitions the company into his vision. None of the dancers leaving has a sizable role.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, STAFF WRITER
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.
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May 29, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
Lauren Fadeley was a much-beloved principal dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet before she left last week. She is already dancing with another company, Miami City Ballet, in her native Florida. On Wednesday, Fadeley, 31, launched a podcast, Rediscovering the Dream (on iTunes and Google Play), about the next steps of her career. She is a versatile dancer whose big breakout was the double role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in 2011, when she was still a member of the corps de ballet.
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May 15, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
I n 1934's Serenade , the first ballet George Balanchine created after arriving in the United States, he wanted to make a statement against Hitler's fascism. Even with 20 or more lovely creatures in blue tulle, their pink tights peeking through, these beauties, gently raising their arms to the right in unison salute, recalled the Nazi era Thursday evening at the Academy of Music. Serenade fit artistic director Angel Corella's brilliantly planned bill, A Program of Firsts. Even before curtain up, conductor Beatrice Jona Affron set a simmeringly sonorous tone with the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and kept raising the bar throughout the evening with fine music.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, STAFF WRITER
Change is constant in the dance world. But the suddenness and scope of the roster changes announced Monday for Pennsylvania Ballet stunned many in that world and out of it. Angel Corella, the company's artistic director and an international ballet superstar, said 17 of 43 dancers - nearly 40 percent - would be leaving the company. Twelve were let go and five are leaving on their own, including favorites such as Lauren Fadeley, who is going to to Miami City Ballet as a soloist; and Elizabeth Mateer, who will be joining the corps of the San Francisco Ballet.
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April 27, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
In a move unprecedented in Pennsylvania Ballet's 53-year history, nearly 40 percent of the dancers will be replaced for the 2016-17 season, artistic director Angel Corella said Monday. Of 43 dancers, 12 were let go and five are leaving on their own. Others, dancers say, are thinking of leaving. Pennsylvania Ballet, like most ballet companies, offers dancers one-year contracts. The rosters are always in flux, but it is less common to replace so many dancers at once. "It's always a difficult process for everyone" when contracts are not renewed, Corella said.
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