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February 2, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Under the directorship of Bruce Marks since 1985, the Boston Ballet has nurtured a strong image by commissioning works from young, experimental American choreographers such as Mark Morris and Susan Marshall. Surprisingly, and mostly happily, the company is doing an about-face at the Kennedy Center, where it is performing through Sunday. At Tuesday's performance, the curtain rose on a huge, formally arranged ensemble resplendent in white and gold tutus and tunics, elegantly poised in front of an equally elegant backdrop of colonnades and chandeliers.
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March 17, 1992 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
Crossovers between contemporary dance and ballet have been the most controversial movement of the last decade, and no company has been as dedicated to the idea as the Boston Ballet under the leadership of Bruce Marks. Ever since Marks came to Boston in 1985, he has made a point of commissioning a contemporary work or two for his ballet dancers each year. Now the troupe is showcasing some of these pieces (plus a few new ones) in a festival called On the Edge. The line-up of the festival, which began on Thursday and will run through April 12 at the Wang Center, is an impressive who's who of contemporary dance.
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July 1, 2001 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Kristina Pulcini, 17, has been in love with dance since age 3, when she put on ballet slippers for the first time. At age 11, she began devoting four hours a day, six days a week to private ballet instruction. Five years later, she signed a contract with the Boston Ballet Company. This summer, she is back home in Wallingford studying for several international competitions. "I'm never nervous when I'm on stage. It was my lifelong dream to be in a professional company, so I am always excited when I perform," Pulcini said.
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May 12, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
McDonald's has moved into the Soviet Union, and now the epitome of Russian ballet has come to the United States in the form of a collaboration on Swan Lake between the Boston Ballet and the land of Swan Lake's birth. This first-ever glasnost production, as Boston Ballet's artistic director, Bruce Marks, calls it, was staged by Konstantin Sergeyev and his wife, Natalia Dudinskaya, both of Leningrad's Kirov Ballet. Every performance (through May 20 at the Wang Center) pairs a Boston dancer with a Soviet dancer in the leading roles.
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October 24, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The Pennsylvania Ballet is the beneficiary of two grants in support of its forthcoming programs. The Knight Foundation awarded $300,000 to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington in support of the Pennsylvania Ballet's one-week residency there in October 1993. The Pennsylvania Ballet's appearance at the Kennedy Center is part of the theater's program of commissioning new work from six regional ballet companies. The Pennsylvania Ballet will be the last of six troupes to dance at the Kennedy Center under the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013
Friday The pipes, the pipes It's martial performance art at its finest: The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards perform at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Admission: $30 to $65. Time: 8 p.m. Information: 215-893-1999.   Friday-Saturday Dance competition Reality TV dance shows have nothing on this: The Youth America Grand Prix is an annual worldwide student ballet scholarship competition, open to dancers 9 to 19 and awarding more than $250,000 in scholarships to leading dance schools.
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April 30, 2012
Hugo Fiorato, 97, a former child prodigy who became the conductor of the New York City Ballet and one of its most enduring influences, died last Monday in Boston. His death was confirmed by a stepson, Jonathan Scott. Mr. Fiorato, who was with the City Ballet for 56 years, was a figure of continuity surpassed only by George Balanchine, who founded it in 1948 with Mr. Fiorato's mentor, conductor Leon Barzin. Mr. Fiorato held almost every job the company had to offer, starting as its first concertmaster in 1948.
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September 14, 1992 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet, two of the nation's leading ballet troupes, have begun the new season facing deficits large enough to threaten their very survival. The Joffrey is reportedly more than $2 million in the red, and ABT between $4 million and $5 million. In addition, both New York-based troupes face cash-flow problems. ABT was forced to delay supplementary unemployment benefits to its dancers. A company official said that they had been paid Friday, a week late.
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April 29, 2004 | By Tanya Barrientos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an effort to help the Pennsylvania Ballet leap higher onto the national dance stage, company officials yesterday launched a $10 million capital campaign. It is hoped that the money, $6 million of which has already been raised or promised, will secure the troupe's place among the country's most prominent companies by funding more touring, more dancers, and more new ballets. The company would also like to add office and studio space, expand its artistic repertoire, and create a substantial endowment, said Michael Scolamiero, executive director.
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September 14, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News
THE BIG NEWS here is the appointment of Spanish-born dancer Angel Corella, taking over Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic directorship after Roy Kaiser's 19-year reign. Corella, who rocketed to stardom with the American Ballet, should give the company an exciting ride. Meanwhile, Philadanco launches its 45th season, Pennsylvania Ballet alumnus Matthew Neenan continues to create works for BalletX, Annenberg Theatre's Dance Celebration hosts a full schedule of visitors and the Painted Bride has its usual delights.
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September 14, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News
THE BIG NEWS here is the appointment of Spanish-born dancer Angel Corella, taking over Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic directorship after Roy Kaiser's 19-year reign. Corella, who rocketed to stardom with the American Ballet, should give the company an exciting ride. Meanwhile, Philadanco launches its 45th season, Pennsylvania Ballet alumnus Matthew Neenan continues to create works for BalletX, Annenberg Theatre's Dance Celebration hosts a full schedule of visitors and the Painted Bride has its usual delights.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013
Friday The pipes, the pipes It's martial performance art at its finest: The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guards perform at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Admission: $30 to $65. Time: 8 p.m. Information: 215-893-1999.   Friday-Saturday Dance competition Reality TV dance shows have nothing on this: The Youth America Grand Prix is an annual worldwide student ballet scholarship competition, open to dancers 9 to 19 and awarding more than $250,000 in scholarships to leading dance schools.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
Hugo Fiorato, 97, a former child prodigy who became the conductor of the New York City Ballet and one of its most enduring influences, died last Monday in Boston. His death was confirmed by a stepson, Jonathan Scott. Mr. Fiorato, who was with the City Ballet for 56 years, was a figure of continuity surpassed only by George Balanchine, who founded it in 1948 with Mr. Fiorato's mentor, conductor Leon Barzin. Mr. Fiorato held almost every job the company had to offer, starting as its first concertmaster in 1948.
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April 9, 2011 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
The Pennsylvania Ballet got an upgrade Thursday night, in a rare performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center's soaring Verizon Hall. The world premiere of Jorma Elo's Pulcinella , set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, opened the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. It's too bad Pulcinella is a short-term experiment that may never be repeated, because the dancers were just getting their footing on opening night, and were sometimes upstaged by the orchestra, which was clustered at the back of the stage, along with a trio of vocal soloists.
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December 17, 2009
IT'S A LONG-STANDING Philly tradition to go to the Pennsylvania Ballet and other local productions of "The Nutcracker" during the holidays. But this year you can start a new tradition, courtesy of ballet pro Stas Kmiec and his Nutcracker Workout. Kmiec was in town recently to introduce this lively exercise regimen at Philadelphia Sports Clubs. The Massachusetts native is a veteran ballet choreographer and performer whose credits include dancing with the Boston Ballet and touring with Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
NEWS
October 31, 2007 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
Developing a new ballet company is like working on a puzzle, says Christine Cox, one of two artistic directors of BalletX. There are many problems to solve on the way to success. "You know when you're filling out a puzzle and all the tricky parts start to fill in, and then you can put in all the other pieces of the puzzle?" she asks. This year, she and partner Matthew Neenan - both former Pennsylvania Ballet dancers - filled in a large section of that puzzle when their two-year-old troupe was named resident dance company at the Wilma Theater, where it will perform tomorrow through Sunday, and again next spring and summer.
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June 20, 2004 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The members of Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania did more than simply learn their steps for their season finale, A Midsummer Night's Dream. They created those steps, and a new version of the ballet, with choreographer Matthew Neenan. Neenan, a dancer and choreographer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, worked with the 80-member cast for months in a partnership that paired professional dancers with the members of Marilyn Budzynski's Plumsteadville-based Dance Theatre. Six dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet appear in the show.
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June 13, 2004 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The members of Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania are doing more than simply learning their steps for their season finale, A Midsummer Night's Dream. They are creating those steps, and a new version of the ballet, with choreographer Matthew Neenan. Neenan, a dancer and choreographer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, has been working with the 80-member cast for months in a partnership that pairs professional dancers with the members of Marilyn Budzynski's Doylestown-based Dance Theatre. Six dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet will appear in the show.
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April 29, 2004 | By Tanya Barrientos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an effort to help the Pennsylvania Ballet leap higher onto the national dance stage, company officials yesterday launched a $10 million capital campaign. It is hoped that the money, $6 million of which has already been raised or promised, will secure the troupe's place among the country's most prominent companies by funding more touring, more dancers, and more new ballets. The company would also like to add office and studio space, expand its artistic repertoire, and create a substantial endowment, said Michael Scolamiero, executive director.
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December 11, 2003 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
On the art-vs.-commerce battleground, the scenario is all too familiar. The Nutcracker, as nearly everyone knows, is what keeps ballet companies across the country afloat, often providing a fourth or even a third of annual revenue. Along come media giants Cablevision and Clear Channel with a splashy new touring show, Rockettes' Radio City Christmas Spectacular, set to blow all the poor Nutcrackers out of the water. Ballet leaders, and consequently many newspapers, have portrayed the new rivalry as a dance to the death.
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