November 11, 1993 |
A few years ago when Laura Dean's troupe was performing her exquisite choral dances in Philadelphia, she mentioned that she had received lots of offers to do Broadway shows and other commercial work, but had declined them all. "It's not my metier," she said. Billboards, the Joffrey Ballet extravaganza to Prince's music, which was seen for the first time in New York on Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, proves that Dean knows whereof she talks. The applause-machine effect she sought in this ballet had too many gears exposed.
November 1, 1989 |
I know, I know: It is unpatriotic to dislike tributes to the grand American tradition of vaudeville. But it would be delusional to find anything admirable in Gerald Arpino's The Pantages and the Palace Present "Two-a-Day," a lead balloon that is the one premiere of the Joffrey Ballet's season at the City Center through Dec. 2. The ballet's title refers to the era when variety theaters presented motion pictures along with live variety acts of...
March 26, 1988 |
At an age when most boys are trading baseball cards, Robert Joffrey was leafing through ballet books, looking at photographs of famous dancers in famous ballets. Youngsters interested in dance usually dream of becoming dancers or choreographers. But Mr. Joffrey, 57, who died yesterday in New York City of a liver ailment, once told an interviewer that his boyhood dream was to create a ballet company. Inspired by his books, his favorite pastime was to scribble down ideas for repertory and casting for his future troupe.
September 14, 1992 |
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.
October 14, 1995 |
It's another season for Pennsylvania Ballet - and another executive director hangs his nameplate on the door. Lawrence E.Sterner, 44, general manager of American Ballet Theatre in New York was named this week to the local troupe's top administrative post, which he assumes Dec. 1. Sterner replaces Michael Gennaro, who held the job for just over a year before taking the managing director position at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago....
December 24, 1996 |
Lorraine L. Thomas McAdams, 67, founder and executive artistic director of the National Ballet Company of New Jersey, died Saturday at her Mount Laurel home from cancer. Born and raised in Philadelphia. Her early dance training started at age 4. During her dance career, she performed with the former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the La Scala Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and for MGM. Mrs. McAdams career also included performing for Agnes DeMille and George Abbott in various productions, including Oklahoma on Broadway, as well as Song of Norway, Carousel, and Guys and Dolls.
June 2, 1996 |
"For you and I are past our dancing days," Juliet's father remarks early in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For Philadelphia, the dancing days are very much with us. Starting Wednesday and continuing through June 16 at the Academy of Music, the Pennsylvania Ballet will end its 32d season with Romeo and Juliet, the classic ballet with music by Prokofiev, based on Shakespeare's 400-year-old classic tale of the star-crossed lovers. The choreography for the Pennsylvania Ballet's Romeo and Juliet is by the late John Cranko.
April 9, 1994 |
Back in the golden days of yore - it was only a decade ago but it seems much longer - New Yorkers knew the Joffrey Ballet like the backs of their own hands. Familiarity bred a certain indulgence of the company's warts, for there was ample opportunity to enjoy its finer points. The company regularly performed in New York from eight to 12 weeks a year. Then financial troubles hit, and seasons in its home town became increasingly rare. This one is the Joffrey's first regular repertory season in New York in three years.
September 25, 2015 |
For the last five years, many ballet fans in this country have found it easier to see a foreign company dance than an American one, as Russia's Bolshoi Ballet has shown its full-length ballets in 1,000 movie theaters around the world. But now American companies are getting in on the act, with Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance , a five-film series that launches at 7 p.m. Thursday at Philadelphia's UA Riverview Plaza and at other theaters nationwide. First up, San Francisco Ballet's Romeo & Juliet . "As a dancer, I never had the opportunity to dance the role of Romeo," said Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director and principal choreographer.
May 3, 1992 |
Ballets by Balanchine and three premieres by artistic director Christopher d'Amboise highlight the Pennsylvania Ballet's season for 1992-93. The company will present five different bills in addition to its annual Christmastime production of The Nutcracker. The first program, from Oct. 14 to 18 at the Merriam Theater, will feature a world premiere by d'Amboise. Balanchine's Rubies, to a jazzy Stravinsky score, and his tribute to the Scottish highlands, Scotch Symphony, complete the bill.