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Onstage This Week: TWB Presents a New "Sleeping Beauty," NBoC Celebrates Guillame Côté, ENB Returns to the U.S. After 30 Years, and More!

National Ballet of Canada's Guillaume Côté, Xiao Nan Yu and artists of the ballet in Apollo. Cylla von Tiedemann, Courtesy NBoC.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights!


English National Ballet Brings Akram Khan's "Giselle" to Chicago

This week, English National Ballet comes to the U.S. for the first time in 30 years. The London-based company brings Akram Khan's much-lauded 2016 Giselle to Chicago's Harris Theater, February 28–March 2. Using original music by Vincenzo Lamagna, based on Adolphe Adam's original score, Khan's modern take blends Indian kathak and contemporary movement to tell the story of migrant workers and landlords, as opposed to the traditional peasants and aristocrats.

The Washington Ballet Debuts New Production of "The Sleeping Beauty" 

February 27-March 3, The Washington Ballet debuts a new production of The Sleeping Beauty at The Kennedy Center. Artistic director Julie Kent and associate artistic director Victor Barbee restaged Marius Petipa's beloved 1890 original to fit the size and scale of TWB.

Ballet Fantastique Presents New "Odyssey" Story Ballet

Ballet Fantastique debuts The Odyssey: The Ballet, a brand new full-length story ballet based on Homer's classic tale, March 1-3 in Eugene, OR. Choreographed and produced by company directors (and mother-daughter duo) Donna and Hannah Bontrager, the ballet features live looping electric violin by Cullen Vance. Audiences everywhere can watch a live broadcast of the March 3, 2:30 pm PST performance here.

NBoC Celebrates Guillaume Côté's 20th Company Anniversary 

National Ballet of Canada brings four works to stages March 1-3 and March 20-21, headlined by George Balanchine's Apollo. The program also includes the Canadian premiere of Julia Adam's Night, Robert Binet's The Sea Above, The Sky Below, and a new adaptation of Paquita by Christopher Stowell. The March 2 performances features principal dancer Guillaume Côté in the title role of Apollo in celebration of his 20th anniversary with the company. Hear him discuss the role in the above video.

Lucas Jervies' "Human Abstract" is Back at Louisville Ballet

Australian choreographer Lucas Jervies' full-length ballet Human Abstract returns to the Louisville Ballet stage February 28-March 3. The ballet, which made its Louisville Ballet debut in 2017, is a co-production with Louisville Visual Art, and is billed as a "riveting psychological drama."

"Don Quixote" Returns to BalletMet

BalletMet brings back Don Quixote March 1-3 at the Ohio Theatre. To get into the Don Q spirit, BalletMet made a video featuring company dancer Kristie Latham showing off some of her best fan work, with tips on how to make a fan work for you.

Los Angeles Ballet Brings Back Two Classics

Los Angeles Ballet embarks on a mini tour of Southern California March 2, 9 and 16 with a program featuring two romantic classics by master choreographers: George Balanchine's Serenade and August Bournonville's La Sylphide.

Texas Ballet Theatre Presents Three Company Favorites 

Texas Ballet Theater's mixed bill, running March 1-3, features three modern works: William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances and TBT dancer Andre Silva's 11:11. Silva's work is focused on contemporary expression, set to a mix of tribal, pop and electronic music.

The Conversation
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Crystal Serrano and Jorge Andrés Villarini in Christopher Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth. Rachel Neville, Courtesy Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Crystal Serrano never envisioned someday joining Dance Theatre of Harlem, the company founded by Arthur Mitchell to show the beauty and uplift of classical ballet on dancers of all colors. Her career began with Sacramento Ballet, which she joined after one year in Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division, but her time there was cut short by illness. After recovering, she felt so worn down that she left dancing behind and enrolled at the University of Washington. But she soon realized she'd made a mistake. "I thought, what am I doing?" she recalls. "I had to dance." With a fresh perspective and renewed determination, Serrano took an apprenticeship with Oregon Ballet Theatre before landing a job with Ballet San Antonio, where she soon rose to soloist.

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The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.

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Gabriel Figueredo dancing Chroma by Wayne McGregor at YAGP's 2019 Gala. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

If you don't recognize Gabriel Figueredo's name yet, it's only a matter of time. Not only did the 18-year-old win the Grand Prix Award at the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals, but he took second place at the 2019 Prix de Lausanne. For Figueredo, returning to YAGP this year was like a comeback tour; He won the Youth Grand Prix Award in 2013. The Brazilian-born dancer is long and lithe, but exhibits careful control while onstage. His extreme flexibility and extension are matched by a penchant for turning; his Instagram account is filled with videos from the studio.

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