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Onstage This Week: 3 Premieres at PNB, The Washington Ballet Brings Back Modern Dance Classics, "Jewels" at Ballet West, and More!

Artists of Ballet West in Balanchine's Jewels. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? In addition to the programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet West and City Ballet of San Diego listed below, this week also marks Balanchine: The City Center Years, a five-day extravaganza bringing together eight companies from around the world. You can read more about it here. Also coming up is Boston Ballet's black box show, BB@home: ChoreograpHER, which features six new works by women in the company. Peek inside the budding choreographers' processes here.


Pacific Northwest Ballet Brings Three Premieres to Seattle

Pacific Northwest Ballet's mixed-rep program titled ALL PREMIERE brings three new works to Seattle November November 2-11. The line up includes the world premiere of PNB dancer Kyle Davis' A Dark and Lonely Space to a score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and the company premieres of Alejandro Cerrudo's Silent Ghost and Alexander Ekman's Cacti. Above, catch a glimpse of rehearsal for A Dark and Lonely Space featuring PNB principals Sarah Ricard Orza and Jerome Tisserand.

The Washington Ballet Celebrates Three Contemporary Masters

October 31-November 4, The Washington Ballet presents three modern dance classics at Washington, DC's Sidney Harman Hall. The program includes Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes based on a 1616 English poem celebrating ethereal love, Merce Cunningham's famous postmodern Duets to an abstract score by John Cage, and Paul Taylor's beloved Company B, about young Americans going off to World War II to music by the Andrews Sisters.

Ballet West Opens Its 55th Season with "Jewels"

This week Ballet West opens its 55th season with Jewels, George Balanchine's glamorous three-part abstract ballet. Jewels takes us through the eras of Balanchine's history that helped shape his aesthetic: "Emeralds," to music by Gabriel Fauré, refers to 18th century French courts; "Rubies," to Igor Stravinsky is jazzy and all-American; "Diamonds" is set to Tchaikovsky and is evocative of Russian Imperial Courts. Salt Lake City audiences can enjoy "Emeralds," "Rubies" and "Diamonds" November 2-10.

City Ballet of San Diego's Tchaikovsky Spectacular 

City Ballet of San Diego celebrates the music of Tchaikovsky with three works, November 2-4. The program includes two excerpts from Swan Lake—Act II and Black Swan Pas de Deux—as well as something more modern, co-director of City Ballet School Elizabeth Wistrich's Tschai Celebration, set to Tchaikovsky's The Seasons. Catch a glimpse, along with sections from the more familiar Swan Lake, in the above trailer.

The Conversation
Ballet Stars
Nashville Ballet's Kayla Rowser and Nicolas Scheuer in Swan Lake. Karyn Photography, Courtesy Nashville Ballet.

Pre-professional ballet students know this to be true: Training comes first; everything else fits when—or if—it can. Are the sacrifices pre-professional ballet dancers make to pursue a highly competitive career worth it? Four professionals weigh in.

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The Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in La Bayadère. Photo by Bill Cooper, Courtesy ROH.

Do you ever wish you could teleport to London and casually stroll into The Royal Opera House to see some of the world's best-loved ballets? Well, we have a solution for you: The Royal Ballet's 2018-19 cinema season.

Whether live or recorded, the seven ballet programs listed below, streaming now through next October, will deliver all of the magic that The Royal Ballet has to offer straight to your local movie theater. Can you smell the popcorn already?

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From left: Elwince Magbitang and Raye Vince Pelegrin. Erica Wolf, courtesy Magbitang and Pelegrin.

Training in Manila, Philippines may seem a world away from dancing with the big ballet companies in New York City. Yet in April 2018, local ballet students Elwince Magbitang and Raye Vince Pelegrin, both 17, shared the stage in Manila with leading dancers from American Ballet Theatre in the benefit gala An Intimate Evening with Stella Abrera & American Ballet Stars. Little did they expect that their performance as toreadors in the Don Quixote Suite would land them at ABT's prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

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Broad as the Mat Hatter with his Alice, Orlando Ballet's Kate-Lynn Robichaux. Michael Cairns, Courtesy Orlando Ballet.

Arcadian Broad has music in his mind. More and more, the Orlando Ballet leading dancer is making his mark behind the curtain—as a choreographer and composer. "I just hear things in my head that make sense for dance and music together," says Broad, who has no formal training in composition. "So I follow my instincts."

Broad, 23, is creating Wonderland: Mad Tales of the Hatter, inspired by the familiar story of Alice and her trip down the rabbit hole. He's not only choreographing the full-length work for Orlando Ballet; he has composed the music and will dance the leading role of the Mad Hatter when the show opens April 26.

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