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Onstage This Week: Catherine Hurlin Stars in Joshua Beamish's Innovative @giselle, Traverse City Dance Project Takes NYC, and More!

Co-Lab Dance in Gemma Bond's THE BALLROOM. Courtesy Co-Lab Dance.

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


Joshua Beamish's New Reimagining of "Giselle" Stars Catherine Hurlin

September 5-7 marks the world premiere of Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY's @giselle, a reimagining of the classic work set in the technological age. This new ballet, which looks at the famous story through the lens of social media and dating apps, stars American Ballet Theatre's Catherine Hurlin as Giselle, The National Ballet of Canada's Harrison James as Albrecht and Pennsylvania Ballet's Sterling Baca as Hilarion. The principal cast includes additional dancers from ABT, Ballet BC, Ballet Edmonton and Alberta Ballet II. Beamish's work makes its debut at the Vancouver Playhouse in British Columbia.

Houston Ballet Opens Fall Season with "Giselle"

After a quiet summer, the fall ballet season is finally starting up again. September 6-15, Houston Ballet presents artistic director Stanton Welch's Giselle. Choreographed after the Petipa original, Welch's version features sets and costumes by Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno. In this new video, former principal Barbara Bears analyzes the titular character with current principal Yuriko Kajiya.

Texas Ballet Theater Presents "The Sleeping Beauty"

Texas Ballet Theater starts off its fall season with artistic director Ben Stevenson's The Sleeping Beauty. TBT transports audiences into this ballet's magical world September 6-8 at Dallas' Winspear Opera House, and then at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall October 18-20.

Co-Lab Dance Presents Its Second NYC Season

Co-Lab Dance presents its second annual New York City season this weekend, September 6-7, at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Founded last year by American Ballet Theatre's Lauren Post during the company's summer layoff, Co-Lab dance will present three world premieres by Gemma Bond, Danielle Rowe and Martha Graham Dance Company dancer Xin Ying. The performances will also feature a screening of At The Time, a short dance film created by ABT's Cassandra Trenary.

Traverse City Dance Project Makes Its NY Debut

The Michigan-based Traverse City Dance Project makes its New York City debut on September 5 at Brooklyn's Triskelion Arts. Led by Jennifer McQuiston Lott and Brent Whitney, the seasonal company brings together dancers from across the country. This weekend's program includes new works by Whitney, Lott and guest choreographer Austin Reynolds. Also on deck is a work by Jakevis Thomason to music by Ian Chang; The duo are the first recipients of TCDP's choreographic fellowship #Pairings, which aims to connect emerging choreographers and composers.

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Karolina Kuras, Courtesy NBoC

It's hard to imagine the National Ballet of Canada without ballerina Greta Hodgkinson. Yet this week NBoC announced that the longtime company star will take her final bow in March, as Marguerite in Sir Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand.

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Today's ballet dancer needs a lot from a pointe shoe. "What I did 20 years ago is not what these dancers are doing now," says New York City Ballet shoe manager Linnette Roe. "They are expected to go harder, longer days. They are expected to go from sneakers, to pointe shoes, to character shoes, to barefoot and back to pointe shoes all in a day."

The team at BLOCH developed their line of Stretch Pointe shoes to address dancer's most common complaints about the fit and performance of their pointe shoes. "It's a scientific take on the pointe shoe," says Roe. Dancers are taking notice and Stretch Pointe shoes are now worn by stars like American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston, who stars in BLOCH's latest campaign for the shoes.

We dug into the details of Stretch Pointe's most game-changing features:

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Alice Pennefather, Courtesy ROH

You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)

Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of:

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What do Diana Vishneva, Olga Smirnova, Kristina Shapran and Maria Khoreva all have in common? These women, among the most impressive talents to graduate from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in recent years, all studied under legendary professor Lyudmila Kovaleva. Kovaleva, a former dancer with the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky), is beloved by her students and admired throughout the ballet world for her ability to pull individuality and artistry out of the dancers she trains. Like any great teacher, Kovaleva is remarkably generous with her wealth of knowledge; it seems perfect, then, that she appears as the Fairy of Generosity in this clip from a 1964 film of the Kirov's The Sleeping Beauty.

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