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Monday, June 10, 2024

Susan Jaffe Wants to Build a New Era at American Ballet Theater by Javier C. Hernández

“We have to really become creative about everything we do,” said Jaffe, as the company works to address financial woes and carve a modern identity.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Coming Soon to Little Island: An Arts Festival With Powerful Backers by Javier C. Hernández

The mogul Barry Diller, who paid for the park, will finance a summer season of music, dance, theater and more, shaped in part by the Broadway producer Scott Rudin.

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Sting on Setting His Music to Dance in Message in a Bottle by Javier C. Hernández

In “Message in a Bottle,” a dance show opening at City Center, Sting’s songbook helps tell the story of a family fleeing conflict.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Mariinsky Dancers Barred From Youth Ballet Gala in New York by Javier C. Hernández

Two dancers from the Russian company were set to perform at a benefit for a prestigious competition for young dancers, but they were sidelined after protests by pro-Ukrainian activists.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

American Ballet Theater Names Dance Veteran as Executive Director by Javier C. Hernández

Barry Hughson, a leader at the National Ballet of Canada, will join the company as it tries to get beyond financial woes.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

With $60 Million Gift, San Francisco Ballet Plans Focus on New Works by Javier C. Hernández

The transformative contribution, from an anonymous donor, is the largest in the company’s 91-year history and one of the biggest ever to an American dance group.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

An Opera Superfan’s Surprise Gift: $1.7 Million for the Arts by Javier C. Hernández

Lois Kirschenbaum, who died in 2021, made the donations to cultural groups from unexpectedly large life savings.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Paul Taylor Dance Company to Move to Midtown in Major Expansion by Javier C. Hernández

The renowned troupe will more than triple its footprint, growing its studio space and education programs.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

In an Opera About Civil War Spies, Dancers Help Drive the Drama by Javier C. Hernández

Houston Grand Opera, known for innovation, unveils Jake Heggie’s “Intelligence,” directed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and featuring Urban Bush Women.

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Saturday, September 9, 2023

New York City Ballet Was in Peril. Then Came a Revival. by Javier C. Hernández

The company has rebounded after the pandemic and a series of scandals, stabilizing its finances, revamping its culture and attracting younger audiences.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

American Ballet Theater Chief Resigns Suddenly by Javier C. Hernández

Janet Rollé, who had helped lead the company through the turmoil of the pandemic, stepped down a week before its summer season begins.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

New Festival by Van Cleef & Arpels to Bring Global Dance to New York by Javier C. Hernández

Dance Reflections, coming in October, will feature international choreographers as well as classic work by the American artist Lucinda Childs.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The Star Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky on Russia’s Cultural War by Javier C. Hernández

After the invasion of Ukraine, Ratmansky cut ties with Russian ballet companies. But he says they’re still using his work.

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Monday, April 17, 2023

New York City Ballet to Honor Past and Present in 75th Year by Javier C. Hernández

The milestone season will honor the legacy of George Balanchine, the company’s co-founder, and feature several world premieres.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Now Playing in China: Putin-Aligned Artists Shunned in the West by Javier C. Hernández

As Russia works to shore up its image and rebuild its soft power after its invasion of Ukraine, it is strengthening cultural ties with friendly nations, including China.

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Lumberyard Performing Arts Center in Hudson Valley to Be Sold by Javier C. Hernández

The American Dance Institute, which operates the center, said the pandemic and shifting priorities of donors had led it to rethink its mission.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Alexei Ratmansky, Renowned Choreographer, to Join City Ballet by Javier C. Hernández

“I wanted a change,” Ratmansky said, announcing his next chapter after 13 years at American Ballet Theater.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Jacob’s Pillow Theater, Destroyed in Fire, to Be Rebuilt by Javier C. Hernández

The cultural center plans to use a $10 million gift to build a new space focused on dance and technology.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Ballet Theater to Bring ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Met Stage by Javier C. Hernández

The company’s four-week summer season at the Metropolitan Opera will feature this Christopher Wheeldon ballet, the most complicated work it has staged.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Paul Taylor Dance Company Is Accused of Gender Discrimination by Javier C. Hernández

A costume designer filed a lawsuit saying the company discriminated against her because she is a mother.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Julie Kent, Renowned Former Ballerina, Will Lead Houston Ballet by Javier C. Hernández

Kent, the artistic director of Washington Ballet, will leave at the end of the 2022-23 season.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Misty Copeland Creates Program to Bring More Diversity to Ballet by Javier C. Hernández

The American Ballet Theater dancer announced an extracurricular initiative that Copeland hopes will bring more Black and Latino children to dance.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Baryshnikov Arts Center Chooses Dance Veteran as Leader by Javier C. Hernández

Sonja Kostich, a cultural administrator and dancer, will lead the group as it works to expand its audience amid the pandemic.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Live Performance Is Back. But Audiences Have Been Slow to Return. by Michael Paulson and Javier C. Hernández

Attendance lagged in the comeback season, as the challenges posed by the coronavirus persisted. Presenters hope it was just a blip.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

‘Princes Can Be Asian, Too’: A Dancer Breaks Barriers in Ballet by Javier C. Hernández

Chun Wai Chan is the first principal dancer from China in New York City Ballet’s 74-year history.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

New Effort Aims to Bring More Contemporary Music to Orchestras by Javier C. Hernández

An initiative by the League of American Orchestras will enlist 30 ensembles to perform works by six living composers, all of them women.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

City Ballet Plans Ambitious Season to Help Dancers Get Back Up to Speed by Javier C. Hernández

The company will present a mix of new and old works, including a full-length premiere to Aaron Copland by Justin Peck.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Brooklyn Academy of Music Plans a Global Season by Javier C. Hernández

The company’s spring offerings include the British choreographer Akram Khan’s “Giselle” and the Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

American Ballet Theater Plans a Return to Met Opera Stage by Javier C. Hernández

After repeated delays caused by the pandemic, the company plans to perform at the opera house next summer for the first time in three years.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

As ‘Nutcracker’ Returns, Companies Rethink Depictions of Asians by Javier C. Hernández

Ballet companies are reworking the holiday classic partly in response to a wave of anti-Asian hate that has intensified during the pandemic.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Cultural Center Opens in Chelsea, Aiming to Help Artists in Pandemic by Javier C. Hernández

Chelsea Factory will offer residencies in music, dance, theater and film at its 14,000-square-foot space in Manhattan.

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