ballet en "Astonish Me" By Maggie Shipstead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Maggie Shipstead's</a> new novel, <em>Astonish Me</em>, is a compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.</p><p>While garnering terrific reviews, <a href="">Northshire Bookstore</a> in Saratoga will host an interview and book signing with Shipstead. She will be interviewed by Darlene Myers, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of <a href="">Northeast Ballet and Myers Dance Center</a>.</p><p><em>Astonish Me</em> is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background.</p><p>She raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89461 at "Astonish Me" By Maggie Shipstead Albany Berkshire Ballet's May 3rd and 4th Performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">The Albany Berkshire Ballet</a> was founded in 1960 by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo as an outgrowth of her school, the Cantarella School of Dance, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.</p><p>The Albany Berkshire Ballet is nationally recognized for its versatility in performing both classical and contemporary dance works with excellence and they will present Carmina Burana at <a href="">The Egg</a> in Albany, NY on Friday, May 2 and at <a href="">The Colonial Theatre</a> in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, May 3.</p><p>Artistic Director Madeline Culpo and Carmina Burana Choreographer Paula Weber, and company dancer, and teacher, Kerry Piaggione join us to tell us more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89177 at Albany Berkshire Ballet's May 3rd and 4th Performances Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty At Proctors Through 10/20 <p>Matthew Bourne, the world&rsquo;s most successful dance choreographer, and his company<a href="">&nbsp;New Adventures</a>, are bringing their spectacular and lavish UK production of&nbsp;<em>Sleeping Beauty</em>&nbsp;to a mere seven US cities -- and one of them is Schenectady &ndash; where the show will run at <a href="">Proctors</a> through the 20th of this month.</p><p>With <em>Sleeping Beauty</em>, Bourne returns to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer&rsquo;s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with <em>Nutcracker!</em> and continued in 1995, with the international hit <em>Swan Lake</em>. In this <em>Sleeping Beauty</em>, the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.</p><p>We are joined by dancers, Hannah&nbsp;Vassalo and Christopher Marney. Hannah dances the role of Princess Aurora, and Christopher is the associate choreographer and dances the role of Count Lilac.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Ray Graf 75692 at Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty At Proctors Through 10/20 Local Ballerinas Experience Worldly Instruction <p>Young ballet dancers from the region had a chance to learn from world-renowned performers in western Massachusetts this week.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72404 at Local Ballerinas Experience Worldly Instruction Edward Villella at "The Ruby Ball" at SPAC <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Edward Villella, one of the most celebrated American male dancers in history, will be a special guest at the “The Ruby Ball” ballet gala Saturday, July 13, at <a href="">Saratoga Performing Arts Center</a>.</p><p>The gala, a fundraiser to support New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season, will feature a performance of Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a role that Villella originated in 1967 while at New York City Ballet.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 68778 at Edward Villella at "The Ruby Ball" at SPAC Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This weekend, <a href="">Jacob’s Pillow Dance</a> and <a href="">MASS MoCA</a> co-present world-renowned contemporary ballet ensemble <a href="">Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal</a> at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center.</p><p>The Montréal-based dance company blends a variety of dance styles, influences, and music in three diverse works by prominent, international choreographers.</p><p>This co-presentation coincides with the final month of MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada exhibit, the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever produced outside of Canada.</p><p>Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, and Sue Killam, Director of Performing Arts at MASS MoCA, join us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 58697 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal Northeast Ballet Company's "Nutcracker" 25th Anniversary at Proctors <p><a href="">&nbsp; The Northeast Ballet Company</a>, under the direction of Darlene Myers, has been serving the Capital District since 1990 and has had the honor of being the resident company of <a href="">Proctors Theater</a> since 1991.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 53411 at Northeast Ballet Company's "Nutcracker" 25th Anniversary at Proctors A Bard's Eye View - Jay Rogoff Paul Elisha speaks with Jay Rogoff about <em><a href="">The Art of Gravity: Poems</a><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> </em>. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:45:32 +0000 Paul Elisha 42723 at A Bard's Eye View - Jay Rogoff Ulster Ballet Company's 29th Annual Festival of Dance <p>On Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 pm, the Ulster Ballet Company proudly presents The 29th Annual Festival of Dance, to be held at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, New York. Joe learns all about it in this hour from the co-artistic directors of the Ulster Ballet Company, Scarlett Fiero and Quiedo Carbone.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:20:07 +0000 Joe Donahue 35200 at