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Jeff Cravotta | Photo ProvidedAnna Gerberich and Frederick (Pete) Leo Walker II

‘Western Symphony’ closes NCDT season

Before Week Seven’s focus on “Diplomacy” comes to an end, Chautauqua Dance associate artistic director Mark Diamond will relate diplomacy to Chautauquans in a way no speaker would have attempted.

NCDT dancers will perform Diamond’s “The Decision Maker” to open their final show of the season, which begins at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater. Dancers will be accompanied by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Grant Cooper.

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Christopher Record | Provided photo

A night of unintentional inspiration: Audience will find its own story in NCDT’s annual ‘Dance Innovations’

Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury once said, “It’s lack that gives us inspiration. It’s not fullness.”

When choreographers create works intended to be “abstract,” that is sometimes when dancers find the most meaningful connections to the steps.

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JEFF CRAVOTTA | PROVIDED PHOTOAnna Gerberich and 
Frederick (Pete) Leo Walker II

Just the two of us: North Carolina Dance Theatre features versatility in annual ‘Evening of Pas de Deux’

In 1964, George Balanchine choreographed Tarantella featuring Patricia McBride, now North Carolina Dance Theatre associate artistic director, as the leading lady.

Almost 50 years later, Patricia McBride will restage Tarantella with NCDT dancers Emily Ramirez and Jordan Leeper performing the abstract pas de deux with tambourines in hand. The piece features music by Louis Gottschalk and arranged by Hershy Kay.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerJosiah Savage, Aaron Anker and Alexandra Waterbury rehearse an excerpt from Mark Diamond’s new piece, “Water Music.”

Dance students take stage for first gala of season

In the dancer’s lounge at the Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio, photographs of legendary dancers and faculty members of Chautauqua Dance’s past and present line the walls. Maris Battaglia couldn’t help gravitating toward these pictures in a room filled with not only some of her idols, but also some of her greatest friends.

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North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Gregory DeArmond and Anna Gerberich perform to the music of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. The pair portrayed the bride and groom in “Appalachian Suite,” composed by Grant Cooper and choreographed by Mark Diamond. (1)

Guest review: From Appalachia to Russia, decidedly adventurous

A sense of history dominated the latest pairing of North Carolina Dance Theatre and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as they moved from the hills of Appalachia, certainly part and parcel of the surrounding area, to the faraway influences of the historical Russian ballet stage.

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North Carolina Dance Theatre dancers perform Mark Diamond’s “Maestoso” Saturday evening in the Amphitheater.

NCDT gives festival twist to staid classics

Ballet is a decidedly aristocratic art form, born in the courts of Europe and still, even today, laced with proper positions and bows. Major European ballet groups in Paris, London and Moscow each have precise stylistic proportions and repertoires that are embedded in the history of the art form.

So it is fun to watch how American companies have taken a formal and often staid dance format and given it their own twist, which local audiences can see in an open air, festival-like setting such as Chautauqua’s Amphitheater. However, they thankfully have not often had to deal with cool temperatures such as those seen at the surprisingly terrific — given the circumstances — final performance of North Carolina Dance Theatre and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, expertly conducted by Grant Cooper.

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Festival dancer Lucas Bilbro leaps in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio. Bilbro’s “Tango bramare” will be one of five choreographic workshop pieces performed in the Student Gala Sunday in the Amp. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Dance students showcase season’s worth of progress in Sunday gala

Chautauqua School of Dance students will show that they can do more than ballet at the season’s final Student Gala.

The performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater will be a culmination of the students’ summer work.

Apprentice, Festival and Workshop II dancers will show their versatility, performing everything from a George Balanchine work to hip-hop.

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