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Nov 19, 2013

The New York Times: “Cinderella” Nov. 5, 2013

“Above all, it tells the “Cinderella” story with compelling human detail. The frictions between Cinderella’s father and stepmother (Astrit Zejnati and Kenna Draxton) include vivid arguments, both painful and absurd. For Cinderella (Jillian Barrell and the Cuban newcomer Arianni Martin alternating in the role), her stepmother proves the main source of domestic cruelty.”…Read More

May 30, 2013

Beyond Walls: Ballet Arizona Escapes to the Desert

Ballet Arizona’s dancers venture outdoors for Topia, a ballet created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden. Audiences marvel at the 80 foot ground level stage, surrounding flora and fauna, minimalist costumes, and intricate choreography. Read the full article.

May 28, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Ballet Arizona’s Topia at Desert Botanical Garden

Topia takes Ib Andersen’s choreography, sets it to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and places it on an 80-foot-long stage at Desert Botanical Garden with the Papago Buttes as a backdrop. For a closer look at the show, its mesmerizing scenery, and its performers, photographer Andrew Pielage went behind the scenes with the dancers during their warm-up and rehearsal […]

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Nov 19, 2013

The New York Times: “Defectors Land on Their Feet”

“We knew we were leaving everything behind, and we didn’t know what awaited us,” Ms. Martin said last week while she and her new colleagues at Ballet Arizona were on a break from rehearsals of “Cinderella,” …Read More

Jul 8, 2013

The New York Times: All-American Goddesses

Ballet Arizona dancer Jillian Barrell is noted as one of America’s up and coming young ballerinas. “Just now there are at least 11 prodigious American-born young women dancing in six different American companies, who deserve to be called ballerinas…And Ms. Barrell has danced roles by Balanchine and Ballet Arizona’s ballet master Ib Andersen with an […]

May 21, 2013

TOPIA Returns to Desert Botanical Gardens with Chandler dancer

Ballet Arizona dancer Joseph Cavanaugh discusses Topia, the production created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden, with the San Tan Sun. “The naked eye really can’t pick up the entire production in one sitting,” says Joseph. “There will be different places on stage that you’ll be attracted to and there are different things happening.” Continue reading.