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May 19, 2015

Phoenix New Times: “Ballet Arizona’s ‘Innovations’ is Ib Andersen’s Legacy in the Making”

“For many decades, major performing arts organizations including ballet companies have followed a fairly predictable path: presenting well-known repertory in large venues, while expecting contemporary audiences to sit through lengthy productions of classic works… Read more.”

Feb 6, 2015

The New York Times: “Striving for Steps that Look Effortless”

“‘If you love the warm of the sun…go.’ These words, which you might find in a tourist brochure about this desert city [Phoenix], actually come from the 19th-century Danish ballet choreographer August Bournonville, recounting in his memoirs a trip to southern Italy, not the American Southwest. Yet there is a connection between those sentiments and […]

Jan 16, 2015

The New York Times: “Ballet Arizona’s ‘Napoli’ Embodies a Culture of Exuberance”

“Naples, a city I adore, and its encirons burst to life onstage in “Napoli,” a ballet choreographed in 1042 by August Bournonville. When the curtain rises on Act I, the audience applauds the view the city’s famous bay, with Vesuvius dominating the horizon. When it rises on Act II, the applause is accompanied by gasps, […]

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Mar 27, 2015

Phoenix New Times: “Ballet Arizona Presents ‘Today’s Masters,’ Premieres Two New Works”

“It’s been more than a decade since Ib Andersen, artistic director for Ballet Arizona, wowed us with his choreography and set design for Mosaik, which premiered in phoenix in 2004, and was performed again in 2006… Read more.”

Jan 2, 2015

The New York Times: “Royal Danish Ballet Brings Bournonville Back to New York”

“For more than half a century, Americans have felt a kind of fascination for Danish dancers. The attraction datse at least to the 1950s, when a small group from the Royal Danish Ballet traveled to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., for the first time…┬áRead more.”

Sep 3, 2014

The New York Times: “Discovery and Rediscovery”

“…More remarkably, thought, on Feb. 12, Ballet Arizona in Phoenix will become the first American company ever to perform Bournonville’s exuberant three-act ‘Napoli’ (1842); its artistic director is Ib Andersen, who is staging this production. Of all the ballets of the 19th century, ‘Napoli’ is one that best celebrates this world, real life, vitality, and […]