In a remarkably apropos programming coup for these unsettling political times, the Hong Kong Arts Festival offered two notably different works that shine a light on the collateral damage of political fanaticism.
With the strong British influence throughout ABT's history -- it currently counts its Macmillan and Ashton repertory among its greatest strengths -- it is no surprise that ABT has focused on the narrative potential of the work.
As pundits proclaim relations between Washington and Moscow at a historic low, it's worth remembering that they have, in fact, been lower. And that when they were, the U.S. was having a lovefest with Russian ballet.
George Balanchine co-founded America's first world-class ballet school, choreographed more than 400 works for the stage, launched the careers of a dozen stars and died an undisputed modern master -- the most influential figure in 20th century dance.
Next week Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko goes on trial for orchestrating an attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. He faces 12 years in jail. Here are a half dozen other paragons of poise who let their passions get the better of them