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Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theater

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - From final fittings at a famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young choreographer's new work for the New York City Ballet and a global tour of "Richard III," documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass.

Spanish ballerina Laura Morera hits the big screen in "The Nutcracker"

London, Dec 8 (EFE).- Spaniard Laura Morera, the star of London's Royal Ballet, told Efe that she plays the Sugar Plum Fairy in the classic "The Nutcracker," a role she finds "sweet" and "elegant" and which will be coming to almost 2,000 movie theaters in 30 countries on Dec. 12. The prima ballerina of the company admitted her nervousness over dancing the role but said she is making an effort to set her superstitions aside.

Russia seeks 9-year sentence for Bolshoi dancer over acid attack

Russian prosecutors sought Friday a nine-year jail sentence for Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over his alleged role in a January acid attack that nearly blinded the troupe's artistic director, Russian agencies said. The prosecution also asked the court to sentence Dmitrichenko's suspected associate Yury Zarutsky to 10 years for flinging the sulphuric acid in the face of Sergei Filin, a crime that shocked Russia's ballet world and scandalised the historic theatre. ma/zak/yad

Bolshoi ballet chief confronts alleged attacker in court

The artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet Sergei Filin on Wednesday dramatically confronted the former dancer accused of plotting to blind him with acid, rejecting allegations of an affair with a top young ballerina. Filin, who nearly lost his sight in an acid attack early this year, took to the witness stand in the trial of former Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko who is charged with planning the assault. In a stunningly frank testimony, Filin denied favouring ballerinas based on any "intimate relations" and said he cannot forgive anyone behind the attack.

London's Sadler's Wells plans new theatre as popularity of dance soars

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The London dance venue Sadler's Wells announced plans on Tuesday to build a new 500-seat theatre to respond to what it said was a surge of interest in dance and to host more visiting companies. It also set out its "busiest season ever" of dance for 2014 with visits in February by Germany's Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Opposition grows to Kremlin's ballet academy shake-up

Teachers at Russia's legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy on Tuesday published an open letter to President Vladimir Putin asking him to reconsider the appointment of a controversial dancer as its chief, in a scandal that has plunged Russian ballet into new turmoil. The recent appointment by the Russian culture ministry of the outspoken Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a prominent male dancer who was dismissed by Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in June, has caused an uproar with some warning it marked the death of the Academy.

Anger grows over latest Russian ballet scandal

Teachers at Russia's legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy on Tuesday published an open letter to President Vladimir Putin asking him to reconsider the appointment of a controversial dancer as its chief, in a scandal that has plunged Russian ballet into new turmoil. The recent appointment by the Russian culture ministry of the outspoken Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a prominent male dancer who was dismissed by Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in June, has caused an uproar with some warning it marks the death of the Academy.

Russian ballet star breaks ranks over switch at top school

One of Russia's most adored ballerinas spoke out vehemently on Wednesday against the appointment of outspoken dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze to head its top ballet school, in a controversy that could spiral into a major scandal. Diana Vishneva, a star dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, became the first high-profile figure to publicly criticise the appointment of Tsiskaridze to head the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg.

Russian ballet star breaks ranks over switch at top school

One of Russia's most adored ballerinas spoke out vehemently on Wednesday against the appointment of outspoken dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze to head its top ballet school, saying there was no need for the controversial change. Diana Vishneva, a star dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, became the first high profile figure to publicly criticise the appointment of Tsiskaridze to head the Vaganova Ballet Academy in a controversy that risks spiralling into a major scandal.

Vienna Ballet director Legris stays on until 2017

Former French star dancer Manuel Legris will stay on as director of the Vienna Ballet until 2017, having revolutionised the stuffy old institution, the company announced Wednesday. Legris, who launched a ballet revival in the Austrian capital after arriving here in September 2010, has extended his contract -- initially due to run out in August 2015 -- by two years, the Vienna Opera said in a statement. A former "etoile" with the Paris Opera Ballet, he retired in 2009 following a 29-year career with the esteemed ensemble.
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