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Tulsa ballerina statue to be restored; more pieces found

May. 10, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Enough pieces of a bronze statue of a famous Native American ballerina that was stolen in Tulsa have been recovered to restore it, historical officials said. The additional missing pieces of the statue of Marjorie Tallchief that were found include the head, said...

Former ballerina Susan Jaffe to lead American Ballet Theatre

May. 09, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When she was 18, she was handpicked by Mikhail Baryshnikov to dance a high-profile role at American Ballet Theatre, launching a celebrated career as one of the world's top ballerinas. Now, 40 years later, Susan Jaffe has been named to lead the company. Jaffe takes...

Ballerina statue cut down in Tulsa, sold for scrap metal

May. 02, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A bronze statue depicting one of Oklahoma's most famous Native American ballerinas was cut from its base outside a Tulsa museum and sold for scrap to a recycling company, authorities said Monday. Museum officials say the Five Moons statue of Marjorie Tallchief...

Foreign ballet dancers leave Russia over war with Ukraine

Apr. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Ballet dancers Adrian Blake Mitchell and Andrea Lassakova moved to Russia years ago to chase their dream of performing with the best in a country where people live and breathe ballet. But days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the couple uprooted their...

Russian, Ukrainian ballet stars to dance together in Naples

Apr. 04, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over the Russian invasion rehearsed on a stage in Naples ahead of a sold-out benefit performance Monday night to raise funds for the Red Cross and champion the cause of...

Ukrainian, Russian refugee dancers find help in Berlin

Mar. 23, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dancers who have fled Ukraine — and Russia — due to the war have found a new temporary home in Berlin's top ballet company, which helps with practice space, housing, and even shoes. About 200 dancers in all, including many who are considering fleeing to Germany,...

Young Ukrainian dancers, trapped abroad, get Paris residency

Mar. 09, 2022 06:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The dancers are torn between body and mind — physically on stage in Paris but in spirit back home in Kyiv. In other circumstances, the Kyiv City Ballet's residency at the Théâtre du Chatelet would be a dream come true, but the stranded company of young dancers...

Spanish theatre drops Bolshoi's ballet show over Ukraine war

Mar. 04, 2022 11:39 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Teatro Real, one of Europe’s major opera houses, said Friday it's canceling a set of upcoming performances by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet over the war the country is waging on Ukraine. The management of the Madrid-based opera house said the ballet's mid-May...

UNESCO fears Ukraine harm as Russian culture backlash grows

Mar. 03, 2022 12:20 PM EST

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — An Amsterdam museum said Thursday it has cut its close links to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and UNESCO warned of damage to Ukraine's cultural heritage, as international cultural institutions stepped up their condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ...