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Portland Ballet’s sensuous, sold-out Jack the Ripper

 A cut above
Five prostitutes murdered in London in 1888 fell victim to a man who, in his folk persona, has become one of the most storied killers of all time.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2013

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Portland Ovations + Bates Dance Festival = Doug Varone choreography

A new work
In an unfavorable economic climate, what do choreographers need? They must have exceptional talent and skill, of course.
By: JUNE VAIL  |  February 09, 2011

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Exploring the range of the body's possibilities with STREB

Take flight
Midway through last Wednesday night's performance of "Raw" by the dance company STREB, Cassandre Joseph stood frozen atop a metal scaffolding extending nearly the full height of the Merrill Auditorium stage.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 03, 2010

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Hot summer moves

Bates Fest opens with Monica Bill Barnes
The 2010 Bates Dance Festival's first main stage performance, a concert by Monica Bill Barnes and Company, was hot — playfully theatrical, intensely human, ardently physical.
By: JUNE VAIL  |  July 14, 2010

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Swing, tramp, and trudge

Bebe Miller’s Necessary Beauty at Bates
The Bebe Miller Company performed the complex, well-crafted, multimedia piece Necessary Beauty at the Bates Dance Festival July 31 and August 1. Right away, the performance drew you into an ongoing flow of movement, sound, and images.
By: JUNE VAIL  |  August 05, 2009

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Crowded stage

Ballet showcase grows and grows
Portland Ballet Company will present its annual Portland Dances! New Works Showcase, a sampler of original jazz, modern, point, and experimental choreography.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  August 27, 2008



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What's up?

Bates Fest choreographers know the difference
For trend seekers, Different Voices, a showcase for this year’s Bates Dance Festival’s visiting choreographers, hinted at several directions for contemporary dance.
By: JUNE VAIL  |  August 12, 2008

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Breaking boundaries

Speaking with the New England Dance Project
Expanding the range of venues for artistic dance in southern Maine, the City Theater in Biddeford will host the second annual New England Dance Project on March 29.
By: EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 19, 2008

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Social dancing

Portland Dances! addresses society's problems
Portland Ballet isn’t all pliés and tendus.
By: KELSEA BRENNAN-WESSELS  |  August 15, 2007

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Dance revolution

David Dorfman's "underground" at the Bates festival
This not only demonstrates the passion of political activists, but hope for future generations.
By: KELSEA BRENNAN-WESSELS  |  July 18, 2007

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Ranging far + wide

Vivid Motion drinks life to the lees
Vivid Motion is turning Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey on its head.
By: KELSEA BRENNAN-WESSELS  |  June 06, 2007


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