The Arts

In 1979, Ib Andersen left his native Denmark and the status he held as Royal Danish Ballet’s youngest-ever principal male dancer to join New York City Ballet, then led by its artistic director and founder, the legendary George Balanchine.

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Center Dance Ensemble will deliver a powerful experience as performers find the connection between movement and words. Held in celebration of National Poetry Month, American Voices features works inspired by American poets and choreographed by the company’s dancers.

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THEATER

Arizona Theatre Company ( ATC) will present Low Down Dirty Blues, a sizzling musical review of passion, soul and love that celebrates the bawdier side of the blues. Described by Chicago Theater Beat as “an evening of sultry, sexy fun that makes you ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’” the show will open on April 5 at the Herberger Theater Center and run through April 22.

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The Arts

When The Barber of Seville was first performed in 1816, it seemed highly unlikely that Rossini’s comedy would become one of the most beloved operas of all time.

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The Arts

Before we turn our attention to the upcoming performing arts season, we’d like to take one last look at the 2016/ 2017 lineup that officially ended last month. Some of our staff writers decided to put their heads together to share their favorite productions. In retrospect, we all agreed that it was a very good season to be entertained. Here, in no particular order, are three of our selected “standouts.”

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Curtain Call

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA) has made the Valley a prime location for seeing great modern and contemporary. Going back to the organization’s very first seasons, it has presented the best of both established and emerging dance companies from around the globe.

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Applause

After years of development, the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage, a new opera based on Zane Grey’s Western novel of the same name, will be unveiled by Arizona Opera.

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Curtain Call

Phoenix Theatre will rock the house with Beehive: The 60’s Musical! Kicking off their summer season with this high-power, all-female, all-fabulous musical is guaranteed to have your toes-tapping, singing along and, even possibly, dancing in the aisles.

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All-Balanchine

In 1979, a famous ballet dancer made the leap from Europe to America that would change the future of ballet in two cities: New York and Phoenix. That was the year Ib Andersen, then age 25, said goodbye to his native Denmark and to the status he held as Royal Danish Ballet’s youngest-ever principal male and said hello to New York City Ballet and its artistic director and founder, George Balanchine.

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Curious Incident

Ever been on sensory overload? That’s when your body’s senses break down, leaving you unable to properly response to the environment. We’ve all been there. Lack of sleep, having had too much to drink the night before or rehashing an unpleasant event over and over again can cause the shutdown. Your nerve endings are raw. Every sight and sound is magnified and your head is spinning, leaving you paralyzed, unable to place one foot in front of the other.

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