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Composer: Pugni, Cesare (1802-1870)

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Year of birth1802
Year of death1870
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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Diablo Ballet's Emotions into Movement

Tetyana Martyanova and Justin Vanweest in Stevenson's End of Time © Tiffany Bertolami-Fong and Michael Malerba
Carla Escoda reviews Diablo Ballet's mixed bill, Emotions into Movement, at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek, California, featuring work by Ben Stevenson, Mário Radańćovský, David Fonnegra, Robert Dekkers, and the classic Esmeralda pas de deux.  
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A Tribute to Anna Pavlova at the London Coliseum

Ulyana Lopatkin in Russkaya,  ©  Sergei Stepovoi
It would be hard to find someone who has not heard of Anna Pavlova. The name alone conjures up words such as elegant, visionary, iconic. Her acclaim results from a career in ballet spanning over 30 years, in which she had a tremendous influence over the world of classical dance and earned her place as one of the finest Russian ballerinas in history.
***11
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La Esmeralda, Staatsballett Berlin

©  Enrico Nawrath
In these tough economic times, it is a rare thing for ballet companies to consider staging a new full-length dramatic production. But Staatsballett Berlin has been brave enough to take the plunge, and on April 9th premiered La Esmeralda, an old-fashioned Russian masterpiece, and proved that their decision had been a good one.