Woody Allen injects humor into the ballet

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The ballet isn’t generally known as a place for great humor, but Woody Allen was a cutup at the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, spies said. The “Annie Hall” director and wife Soon-Yi Previn were spotted there as guests at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center last week, along with David and Julia Koch, Wilbur and Hilary Ross, Debra Black and Karen LeFrak, who composed the score for a premiere of Marcelo Gomes’ dance piece “Tous Les Jours.” When the well-heeled group filed in for dinner after the performance, Allen was seen desperately scanning the place cards at his table. “I like it when Soon-Yi’s at the same table,” he explained to a guest, relieved to find she was seated nearby. When a party photographer asked to snap a pic, Allen quipped that he’s always happy to pose because, “It keeps me from eating.” And when a guest exclaimed Allen hadn’t changed since they’d met 35 years before, the director put his hand on his heart, tapped his chest and concluded, “No maturity.” [Source]

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Alicia Graf Mack dancing for Alicia Keys

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Thanks to a single phone call and fortuitous timing, Ailey dancer Alicia Graf Mack recently had the chance to participate in a video shoot for Alicia Keys’ current international tour. Ms. Mack, who can now be seen “performing” behind the R&B superstar at all of her shows, gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the shoot and explains why the experience means so much to her.

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Opening Friday April 19th, the San Jose Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s “Duets”

Here is a Nathaniel Tileston photo from the original cast–Merce dancing with Cathy Kerr in 1980.

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Another photo of “Duets,” having its San Jose Ballet premiere this weekend–Here are American Ballet Theatre’s Robert La Fosse and Christine Spizzo in 1982.

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