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Septime Webre And The Washington Ballet

Septime Webre's latest ballet adaptation of a great American novel, Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," transports audiences to the cafes of 1920s Paris and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

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'First American Ballet Star' Soared To Fame With 'Firebird'

One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.
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A Ballet Memorial To A Son Killed At War

Amy Wolfe's son, Colin, was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq in August 2006. Seven years later, Wolfe is paying tribute to her son in an unusual way: A ballet. Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet, talks about her production and shares memories of her son.
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Irish Music

Kojo explores the legacy of traditional Irish music in modern America and why it still resonates with so many people without Irish heritage.

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Bolshoi Dancer Confesses To Masterminding Attack

In Russia, a prominent dancer with the fabled Bolshoi Ballet has confessed to ordering an attack on the company's director. The director suffered third degree burns after acid was thrown onto his face. For more on the scandals at the Bolshoi, Renee Montagne talks to writer Christina Ezrahi, author of Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia.
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Bolshoi Dancer Admits To Organizing, But Not Executing, Acid Attack

Three men confessed Wednesday to carrying out an attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet. Sulfuric acid was thrown in the face of Sergei Filin back in January, disfiguring and nearly blinding him. Police detained three men, including a lead soloist in the company. The dancer admitted to organizing the attack. Melissa Block talks with New York Times Moscow reporter Ellen Barry about the story.

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