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Nevada Ballet Theatre is set to begin its 2012-2013 season in bedazzling style: joined by Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West, the company will perform George Balanchine’s “Jewels” at the Smith Center on October 13 and 14.

Comprising three movements, one each for emeralds, rubies and diamonds (and named accordingly), Balanchine’s work is a truly classical neo-classical piece if there ever was one. Ballet West will be taking on “Emeralds,” the first movement, with NBT undertaking “Rubies” and PNB tackling “Diamonds.”

And, to crown a show featuring three vibrant companies with a history of collaborating with one another, the performance will be set to live music. The performance will – appropriately – be set in the lovely jewel box that is Reynolds Hall.

If you’re interested in seeing the show, call the Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 or click here. Season subscribers can purchase tickets now; single tickets can be purchased beginning Aug. 16. “Jewels” will be performed Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets ring in at $35-$128, plus fees.

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The head of BBC Worldwide Productions had two obsessions that she wanted to explore. One was ballet. The other was a convent. In a six-show reality series, Jane Tranter, the head of BBC Worldwide Productions, uses Ballet West to explore themes from both, including fierce competition, stealthy secrecy and an aura of the unattainable.

Enter “Breaking Pointe,” a short show that follows dancers from the Ballet West company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rebecca Milzoff of the New York Times wrote about the show, noting the very CW-ish production style of soap-opera vibes and an edgy score. The first few minutes of the initial episode do put juicy drama and relationships (and somewhat stilted dialogue) front and center, but the show certainly seems worth a look for bunheads.

And the good news is you can watch it for free online! Head over here for the goods. Happy streaming!

What do these four companies have in common? They performed together in “An Unprecedented Event,” a collaborative concert tribute to the late, great Robert Joffrey.

The show was hosted by Nevada Ballet Theatre at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Oct. 15 – 17.

It was wonderfully unpredictable and unspeakable gorgeous.

Interested in reading more? Check out my mild-mannered alter ego on the website for The Rebel Yell, the official student newspaper for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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