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By Kristin Schwab
Comings and Goings:
Nikolai Tsiskaridze, whose Bolshoi contract wasn’t renewed after the acid attack on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, was appointed director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the school of the Mariinsky Ballet. § Former New York City Ballet principal Charles Askegard has joined Minnesota Dance Theatre as associate artistic director. § Jonah Bokaer has become choreographer in residence at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he will collaborate with digital and interactive media students for two years.
In a mission to support Chicago performing arts, the MacArthur Foundation has given four Windy City dance organizations grants ranging from $20,000–$47,000: Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Clinard Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions and Same Planet Different World. Awards were granted to help form international collaborations. § The MacArthur Foundation also announced its 2013 fellows, Abraham.In.Motion artistic director Kyle Abraham and American Ballet Theatre artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky. Each will receive $625,000 over five years. § The Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation has given the Joffrey Ballet a $500,000 challenge grant to produce full-length story ballets. Joffrey must raise an additional $1 million to complete the fund.
Photos from top: Charles Askegard, Courtesy Ballet Next; Deepy Rooted Productions, by Ken Carl, Courtesy Deeply Rooted Productions.