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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 19 Oct 2012 7:48 AM

Today in the roundup: Ballet’s bad boy makes an appearance this weekend, the DSO’s Dvorak helper and the most powerful people in the art world.


BALLET’S BAD BOY: Texas Ballet Theater kicks off its season tonight with Peer Gynt. The dance is set to the music of Edvard Grieg and is adapted from a story by Henrik Ibsen, with choreography from TBT’s Ben Stevenson. “Peer Gynt is not nice. He’s terrible to his mother, he’s a womanizer, and he really doesn’t care about anyone but himself,” Stevenson tells “But at the same time, there is something undeniably appealing about him.” Sounds like a real prince. But he’s not the only rough character in the ballet repertory. Some of the others are analyzed on

CZECHING IN:The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is devoting its performances this weekend to Dvorak. And the orchestra has brought in cellist Narak Haknhazaryan – owner of a gold medal from the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition – to do some of the heavy lifting. “It is hard work to be heard over such a large orchestra,” he tells theaterjones about playing the composer’s 40-minute Cello Concerto. “But I have lived with this concerto since I was 12 and I know how to pace myself. It is such emotional music that you have to know where the tiring places are and remember to relax.”

THE POWER 100: Art Review has released its annual list of the most important people in the art world. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the curator of Documenta 13, becomes the first woman to top the list.