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The Photographer And The Photos Of A Ballerina Who’s 33 Weeks Pregnant

Photographer Sayuri Ichida and NY Theatre Ballet dancer Maya Oguri formed a fruitful artistic friendship – one that set the ballerina dancing in photos from across the city. That didn’t stop when the dancer got pregnant. – The Paris Review
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.14.20, Sayuri Ichida, NY Theatre Ballet, Maya Oguri

Living At The Intersection Of Dance, Social Media, And Teenage Life

Who profits when a 14-year-old Black teenager creates a dance and shares it – and it goes viral? Not she.”TikTok, one of the biggest video apps in the world, has become synonymous with dance culture. Yet many of its most popular dances, including the Renegade, Holy Moly Donut Shop, the Mmmxneil and Cookie Shop have come from young black creators on myriad smaller apps.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, 02.13.20, Intersection Of Dance Social Media, Renegade Holy Moly Donut Shop, Cookie Shop

Gibney Dance Reinvents From The Inside Out

Gibney is becoming a commission-based repertory group—that is, a company not grounded in the aesthetic of a founding choreographer—and allow it to double in size from six dancers to 12. The model will allow Gibney to work with renowned and rising international choreographers representing a broad range of aesthetics and techniques. “The stage is set,” Davis said, for Gibney “to establish a wholly new paradigm for a contemporary dance company.” – Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Dance, Davis, Gibney, 02.13.20

Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk

Wayne McGregor Is Choreographing A Margaret Atwood Ballet

In a joint project for the Royal Ballet of Great Britain and the National Ballet of Canada, McGregor will create MaddAddam, a three-act work based on Atwood’s trilogy Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam with a new score by Max Richter. The world premiere will be this coming November in Toronto, with London performances in 2022. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Toronto, Dance, Max Richter, Wayne McGregor, Oryx, Atwood, 02.14.20, Margaret Atwood Ballet, Royal Ballet of Great Britain, National Ballet of Canada McGregor

When The Doctor Called The Star Ballerina With Terrible News

“He said, ‘You have to promise me you won’t go into work today. I just could tell by the tone. I said, ‘I’m going to be able to dance again, right?’ And he said to me, ‘Well, we’re just going to take it one day at a time.’ It was one of the worst days of my life.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.13.20

Making The Leap From Dance Student To Professional Less Daunting

“For generations, dancers have been thrust into professional life at a young age without much preparation or tools, sinking or swimming on their limited industry know-how. Today, some independent programs are presenting unique models that bridge the gap between student and professional life through networking, performance opportunities and more.” Haley Hilton surveys those programs. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.12.20, Haley Hilton

How Ballerina Costumes Influenced 20th Century Fashion

“Ballet costumes influenced fashion, and fashion influenced ballet costumes. This interplay, I think, was very, very rich during the mid-century.”  – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Dance, 02.10.20

Carlos Acosta’s Big Plans For Birmingham Ballet

The new artistic director says: “I want the level of the dancers to be raised dramatically, and the repertoire I’m bringing is crucial. I want a company that is strong, that is not predictable, that is energetic, that takes risks, but stays true to tradition at the highest level. I’m up for big crazy ideas. I’m never going to say no to anything that’s new and bold.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Carlos Acosta, 02.11.20, Birmingham Ballet

Varna International Ballet Competition Postponed Indefinitely

The world’s oldest ballet competition, held every second year on an outdoor stage in the Bulgarian seaside resort town of Varna, simply hasn’t raised enough money to go ahead this summer. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Varna, 02.11.20

How A Little Philadelphia Pick-Up Company Became A Contemporary Ballet Powerhouse

Back in 2005, as they were nearing retirement from Pennsylvania Ballet, Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan decided to put together a little group to dance at the Philly Fringe. They hoped that maybe, one day, they’d perform at Jacob’s Pillow and Vail. Now BalletX has ten dancers on 40-week contracts, commissions major choreographers, does up to eight world premieres a season, and tours around the U.S. (yes, including Vail and the Pillow) and to Europe. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Pennsylvania, Vail, Philly, Jacob, Christine Cox, Matthew Neenan, 02.06.20, Vail Now BalletX

He Fired A Dancer After She Had A Baby. Now He’s Fired

Yorgos Loukos, director of the Lyon Opera Ballet for 33 years, was sacked by unanimous vote of the company’s board of directors. The reason was discrimination: in 2014, he had fired then-34-year-old dancer Karline Marion two days after she came back from maternity leave and shortly before she was to have gotten tenure. – Expatica (AFP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Lyon Opera Ballet, Yorgos Loukos, 02.07.20, Karline Marion

Learning To Dance Like Fred Astaire, Or As Close As You Can Get

That’s the quest of some dancers in American Contemporary Ballet as they try to recreate Astaire’s routines. “Although Astaire’s style — the nimble and quick footwork and weightless slides — is not technical, re-creating his dancing for the stage requires a high level of musicality and nuance” – and leaves some dancers feeling like imposters. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Astaire, Fred Astaire, 02.08.20, American Contemporary Ballet

Fleeing War, Finding Refuge In Dance

In Burkina Faso, hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring countries are trying to find peace and a future in the capital. One of them, an 18-year-old dancer who’s been on the run since 2012, “knows that people like him wait years or decades to leave war zones — if the opportunity ever arrives. He must stand out to have a chance.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Burkina Faso, 02.05.20

How Cleveland Ballet’s Partnership With A Local Hospital Works

“How is their pelvis shifting? How is their back moving? Is their foot collapsing in as they’re plieing? Is their weight over as they jump onto one foot?” They’re finding points of weaknesses before they turn into problems. – News 5 Cleveland
Tags: Art, Dance, Cleveland Ballet, 02.06.20, Local Hospital Works

The Strange Superstitions And Pre-Show Rituals Of Ballet Dancers

Some of them are sweet and sentimental, but they can be every bit as weird as those of actors and athletes. Sarah Kaufman talks to a dozen or so dancers from several companies about what they do and why. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Sarah Kaufman, 02.06.20

The Solo Balanchine Made For Paul Taylor, Revived By New York City Ballet

“In his autobiography, Taylor said he had asked Balanchine if there was any way it should be performed. His reply: ‘Is like fly in glass of milk, yes?'” City Ballet soloist Jovani Furlan learned the dance, titled Variations, from Paul Frame (who learned it from Taylor); Furlan has now taught it to, and is alternating performances with, Michael Trusnovec, long the star dancer in Taylor’s own company. Gia Kourlas interviews them both. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Taylor, Paul Taylor, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, Jovani Furlan, Gia Kourlas, Furlan, Michael Trusnovec, 02.04.20

After Two Decades, Director Who Transformed Alberta Ballet Will Step Down

“Alberta Ballet’s longest-serving artistic director, Jean Grand-Maître, will step down after a three-year transition period that will see him passing the torch to [company ballet master] Christopher Anderson by 2022.” – Calgary Herald
Tags: Art, Dance, Christopher Anderson, Alberta Ballet, 02.04.20, Alberta Ballet Will Step Down

A First Look At The New, Non-Robbins Choreography For Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’

“Though her work has evolved beyond the minimalist choreography that first garnered her critical notice in the 1980s, [Anne Teresa] De Keersmaeker remains a formalist. Throughout this production, she makes ingenious use of traveling wedge formations, each gang shaped loosely into a triangle with their leader at the point, as they circle, stalk, intimidate, and prepare to pounce. [Director Ivo] van Hove says that De Keersmaeker’s facility in moving groups of bodies around a stage is partly why h...
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, De Keersmaeker, 01.30.20, Anne Teresa -RSB- De Keersmaeker, Ivo -RSB- van Hove

How Lula And Erwin Washington Have Kept Their Dance Company Going For 40 Years

“Both are 69 now. As the wife and husband who founded the Los Angeles dance company in 1980, the two continue to strike the delicate balance between artist and administrator” — a job Erwin gave up his own career in journalism to do — “between ambitiously creative and cautiously pragmatic.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, Erwin, Lula, Erwin Washington, 01.31.20

How Tap Dancing Made Kobe Bryant A Better Player

Bryant’s injury prevention routine was particularly unique—and involved taking tap classes to strengthen his ankles. (You’ve probably heard of football players taking ballet, but this one was new to us.) – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Kobe Bryant, Bryant, 09.28.20

The Royal New Zealand Ballet Will Perform Only Works By Women Choreographers This Season

It’s the first classical troupe in the world to make that choice. “‘Why not? There’s been all-men years for the past 150 years where only men choreograph,’ says Patricia Barker, the company’s artistic director, who has scheduled works by the legendary American choreographer Twyla Tharp and established New Zealand names, along with shows by up-and-coming creators.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, New Zealand, Twyla Tharp, Royal New Zealand, Patricia Barker, 01.31.20

A Fired Artistic Director Won’t Continue Her Lawsuit To Be Reinstated At Pina Bausch’s Dance Company

Sounds like the Tanztheater Wuppertal might not be the easiest place to run: Adolphe Binder, who was dismissed in 2018 after only a year in the job, was the fourth person to run the troupe since Bausch died in 2009. “During her brief tenure, she commissioned works from the choreographers Dimitris Papaioannou and Alan Lucien Oyen — the first full-length pieces to be created for the company since Bausch’s death. They were well received and have toured widely. But in a statement issued at the time...
Tags: Art, Dance, Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Dance Company, Binder, Bausch, Adolphe Binder, Dimitris Papaioannou, 01.31.20, Alan Lucien Oyen

Protests Around The ‘West Side Story’ Dancer Bring His Dancer Girlfriend Into The Limelight

Alexa Maxwell is the girlfriend of Amar Ramasar, the dancer who was fired, and then rehired, by City Ballet for his role in sharing nude photos and videos of dancers – including Maxwell. “‘I am not a victim in this,’ the dancer, Alexa Maxwell, said in a news release. She explained that Mr. Ramasar had expressed his regret over the situation and that she had forgiven him.” (She was not, however, the only one whose images were shared without permission.) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Maxwell, City Ballet, Alexa Maxwell, Ramasar, Amar Ramasar, 01.31.20

Protests Against The New ‘West Side Story’ For Hiring A Dancer (Briefly) Fired From City Ballet For Sexual Harassment

Sure, there’s been a lot of buzz around this Ivan van Hove production, with new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. But: “There’s another buzz gathering around the show—and not because two dancers’ injuries forced the postponement of opening night from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20. It is instead the controversy over the production’s choice to cast dancer/actor Amar Ramasar as Bernardo. Ramasar was fired from New York City Ballet in 2018 for sharing aggressively lewd text messages and nude photos a...
Tags: Art, Dance, NYCB, New York City Ballet, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Amar Ramasar, 01.30.20, Ivan van Hove, Bernardo Ramasar

Ratmansky: A Choreography Intensely Grounded In Music Unhooks From It

“I am discovering the possibility of the choreography coexisting with sound, maybe not being as dependent as I usually am. That opens a field I haven’t really explored. But I don’t have the courage to fully go there; it’s just testing how it feels. In some places the choreography is parallel, not connected, to the music.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Ratmansky, 01.28.20

Ratmansky: A Choreographer Intensely Grounded In Music Unhooks From It

“I am discovering the possibility of the choreography coexisting with sound, maybe not being as dependent as I usually am. That opens a field I haven’t really explored. But I don’t have the courage to fully go there; it’s just testing how it feels. In some places the choreography is parallel, not connected, to the music.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Ratmansky, 01.28.20

Liam Scarlett, Royal Ballet’s Choreographer In Residence, Suspended Following #MeToo Claims From Students

“Independent investigators are examining claims that he behaved inappropriately with Royal Ballet School students and encouraged them to send him naked photographs. … The inquiry has not concluded and it is understood that no findings have been made against Scarlett.” – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet School, Liam Scarlett, 01.30.20

How Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ Makes Boys Want To Study Dance

It’s not just that the piece is in the final scene of Billy Elliot. A corps de ballet of muscular men as feral swans, in place of the usual ethereal women in white tutus, shows boys different, powerful images of both strong masculinity and ballet as a genre. That the production has been a success all over the world for 20-odd years helps, too. Roslyn Sulcas talks with four members of Bourne’s current company about the effect his Swan Lake had on them when they were young. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake, Billy Elliot, Bourne, Roslyn Sulcas, 01.30.20

Using Fun And Games To Teach Professional Dancers

“Just because students are in an advanced technique level doesn’t mean they’ll feel confident moving without set steps.” To get students to explore outside their comfort zones, Alisia Pobega and Louis-Martin Charest use the lightness of open-ended games and exercises as a kind of permission for students to begin to create something independently, without the goal of technical perfection or aesthetics. – Fjord Review
Tags: Art, Dance, 01.27.20, Alisia Pobega, Louis Martin Charest

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