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This Ballet Company Is Sending Practice Barres And Special Flooring To Its Dancers In Lockdown

Says the Head of Performance Health at Queensland Ballet in Brisbane, “They’ve been using everything from bench tops, to tables to ironing boards as well as ballet barres, and practicing on surfaces that can be slippery. Keeping 60 company dancers fit and injury-free is challenging at the best of times. At least now we know they have a small surface and barre which is closer to their normal situation, where they can practice safely.” – Limelight (Australia)
Tags: Art, Dance, Brisbane, Queensland Ballet, 04.01.20, Head of Performance Health


Why The Limitations Of Our Homebound Lives Work For Online Choreography And Dance

“You’re a pony; you’re a firecracker; you’re a shape-shifter; you’re using your bookshelf as a stabilizer for butt wiggling. Given humanity’s terminal uncertainty now, I feel particularly malleable to existential suggestions. You romp to all corners available to you. There’s no more space after that.” – The Cut
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.03.20


How Dancers In The U.K. Are Pulling Together In The Face Of Uncertainty And Fear

The dancers, especially the freelancers, are facing terrible losses of income and camaraderie, not to mention fitness opportunities. “Self-training isn’t anything new to dancers, but in the absence of daily classes or a trip to the gym, that chance to continue to train alongside others, even virtually, has offered a vital form of connection during a time of sudden change; a reminder that we’re not in this alone.” – The Stage (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.03.20


Online Dance Parties Are The New Clubs, Workouts, And Social Life

Dance classes, “clubbing” from home, and other dance-related videos (and Instagram Stories, Zooms, etc.) are keeping loneliness at bay as nearly everyone has orders to shelter in place. Some are very much like in-person life: “Attendees often dress up for a night out, even if their corner of the party is located in their living rooms. A bouncer will eject party-goers who don’t follow the rules. Attendees can even make a donation via PayPal, an approximation of a cover charge that organizers use...
Tags: Art, Paypal, Dance, 04.03.20


The Drum Dance Group That Isn’t Letting A Little Thing Like Social Distance Get In The Way

The group is called Huqqullaaqatigiit, and the drum dancers have been getting together every week for more than a decade to preserve language, music, and the words of elders in the community. Last week, they decided to try it all over Facebook Live. – CBC
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.31.20, Huqqullaaqatigiit


Boston’s Principal Ballerina In Canceled Carmen Says ‘It Feels Like The Stage Was Pulled Out From Under Us’

Lia Cirio: “For a few days I was really in wallowing mode, just watching Netflix and not being very active. But then my mom sent me a quote on Instagram that said ‘Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems,’ and that inspired me to do something to help me cope. … I created some shirts to sell, and the profits benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank and the Boston Artists Relief Fund that they just set up. The design is just something simple— [they say] ‘Art heals, wash your hands.'” – B...
Tags: Art, Boston, Dance, Netflix, Greater Boston Food Bank, 04.03.20, Lia Cirio, Boston Artists Relief Fund


How Dance Helps Me Think And Thinking Helps Me Dance

For most of my career, dancing and academic research were two separate but equally weighted spheres. However, over the years, I have become more and more aware that many people viewed dance as a less valuable way of thinking and working. Dance, in their minds, was a purely emotive activity consisting of uncritical, spontaneous movement or a purely athletic endeavour whose sole purpose is to defy our body’s physical limits. Part of the reason why this view of dance persists, I think, stems from ...
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.03.20


Chicago Dance Companies On The Edge

Put simply, the state’s dance scene has taken a body blow. Indeed, industry leaders fear that some companies won’t recover from this crisis at all and others could come back in a weakened or reduced form. – Chicago Sun-Times
Tags: Art, Chicago, Dance, 04.01.20


The Dance World May Be Socially Liberal, But It’s Still Difficult For Gender-Nonconforming Dancers

The male-female binary is built into the formalized structures of dance at just about every level, from the very beginning of training through the conventions of professional-level choreography and even down to dancewear. As alienating as that can be, non-binary dancers find ways to make room for themselves. – Dance Spirit
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.30.20


Study Dance Online? Not So Fast…

“The internet may be exploding with resources for virtual classes, from top dancers teaching barre to free warm-ups courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Foundation, but in academia, teachers face many restraints. Copyright laws, federal privacy regulations, varying tech platforms and grading rubrics all make teaching dance online a challenge.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.30.20, Merce Cunningham Foundation


The Choreography Of Social Distancing

“In this time of confinement, we have been given one immeasurable gift — the freedom to go outside. In exchange, we must abide by a simple rule: Stay six feet away from others. As choreographic intentions go, that’s not remotely vague. Yet during my runs and walks in Brooklyn over the past few days, I’ve noticed that six feet doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody.” Gia Kourlas looks at how (and why) social distancing plays out as it does — and gives instructions to the more oblivious among u...
Tags: Art, Dance, Brooklyn, Gia Kourlas, 03.31.20


Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Canceled For First Time Ever

In addition to calling off all events in the June 24-August 30 festival, Jacob’s Pillow administration is making staffing and salary cuts. However, said director Pamela Tatge, “[if] people are able to congregate again in August, we will make every effort to try to bring audiences together in keeping with the public safety guidelines in effect at that time.” – The Berkshire Eagle
Tags: Art, Dance, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, 03.31.20


Dancer In The Dark: Did Intensive Study Of Butoh Drive A Young American Woman To Suicide?

Sharon Stern was a vivacious, popular, hard-working actor when she enrolled in the MFA program at America’s first Buddhist university. There she met Butoh master Katsura Kan and became his ferociously devoted disciple. That ferocity of devotion — to her teacher, to the art form and the idea of loss of self behind it — concerned her parents, her friends, and ultimately Kan himself. When Stern killed herself, her parents blamed Kan and sued him for wrongful death. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, America, Dance, Buddhist, Stern, MFA, Kan, Katsura Kan, 04.06.20, Sharon Stern


Sarasota Ballet Will Support Its Dancers Through The Original End Of The Season

The ballet says that, “We also recognized that while many of our dancers have made their homes here in Sarasota, and others would be able to easily return to their home states/countries, many of the Company were not going to be so lucky. With our dancers from countries like Italy, who are unable to return to their families, we have assured them that we will help in whatever ways we can.” They expect to lose around $800,000. – Ballet News
Tags: Art, Dance, Italy, Sarasota, Sarasota Ballet, 03.26.20


For Commercial Dancers In Los Angeles, All Revenue Streams Are Gone

There’s no touring, no practicing for Coachella, no videos filming. There’s nothing. “As the entertainment business comes to a halt, commercial dancers and choreographers — the performers who animate film, TV and music videos — said the experience has been surreal and stressful.” – Los Angeles
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, Coachella, 03.28.20


Cancelled culture: at-home substitutes for major theatre, art and music events

The Observer’s critics offer creative alternatives to major forthcoming gigs, concerts, shows and exhibitions that have been postponed or called offCancelled: Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Alternative: Charli XCX’s Self-Isolation IG Livestream (Instagram) It’s hard to know how long CXCX will continue with her top-notch series of daily livestreams, in which she’s played at talkshow host, communing with collaborators Christine and the Queens, Rita Ora and Kim Petras, or working out with Diplo. But ...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Art and design, Charli Xcx, Exhibitions, Christine, Kim Petras, Queens Rita Ora


A Ballet School In A Rio Favela

Tuany Nascimento grew up in Complexo do Alemão, a poor and often dangerous group of hillside slums in Rio de Janeiro. She studied dance with hopes of becoming a professional ballerina, a dream she gave up in order to help support her family with a day job. But she kept dancing when she could, and enough neighborhood girls became curious that she started her own school, called Na Ponta dos Pes (meaning on pointe). (video) – Al Jazeera
Tags: Art, Dance, Rio De Janeiro, Ponta, Complexo, Rio Favela, 03.25.20, Tuany Nascimento


New York City Ballet Cancels All Spring Performances But Will Pay Through End Of Season

“The employees who are to be paid and receive benefits through the dark season include the dancers, musicians, stagehands, costume designers, security personnel, ushers and administrators. … For now, their payment schedule is the same as it would have been without the pandemic: They will be paid until the end of the spring season, and then will face a short layoff.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City, Dance, 03.26.20


How I Became A Dance Critic

“So am I a dancer? The short answer is no. And people find this answer surprising. Many expect a dance writer to dance, despite not having the same expectations of other fields. For instance, most food critics are not chefs, and most film critics are not actors or directors.” –
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.23.20


So What Exactly *Is* A Dance Curator?

“Dance curators do a lot more than program a season. They spot raw talent, develop and shape careers, identify trends and create context around what they are presenting. But what does it take to get into this kind of wide-ranging work — and what do curators actually do on a daily basis?” Three of them tell us. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.20.20


What Dancers Are Doing To Maintain During Lockdown

The recently interrupted tours, canceled premieres, locked studios and social distancing requirements have hit the financially fragile, socially enmeshed dance world hard. When your life revolves around lifting, leaping, catching, jumping and otherwise spending time (often literally joined at the hip) with your dance partners, how do you deal with solitary confinement? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.24.20


Yvonne Rainer Creates An At-Home Dance For Coronavirus Quarantine

Brian Seibert: “She calls it Passing and Jostling While Being Confined to a Small Apartment. It’s a dance history exercise [for Seibert’s class at Yale], but it occurred to me that it might double as a diversion for people now cooped up at home; it’s something that anyone can attempt, carefully. Ms. Rainer agreed. So here I can present her first dance for the socially isolated.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Yale, Rainer, Seibert, Yvonne Rainer, Brian Seibert, 03.24.20


London’s Royal Ballet Cuts Ties With Choreographer Liam Scarlett

The move comes after an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Scarlett, who had been artist-in-residence, with students at the Royal Ballet School. The company also said, in what seems a carefully worded statement, that “there were no matters to pursue in relation to alleged contact with students.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Dance, Scarlett, Royal Ballet School, Liam Scarlett, 03.23.20


Debbie Allen, Ben Platt, And Other Celebrities Host Instagram Dance Classes And Parties

Debbie Allen, star and choreographer of Fame, has been hosting dance lessons and classes since Wednesday. “‘While all of us are dealing with this uncertainty and darkness, we will bring the light right here on the dance floor,’ she told her class which amassed to over 89,000 students, as she blasted Fame‘s titular song.” (And don’t forget about #QuaranTunes.) – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Dance, Debbie Allen, 03.21.20, Debbie Allen Ben Platt


High Drag Comes To Flamenco (It Had To Happen Eventually, And It’s Great)

It seems all too obvious to compare flamenco virtuoso/a Manuel Liñán’s all-bio-male show Viva! to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. But, writes Marina Harss, the dancing here is quite traditional, “less satire than declaration of love for flamenco, pure and simple.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Marina Harss, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 03.17.20, Manuel Liñán


Alvin Ailey Dancers Do Part Of ‘Revelations’ On Instagram, Each From Their Own Home

“The idea came from the dancer Miranda Quinn: The opening sequence of The Brady Bunch popped into her head. ‘How they’re all in little squares,’ she said. ‘That made me think of how we’re all being quarantined and are supposed to stay separate, but this was a way for all of us to still be dancing together and creating together even though we’re apart.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Alvin Ailey, 03.19.20, Miranda Quinn


20 Top New Dance Works Of The Last 20 Years

“We polled contributors from around the country to put together a very subjective and not at all comprehensive list.” In addition to Best Dance Theater Work and Best Dance Film, there are such categories as Best Story Ballet Remake, Most Exciting Reinvention of Neoclassicism, Most Satisfying Confusion, and Most Creative Use of Tables. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 03.16.20


Italy’s Dancers, Stuck At Home, Are Taking Class Via App

Marina Harss talks to four dancers from across the country about how they’re staying in shape and in touch despite being more or less trapped in their houses. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Italy, 03.17.20


How Dancers And Dance Organizations Can Prepare For The Financial Fallout Of COVID-19

Garnet Henderson’s guide includes more than just obvious advice such as “keep three to six months’ worth of income in savings” (which, she acknowledges, is impossible for many dancers). One key point: be sure to save documentation of every gig you’ve lost because of the epidemic, because you’ll need it when you apply for aid. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Garnet Henderson, 03.16.20


What Dance Companies Are Doing As Lockdowns Multiply

As dance, music and opera companies seek ways to stream performances online; dance teachers hold class and dance parties on Instagram live; university dance programs unveil plans to move curriculum online; and pioneering choreographers seek ways to make virtual dances amidst this period of social distancing, an uptick in innovative online dance experiences is imminent. But it is impossible to predict now what the overall economic impact of COVID-19 will be on arts and culture—an $800 billio...
Tags: Art, Instagram, Dance, 03.17.20



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