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Discovery of Margot Fonteyn film footage excites ballet lovers

Record of ballerina with young dancers in 1972 found in Royal Academy of Dance archivesShe was one of the greatest ballerinas who ever graced the stage, revered for her musicality, artistry and technical perfection. Now previously unseen footage of Dame Margot Fonteyn instilling the joy of dance in young children has been discovered, to the excitement of historians and ballet enthusiasts.Footage of Fonteyn with young girls taking their first steps in ballet was found in the archives of the Royal...
Tags: London, Dance, Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance, Margot Fonteyn, Fonteyn, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Royal Academy of Dance RAD, Victoria Albert Museum V A

‘Black Magic’ — Voguers Will Loom Over Times Square At Midnight

“Just before midnight every evening in December, some 70 digital billboards encircling the gaudy canyon of Times Square will be co-opted for three minutes by slow-motion images of Black voguers, performing dances of resistance, resilience and liberation. The video installation is the work of the multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome, who has remixed footage from live performances of his 2019 piece Black Magic.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Times Square, Rashaad Newsome, 11.29.20

Watch Digital Dancers Electrify the Streets of Istanbul

Are you open to the idea of otherworldly beings moving amongst us, benign but unseen? Director Gökalp Gönen seems to be in the above video for jazz innovator Ilhan Ersahin’s “Hurri-Mitanni” (Good News). Things kick off in a decidedly low key manner—a young woman sets off for a nighttime stroll through the streets of Istanbul, her face deliberately obscured by a snugly tied black and white cloth. Turning a corner, she passes an anonymous figure, wrapped head to toe in similar stripes. Do...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Instagram, College, Dance, Animation, Istanbul, Harlem, Facebook Twitter, Ayun Halliday, İlhan Erşahin, Gonen, Gökalp Gönen, Sophia Topkaki

Ask A Teen: Ballet’s A Visually Perfect Sport Art Form

Fair enough. The teen, and other dancers, keep their routines going during the pandemic, as well as they can. The high school senior: “I want to inspire people. I wish for people to be moved and left with a sense of pride and joy when they watch me. … That’s all I’ve ever dreamed of really, on the stage or in the street. I want people to look at me and feel inspired.” – Greenville (South Carolina) News
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.23.20

Paradoxically, You Can See More ‘Nutcracker’ Than Ever This Year

That is, if you’re willing to watch on-screen. Collected here are well over 30 options for watching The Nutcracker, or some version of it, this holiday season, from ballet companies across the United States. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.27.20

Gorgeous video of digitally-enhanced dancers cavorting through Istanbul

This video starts off with dancers grooving away in the streets of Istanbul, wearing what, at first, appear to be regular costumes — cool-looking ones, but made out of ordinary materials. Then the costumes start morphing and growing and throwing off crazy CGI effects, and the whole thing becomes a lovely, hallucinogenic riot of color, movement and song. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Dance, Istanbul, Cgi, Instanbul, Eye Candy

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

  Leon Keer’s “In Case of Lost Childhood,” acrylic on hand cut wood panel, is part of the “Nexus Three” online exhibit from Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of Leon Keer/Brand Library and Art Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Nov. 26-Dec. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience, opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Check website on Covid-19 precautions. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective...
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When Is A Piece Of Dance Protected By Copyright And When Not?

“While works of dance clearly are eligible for copyright protection under Section 102(a)(4) of the Copyright Act, determining which dances meet the standard — and which have two left feet — has been tricky and has resulted in a number of high-profile disputes in recent years. However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated copyright dispute may provide important guidance in subsequent dance-related copyright litigation.” – IPWatchdog
Tags: Art, Dance, U S Supreme Court, 11.19.20

Sets appeal: staggering designs for theatre and dance – in pictures

We mine the archive of Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton for the great creations of designers including Tim Yip, Rae Smith and Tom Scutt Continue reading...
Tags: Design, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Es Devlin, Tristram Kenton, Tom Scutt, Miriam Buether, Bunny Christie, Rae Smith, Tim Yip Rae Smith

Could The Pandemic Decentralize The Dance Industry?

Maybe — but, says Dance/NYC’s executive director, “In order for decentralization to be sustained, it must come with intentional investment and organization. … You need cities that invest in the arts as dignified work that should be paid.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.24.20

Queensland Ballet Is Practicing For 2021, And One Of Its Principals Answers Questions

Lucy Green is deeply aware of her privilege right now in the world of ballet – to be employed, to be practicing, to be planning for performance, none of it can be taken for granted during a pandemic. When the interviewer asks her which famous people she’d invite for dinner, she keeps it absolutely real: “I’d much rather have dinner with my family and friends who live interstate/overseas and who I haven’t seen all year due to border closures.” – Ballet News
Tags: Art, Dance, Lucy Green, Queensland Ballet, 11.21.20

In Their Country’s Second Lockdown, London’s Royal Ballet Dancers Are Still Performing

The director of the Royal Ballet, discussing the live-streamed performances: “It’s so important for them to do what they’re trained to do, to be in the studios together, to be rehearsing, and to be performing. It’s their job; it’s their life.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, 11.19.20, Second Lockdown London

Baryshnibot: Ballerina Physicist Invents Ideal Dance Partner For Quarantine

A few weeks after the lockdown started back in March, Merritt Moore — who danced with ballet companies in Oslo, London and Boston before getting a Ph.D. in physics from Oxford — hit on the idea of using a robot as a partner for dance training while in isolation. So she ordered an industrial model and started programming it to do 15-second ballets with her for TikTok and Instagram. The pair has since racked up about 15 million views. (And yes, the machine’s name, which was crowdsourced, is Barys...
Tags: Art, Boston, Dance, Oxford, Oslo London, Merritt Moore, 11.18.20

Character Dance Used To Be An Integral Part Of Ballet, And Just As Popular. What Happened To It?

“Most full-length classical ballets feature several character dances — troupes of dancing peasants, parades of visiting princesses. Today, those dances are often seen as ‘filler,’ interludes to give the principals a breather between classical variations. But back in the 19th century, … character dances had deep cultural significance. … (Picture a Paris opera house full of cheering crowds, demanding multiple encores after their favorite star performs a knockout mazurka.) How did something that u...
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, 11.18.20, Nicole Loeffler Gladstone

Neighborhood Dance Studios Struggle To Survive Pandemic

From the small operations that give youngsters their first lessons (especially in lower-income areas) to big establishments like the Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, dance studios, and the skilled pros who run and teach in them, still have to pay the rent and other expenses even as income has plummeted since COVID-19 struck last spring. Here’s how a few of them are trying to avoid closure and keep dance available to their neighborhoods. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Manhattan, Broadway Dance Center, COVID, 11.18.20

Ethan Stiefel Named Director Of American Repertory Ballet

“The position has been open since former director Douglas Martin’s departure in 2019. …. Stiefel, a former American Ballet Theatre star with directing, teaching and choreographing experience, [begins next July and] brings major name recognition and international credentials to the New Brunswick, New Jersey–based ARB.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, New Brunswick New Jersey, American Repertory Ballet, Stiefel, Ethan Stiefel, Douglas Martin, 11.17.20

Donald Byrd On Making A Career As A Choreographer

“I think that caused me to be really clear for myself about why I was doing what I was doing. I could not take into consideration how people would respond. That included funders and audiences. Part of the risk, then, is that maybe nobody will show up. But when I tried to make things that I thought would please people, I thought those pieces were disasters.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Donald Byrd, 11.16.20

Theater At Jacob’s Pillow Burns Down

“‘It looked like what a bomb must look like when it goes off,’ said Pamela Tatge, the executive and artistic director of [the summer dance mecca], who saw the damage [to the Doris Duke Theater] firsthand. ‘It was just a pile of steel and wood. There’s amazingly one wall and one staircase that remained.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, 11.17.20, Doris Duke Theater

Disabled dancers perform the thousand-hand Bodhisattva

The China Art Troupe of Disabled Persons put on a remarkable display of precision in this version of the thousand-hand Bodhisattva (previously at BB). Now with lasers! Image: YouTube / CCTV English
Tags: Video, News, China, Dance, Bodhisattva, China Art Troupe

Philadelphia’s Count-All-The-Votes Dance Party Was A Deliberate Plan To Avoid Street Violence

“It seemed impromptu. It wasn’t entirely. The undeniable joy before, on, and after Election Day was organic. But a coalition of Philadelphia progressive organizations, many of them Black-led, have for months planned for political tension and unrest, determined to turn down the temperature.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, Philadelphia, 11.09.20

Another COVID Casualty: Toronto Company Dancemakers Closes Permanently

“Starting as a summer project in 1974, Dancemakers went on to curate award-winning Canadian and international performances and play host to a multiyear resident artist program, as well as many presentations and workshops. More than 4,000 audience members and artists passed through each year.” – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Dance, Globe, 11.13.20, Toronto Company

Lauren Anderson Is Thinking About ‘Nutcracker’ In A Season Devoid Of Live Shows

The ballerina danced with the Houston Ballet for years (and now is a program manager in its education department). “I’ll never forget seeing my first Sugar Plum Fairy. Standing there, I’m looking through a stairway that’s part of a set for the party scene. I remember looking through the rungs of that stairway into the light at the Sugar Plum Fairy and wanting to be her. So, I got to retire as the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s a picture of a Mother Ginger Child looking through the rungs of the stair...
Tags: Art, Texas, Dance, Houston Ballet, Lauren Anderson, 10.29.20

The Washington Ballet’s Plan For Ballet During Covid-19

They went fully digital for 2020-2021, making a deal with Marquee TV for four performances. The dancers were split up into 10-person pods, with tests before rehearsal and before filming. Composers Zoomed into orchestra rehearsals. It wasn’t easy, but: “Dancing in a mask and the restraints of the protocol, I mean, nobody loves it. But in comparison to not dancing, really, it’s nothing.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Washington Ballet, 11.12.20

Viral video of ballerina with Alzheimer's shows vital role of music in memory

Music’s primal power for those living with dementia has inspired thousands of YouTube views for a clip of a former dancerWe see a frail and elderly woman in a chair, her eyes downcast. She motions for the music to be turned up, a swelling melody from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and with a little encouragement her hands begin to flutter. Then suddenly her eyes flash and she’s Odette the swan queen at the misty lakeside, arms raised. She leans forward, wrists crossed in classic swan pose; her chin li...
Tags: Health, New York, Youtube, Society, World news, US news, Dance, Mental Health, Culture, Stage, Ballet, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Swan Lake, New York City Ballet, Saldana

Masks, gel, sticks: how a Madrid salsa group kept dancing despite the Covid pandemic

Teacher Juan Margallo has found inventive ways of letting dancers practise safelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUnder a purple Madrid sky and on a carpet of horse-chestnut leaves, cigarette ends and broken beer bottles, six people are dancing their way through the second wave of the pandemic.For all its grace and vigour, the Cuban rueda de casino that they dance is not quite what it once was. The thin light from a lamp in a park south of the city centre reveals masks...
Tags: Europe, Spain, Life and style, World news, Dance, Madrid, Juan Margallo

Founder Of Now-Defunct American National Ballet Charged With Murdering Husband

In early 2017, Doug and Ashley Benefield moved to Charleston with ambitious, high-profile plans to create a top-level ballet company and school there — and over that year, the project gradually and messily fell apart. Now Ashley has been arrested near Bradenton, Florida and charged with shooting Doug during an argument; the couple had separated and were in an ongoing custody dispute over their daughter. – The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
Tags: Art, Post, Dance, Charleston, Ashley, Doug, Bradenton Florida, 11.09.20, Ashley Benefield

Q&A Sessions: Meet Thembisile Xulu, a doctor, hip-hop fan and mother

Dr Thembisile Xulu, the newly appointed chief executive of the Sanac Trust, tells Nicolene de Wee about a new plan to fight HIV, TB and STIs — and her hip-hop dance moves The post Q&A Sessions: Meet Thembisile Xulu, a doctor, hip-hop fan and mother appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Leadership, Hiv, Dance, Hip-hop, Healthcare, Respect, National, Authenticity, Angela Makholwa, Top Six, Health System, South Africa (country, Gender-based Violence, Dr Fixer, Dr Thembisile Xulu, SANAC

The Dance World Is Making Peace With This Online Class Business

“In the time between COVID-19’s first worrisome appear­ance in the U.S. and, for many, months of shelter-in-place orders, dancers and teachers alike found their opinions of online learning shifting: from outright resistance, initially, to begrudging acceptance, to — for some — actual enthusiasm.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.10.20

A Dance Critic On The Dancing In The Streets When The Election Was Called

Gia Kourlas: “Last weekend, the explosion of dance — which overtook social media, making it seem like it was happening everywhere — was a celebration of community. But for those of us in the dance world it emphasized another point: While the pandemic will continue to prevent public performances for what now looks to be another year or so, dance is still alive in the world. … Dancing is not just about moving your body, but reclaiming it — and with that, your faith in the world.” – The New York T...
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.10.20

Former Ballerina with Dementia Gracefully Comes Alive to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake According to dance/movement therapist Erica Hornthal, “dance/movement therapy operates on the premise that our life experiences are held in the body, and that through the use of movement, memories and emotions can be recalled and re-experienced despite cognitive, psychological, or physical impairment.” The video above of former dancer Marta C. González shows in effect how music might activate those muscle memories, as a recording of Tchaikovsky...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Washington, Russia, Neuroscience, Dance, New York Times, Tokyo, Npr, Swan Lake, Cuba, Valencia Spain, Facebook Twitter, Tchaikovsky, Gonzalez