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Youth America Grand Prix Marks Two Decades Of Changing The World’s Opinions

The country – and world – is chock-full of serious ballet competitions now. But “before YAGP was founded 20 years ago, it was a much different story. For bunheads, ‘competition’ was almost a dirty word, one associated with back flips, hulking trophies and flashy jazz studios.” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: DANCE, 04.19.19


The Paradox Of Pointe

Classical ballets present a contemporary challenge: “Ballet, like so much else in our current society, is infused with sexist elements that are also elements of beauty. To tease these apart is impossible and should give us pause to contemplate the mixed nature of art and how hard it is to condemn past inequity and abuse when its codification persists in so much of our cultural expression.” – The Smart Set
Tags: DANCE, 04.15.19


Arbitrator: NY City Ballet’s Firing Of Two Dancers Was “Wrong And Unjust”

The two principals, Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro had been dismissed for sharing graphic text messages. An independent arbitrator determined that “while the company was justified in disciplining the two men, suspension was the appropriate action and termination took it too far.” The two will be reinstated. – Dance Magazine
Tags: DANCE, 04.19.19


Akram Khan Completely Overhauls ‘Giselle’

No more sweet village maiden, caddish duke, or white-clad dancing spirits. “Khan’s Giselle has a new score, new décor and costumes, a contemporary setting — migrant laborers in ghostly abandoned factories — and above all a new kind of dancing, which draws on kathak and ballet, on contemporary dance and everyday gesture, on animals and machines.” – The New Yorker
Tags: DANCE, 04.22.19


Dance Theatre of Harlem, formed when ballet companies weren’t hiring dancers of color, celebrates 50 years

The company, created by legendary New York City Ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell, stops in Seattle April 27-28 as part of its 50th anniversary tour.
Tags: Dance, Entertainment


Ballet teacher breaking class barriers with dance in Peru

“The class led by Maria del Carmen Silva, a former professional dancer, is bringing classical ballet dancing to children from impoverished communities where leotards and shiny pink pointe shoes are seldom, if ever, seen. The 52-year-old teacher says her mission isn’t just to teach girls how to plié, but to prepare them for a future outside the boundaries of their poor neighborhood.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 04.15.19


Using Ballet Classes To Help Break Through Peru’s Class Barriers

“The class led by Maria del Carmen Silva, a former professional dancer, is bringing classical ballet dancing to children from impoverished communities where leotards and shiny pink pointe shoes are seldom, if ever, seen. The 52-year-old teacher says her mission isn’t just to teach girls how to plié, but to prepare them for a future outside the boundaries of their poor neighborhood.” – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: DANCE, 04.15.19, Sj


The Choreographer Who Brought Barefoot Modern Dance To Broadway

That would be John Heginbotham, a Mark Morris alumnus who now has his own company. The show is director Daniel Fish’s revisionist Oklahoma! Gia Kourlas talks with the choreographer about what he did with the dream ballet, which is now (after a few other versions) a 13-minute solo. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Broadway, Mark Morris, John Heginbotham, Daniel Fish, 04.16.19, Oklahoma Gia Kourlas


What To Do With A Great Ballet Choreographer’s Turkeys?

“Modern dance companies dedicated to a single choreographer generally have audiences ready to invest in the artist — even when not successful — as much as the art,” but it’s not so simple for classical ballet companies. “What happens when a choreographer of stature misfires? Should the work remain in the repertory? And what about a work that fails on some levels but not others?” Hanna Rubin talks to the leaders of a couple prominent ballet companies about the issue. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.15.19, Hanna Rubin


The Real Prizes In This Ballet Competition Aren’t The Awards

At the Youth America Grand Prix, says founder/artistic director Larissa Saveliev, “You don’t have to win to get the prize. The real prizes are the scholarships. And for those, you just have to be noticed by one director. We are the biggest matchmaker operation in the ballet world.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Larissa Saveliev, 04.16.19, Youth America Grand Prix


The Greatest Dance Teacher Who Never Told You **Anything** — Students Remember Merce Cunningham

Karole Armitage: “Merce did not talk to anyone, ever. He gave no corrections, no communication.” Michael Cole: “He never admonished anybody. … We rehearsed completely in silence.” Valda Setterfield: “He always said: ‘I don’t tell people what to do. If they don’t ask me questions, they’re not ready to hear the answer.'” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Merce Cunningham, Valda Setterfield, Merce, Karole Armitage, 04.15.19


How All Those Non-Cunningham Dancers Learned The 100 Solos For Merce’s 100th Birthday

Yes, it’s true: none of the dancers in the Night of 100 Solos for the Cunningham centennial were ever members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Gia Kourlas reports on how the performers were chosen and how they’ve gone about learning Merce’s dance vocabulary. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Cunningham, Merce, 04.12.19, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Gia


Rebel with a cause: An unexpected female hero rises to power in ‘Devi,’ at ACT

"Devi," the newest dance-drama production from Seattle-based South Asian arts group Pratidhwani, in collaboration with ACT Theatre, is based on an 1884 Bengali novel about a downtrodden woman who rises up against British rule.
Tags: News, Entertainment, Dance, Theater, Seattle, Devi


On April 16, 100 Solos For Merce Cunningham’s 100th Birthday (And You Can Watch Them Anywhere)

“One night. Three cities. Seventy-five dancers. And three unique sets of 100 solos, all choreographed by Merce Cunningham.” And if you can’t be in London, New York, or Los Angeles to watch in person, here’s how to stream them live. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Dance, London New York, Merce Cunningham, 04.15.19


Misty Copeland Curated A Special Dance Photo Section Of The New York Times

OK, that’s pretty cool – here’s an explainer on what she picked, and why. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York Times, 04.13.19


These Survivors Are Using Dance As A Method Of Healing From Abuse [VIDEO]

Sure, dance is great in and of itself, and it needs to further reason to exist or for people to love it. But some rape survivors see it as one method of healing. “I can dance, and I can dance freely,” one said. – BBC
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.14.19


Making Dance Out Of T.S. Eliot’s Poetry (And We Don’t Mean ‘CATS’)

How to make sense of Eliot’s “Four Quartets”? The choreographer isn’t sure, even after years of work. Pam Tanowitz: “It’s massive, it’s hard, it’s abstract. I still don’t understand the poem. … I don’t think you would ever understand it. It’s the kind of thing where you pick it up in a different headspace, age, or whatever’s going on in your life, and you get different things from it.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, Eliot, Pam Tanowitz, 04.11.19


Suzanne Farrell Returns To NYCity Ballet For First Time Since Peter Martins Fired Her In 1993

Farrell’s return to the company’s studios could be further evidence that its new leaders — Director Jonathan Stafford and Associate Director Wendy Whelan — are continuing to make changes for the good. It also seems like a healing act. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Farrell, Wendy Whelan, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Jonathan Stafford, 04.12.19


Ballet Memphis’s New Choreographers’ Residency Aims To Create Uniquely Memphis Dance

During the company’s two-week New American Dance Residency, which starts up for the first time next week, “the dancemakers will visit important Memphis cultural sites … and meet with local experts on Memphis music history, Southern literature and social justice. The goal is to both help develop new choreographers and to encourage the pursuit of research-driven, community-oriented work.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Memphis, SJ, 04.11.19


Ballet Memphis’s New Choreographers’ Residency Aims To Create ‘Research-Driven, Community-Oriented Work’

During the company’s two-week New American Dance Residency, which starts up for the first time next week, “the dancemakers will visit important Memphis cultural sites … and meet with local experts on Memphis music history, Southern literature and social justice. The goal is to both help develop new choreographers and to encourage the pursuit of research-driven, community-oriented work.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 04.11.19


Bob Fosse’s Trademark Moves: An Analysis Of The Only Dance He And Gwen Verdon Ever Filmed Together

“If you’ve seen dancers flare their fingers in the flexed position often mockingly called ‘jazz hands,’ then you’ve seen Fosse, especially if those dancers were also sitting into one hip and hiding their eyes beneath a hat.” Not only did these moves become Fosse’s signature style, they’ve become completely incorporated into the American dance vocabulary. Critic Brian Seibert shows us those moves and their effectiveness in the mambo from the movie version of Damn Yankees. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Bob Fosse, Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Damn Yankees, Brian Seibert, 04.10.19


It’s A Brave Choreographer Who’ll Replace Jerome Robbins’s Dances For ‘West Side Story’

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker is creating new steps for Ivo van Hove’s Broadway production in December, and Justin Peck is doing the same for Steven Spielberg’s movie version. But arriving before those is this spring’s new production at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, making Aletta Collins the first choreographer to replace Robbins’s work in a major professional staging. Says the director, Sarah Frankcom, “Robbins was saying something about where dance was at that time. The relationship between ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Manchester, Broadway, Steven Spielberg, Ivo van Hove, Royal Exchange, Robbins, Justin Peck, Jerome Robbins, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Aletta Collins, 04.10.19, Sarah Frankcom Robbins


Vienna’s State Ballet Rocked By Reports Of Abuse At Its School

“The ballet academy at Vienna’s renowned State Opera was hit Wednesday by allegations of serious physical and mental abuse against its students, as well as sexual assault. The weekly Falter newspaper published findings of a detailed investigation which it said exposed ’19th-century’ methods inflicted on students, illustrating the piece with a photo of the bloodied feet of a student after a day’s training.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Vienna, 04.09.19


Meet The Woman In Charge Of Dance Theatre Of Harlem

“On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Virginia Johnson, artistic director and founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. They talk about how she shifted from principal dancer to founding member to artistic director. Johnson also shares stories about what it meant to grow up as a black ballerina and what progress is being made in the dance culture now.” (podcast) – Slate
Tags: Art, Dance, Johnson, Harlem, SJ, Virginia Johnson, Allison Benedikt, 04.08.19


Vienna State Opera's ballet academy hit by abuse scandal

Austrian magazine alleges pupils were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuseThe Vienna State Opera has launched an investigation and promised far-reaching reforms after allegations that students at its prestigious ballet academy were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse by two teachers.“Things have happened that are unacceptable,” the State Opera’s director, Dominique Meyer, said on Wednesday after the Austrian magazine Falter published a detailed exposé of the alleged abuse ba...
Tags: Europe, Children, Society, World news, Dance, Culture, Austria, Stage, Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer


Wait, Did Russell Maliphant Just Choreograph A Dance About Rolfing?

Not exactly, no, but Silent Lines is about “the internal environment of the body” and very much draws on his training in Rolfing, the deep-tissue massage technique, and in other forms of bodywork. Writer Anna Winter talks with Maliphant about what he’s after in his new piece. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Dance, Russell Maliphant, Anna Winter, 04.09.19, Maliphant


Zadie Smith On What It’s Like To Experience Alvin Ailey

“Off we went — and it was a ravishment. Nothing prepares you for the totality of Alvin Ailey: the aural, visual, physical, spiritual beauty. Up to that point, most high-culture excursions (usually school trips) had felt like sly training for a lifetime of partly satisfying adult aesthetic experiences: nice singing but absurd story, or good acting but incomprehensible 400-year-old text, and so on. To be permitted to hear the thickly stacked, honeyed gospel of “Wade in the Water,” while simultaneo...
Tags: Art, Dance, Zadie Smith, Alvin Ailey, 04.08.19


Nonprofit Uses Hip-Hop Dance To Teach Young Women Of Color How To Code

“‘Coding is repetition, and dancing is also repetition,’ said Franklyn Athias, senior vice president of IP services at Comcast Cable and the coding instructor at danceLogic [in West Philadelphia]. ‘Yes, one is exercise, but you got to learn the routine. It’s the same thing with coding, you still got to learn the routine.'” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, West Philadelphia, Comcast Cable, SJ, 04.08.19, Franklyn Athias


At ‘The Olympics Of Hula’

“Every spring, thousands of hula fans descend upon the Hawaiian town of Hilo and line the bleacher seats at Edith Kanaka’ole stadium. Thousands more across the islands … watch live broadcasts on their televisions or computer screens. All these people are showing up and tuning in for the beloved Merrie Monarch Festival, … arguably the world’s most prestigious (and consistently sold out) hula competition.” – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Dance, Hilo, SJ, 04.04.19, Edith Kanaka