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UK’s Oldest Ballerina (Age 81) Gets A Standing Ovation

When Barbara Peters was awarded her Grade seven last year the Royal Academy of Dance told her she was the oldest ballet dancer in the UK. Peters recently received the top Grade eight award from the Royal Academy of Dance with a pass rate of 73 per cent, with no concession made for her age.
Tags: Art, UK, Dance, Peters, Barbara Peters, Royal Academy of Dance

Ten Years After Pina Bausch Died, Her Company Moves On To New Choreographers

Four of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s dancers, including veterans and new members, talk about enterting the very different artistic worlds of Dimitris Papaioannou and Alan Lucien Øyen. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Dimitris Papaioannou, Alan Lucien Øyen, 01.22.19

Alicia Alonso, At Age 98, Finally Turns Over The Reins Of The National Ballet Of Cuba

“[The company has named] the beloved hometown prima ballerina Viengsay Valdés … deputy artistic director, which means she will immediately assume the daily responsibilities of running the company. Alonso will retain the title of general director, but in practice, Valdés will be the one making all the artistic decisions.” — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Cuba, Alonso, Valdes, Alicia Alonso, 01.22.19

Observer Dance Critic Luke Jennings’s Farewell Column

“Part of the excitement of being a critic was that I never knew when a work was going to undo me in this fashion: to leave me so intoxicated that, when writing about it hours or days later, it was still racing through my bloodstream.” — The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, Luke Jennings, 01.19.19

What The Dance World Needs From Artistic Directors (And Doesn’t Always Get Enough Of)

“‘Oftentimes people get put into this position just because they were a star performer,’ says Sacramento Ballet artistic director Amy Seiwert. But leading a healthy, thriving dance company requires a lot more than charisma. Directors also need everything from business savvy to a commitment to nurturing their artists. So how can the dance world be more deliberate about shaping future leaders — and how can aspiring directors prepare themselves to succeed?” — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Sacramento Ballet, Amy Seiwert, 01.18.19

Changing The Face Of Ballet, Both Onstage And Behind The Scenes

“Called ‘The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet,’ the three-year initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a partnership between Dance Theatre of Harlem, the International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance/USA.” — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Mellon Foundation, SJ, Dance USA, 01.18.19

Dancing Around The World

Matt Bray spent a year traveling all over the world filming himself dancing with whomever was where he was. He calls it the “1000 People of Dance” project, and it’s fun. – Mother Nature Network
Tags: Art, World, Dance, 01.18.19, Matt Bray

Portland For Dance (No, Really)

In the past few years numerous choreographers and dancers have moved to the city. There’s space and audiences. And now there’s an interesting dance scene. – Oregon Arts Watch
Tags: Art, Dance, Portland, 01.15.19

Boogie Fever: The Dance Plagues Of Medieval Europe

A widespread belief of the 15th century held that the bite of a tarantula could only be treated by wild, mad dancing; groups of people would be possessed by a compulsion to dance, and towns would pay musicians to play for the sufferers. (Hence the dance called the tarantella.) “In fact, mass epidemics of dancing have afflicted various parts of Europe since the seventh century, breaking out particularly in times of famine, disease, and political unrest.” — JSTOR Daily
Tags: Art, Europe, Dance, 01.10.19

Dance Magazine Handicaps The New York City Ballet Directorship Candidates

“The new director’s name could be released any day now. And we have some theories about who it might be.” Lauren Wingenroth runs down a list of ten possibilities (though she seems to think only two are really likely). — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Lauren Wingenroth, 01.17.19, New York City Ballet Directorship Candidates

One Of New York City Ballet’s Most Atypical Dancers Takes On One Of Its Most Difficult Roles

“When he dances, he soars; in life, he swerves into self-doubt. Yet Mr. Stanley, a shy and self-effacing mixed-race 27-year-old gay man, has become one of the company’s most valued principals, both for his dancing and for what his presence means.” Gia Kourlas meets Stanley as he prepares to dance the title role in Balanchine’s Apollo. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Stanley, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, Gia Kourlas, 01.17.19

Where Dance Meets Physics (Where? Yale, Of Course)

For eight years now, a pair of Yale professors, Sarah Demers (particle physics) and Emily Coates (ballet), has taught a course called “The Physics of Dance.” “Their partnership has involved everything from directing a short film to presenting a TedX Talk and performing a piece that Coates created, commissioned by Danspace Project. This month, they’re publishing a book.” — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Yale, Coates, Emily Coates, 01.17.19, Yale Of Course, Sarah Demers

On Balanchine’s ‘Apollo’ (Alastair Macaulay Is Back)

With observations from three New York City Ballet alumni who learned the title role from Mr. B himself, the recently-retired chief dance critic of The New York Times looks at what makes this ballet different from the rest of Balanchine’s oeuvre. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York Times, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, 01.15.19

Carlos Acosta Named Director Of Birmingham Royal Ballet

The 45-year-old Cuban was one of the (London) Royal Ballet’s most popular stars in his 17 years with the company, from which he retired about three years ago. He says he hopes to “look for choreographers that the Royal Ballet isn’t looking at, people and ballets that might not be obvious.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 01.15.19, London Royal Ballet

Ballet Specifically For TV As A Way To Get Kids Interested In Dance

Shot as 40-minute films in vibrant high-definition colours, the Bite-Sized Ballets series will kick off with an adaptation of the Tortoise & the Hare, to be followed by Elves & the Shoemaker and Three Little Pigs. At the start of each film, the story is narrated on screen and dance instructors show children how to do some of the moves to create a sort of dancealong. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, 01.12.19

After His Anti-Gay Instagram Post, Sergei Polunin Gets Dropped By Paris Opera Ballet

It was only last Thursday that the company announced that Polunin would be making a guest appearance as Siegfried in Swan Lake. Saturday, artistic director Aurélie Dupont announced that he wouldn’t be appearing after all, because of certain “public statements … [that] didn’t correspond to her values or to those of the institution she represents.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Swan Lake, Siegfried, Paris Opera Ballet, Aurélie Dupont, Sergei Polunin, Polunin, 01.14.19

Paris Opera Ballet drops Sergei Polunin over homophobic rant

Dancer withdrawn from Swan Lake after he posted series of sexist comments on InstagramSergei Polunin, the Royal Ballet-trained dancer who revels in a “bad boy of ballet” reputation, has been dropped from a production in Paris after a series of homophobic and sexist social media posts.It was revealed last week that Polunin had been invited to play Prince Siegfried in Paris Opera Ballet’s February production of Swan Lake. By the weekend the invitation was withdrawn. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Dance, Culture, Paris, Royal Ballet, Stage, Ballet, Swan Lake, Siegfried, Paris Opera Ballet, Sergei Polunin, Polunin, InstagramSergei Polunin the Royal Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Jonathan Porretta to retire

Jonathan Porretta, long an audience favorite for the fearless abandon of his technique and the irresistible charisma of his performances, will end his 20-year career with PNB at the end of this season.
Tags: News, Entertainment, Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, PNB, Jonathan Porretta

An Ad Gone Viral Tells The Story Of Race And Ballet

The English National Ballet ad for Swan Lake stars a Black American dancer – but the show sure doesn’t. “Ballet is interesting because it can be seen both as an enclave of whiteness and privilege, and as an outrunner of change.”  – Quartz
Tags: Art, Dance, 01.11.19, English National Ballet ad for Swan Lake

The Brutal Toll Of Ballet

Want to see the reality of what dance does to a (male) body? Check out this story on The Royal Ballet’s top dancer. “Watson said living with injuries is the daily reality of a ballet dancer but the body slowly repairs itself.” – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, Dance, Royal Ballet, Watson, 01.12.19

Alastair Macaulay Takes Issue With Dance Magazine Over 180-Degree Leg Lifts Story

The newly-retired dance critic of The New York Times wrote an actual letter to the editor saying that, while he quite liked Emma Sandall’s article this week about the history of high leg lifts in ballet, there were a few historical assertions in it that he takes issue with. — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, The New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, Emma Sandall, 01.10.19

Sergei Polunin Gets Himself In Trouble Again, This Time With Homophobic Instagram Post

“Though Polunin has long had a reputation for behaving inappropriately, in the last month his posts have been somewhat unhinged. … A troubling tirade about gender and sexuality remains on his feed, … though it’s hard to discern his point through his manic language.” In reaction, some Paris Opera Ballet dancers are objecting to his upcoming guest appearance in the company’s Swan Lake. — Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, Swan Lake, Sergei Polunin, Polunin, 01.10.19, Time With Homophobic Instagram Post

Once-Feted Dancing Girls Of Lahore Fall On Hard Times As Pakistan Becomes Ever More Conservative

“The dancing style is known as ‘nautch,’ and is a sophisticated art form that arose out of the Muslim Mughal empire and peaked in the mid-19th century.” After partition, many of India’s nautch dancers settled in Lahore, where the form had a new heyday. Now the Pakistani authorities have cracked down, closing venues and schools, and most of the best dancers have gone abroad. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Pakistan, LAHORE, 01.05.19, Lahore Fall On Hard Times

A New Phase In Art And Dance Made By Artists With Disabilities

This new wave “is a consideration of the aesthetic possibilities of disability. It’s not about adaptation or accommodation. It’s about how unique bodies, minds, senses and phenomenological experiences of disability and impairment—along with the political aspects and intersectional identities—can create new work.” – Vice
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, 01.08.19

Woman stuck in an airport for 4 hours gets creative and makes this 1980s-style music video

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has some stiff competition when it comes to dance videos. Twitter user @katiemgould missed her flight in Atlanta and had to wait four hours for another plane. But rather than sit around in a bored stupor, she took advantage of the airport and made this MTV-worthy music video to "You Make My Dreams," by Hall & Oates. I missed my flight and it was 4 hours until the next so this is what I did — lil hunny (@katiemgould) January 10, 2019
Tags: Post, News, Music Videos, Atlanta, Dance, Mtv, Hall Oates, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Alexandria's competition

The Virtuoso Of Light Who Paints It On Dance

Brandon Stirling Bake: “In the same way that a painter may use a brush to create phrases and mix color, I’m doing that with light. And lighting also has rhythm and pace. My friends back home will say, ‘Why did you give up music?’ But I never gave up music. I just use a different instrument now.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 01.09.19, Brandon Stirling Bake

Memories Of One Of ‘The Old Gang’ At Judson Dance Theater

Aileen Passloff, now 87 and still working as a choreographer, talks to Gia Kourlas about the 1950s and ’60s, when a new generation was transforming what dance could be; her studies with a Diaghilev alumna; and climbing up a fire escape in heels and sneaking into City Center. — The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, City Center, Diaghilev, Gia Kourlas, Judson Dance Theater, 01.08.19, Aileen Passloff

Why The 87-Year-Old Founder Of Philadanco Dance Wants To Start A New School

Joan Myers Brown: “We started talking about how children are no longer interested in training. They see So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars and want to do ‘trick, trick, trick,’ rather than putting in the hours honing proper technique.“We wanted to change the system of teaching dance in their schools.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, Philadanco, 01.08.19, Joan Myers Brown

‘Trust-Based Philanthropy’: The Long, Fruitful Relationship Between The Alvin Ailey Company And Prudential

“What makes this partnership special is not just its longevity, but the nature of support that has allowed Ailey to grow into a stable, globally recognized organization. Unlike many grantmaking organizations, in this case at least, Prudential has not only made significant, sometimes unrestricted financial commitments, they have leveraged their own relationships and knowledge for Ailey’s benefit.” — Nonprofit Quarterly
Tags: Art, Dance, Prudential, Ailey, 01.04.19, Alvin Ailey Company