Dance

In Defense Of Aerial Dance

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Lindsey Butcher, artistic director of Gravity & Levity: “Audiences don’t quite know what it is. Circus aficionados tend to think it waters down aerial skills and feel excluded because it is contemporary dance, but equally I’ve had dance buffs tell me I’m ‘selling out’ to circus. The truth is that aerial dance borrows from both […]

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Choreography From The Dancer’s Viewpoint

New York Philharmonic

“It’s not always discussed, but dancers are as integral to the creative process as choreographers. That notion gives Sara Mearns, the fearless and ravishing principal at New York City Ballet, reason to pause: ‘I think I’ve had maybe two questions before about my point of view.’”

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The Penguin Dance Is Sweeping Saudi Arabia

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“In a land where a strict interpretation of Islamic law means movie theaters and many other diversions are banned, nightclubs are unthinkable and the weight of tribal custom is heavy, Saudis in large numbers are discovering the thrill of a little sidekick-sidekick bunny-hop.”

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Going Backstage With Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

“On days that Paul was not in the studio, … the camera could get right up close to the dancers. For visual continuity, the dancers agreed to wear the previous day’s sweaty dance clothes all over again.”

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Stephen Petronio Company Celebrates 30 Years

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“When I hit 50 I stopped dancing for a while because the memory of how I used to dance was too painful for me. But there are things I can do now that I couldn’t then. When you’re young it’s all about how fierce it feels. Now it’s about how deep it feels, and I’m […]

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Why Trey McIntyre Went To, And Stayed In, Boise

Trey McIntyre

“When I first came here they said you’ll disappear off the dance map. The opposite was true – we got a lot of attention. It just requires more creativity. … Being surrounded by other artists and companies [in a big city] is more of a challenge than being away.”

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Bolshoi Ballet Director Talks About Recovery From Acid Attack

Sergei Filin

Sergei Filin can now see (just) well enough to judge a competition (which he’s doing this week). Of healing at the troubled Bolshoi, he says, “It’s primarily myself who has to heal, because I bore the main blow myself. … I think it’s those people who were creating this atmosphere for all these months which […]

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‘It Sounds Like A Stupid Fairytale’: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Wishes Come True With Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

LAC (After Swan Lake), Coliseum, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

When Princess Caroline invited Maillot to lead Monaco’s ballet company, he says, “I wanted to show the world that this company wasn’t the toy of a princess. I wanted a company that would have its own identity. And I wanted Monaco, so small and so specific, to experience the whole possibility of dance.”

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A Critic Revisits the Bolshoi After 30 Years

A Critic Revisits the Bolshoi After 30 Years

Alastair Macaulay: “The Russian nation and its capital city have greatly changed; Russia’s dealings with the West – and its presentation of its own history – have been transformed; and the Bolshoi Theater itself has been completely renovated and partly rebuilt … [and] visually, in its auditorium and its public spaces, [it] may well now […]

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Savion Glover: Why I Tap

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“I don’t tap dance for the sake of applause. I don’t tap dance for the sake of spectacle. I tap dance for equality, I tap dance for the recognition of the man in this country, what we had to go through as a people in order to claim existence in this country.”

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Where Dance and Boxing Meet

Full swing … Mourad Merzouki's Boxe Boxe.

In choreograher Mourad Merzouki’s Boxe Boxe, “as the protagonists come into the ring (complete with stripe-shirted umpire), boxing mitts turn into glove puppets, a dancer’s body curves in a feline swoop only to be caught in a firm headlock, and limbs jab, swipe and kick while a string quartet roams the stage.”

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Choreographers Bare Their Thoughts About Onstage Nudity

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Marie Chouinard, Jonah Bokaer, Sibi Larbu Cherkaoui, Sidra Bell and Alexander Ekman talk “about why and how they use the naked body in their work. While for some it requires serious deliberation and justification, others see nudity as just another tool in their artistic arsenal.”

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Orthodox Jewish Dancercise Is Now a Thing

Orthodox Jewish Dancercise Is Now a Thing

“On a crowded dance floor, a group of 50 women are swaying, stomping, lunging, and gyrating to singer Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty,’ Pitbull’s ‘Don’t Stop The Party’, and other popular numbers blasting over loudspeakers. It could be any trendy New York club, except here the dirty words and sexually explicit lyrics are missing from the […]

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Is It Time To End The Story Ballet?

Justin Peck

“Let’s do a brand-new story that works well for dance, and commission new music, new sets. Have it be a big production. Hire someone to write the libretto. Put a lot of care into it. Even take the time to workshop a lot of it. I’d take an approach that plays or Broadway musicals take, […]

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Tamara Rojo Faces Down BBC’s ‘HARDtalk’ With ‘Joy’

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The Royal Ballet star, now artistic director of English National Ballet, tells the famously confrontational interview program that “We never spend any time talking about the joy, about the huge satisfaction that being a ballet dancer gives you.” (video)

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