Dance

Carlos Acosta Says Dance Education Should Be Free

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“[Dance education] should not have a cost or price. … When you put a price on [access], then you divide into two camps those who can and those who cannot. In the camp of those who cannot I bet there is a lot of talent there, a lot of Nureyev … I think we should demand at the highest level that these things should happen. It is a fight to take to the government.”

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The Great Dissident Soviet Choreographer You’ve Never Heard Of

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“How miraculous that amid all that suffocating tulle, a ballet flame-thrower named Leonid Yakobson emerged. … Dancers hungry for a challenge loved the odd body shapes, sexiness and wit of his choreography. Among his disciples were the young Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov” as well as Maya Plisetskaya. Even Richard Nixon was a fan.

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Heart Of A Ballet Superstar: Wendy Whelan At 47

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“She was, and is, longer than most. More angular. Like calligraphy, critics said. And that’s just the start. They go crazy for her work ethic. Her astounding strength. Her rapturous, incandescent spirituality. So have choreographers. … Last fall, at 47, Whelan left the New York City Ballet. But she’s still dancing.” (audio; includes video clips)

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Death Of A Dancer – How To Prepare?

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“So how does one plan for a tragedy? You really can’t. You plan for your organization’s response to one. That is to say, put in place the information, guidelines, training, and materials needed to help company leadership and staff deal with a most difficult and often chaotic time.”

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The Power Of The #Ballet Hashtag

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“Ballet is easily the most photogenic of the sports. An art form that toes the line between performance and feats of athleticism, it’s filled with pirouettes and arabesques that when frozen in a frame appear like paintings or perfectly sculpted statues.”

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“Unscrambling An Egg” – Can A Dance Work Be Edited?

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Judith Mackrell: “A couple of months ago I asked whether choreographers need editors and whether dance, like literature, might benefit from having some kind of inbuilt system of feedback, comment and control. It became clear that this was a question that others were asking. And a few weeks later, it was taken up by Rambert in their offer of a public debate.”

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Florence Shuts Down Its Ballet Company – For The Second Time

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Two years ago, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, facing the same cash crises that afflict most Italian opera houses these days, announced that it could no longer afford to maintain its ballet company, called MaggioDanza. Supporters put together a private entity intended to maintain the troupe at the theater. It didn’t work (and they’re all suing each other), so MaggioDanza will close after all. (in Italian)

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Tamara Rojo Programmed An Entire Evening Of New Ballet By Women Choreographers – But It Wasn’t Easy

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“There are so many talented female choreographers out there, but they’re much less quick than men to accept work. Some of the women I approached had little children and decided it was too much to deal with. Some felt they were not ready for a big London commission. … There’s no shortage of men who want to experiment and put themselves forward, but we have to go out to find the women.”

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Meet The Healer To The Stars Of Ballet

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“Since founding her practice in 2008, Rodriguez has become the go-to physical therapist for much of the ballet world’s elite talent, treating marquee dancers like Benjamin Millepied and Wendy Whelan, as well as members of companies including the New York City Ballet, the Alvin Ailey school and France’s Paris Opera Ballet.”

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Being Guillaume Côté

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The 33-year-old Quebecker is a principal and the National Ballet of Canada and arguably the nation’s biggest male ballet star. He also makes high-profile guest appearances, composes and performs music, runs a summer arts festival in the countryside north of Montreal, and is choreographing a full-length ballet based on one of the most beloved works in all of French literature (Le Petit Prince). And he’s a dad.

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Making A Living With Flamenco In Its Most Iconic City

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“Juan Ramírez’s days begin and end with flamenco – the iconic, traditional form of folk music from Andalusia in Spain that emphasises percussive guitar, powerful singing, fierce dancing and, above all, potent emotion.”

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The Dance Ad That’s Got Everyone Talking (A Review)

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“The images flash between the noble and the grotesque, as a Renaissance artist might put it–the polished and the rough, elegant and comic, masque and antimasque. Then as now, we’re fascinated by these contrasts, these irreconcilable parts of our essential humanness. It satisfies something innate to see opposites in play.”

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Here’s What It Takes To Program A Dancing Robot (Amazing)

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“Technically, the performance is astonishing. The robot itself required a full four months of on-site programming and rehearsal. That most demanding and conspicuous technical element makes the hour-long performance’s lighting seem elementary by comparison, but it is similarly high-tech and essential to the piece’s sleek, minimalist aesthetic.”

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Dance Company’s New Artistic Director Quits Even Before He Takes The Job

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Gustavo Ramirez Sansano was appointed in November 2014, alongside Paul Kaynes as chief executive, as National Dance Company Wales new artistic director and was due to begin his tenure in June. National Dance Company Wales’s previous artistic director and co-founder Ann Sholem stepped down in 2013 after 30 years in charge of the company.

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Books A Dancer Reads

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A lot of dance books tend to be about fitness or glamorize one company or one dancer. I like to read about trends so I look at writers like Selma Jeanne Cohen, who wrote “Dance as a Theatre Art” about the history of dance, and the New Yorker dance critic Arlene Croce.

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