Peter Sellars To Stage His First Dance Work

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“[He] has directed operas and theater, collaborated with Toni Morrison and staged St. Matthew’s [sic] Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic. Now, he will turn his attention to Flex, a Brooklyn-born form of street dance, in a commission from the Park Avenue Armory [in New York].”

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When Bill T. Jones Met John Cage

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“[Cage] literally represented for me everything cool and removed and sophisticated at a time when I was trying to wend my way into the art world.” The choreographer talks about the genesis of his dance-theater work Story/Time.

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“Dance Is An Intellectual Art Form”: Wayne McGregor On Choreography, Creativity, And Cognition

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“We have this idea, partly because of the past, of choreographers just coming and dancers just doing as if they’re not thinking. We know that dance is as much a cognitive act as it is a physical act. That’s why I’ve been very interested in physical thinking. If it’s a cognitive act, how is it that you can inspire people to be more creative cognitively?”

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Dancing About Peptides: Science PhD Students Choreograph Their Theses

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“Why would you want to write a PhD abstract when you could make it truly abstract – through the medium of interpretive dance? For the seventh year running, Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have challenged PhD students to do just that.” (includes video)

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Roombas Dance To The “Blue Danube” Waltz

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An interaction designer and a choreographer worked together to program a dozen of the little robot vacuum cleaners (yes, six as boys and six as girls) to dance as if they were in a Vienna ballroom. The only problem: Roombas get distracted by dust. (includes video)

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Could These Ballet Shoes Notate A Dancer’s Steps?

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Barcelona designer Lesia Trubat says that, “after observing the motions of their bodies as they glide and pirouette, she realized that through contact with the ground, a lilypad arduino microcontroller board could record the pressure and actions of their feet and send the signal to an electronic device,” with which users could render the movementd graphically.

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Doris Hering Charted The Rise Of New York City Ballet And Basically Made Dance Criticism A Thing In The U.S.

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“She began reviewing for Dance in the late 1940s and, from 1951 to 1971, was the magazine’s associate editor and principal critic. Early on, immersed in the New York dance scene, she underwent a change of outlook in 1957, when she was given an out-of-town assignment.” She was 94 when she died earlier this month.

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Dancing American Priests Become Internet Sensation

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“A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.”

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Three Dance Companies Hire New Artistic Directors (Here’s How They Did It)

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“One of the biggest issues we struggled with as a committee was involving the company dancers in the process. It was a fine line because things tended to get personal. What some dancers failed to recognize was the search committee had a lot of information the dancers were not privy to. It is great to involve everyone in the organization in the process but know where you have to draw the line.”

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Mikhail Baryshnikov Salutes Wendy Whelan

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“The German sociologist Erich Fromm said that creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. That’s what Wendy has, in my opinion – courage. … It may sound like a silly pun, but when I say there’s a certain grace to these next steps, I mean it in the most sincere way. I salute her fortitude, and along with everyone else, I’m eager to see what she does next.”

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Is This Britain’s Next Great Ballerina?

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“At the age of 22 and still a junior soloist, [Francesca] Hayward is already being fast-tracked into principal roles. The self-possession and technical command of her performances have fired enormous interest among critics, bloggers and fans, and ignited hopes that she may become that elusive thing, the next great British ballerina.”

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Coordinating Every Part Of The Dancer – For Eight Decades

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“A young ballerina at the Kirov at the height of Soviet isolationist policy, a revered star and a card-carrying member of the Communist Party as glasnost began to break through, she has lived and worked in America since 1989, when Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to teach at Ballet Theater.”

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Edward Villella Gives Ice Dancing A Spin

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No, not as a skater. (Our Eddie is 78, after all.) Dick Button – no doubt with an assist from Villella’s wife, once a champion skater herself – convinced him to try choreographing serious ice ballets. (And by the way, Villella says, “I will never work for a board again and I will never raise money again. It’s a beautiful freedom.”)

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She’s Making Flamenco Postmodern

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“Some say she’s killing ‘real’ flamenco – but Rocío Molina has no time for conservatism. She’s teaming up with a Korean hip-hop dancer and takes her inspiration from Nietzsche and Brueghel.”

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Christopher Wheeldon, Edgar Degas, And “Swan Lake”

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“Wheeldon discovered that the rather seedy world of 19th-century ballet harbored a counterpart to evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. In Degas’s paintings, ‘I kept seeing this mysterious top hatted figure,’ he says, ‘standing in the wings, looking out onstage.'”

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NY City Ballet Star Retiring

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“After 30 years with City Ballet, almost to the day, Wendy Whelan dances her final performance Saturday, one that’s sure to be marked by tears, hugs, and countless bouquets. Whelan is such a popular figure with NYCB audiences that the show sold out within minutes.”

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Ángel Corella Brings A New Atmosphere To Pennsylvania Ballet

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“‘Keep your elbows lifted, even when your arms are crossed over your chest – as though you’re in a bar, having a drink.’ So said the Pennsylvania Ballet’s new artistic director as he taught a recent company class in preparation for the dancers’ debut under his leadership this week. His unexpected suggestion, whimsical but clear, is typical of his style. It achieved the intended result.”

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When Fashion Partners With Ballet

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“Whenever fashion designers, with their house signatures and acclimation to ego-stroking, are involved in ballet, the question arises of whether the costumes enhance the dance or distract from it.”

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Miami City Ballet Apprentices At Work

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“From professional rehearsals and classes with the Miami City Ballet to training with the Miami City Ballet School, the apprentices experience dance as both students and professionals. They are constantly focused on their ultimate goal: achieving careers as professional dancers.”

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How Garth Fagan Makes His Dances

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“Fagan’s blend of Afro-Caribbean and modern dance is technically challenging, requiring changes in rhythms and speed. … But Fagan’s choreographic process begins in silence, when he has the dancers learn the movement and rhythms. ‘They learn the parts of the body that they should and shouldn’t use,’ added Fagan, ‘then I bring the music and their eyes light up.'”

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