Former principals Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, who retired from MCB in the spring, have founded Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, which makes its debut this weekend.
The project, titled “Under the Skin,” is “said to be the first time a ballet company has curated a month-long programme of projects made for the format.”
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the original BalletBoyz, write about how they and their company adapted their 2015 stage production Young Men into a full-length film.
Turns out that the habits, discipline and creativity of dancers offers excellent lessons for business leaders…
She clings to the possibility that dance is a universal language, one that can transcend race, sex, class, and even time. She is fond of a story of Fred Astaire begging Michael Jackson to teach him to moonwalk, musing that “a great dancer has no time, no generation, he moves eternally through the world, so that any dancer in any age may recognize him.”
Training for sports has become scientific, with athletes working with scientists to optimize their performance. Now the idea has come to dance – both to prevent and mitigate injury but also to maximize performance.
“It is with both bewilderment and sadness that one might look over the National Ballet of Canada’s 2016/17 season and think: What can be considered vital among it? What conversations can these ballets possibly provoke?”
Or is it just another ad for sequined pointe shoes with no meaning? “It is with both bewilderment and sadness that one might look over the National Ballet of Canada’s 2016/17 season and think: What can be considered vital among it? What conversations can these ballets possibly provoke?”
The movie, which was made by the only Indigenous student studying film and TV at his university, gained “unprecedented access” to the Australian Ballet’s rehearsal rooms and performance spaces. People will “get to see the pain, the trouble, the injuries, the competitiveness that goes on behind the making of these productions.”
“The campaign, which officially launched Thursday, shows dancers from the National Ballet of Canada in photos and online videos dancing and posing in subway stations, on streetcars and in buses. But Jill Andrew, co-founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards, worries the images send the wrong messages about what healthy, confident humans should look like.”
Roslyn Sulcas talks to Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin about the program of new and recent work Osipova put together this summer and is bringing to the States.
In an article headlined “Dancing with the stars” (ahem), Dance Manchester director Deb Ashby writes about Stellarium, a project led by three female astrophysicists and a female choreographer that actually is communicating concepts of basic astrophysics to primary school students via dance performance.
The University of Cape Town told the company to move out after students protested ballet as “Eurocentric and colonial”; the dancers claimed they were physically threatened. For now CTCB is using a studio at the back of its performance venue, but the executive director says they’ll have to close entirely if they don’t have a home by January.
Did you even know there was a Guinness record for such a thing? “A video of the Sunday event shows a total 50,085 people performing a dance routine at the same time in cities including Shanghai, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, Chongqing and Shenzhen.”
“After 82 years of partnership, Cape Town City Ballet has been booted out of its University of Cape Town premises because ballet is ‘Eurocentric and colonial’. Company members said they had to rush in to clear out their lockers after they were told it was ‘unsafe’ for them to be at the university.”
And it’s by one of the least likely choreographers for such a traditional company: Brian Sanders, whose own aerial dance company is called JUNK. When artistic director Ángel Corella asked him to collaborate, says Sanders, “I was flabbergasted.”
“All too often, when ballet and modern dance meet, compromises are made: Dancers – and dances – turn to mush. That was exactly what Sara Mearns, the New York City Ballet principal, was trying to avoid when she asked the contemporary choreographer and dancer Jodi Melnick to work with her as part of a residency at Jacob’s Pillow last fall.”
Starting next year. the young British choreographer, currently Artist in Residence at the Royal Ballet, will also be an Artistic Associate at Queensland Ballet.
Do the usual: Apprentice, try to job-shadow and assist the best people, fly with your own wings – and be prepared for a few problems. “One of the toughest challenges will be getting people to see you in a new light.”
Audience members pick their own music as dancers dance to the music that works for them.
Carla Körbes became a professional at New York City Ballet, but left because she wanted a greater variety of repertoire; she went to Pacific Northwest Ballet and had a brilliant career, but retired at age 33. (“I wasn’t having fun anymore,” she says.) But up at Vail, Damian Woetzel got her back onstage, and she’s about to dance Martha Graham in New York.
“The man in the photograph at right is angled slightly to one side, his arm curved and his fingers – held together, sharply separated from the thumb – pointing down into what appears to be an upside-down fish. Above him floats a bee, and a snake curls languorously over a branch, appearing to watch his activities with interest.”
“Rodin used his (by then significant) influence to champion the careers of these dance pioneers and he was a key figure in supporting Nijinsky during the brouhaha that followed his 1911 ballet L’Apres Midi d’un Faune, when half of Paris claimed to be scandalised by its pagan images of sexuality and its adoption of archaic-looking dance forms.”
The Bolshoi’s spokesperson stressed that Pavel Dmitrichenko, now out of jail, requested and was given a building pass only so he could take classes. “But that does not mean that he will join the company later. This question is not even under discussion for now.”
“With such works as his funny and homoerotic Swan Lake, he’s attracted a whole new audience to contemporary dance and made himself a household name. But despite his past successes, Bourne knows that he’s taken on a monumental challenge with his … adaptation of the Powell and Pressburger film.”
“Pavel Dmitrichenko, the Bolshoi dancer convicted and jailed for ordering the infamous acid attack on his boss at Russia’s chief ballet company, is reported to have been back in the Bolshoi doing ballet class for the past month, hoping to return to the stage.”
For several summers now, the former New York City ballet principal has been putting together unusual combinations of dance styles, performers and roles at his Vail International Dance Festival. Why is he only now presenting the results in the city? “I’ve always felt a little reticent simply because what goes on in Vail – it’s very much a lab atmosphere. But then it started to feel that there were a number of things that haven’t been seen in New York.”
She took over from Septime Webre as artictic director in July, and her first changes are just starting to show up. Jennifer Stahl gives us a rundown of what they look like so far.
The company had 2,277 performances and outreach events in the 2015/16 season with a total attendance of 918,131. There were77 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with 141,146 in attendance and 2,190 community events reaching 760,413 young people and their families.
“What began as four friends getting together for a meal evolved into a published reading list, open meetups, and performances. gaskin says the controlling idea was to ‘keep that feeling we had when we started. We want to make it accessible and something people can engage in no matter what level they’re at.'”