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’

Tamara Rojo BBC

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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Whatever Happened to That Other Choreographer Who Premiered Alongside Liam Scarlett?

choreographer and dancer Jonathan Watkins

“In the spring of 2010, two budding choreographers made their main stage debuts at the Royal Opera House – Liam Scarlett and Jonathan Watkins, both twentysomething dancers with the Royal Ballet.” Scarlett has made conventional career progress at Covent Garden; Watkins went home to Yorkshire and created a dance about a boy and his pet […]

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Martha Graham’s Asian Connection

Martha Graham Asian connection

Wendy Perron: “I’ve read that Graham cultivated an Eastern look herself and was flattered whenever anyone mistook her for Asian. Some think that, since she had a long torso and short legs, her close-to-the-floor technique was particularly suited to Asian bodies. … Whatever the reason, more Asian dancers have found a home in Graham’s company […]

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Misty Copeland on Skin Color and Changing Body Types in Ballet

Misty Copeland

“We’re characters on a stage and portraying a role, so I don’t feel like there is any ideal image that you should have to have, as with actors and actresses. … In terms of body types in ballet, I think the field is becoming more open than it used to be because of the types […]

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Science Answers: What Women Look For In A Male Partner’s Dance Moves

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“They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee. In what might be bad news for the 20% of the population who is left-footed, left knee movement didn’t seem […]

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Shirley Temple As Dancer

Shirley Temple dancing

Joan Acocella: “Since Shirley Temple died, a month ago, I’ve read tributes to her adorableness and her courage and her success. … But I haven’t seen much about Temple as a dancer. She was a pretty good one, and a pioneer.”

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Dancing About Cardiology? Yup.

dancing about cardiology

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects’ 4Chambers “is a kind of hybrid of a dance piece and a science project, with videos about the heart – including the choreographer Ismael Houston-Jones describing his own heart attack” – and a sequence depicting cardiac arrest and CPR (which can be quite a violent process). (audio)

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