Apollinaire: Making megabuck ballets better [plus-- hot off the presses!--dialogue with choreographer and dance critic Leigh Witchel!]

It is terrible to spend an evening at a million-dollar ballet and feel that in the end it wasn't worth it. This art form doesn't have that much money to waste. So before another disappointment hits the stage -- the new "Sleeping Beauty" this spring by Kevin McKenzie and kooky Gelsey Kirkland (the onetime Michael Jackson of the ballet world) for American Ballet Theatre, perhaps? or will it be Peter … [Read more...]

Apollinaire: Protocol

I gather from my blogger peers that I'm supposed to let you know when I plan to disappear from here for a time, so you don't keep checking. It's such a comforting thought--that somebody is checking and swearing "Drats!" when he finds nothing new! So: I hope to resurface from various deadlines and the flus wafting through the balmy globally warmed winter air next week. On the occasion of Peter … [Read more...]