Go Backstage At Seven Different Opera Companies, Live Via YouTube

Rehearsals for La Bohème at Opera North

This Saturday, Britain’s seven nationally funded companies are joining forces to take viewers inside the processes of making opera – from creating a set for The Magic Flute and a costume for Don Giovanni to preparing for the evening’s performance of Julian Anderson’s new opera The Thebans to composer Errolyn Wallen composing an aria on the spot to a text suggested via Twitter.

Justin Peck In Process: The Choreographer Talks About His Newest Work For New York City Ballet

Justin Peck

“I formulate my ideas based on the structure and melodies of the music and certain emotions captured in it. And this is such a full piece of music. When I realized the scale of it I started thinking about having a large cast. … If you’re playing with Legos, you can build something more substantial if you have 100 pieces instead of 3.”

Turning Dyslexia Into Dance

Aakash Odedra

A dancer trained in kathak, a classical form from northern India, writes of how his struggles with language – including incorporating a new dance vocabulary into his body – led to the creation of two new works.

Vladimir Putin’s Four Dirty Words


David Remnick looks at ‘the four pillars’ of Russian profanity – хуй, пизда, ебать, and бляд – and the many, many works that might run afoul of Russia’s new legislation outlawing those words in all public performances.

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