Sunday, September 26, 2021

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The Only Degree Program In Dance In The State Of Arkansas Has Been Axed

The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock formally voted last week to eliminate the school's BA in dance. A formerly tenured professor in the department is reaching out to other campuses. - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Choreographer Jan Fabre Will Stand Trial For Sexual Harassment And Assault

The case, to be tried next spring in Antwerp, "stems from complaints by 20 dancers from his company who in 2018 alleged … a toxic work environment where sexual acts became an exchange for performance time and where 'humiliation was our daily bread'." - Yahoo! (AFP)

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet May Be Gone, But Its Successor Is Now Taking The Stage

The former company shut down in March after 25 years, but five of its dancers, with one colleague and choreographer Ben Needham-Wood, have formed Dance Aspen, just now giving its first performance. Here the executive director and a company member discuss what they've learned so far. - Pointe Magazine

The Royal Ballet’s Most Unlikely Star Says Farewell To The Stage

Edward Watson was a very promising student, but the gangly ginger never fit the handsome-Prince mold. As he retires after 27 years with the company, 16 of them as principal, his astounding flexibility and dramatic intensity have created a new model for male ballet stars. - Dance Magazine

The Escape Of Afghanistan’s Only Woman Whirling Dancer

Fahima Mirzaei was about to kick off a tour of Afghanistan when the Taliban took over - and she had to run. This is the story of her escape. - BBC

The Jewish Refugees Who Helped Bring Chinese Ballet To Shanghai

May 21, 1933: "Shanghai had never seen an evening like this before, with Chinese and Western performers all working together." - Los Angeles Review Of Books

‘Learned Behaviour’ At The Royal Ballet: How A Case Like Liam Scarlett’s Could Happen

Luke Jennings: "His behaviour (was) egregious and exploitative, but his is not an isolated case. It is symptomatic of a culture I have seen up close over many years that shaped and enabled him, that allowed for his own exploitation as a young man." - London Review of Books

Baryshnikov The Dancer Becomes Baryshnikov The Photographer

“I can see the almost spiritual obsession with dance that I myself have felt, but now observe it from the outside,” Baryshnikov says by phone from his home in New York. “For me it’s like rediscovering the very essence of dance.” - Toronto Star

How Things Change When Your Dance Video Becomes A Viral Sensation

She’s earned a following of more than 250,000 on Instagram and 460,000 on TikTok — as well as amassing 15.3 million likes on TikTok. - Lake Geneva News

It’s Not Easy To Be Both A Professional Dancer And Religiously Observant

"By and large, the North American dance community is secular and leans politically to the left. For Orthodox Jews as well as some evangelical Christians, Catholics and Muslims, among others, carving out a career in dance while practicing their faith remains a challenge." - Dance Magazine

For The First Time, A Dancer In A Wheelchair Will Perform With London’s Royal Ballet

Joe Powell-Main studied at the Royal Ballet's school for four years, until his accident at age 15. Now 23 and a member of Ballet Cymru in Wales, he'll be in a piece created on the Royal Ballet for the homecoming of the UK Paralympics team. - London Evening Standard

Gymnasts Are Getting Dancier — And Getting Attention

Recently, it seems, an NCAA routine goes viral every year not necessarily for its technical content, but for the sheer quality of the dancing. - Dance Magazine

A Real-Life ‘Black Swan’ Homicide? TV News Takes On The American National Ballet Fiasco

The CBS newsmagazine 48 Hours does a 42-minute report on founders John and Ashley Benefield, the idealistic dance company that collapsed just as it was beginning operations, and the conflicts that led to one of the couple shooting the other. - CBS News

Katherine Dunham Was More Than A Choreographer And Ethnographer. She Was An Entrepreneur.

Her Ballet Nègre in Chicago, founded in 1930, was only the second ballet company of any kind in America. Her revues Tropics and Le Jazz "Hot" became Broadway hits. Katherine Dunham Dance Company toured the world and supported a school — and she handled the finances herself. - Forbes

A Choreographer’s Podcast Examines How The Hell You Can Eke Out A Living In Dance In This Country

Miguel Gutierrez's Are You for Sale? explores "the ethical entanglements between art and money": the convoluted systems of philanthropy and grant applications, the good and bad points of state funding, "these horrible, infantilizing roles that the economic conditions of making work impose onto us." - The New York Times

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