“Grouping young ballet dancers by their developmental rather than chronological age could help lower their risk of injury, a study has suggested. The technique, known as bio-banding, is growing in prominence for other sports, including football and rugby.”
“Women wrote or directed 73% of Lifetime’s original films from 1994–2016. Lifetime’s always invested in female viewers, stories, and creators, but until public awareness of Hollywood’s entrenched misogyny crescendoed into a federal investigation, this priority went largely unheralded.”
Becoming a Jacobean playwright was so much more than a change in terminology.
“Now living in an orphanage in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Negin leads the Zohra orchestra, an ensemble of 35 women at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music that plays both Western and Afghan musical instruments.”
“Vaziev insists it was time for him to return home to the tradition he grew up in as a dancer. He says he brings few lessons back from his time in the West, other than being firmly convinced there is nowhere in the world that ballet is danced better than in Russia.”
Now you can get a Netflix-competitor standalone Amazon Prime Video service. Books? Other goods? Meh. Streaming!
“Gulf Labor members said they, along with other rights advocates, had provided the museum with examples of contract language that could help address issues related to recruitment fees, wages and the ability to organize. Museum officials have said those areas were beyond their direct influence.”
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2016-04-17
Today’s cycling expedition took me through the upper reaches of apple country where the orchards are in bloom. It was a fairly mild winter around here but there was plenty of snow in the mountains,… … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2016-04-15
Like the Frick Collection’s Van Dyck show (discussed here), the Museum of Modern Art’s Degas: A Strange New Beauty(to July 24) is informed by the discerning eye of a prints-and-drawings curator who provides new… … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrlPublished 2016-04-15
This week, a groundbreaking deal for Broadway actors and dancers, James Levine finally decides to retire from the Met Opera, a debacle at the National Ballet of Romania that quickly escalated to involve the country’s Prime Minister, a warning about fetishizing “creativity” as the key to success, and a cautionary question about what machine intelligence might look like.
“I used to think, why am I putting myself through this? There’s enough tension and anxiety in my life already. But it was all I could do with the means that I had, which was me, and myself.”
“What makes this initiative unusual is that these plays are already guaranteed full productions beyond their one-night-only staged readings.”
“The image has helped bolster the claims of the community of amateur historians, hucksters, and Confederate sympathizers committed to defending the Confederacy from the charge of racism, who insist that thousands of black men fought and died for the rebel cause.”
“[The] global entertainment behemoth that has 17 different shows running worldwide is once again trying to establish a long-running production in New York City, the major-league market that has most stubbornly frustrated its ambitions. … So now Cirque is trying a high-wire hybrid – a combination of theater and acrobatics, with a splash of old Hollywood, in one $25 million musical called Paramour.”