Bringing Consent to Ballet, One Intimacy Workshop at a Time

Touch is a requirement of a dancer’s job. Now when choreography involves simulated sex or violence, some companies are bringing in intimacy directors.

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Ballet Theater Gives the Stage to This Pianist’s Drag Persona

Lypsinka, the alter ego of John Epperson, a longtime pianist for Ballet Theater, will perform as part of the company’s inaugural Pride Nights.

#american-ballet-theater, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #epperson-john, #music, #transvestism

An Unassuming Prince Dons the Velvet Cloak at Ballet Theater

Thomas Forster, promoted to principal dancer during the pandemic, makes his New York debut in “Giselle” as the company returns to Lincoln Center.

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How Misty Copeland and Robert Garland Are Uniting Black Dancers

A rare gathering of Black dancers from different companies meet to discuss a new production on Little Island, curated by Misty Copeland and Robert Garland.

#american-ballet-theater, #black-people, #copeland-misty, #dance-theater-of-harlem, #dancing, #garland-robert, #little-island-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city-ballet, #race-and-ethnicity, #stare-decisis-to-stand-by-things-decided-ballet

American Ballet Theater’s Executive Director Announces Her Departure

Kara Medoff Barnett, who has held the post for the last five and a half years, will leave later this year.

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American Ballet Theater to Return to Lincoln Center in October

The full-length ballet “Giselle” will open the company’s season at the David H. Koch Theater Oct. 20.

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Carla Fracci, Expressive Doyenne of Italian Ballet, Dies at 84

A major figure in 20th-century dance, she was acclaimed for her directness and emotional naturalness onstage, especially in the title role of “Giselle.”

#american-ballet-theater, #carla-fracci, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #giselle-ballet, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #milan-italy

‘I Wish I Got Pregnant in March!’ Inside the Dance Baby Boom.

Many dancers have taken advantage of a byproduct of the pandemic — time away from performing — to try out a new role: motherhood.

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Mary Ellen Moylan, ‘First Great Balanchine Dancer,’ Is Dead at 95

The celebrated choreographer created roles for her. The critics hailed her. Yet her death a year ago went unnoticed in the dance world.

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American Ballet Theater’s Leader to Step Down After 30 Years

Kevin McKenzie, the company’s artistic director, will leave his job after the 2022 season.

#american-ballet-theater, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #dancing, #mckenzie-kevin-1954

Watching From a Distance: What Gives a Virtual Dance Life?

Alexei Ratmansky returns to the stage with a playful Bernstein ballet, while Netta Yerushalmy revives a darker moment in time.

#american-ballet-theater, #bernstein-in-a-bubble-ballet, #dancing, #distant-dance-demonstration-movement-in-unison-and-not-for-those-in-need-of-art-dance, #new-york-city-center-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ratmansky-alexei, #wexner-center-for-the-arts, #yerushalmy-netta

Ballet Is Hard Enough. What Happens When You Lose a Year?

An elite male principal. A veteran ballerina. A rising apprentice. Three dancers talk about life and work during the pandemic.

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What Is a Ballet Body?

With performances on pause, many dancers are rethinking their relationship to weight.

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Alexei Ratmansky: From Hibernation to Bubble Bernstein

One of the busiest choreographers in ballet is back in the studio, thanks to bubble protocols. “For what I do, and for the language I use, the stage is needed,” Ratmansky said.

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On Ballet TikTok, a Place for Young Dancers to Be Real

“On TikTok, rather than your technique going viral, you could have your ideas about ballet go viral.”

#american-ballet-theater, #boylston-isabella, #dancing, #holloway-connor, #tiktok-bytedance, #watters-harper

How to Attend Black-Tie Galas From Home

Many fancy fundraisers have moved online and are offering low-price or free tickets for virtual attendees.

#american-ballet-theater, #art, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #international-center-of-photography, #keys-alicia, #lavigne-avril, #nonprofit-organizations, #parties-social, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thomas-rob

Could Dance Be a Weapon All Over Again?

It’s a scary time for body-based art. What will survive after the pandemic? As dance artists fight the old ways, a new empowerment is in the air.

#american-ballet-theater, #culture-arts, #dance-rising-collective, #dancing, #gutierrez-miguel, #johnson-emily-1976, #jones-bill-t, #lee-mingwei, #melnick-jodi, #new-york-city-ballet, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Hidden Talents at Ballet Theater, and a Way to Keep Moving

What to stream: American Ballet Theater’s “Moving Stories,” JoyceStream, Monica Bill Barnes, and a class for all ages and abilities.

#american-ballet-theater, #american-dance-festival, #barnes-monica-bill, #dancing, #deeply-rooted-dance-theater, #joyce-theater, #mattocks-aaron, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saenz-de-viteri-robert

American Ballet Theater Dancer’s Home Doubles as a Studio

Calvin Royal III, a principal at American Ballet Theater, has turned the one-bedroom he shares with his partner into a rehearsal space. For now.

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There’s No Social Distancing for Dancers. How Can the Show Go On?

Dance, perhaps more than other disciplines, faces an uphill battle with the challenges presented by Covid-19. Our critic votes for patience.

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When the Dancers Have to Miss the Last Dance

Their final bows were snatched by a pandemic. For three retiring Alvin Ailey dancers and a principal from American Ballet Theater, the show can’t go on (except, you know, online).

#abrera-stella, #ailey-alvin-american-dance-theater, #american-ballet-theater, #boykin-hope-l, #dancing, #parker-akua-noni, #paulos-danica, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Can Ballet Come Alive Online?

American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet offer virtual seasons. The reigning screen gem: Balanchine’s “Diamonds.” It’s like you were there.

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Lincoln Center Opens Its Vaults for Dance Week

Online highlights: Time-capsule treasures from “Live at Lincoln Center” and new works by Stephen Petronio and Mark Morris.

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6 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Our writers offer suggestions for what to watch or listen to while we’re housebound.

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How an Elite Cross-Trainer Is Helping Ballet Dancers Stay Fit

Joel Prouty is in high demand during the pandemic, a time when dancers, especially, need to get their sweat on.

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This Weekend’s Live-Streaming Events: Lady Gaga’s Star-Studded Special and More

Appointment viewing is back. What online events to look out for today, and when to tune in.

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