Violetta Elvin, Glamorous Royal Ballet Dancer, Is Dead at 97

Celebrated for her strong technique and natural grandeur, she was a star soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet before finding a new audience in London.

#bolshoi-ballet, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #elvin-violetta-1923-2021, #royal-ballet, #sadlers-wells

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Lesbians in Ballet: ‘Has Anyone Like Me Ever Walked These Halls?’

Ballet’s strict gender norms put pressure on women to conform. But dancers who don’t are finding they’re not alone.

#queertheballet, #baker-alyah, #ballez-dance-co, #dancing, #gender, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #pierce-adriana-choreographer, #pyle-katy, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

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The Vogueing Protesters of Bogotá, Colombia

“We were scared, but the people and the love from the public was our gasoline to go up there and confront the police,” said one.

#bogota-colombia, #dancing, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots

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All Her Life Studies: A Downtown Dancer Finds Her Voice

In her evolving exploration of identity, Leslie Cuyjet is breaking out as a choreographer, making work that is both conceptual and personal.

#black-people, #blur-dance, #cuyjet-leslie, #dancing, #with-marion-dance

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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

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Overlooked No More: Si-lan Chen, Whose Dances Encompassed Worlds

As a dancer and choreographer, she sought to represent a broad range of ethnic groups, but audiences often sexualized and exoticized her by focusing on her mixed race.

#biographical-information, #chen-si-lan, #china, #culture-arts, #dancing, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #trinidad-and-tobago

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DanceAfrica Turns Its (Virtual) Gaze to Haiti

The festival features a film that shows the light and empowerment of vodou, a tradition of danced communication and communion with ancestors and spirits.

#benin, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #danceafrica-dance-festival, #dancing, #haiti, #haitian-americans, #oakland-calif, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny, #salaam-abdel-r, #voodoo

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Roland Petit: A French Choreographer, Most Savored in France

Ten years after his death, Petit is still considered an important figure in France, though his works haven’t been performed with great regularity.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #paris-france, #paris-opera-ballet, #petit-roland

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Taiwan Was a Covid Haven for Performers. Then Cases Flared.

One of the few places where performances continued steadily for much of the pandemic has had to shut down theaters just as they are reopening elsewhere.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dancing, #disease-rates, #music, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #theater

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‘Before I Let Go’ is a Black Anthem and the Song of Every Summer

It’s a Black anthem and the song of every summer.

#black-people, #coachella-valley-music-and-arts-festival, #dancing, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #knowles-beyonce, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

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Review: Bill T. Jones’s Fragments for a Fragmented Time

In a new production for the vast Drill Hall at the Armory, the idea is to let the trauma of a strange and unsettling year sink in: for better or worse.

#afterwardsness-dance, #andrews-holland, #black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #fraley-vinson-jr, #jones-bill-t, #jones-bill-t-arnie-zane-dance-co, #opong-nayaa, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wong-janet, #zhang-huiwang-dancer

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On London’s Reopened Ballet Stages, a Focus on the Contemporary

The Royal Ballet’s program, “21st Century Choreographers,” featured a new work by Kyle Abraham.

#abraham-kyle-1977, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dancing, #english-national-ballet, #optional-family-a-divertissement-ballet, #pite-crystal, #royal-ballet, #royal-opera-house, #sadlers-wells, #solo-echo-ballet, #the-runaway-ballet, #wheeldon-christopher, #when-we-fell-ballet

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What Is an Everyday Ballerina? A Luminous New Memoir Tells All.

For Gavin Larsen, the author of “Being a Ballerina,” the drama of a life spent in dance is the dancing. Period.

#being-a-ballerina-the-power-and-perfection-of-a-dancing-life-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #larsen-gavin-1974

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From the Lindy Hop to Hip-Hop in One Improvising Body

To watch LaTasha Barnes dance is to watch historical distance collapse.

#barnes-latasha-1980, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #jazz, #lindy-hop, #the-jazz-continuum-dance

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

Since February, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #basketball, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-nets, #brooklynettes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #long-criscia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #singh-asha-1990, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Nancy Lassalle, Longtime Promoter of Ballet, Dies at 93

In 1941 she studied at George Balanchine’s fledgling dance academy. She was not destined to be a ballerina, but she dedicated her life to Balanchine’s legacy.

#balanchine-george, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #lassalle-nancy-1927-2021, #new-york-city-ballet, #school-of-american-ballet

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Only Connect: Yearning for the Intimacy of a Danced, Onstage World

Russell Janzen of City Ballet misses the physical and emotional closeness forged onstage, which are lost on video and in socially distanced dancing.

#balanchine-george, #bouder-ashley, #coppola-sofia, #dancing, #duo-concertant-ballet, #janzen-russell, #keenan-glenn, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-city-ballet, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Former Dance School Comptroller Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Fraud

The former official, Sophia Kim, was a comptroller of the Kirov Academy of Ballet, a school founded in 1990 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

#dancing, #embezzlement, #gambling, #kim-sophia, #kirov-academy-of-ballet, #unification-church, #washington-dc

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Review: Sofia Coppola Brings New York City Ballet Back to Life

Her film for City Ballet’s virtual spring gala, featuring a new solo by Justin Peck, explores the nooks and crannies of the company’s theater.

#balanchine-george, #coppola-sofia, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #new-york-city-ballet, #peck-justin

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Jacques d’Amboise, a Ballet Star Who Believed in Dance for All

The New York City Ballet legend, who went on to form National Dance Institute, lived to the fullest — and danced with that same spirit.

#apollo-ballet, #content-type-personal-profile, #damboise-jacques, #dancing, #national-dance-institute, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-ballet, #school-of-american-ballet

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Sofia Coppola’s Challenge: To Convey the Feeling of Live Dance

Coppola and Justin Peck talk about how they approached making a film for New York City Ballet’s digital spring gala.

#coppola-sofia, #dances-at-a-gathering-ballet, #dancing, #divertimento-no-15-ballet, #duo-concertant-ballet, #koch-david-h-theater, #liebeslieder-walzer-ballet, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #movies, #new-york-city-ballet, #peck-justin, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Look to Dance to Understand the Everyday, and Other Lessons From Gia Kourlas

The Times’s Culture editor has questions. Our critic has answers.

#dancing, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Jacques d’Amboise, 86, Dies; Early, Charismatic Star of City Ballet

A product of Washington Heights, he embodied an all-American style, combining the nonchalance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

#apollo-ballet, #balanchine-george, #carousel-play, #damboise-jacques, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #men-and-boys, #movies, #national-dance-institute, #new-york-city-ballet, #school-of-american-ballet

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Maskless and Sweaty: Clubbing Returns to Britain for a Weekend

In Liverpool, people danced together at a warehouse party as part of a scientific trial of how and if social distancing can safely end.

#club-commission-berlin-germany, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dancing, #fabric-london-england-nightclub, #great-britain, #liverpool-england, #music, #raves-parties, #university-of-liverpool

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Lucha Libre, Yoga, Dancing: Welcome to Mexico City’s Vaccination Sites

To calm Mexico City’s elderly, who were arriving “really scared” at vaccination sites, officials cued up the bands and masked wrestlers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #elderly, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wrestling, #yoga

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How to Breathe New Life Into Martha Graham’s Dances? Infuse Them With Art.

As part of GrahamFest95, the choreographer’s dance company celebrates its 95th anniversary with four films pairing dances with works by Hauser & Wirth artists.

#ackermann-rita, #art, #cohan-robert-1925-2021, #dancing, #eilber-janet, #graham-martha-dance-co, #hauserwirth, #heilmann-mary, #hurtado-luchita-1920-2020, #immediate-tragedy-dance, #knight-lloyd

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‘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.

#american-ballet-theater, #babies-and-infants, #dance-theater-of-harlem, #dancing, #delgado-patricia, #fairchild-megan, #lang-heather-dancer, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-city-ballet, #pereira-erica, #pollack-brittany, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reichlen-teresa

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Ephrat Asherie, Frederick Ashton and a Solemn Memorial

Our recommendations for dance to stream online, whether from your couch or your yoga mat.

#asherie-ephrat, #dancing, #hauserwirth, #la-dance-project, #mearns-sara, #mishler-adriene, #nazareth-ernesto, #odeon-dance, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #symphonic-variations-ballet

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Liam Scarlett, Acclaimed British Choreographer, Dies at 35

He rose to fame in the dance world with remarkable speed. His subsequent downfall, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, happened just as abruptly.

#dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #royal-ballet, #scarlett-liam, #sexual-harassment

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This Ain’t No Disco: Alone in a Crowd at the Armory

At times, the experience of “SOCIAL! the social distance dance club” felt no more freeing than dancing by myself in my cramped living room, our critic says.

#byrne-david, #dancing, #hoggett-steven, #new-york-city, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-the-social-distance-dance-club-dance

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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.

#american-ballet-theater, #balanchine-george, #dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #moylan-mary-ellen-1925-2020, #new-york-city-ballet, #school-of-american-ballet, #the-four-temperaments-ballet

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A Choreographer Diving Into Grief Looks to Whales

In a haunting new digital work, “Whale Fall,” Mayfield Brooks mourns Black bodies.

#abrons-arts-center, #black-people, #brooks-mayfield-choreographer, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #whale-fall-dance, #whales-and-whaling

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Edinburgh Festivals Will Go Ahead, in Person and Online

The Edinburgh International Festival, canceled last year, said it would proceed in August thanks to three specially built pavilions.

#classical-music, #dancing, #edinburgh-scotland, #edinburgh-international-festival, #linehan-fergus, #theater

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YungBBQ Can Be Almost Anyone. Just Watch.

Alexis Feacher, 21, built a following by creating freestyle dance routines emulating a specific era of pop culture.

#dancing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #st-petersburg-fla, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #yungbbq

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Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign

A new project is producing sign language covers of 10 seminal musical works recorded by Black female artists.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #deafness, #kazen-maddox-brandon, #music, #primeaux-obryant-mervin, #sign-language

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Review: Reveling in the Tap Magic of Ayodele Casel

Casel’s joyful and generous spirit is as vivid as ever in a new virtual presentation by the Joyce Theater.

#brown-ronald-k, #casel-ayodele, #castro-amanda-dancer, #dancing, #joyce-theater, #music, #ofarrill-arturo, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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They’re Sacred Spaces for Spain’s Flamenco Scene. Many Won’t Survive Covid.

The intimate venues known as tablaos have mostly remained shuttered even as pandemic restrictions ease. That puts at risk a formative element of many flamenco performers’ careers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dancing, #flamenco-dance, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spain

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Kyle Abraham’s Second Act at City Ballet: Spare, Wintry, Abstract

For “When We Fell,” a filmed dance, the choreographer took cues from a snowy bubble residency — and from Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon.”

#abraham-kyle-1977, #dancing, #kaatsbaan-cultural-park-tivoli-ny, #koch-david-h-theater, #new-york-city-ballet, #the-runaway-ballet, #when-we-fell-ballet

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Performing Arts Make a Cautious Return in New York

More than a year after the pandemic abruptly shuttered theaters and concert halls across the city, limited audiences were welcomed back inside.

#blindness-play, #comedy-and-humor, #comedy-cellar, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #daryl-roth-theater, #de-blasio-bill, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #kelsey-lu-1989, #masterz-at-work-dance-family, #music, #shed-manhattan-ny, #theater

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This Summer, Get Invigorated With a Live Cultural Performance

Breathe in some culture and the great outdoors — just from behind a mask.

#culture-arts, #dancing, #festivals, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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A Choreographer in Quarantine (the Kind With a Guard in the Hall)

“Limitations and boundaries have always focused me,” Pam Tanowitz says from Australia. “I like rules, but also like to break them — and quarantine is a rule I can’t break.”

#australian-ballet, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sydney-australia, #tanowitz-pam, #watermark-ballet

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Members of the Paris Opera Take Their Talents to a Different Stage

The singers, dancers and musicians played on, serenading their phones, pirouetting in masks and performing, faceless, on the radio.

#basso-jose-luis, #chatenet-nicolas, #classical-music, #colasante-valentine, #dancing, #opera, #paris-france, #paris-opera, #paris-opera-ballet, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Modern Love: Expecting Long Distance Relationships to End

I kept telling myself not to believe in him. And yet, believe I did.

#dancing, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #your-feed-selfcare

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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

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A Choreographer Who Bridges the Worlds of Dance and Nursing

Devynn Emory’s “deadbird” — a duet for Emory and a mannequin — deals with grief, envisioning “an ideal care team for a body who’s passing.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #danspace-project, #emory-devynn, #mannequins-dummies, #nursing-and-nurses

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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

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Review: At the Guggenheim, They Heart New York and Indoor Dance

At a tentative moment in the city’s reopening, Caleb Teicher & Co. inaugurated the in-person return of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rhapsody-in-blue-musical-work, #tao-conrad, #teicher-caleb

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Virus Cases Delay Effort to Bring Indoor Dance Back to New York

The Park Avenue Armory is postponing “Afterwardsness” after three members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance company tested positive for the coronavirus.

#afterwardsness-dance, #art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #jones-bill-t-arnie-zane-dance-co, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny

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A Paris Opera Ballet Étoile on Being Young, Gifted and Successful

Hugo Marchand talks about his memoir, “Danser,” about the intensity of the company and about dancing with Anselm Kiefer paintings.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #danser-book, #dupont-aurelie-1973, #kiefer-anselm, #marchand-hugo-1993, #millepied-benjamin, #paris-france, #paris-opera-ballet

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Elliott Carter’s Early Flops Reveal a Budding Musical Master

A composer of famously thorny music had two failed forays into ballet, given fresh reconsideration on a new album.

#boston-modern-orchestra-project, #carter-elliott, #classical-music, #dancing, #elliott-carter-ballets-album, #pocahontas-ballet, #rose-gil, #the-minotaur-ballet

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