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Jacob Jonas is Tired of Dancers Being Judged By Their Paychecks

Jacob Jonas is Tired of Dancers Being Judged By Their Paychecks

Jacob Jonas is Tired of Dancers Being Judged By Their Paychecks When we named Jacob Jonas one of our “25 to Watch” two years ago, he was turning heads with his innovative #CamerasandDancers Instameet series and the high-profile collaborations it earned him. CamerasandDancers is still going strong—in fact a few months back Jonas celebrated his 50th meet—as is Jonas’ savvy social media presence. But let us not forget that Jonas also has a sleek L.A.-based ... Read More »

How Did "Fosse/Verdon" Make Those Dance Numbers Look Like the Real Deal?

How Did "Fosse/Verdon" Make Those Dance Numbers Look Like the Real Deal?

How Did "Fosse/Verdon" Make Those Dance Numbers Look Like the Real Deal? When you’re talking about a style as distinct as Fosse, a flick of the wrist or a roll of the hip is never just that. It takes intention, finesse, exactness and, of course, that characteristically smoldering sex appeal. Now that the finale of “Fosse/Verdon” has aired, FX is taking viewers behind the scenes to reveal how the dancing came together—and it wasn’t just ... Read More »

A little bit more

A little bit more

A little bit more On this day in 1979 distinguished film actress Liv Ullmann made her Broadway song-and-dance bow in the Richard Rodgers / Martin Charnin flop I Remember Mama. The musical ran 108 performances at the Majestic Theatre.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvmvafCzQRk On this day in 1817 Rossini’s La gazza ladra premiered in Milan. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qli83zFCD6A Happy birthday to parterre box scribe Jon Taylor. Source: Music-2 A little bit more Read More »

Kate Wallich's Dance Church Classes Are Bringing Joy to Non-Dancers—and New Audiences to Dance

Kate Wallich's Dance Church Classes Are Bringing Joy to Non-Dancers—and New Audiences to Dance

Kate Wallich's Dance Church Classes Are Bringing Joy to Non-Dancers—and New Audiences to Dance In 2010, Kate Wallich was a 22-year-old choreographer in Seattle, struggling to make dances and, like most young artists, also pay the rent. She had started her own dance company, Studio Kate Wallich, but hated how insular the contemporary dance world felt (dancers were the only ones who came to class or performances). So she made a bold decision: she opened ... Read More »

Revolution blues

Revolution blues

Revolution blues Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod is the opera that catapulted the Austrian composer to international recognition when it was first premiered at Salzburg in 1947.  Its libretto, written in collaboration with his teacher Boris Blacher, is based on a play by Georg Büchner that follows the revolutionary Georges Danton’s failure to curtail Robespierre’s power during the Reign of Terror. Von Einem and Blacher’s inspiration to adapt this narrative to the operatic stage is ... Read More »

She’s a rebel, she’s a saint

She’s a rebel, she’s a saint

She’s a rebel, she’s a saint Leaping from last week’s Manon to an altogether different archetype of French womanhood, “Trove Thursday” offers—on her feast day—one of the many artworks inspired by the life of St. Joan of Arc: Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco in a rare NYC concert performance with Margaret Price, Carlo Bergonzi and Sherrill Milnes—and I was there!  The Maid of Orleans continues to fascinate: Bruno Dumont’s film Jeanne (a sequel to last year’s hard rock musical ... Read More »

She is music

She is music

She is music The first New York revival of Galas, Charles Ludlam‘s legendary “modern tragedy” about a larger-than-life Greek opera diva with a tumultuous offstage life, opens Sunday, June 16 for a limited run &8220;in celebration of Stonewall 50 and World Pride.&8221; Tickets are available online for $20 – $25. La Cieca wonders if New York City area members of the cher public would be interested in getting together a theater party for one of ... Read More »

Portrait of a lady

Portrait of a lady

Portrait of a lady Born on this day in 1931 mezzo-soprano/soprano Shirley Verrett. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsvqSDg4als Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYhfxtZv7eg On this day in 1866 Bedrich Smetana’s Prodaná nev?sta premiered in Prague. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dlXTvKhblw Source: Music-2 Portrait of a lady Read More »

From Ballerina to Executive Director: Why Kathleen Breen Combes Wants to Be Behind the Scenes

From Ballerina to Executive Director: Why Kathleen Breen Combes Wants to Be Behind the Scenes

From Ballerina to Executive Director: Why Kathleen Breen Combes Wants to Be Behind the Scenes When star dancers retire from the stage, it’s not uncommon to see them step into a new kind of spotlight as an artistic director. But Kathleen Breen Combes is making a more surprising move. After the longtime Boston Ballet principal gives her farewell performance on June 9, she’ll start a second career as executive director of Festival Ballet Providence, taking ... Read More »

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