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Hoops to swell her Pride

Hoops to swell her Pride

Hoops to swell her Pride Born on this day in 1685 playwright and librettist John Gay (not pictured.) Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught her. I wonder any Man alive will ever rear a Daughter! For she must have both Hoods and Gowns, and Hoops to swell her Pride, With Scarfs and Stays, and Gloves and Lace; and she will have Men beside; And when she’s drest with Care ... Read More »

Opera, queens

Opera, queens

Opera, queens La Cieca hears that for the first time in recorded history, the Metropolitan Opera will have an official presence in the Pride March this Sunday. The Met’s contingent, which includes a float graced by Anthony Roth Costanzo and Stephanie Blythe (both singing live, the latter dressed by Machine Dazzle) as well as over 100 company employees marching. Source: Music-2 Opera, queens Read More »

Defying gravitas

Defying gravitas

Defying gravitas There is a rich history of sung constitutions. During the French Revolution, when the new Republic was changing constitutions every couple of years, men of letters created pastiches, comprised of the most popular opera arias of the day, which presented and commented upon these founding documents. The fraught political climate seems to, again, have prompted a renewed interest in artistic treatments of political documents: a play about the Constitution is currently running on ... Read More »

Monica Bill Barnes on the Music that Fuels Her Creative Process

Monica Bill Barnes on the Music that Fuels Her Creative Process

Monica Bill Barnes on the Music that Fuels Her Creative Process Monica Bill Barnes is one of the funniest choreographers working today. And though the style of physical humor she’s crafted with her frequent collaborator Anna Bass could elicit laughs even in dead silence, the pair’s antics are often supplemented with—or juxtaposed against—music choices that feel both unexpected and yet somehow perfectly fitting. It turns out that music plays a significant role in Barnes’ creative ... Read More »

College Dance Curriculums Are Finally Catching Up to 2019

College Dance Curriculums Are Finally Catching Up to 2019

College Dance Curriculums Are Finally Catching Up to 2019 Though the first dance degree was awarded more than 85 years ago, the focus of dance programs in higher education has stayed, for the most part, pretty much the same: Western dance forms dominate curriculums across the country, with ballet and modern classes reigning particularly supreme. Over the last several years, however, some colleges have begun thinking critically about what kind of dance they’re teaching—and how ... Read More »

He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession

He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession

He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession On the heels of the stupendous success of the English National Opera’s presentation of such classic musicals as Sunset Blvd. and Man of La Mancha, the Royal Opera Covent Garden is getting into the act with a star-studded revival of Cats featuring Sir Bryn Terfel (pictured) as “Old Deuteronomy.” Source: Music-2 He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession Read More »

Pride & Dance: Why Our Field Can Be Both a Haven and a Challenge for LGBTQ Artists

Pride & Dance: Why Our Field Can Be Both a Haven and a Challenge for LGBTQ Artists

Pride & Dance: Why Our Field Can Be Both a Haven and a Challenge for LGBTQ Artists Today marks the 50th anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, when LGBTQ people fought back against police raids and harassment. The riots, which stretched over six nights, are largely considered the birth of LGBTQ rights movement. As the queer community celebrates Pride and the legacy of Stonewall, it’s also raising awareness of continued struggles for full ... Read More »

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

From Russia with love Martin Luther Clark and Samantha Long in Iolanta. Under any circumstances, the Russian Opera Workshop’s radiant concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta would have been an event to celebrate. But coming at the conclusion of an intensive summer program of study, where more than 20 very promising young singers gained a new level of expertise and performance savvy—well, that makes it all the more special. For more than three weeks, the group studied ... Read More »

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