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Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet

Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet

Misa Kuranaga and Sasha Mukhamedov Are Joining San Francisco Ballet San Francisco Ballet just announced some major news: longtime Boston Ballet star Misa Kuranaga will be joining the company as a principal dancer for the 2019-20 season, while Dutch National Ballet principal Sasha Mukhamedov will join as a soloist. They join a slew of newly promoted SFB principals and soloists, announced earlier this year. None Kuranaga’s appointment marks a full-circle moment. Originally from Japan, she ... Read More »

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise

Akram Khan Tackles Kung Fu for Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise Akram Khan loves to dive into genres he is unfamiliar with. While his own movement vocabulary is a hybrid of kathak and contemporary dance, he has choreographed a new Giselle for English National Ballet, collaborated with flamenco artist Israel Galván and made a dance theater duet with film star Juliette Binoche. Now, in between touring Xenos, his final full-length solo, and several other projects, he’s ... Read More »

Mistress class

Mistress class

Mistress class Maria Callas was unique; today, she is more legend than reality.  Charles Ludlam was unique; today, he is a legend sadly close to forgotten. Charles’s face, framed in Camille’s sausage curls, Traviata-gowned, chest hair peeping over his low décolletage, appeared just once on the front page of the New York Times—heading his obit in 1987. The epidemic was at its early peak and Charles symbolized, as well as anyone, the assault upon the ... Read More »

È la solita storia del tenore

È la solita storia del tenore

È la solita storia del tenore The marketing machine at Decca Classical is such a juggernaut some of you may be surprised to learn that Luciano Pavarotti has been dead for 12 years.  What with 24-bit remasterings and now Blu-ray reissues and re-packagings (back to the original covers…genius!)  the torrent of audio releases seems unending.  Yet since his career was right at the birth of video performances (and he starred in that historic first telecast ... Read More »

Band in Boston

Band in Boston

Band in Boston The Elector of Hannover, as is well known, kept a hippogriff, a creature long thought fabulous or at least extinct. In fact, he was in every way fabulous. The Elector hoped to fly to London on its back and descend to the throne should the moribund Queen Anne ever actually die. Alas, when she was finally found to be dead, in 1714, the animal had vanished and King George went to England ... Read More »

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips

Bruised Toenails? Try These Podiatrist-Approved Tips I’m a Broadway dancer with a long second toe and the nail is always bruised. I had thought switching from pointe work to dancing in character shoes was the answer—I felt great for several years until recently. What’s the problem? —Ouch!, Hoboken, NJ Your shoes may no longer be the right size for you. According to New York City Ballet podiatric consultant Dr. Thomas Novella, you need to check ... Read More »

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony?

What Does It Take to Choreograph a Submission to the Olympic Opening Ceremony? The massive scale of choreographing an Olympic opening ceremony really has no equivalent. The hundreds of performers, the deeply historic rituals and the worldwide audience and significance make it a project like no other. Just consider the timeline: For most live TV events like award shows, choreographers usually take a month or two to put everything together. For the Olympics, the process ... Read More »

Something cool

Something cool

Something cool When she recently announced that she had broken a rib, my heart sank: another Elina Garanca Met cancellation! But no, there she was radiantly present at Carnegie Hall Friday night performing a ravishingly somber Rückert-Lieder with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the MET Orchestra.  Although the Met is the one of the few opera houses Garanca frequents and the only US company with which she appears, she often fails to show up. She has withdrawn from ... Read More »

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