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Storm of the century

Storm of the century

Storm of the century As reported here last Thursday marked the 100 year anniversary of the premiere of Richard Strauss’ most complex opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Vienna State Opera, and they celebrated it the big way by mounting the first revival of Vincent Huguet’s production on that particular day. In case you were not aware, Huguet’s creation itself was an important milestone, as it was commissioned to commemorate Vienna State Opera’s 150th ... Read More »

It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight

It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight

It's Time to Dispel the Myth of "Ideal" Dancer Weight As a dietitian specializing in dance nutrition, the most common DM flooding my inbox is “How can I drop pounds (specifically from body fat) and gain muscle?” The short answer? Not happening. None The more we attempt to control the number on the scale, the more we risk developing physiological, biological and psychological deterrents that can drive us away from the passion we love: dance. ... Read More »

Dark eyes

Dark eyes //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QeKn6V2wag On this day in 1972 conductor Henry Lewis made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting La Bohème on what was his 40th birthday. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2jT5Uv8WHM Birthday anniversaries of writers Oscar Wilde (1854) and Eugene O’Neill (1888). //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK8HGKNveEQ //www.youtube.com/watch?v=koJXKClSACE Source: Music-2 Dark eyes Read More »

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion

Watch This Ballet Dancer Own the Floor as an Improvisational Swing Dance Champion Just hearing the word “improvisation” is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it’s a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions. She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve ... Read More »

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field

Pioneering Trans Artist Sean Dorsey Is on a Mission to Reshape the Dance Field Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, “it was my heart’s desire to create change in the world,” he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer. Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn’t identify strongly with ... Read More »

First and foremost

First and foremost

First and foremost My first encounter with Jessye Norman is vividly imprinted in my mind. I was a teen who had become interested in opera a year or two earlier. I turned to PBS and caught the final moments of the New York Philharmonic’s opening night concert featuring Jessye as guest artist with Zubin Mehta conducting. I’m not sure how much of Isolde’s Transfiguration I heard. I don’t remember her voice. What I remember is ... Read More »

Ray of ‘Light’

Ray of ‘Light’

Ray of ‘Light’ We live in cynical times. Nothing brings attention to this more than a group of people singing at the top of their lungs about the beauty of love and life. Cynical, too, we seem, when at first glance an opera company presenting a Broadway musical that centers around a woman of a certain age travelling to Italy with her young daughter seems more a vehicle for a great diva of a certain ... Read More »

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