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Arthur Mitchell: "You Must Believe in What You're Doing And, Against All Odds…Stick to It."

Arthur Mitchell: "You Must Believe in What You're Doing And, Against All Odds…Stick to It."

Arthur Mitchell: "You Must Believe in What You're Doing And, Against All Odds…Stick to It." Throughout his remarkable career, the fiercely determined, intelligent and energetic Arthur Mitchell has become accustomed to being called a trailblazer. “Being a typical Aries, I like being the first,” he says, laughing. “That’s what I’ve been doing all my life.” This is true, especially when it comes to the discussion at the forefront of today’s national dialogue about dance: diversity ... Read More »

A little Proust

A little Proust

A little Proust Though the novel’s structure and texture are often compared to musical forms such as Wagnerian music-drama, who would attempt to turn Proust’s A la Recherche de Temps Perdu into opera? Not even Berlioz would have had such hubris. (Offenbach, peut-être?) Attempts to translate the enormous novel into any other #art seldom have much success. Perhaps an entirely new sort of mixed medium is the way to go.  This is the calculated choice ... Read More »

Wagnerian

Wagnerian A fiftieth-birthday present to myself: an overlong, often unreadable, but nevertheless continuous first draft of my third book, Wagnerism: Art in the Shadow of Music. Minnie and Bea are warily supportive. Previously: Benchmark, Birthday poem. Source: Music-1 Wagnerian Read More »

Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood

Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood

{$inline_image} Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” she capped off the year with ... Read More »

The Biggest Questions Facing the Dance World About Sexual Harassment

The Biggest Questions Facing the Dance World About Sexual Harassment

The Biggest Questions Facing the Dance World About Sexual Harassment Last Saturday night, Dance/NYC, Gibney Dance and the Actors Fund hosted a conversation on sexual harassment in the dance world. The floor was open for anyone in attendance to share whatever they wanted: personal stories, resources, suggestions. The event brought to light some of the questions the dance world is facing, and though we don’t yet have all the answers, it helped lay out the ... Read More »

There’s no business like shoe business

There’s no business like shoe business

There’s no business like shoe business On this day in 1912 Pietro Mascagni’s Lodoletta had its United States premiere at the Metropolitan with Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in the leading roles.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DKI2iQMfI Pitts Sanborn in the World Seldom, indeed has the nameless and unsuspected malady that claims so many a hapless lady of the lyric stage seemed more gratuitous in its attack than in the case of Lodoletta. Surely it was quite enough for ... Read More »

Arthur Pita on His Disco Days & Boredom With Balanchine

Arthur Pita on His Disco Days & Boredom With Balanchine

Arthur Pita on His Disco Days & Boredom With Balanchine The ballet world can’t get enough of Arthur Pita. With his maverick, surreal imagination, the self-styled “David Lynch of dance” brings a welcome theatricality to everything he touches, from his version of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis to 2017’s Salome for San Francisco Ballet. The South African–born Pita competed in disco dancing and later performed with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Today, he is Bourne’s offstage partner, and ... Read More »

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