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Atonement

Atonement

Atonement As readers of parterre box may know, I am not inclined to write sympathetically of Sondra Radvanovsky. I have found her voice tinny, ugly, and often unhinged and intractable. And in a recent review of Aida at the Met, I compared her unfavorably to Anna Netrebko.  But now I must eat my words. And I am happy to do so, because there’s nothing better than a diva asserting her authority, shoving her relevance down my throat. ... Read More »

Master peace

Master peace

Master peace In 1962, commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, Benjamin Britten wrote War Requiem, Op. 66, a massive choral work where he set the traditional Latin Mass of the Dead interspersed with nine poems about war by English poet Wilfred Owen.  The requirement for this work is truly enormous, as it is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys’ choir, organ, and two orchestras (a full orchestra and a ... Read More »

Dishonored in the breach

Dishonored in the breach

Dishonored in the breach As much as we like to believe it does, opera doesn’t always “work,” and if you go in to an opera dead-set on pointing that out, then you’re 1) a problem and 2) misusing your free time – nap at home next time!  Uneven operas, like Verdi’s Ernani, which just recently finished its Scala run, more often work as theatre on the micro level than the macro. The music can’t always compensate ... Read More »

Why Lucinda Childs is Shutting Down Her Company (Again)

Why Lucinda Childs is Shutting Down Her Company (Again)

Why Lucinda Childs is Shutting Down Her Company (Again) At 78, Lucinda Childs is about to pivot—again. The postmodern choreographer and director came to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, first with Judson Dance Theater and then with her own eponymous company. She shut down her troupe almost two decades ago to work as a freelance director, relaunched it nine years later to stage a couple of revivals…and then just kept going. We spoke to ... Read More »

12 Dance Stars Share the Worst Advice They Ever Received

12 Dance Stars Share the Worst Advice They Ever Received

12 Dance Stars Share the Worst Advice They Ever Received Raise your hand if you’ve received bad advice from well-meaning friends or family (or strangers, tbh) who don’t know anything about what it really takes to be a dancer. *everyone raises hands* Sometimes it’s even dance insiders whose advice can send you down the wrong path. We’ve been asking pros about the worst advice they’ve ever received in our “Spotlight” Q&A series, and rounded up ... Read More »

10 Ballets For When You'd Rather Watch Your Literature

10 Ballets For When You'd Rather Watch Your Literature

10 Ballets For When You'd Rather Watch Your Literature When American Ballet Theatre announced yesterday that it would be adding Jane Eyre to its stable of narrative full-lengths, the English nerds in the DM offices (read: most of us) got pretty excited. Cathy Marston’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel was created for England’s Northern Ballet in 2016, and, based on the clips that have made their way online, it seems like a perfect fit ... Read More »

7 Velvet Leos for an On-Trend Studio Look

7 Velvet Leos for an On-Trend Studio Look

7 Velvet Leos for an On-Trend Studio Look Classwear has come a long way in terms of pairing style with practicality. But while designs like mesh inserts and bold prints can work all year round, other elements lend themselves to particular seasons. Case in point: velvet. The fuzzy fabric has made its way from the runway to real life, and now, even dance rehearsal. Thicker than your average cotton or lycra leotards, velvet’s extra cozy ... Read More »

Damien Jalet on Choreographing Horror Film Suspiria—and Working with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson

Damien Jalet on Choreographing Horror Film Suspiria—and Working with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson

Damien Jalet on Choreographing Horror Film Suspiria—and Working with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson What better way for dancers to celebrate Halloween than by seeing Luca Guadagnino’s outrageous re-imagining of the 1977 horror film Suspiria? The movie, which includes extended dance sequences by Belgo-French choreographer Damien Jalet, is principally set at the fictitious Helena Markos Dance Company in West Berlin. The school’s artistic director Madame Blanc (think Martha Graham meets Pina Bausch) is played by ... Read More »

9 Things to Remember About Pablo Picasso

9 Things to Remember About Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso lived a life so notorious and had a career so full of highlights that we could likely list one interesting factoid for every year since his birth, but we will settle for sharing these nine things to remember about this modernist titan instead. The post 9 Things to Remember About Pablo Picasso appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 9 Things to Remember About Pablo ... Read More »

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