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13 Reasons Why Being a Dancer Is the Absolute Best

13 Reasons Why Being a Dancer Is the Absolute Best

13 Reasons Why Being a Dancer Is the Absolute Best Call us partial, but when it comes to career choices, being a dancer takes the cake. It certainly isn’t easy, but every moment we’re in the studio or onstage, we get to do something we love. Here are 13 reasons why being a dancer is—in our humble opinion—the best thing in the world. 1. We wear sweat like a badge of honor. Pit stains? Drenched ... Read More »

Thank you for smoking

Thank you for smoking

Thank you for smoking How do you like your Carmen? Mezzo or soprano? Flirtatious? Confrontational? Smolderingly sexy? The role – and Bizet’s opera – contain multitudes.  I came to know and love Carmen first via records (Thomas Beecham with Victoria de los Ángeles, and Georg Solti with Tatiana Troyanos were early favorites), and a real revelation was hearing excerpts from 78s by the great Ninon Vallin. Her bright, silvery timbre, perfect French, and crisply elegant ... Read More »

Super-artistry

Super-artistry

Super-artistry On this day in 1928, the Metropolitan Opera on tour in Ohio presented La Gioconda with Rosa Ponselle, Marion Telva and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi.  William G. Smith in the Cleveland Press Ponchielli’s intriguing opera “La Gioconda,” held the stage of Public Hall and an audience of something over 6,000 in thrall Wednesday night. And the latter instance is easily accounted for since it was another operatic disclosure that only the significant word superb can qualify. ... Read More »

Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio

Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio

Spotlight: What Keeps Amar Ramasar From Slacking In the Studio Sure, lots of ballet dancers are doing stints in Broadway shows these days. But most of them aren’t tackling roles like Jigger Craigin, Carousel ‘s villainous whaler, who yes, dances, but is by no means a role traditionally played by a dancer, and who demands a careful blend of charm and danger, drunkenness and cunning. Yet this is the role that New York City Ballet ... Read More »

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin

These 60-Second Dance Films Will Make Your Head Spin Denmark’s winner and Finland’s audience pick seems to stretch its 60 seconds beyond the horizon. We feel more on our legs just watching it. BANG , an awkward, tempestuous study of the collision of two bodies, won both the Finnish and Norwegian competitions. Norway honored this foray into a strange, surreal universe—one in which a single eye, a pair of lips and an ear are anthropomorphized ... Read More »

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà!

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà!

BASTA: Altro sangue scorrerà! Lights softened, and the swan-shaped chandeliers ascended quickly, from parterre-level to the heavens, as though trading in the proletariat for a more exalted perch. But what a proletariat!  For tonight’s distinguished premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Algonquin Opera, there would in fact be far more blue hairs in the audience than blue collars; there would be diamonds, organza, cloche hats, Rykiel fedoras, antique ivory fibulas, Yamamoto watches; there would be ... Read More »

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