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James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant

James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant

James Whiteside Explores His Creepy Side As Arthur Pita's Haunted Tenant When Arthur Pita brought his Metamorphosis to the Joyce in 2013, The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson played the man who becomes a cockroach in Franz Kafka’s famous story. He was slithery, spiky and sticky, and the creepiness factor loomed large. It was like the performers and audience were trapped in this brilliantly bizarre nightmare together. Known as “the David Lynch of dance,” Arthur Pita ... Read More »

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage

What's Next? Tips for Finding Another Career You Love After Retiring from the Stage Why is it so hard to find another passion like dance for my next career? I’ve tried to prepare by taking vocational tests at Career Transition For Dancers and online college courses. But I keep hitting a dead end. —Life After Dance?, Los Angeles, CA For many performers, deciding to be a dancer occurred the moment they saw their first show. ... Read More »

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live

Why Sonya Tayeh Leapt at the Chance to Choreograph Rent Live When the live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar won NBC a ratings bonanza and a slew of Emmys last year, it was a good bet more rock operas would follow. Now Fox has lined up Broadway’s Michael Greif to direct Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens and Keala Settle (among others) in a live telecast of Rent on January 27 at 7pm (tape-delayed in the ... Read More »

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets

I Took an Unpaid Job With a Major Company & I Have Regrets A couple weekends ago, a friend messaged me about an opportunity to be a part of a new holiday campaign for a major department store. They wanted to showcase various dancers dancing in their fall clothing collection. I asked if it was paid, and when I found that it was not, I immediately wanted to (respectfully) decline. I remembered reading and resonating ... Read More »

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward

Sasha Waltz on What Went Wrong at Staatsballett—And How They're Moving Forward You could say that Sasha Waltz has had a rough few years. When she was appointed co-artistic director of Staatsballett Berlin in 2016, along with Johannes Öhman, former artistic director at Royal Swedish Ballet, it didn’t go so well. She was met with petitions and protests from the dancers, who argued that under the leadership of someone with minimal ballet experience the company ... Read More »

Murder on the orientation express

Murder on the orientation express

Murder on the orientation express The saying goes that no one hits a home run with their first opera. Rufus Wainwright seemed determined to prove this point and then some with Prima Donna, with its risibly clichéd libretto and music that was a pale imitation of Adriana Lecouvreur.  Leaving himself only room to go up, he has done more than merely improve on his first effort with Hadrian, his second opera. This time around, he is not ... Read More »

Bohemienne

Bohemienne

Bohemienne On this day in 1975, Régine Crespin sang her first Met Carmen. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=47JiSrHkoVQ Peter G. Davis in the London Times: Perhaps the most arresting and controversial performance to be seen at the Met to date this season is Régine Crespin’s Carmen, a role she had previously recorded and sung in concert but never before onstage. Crespin&8217;s Carmen is one of inexhaustible fascination and consistent vocal allure. Few would deny the latter, for the soprano ... Read More »

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