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Hamstrung by Maeterlinck

Hamstrung by Maeterlinck

Hamstrung by Maeterlinck “If you abstain from tennis and read Maeterlinck in a small country village, you are of necessity intellectual,” Saki pointed out back in 1904. He did not think highly of either diversion. Maeterlinck, the Belgian symbolist poet-playwright (Pelléas et Mélisande, Ariane et Barbe-Bleu, L’Oiseau Bleu, Monna Vanna—each of which became an opera), was even more bewildering than usual when he wrote his first play, La Princesse Maleine, yet poor Lili Boulanger attempted an ... Read More »

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev

90 Years Ago Today: The Death of Sergei Diaghilev On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal ... Read More »

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature

Nominate Your Favorite Dance for Our Readers' Choice Feature Yes, we realize it’s only August. But we can’t help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019. We’re getting ready for our annual Readers’ Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can’t stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about. ... Read More »

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet

This Dancer Almost Lost Her Leg to Cancer. Now She's Heading Back to The Washington Ballet Chiara Valle is just one of many dancers heading back to the studio this fall as companies ramp up for the season. But her journey back has been far more difficult than most. Valle has been a trainee at The Washington Ballet since 2016, starting at the same time as artistic director Julie Kent. But only a few months ... Read More »

Trial by Korngold

Trial by Korngold

Trial by Korngold What is the best metaphor for this year’s Bard Music Festival, prepared under the caring, curatorial, and sometimes didactic gaze of co-Artistic Directors Leon Botstein (the College’s President of more than 40 years, as well as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra) and Christopher H. Gibbs (the James Ottoway Professor of Music)? Is it a table laden with caloric delights, which are probably best sampled in moderation? Is ... Read More »

Eventide

Eventide

Eventide My thoughts turned to Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop as the setting sun bathed New Mexico’s Sangre di Cristo Mountains in a reddish ochre. These breathtaking vistas—a play between scattered evening light and a landscape conjured from Cather’s lyrical pen—carried a musicality and poetry that provided an inviting prologue for the dramas that grace Santa Fe Opera’s open auditorium. To any operagoer largely inured to the walled spaces of traditional theaters, Santa Fe’s unique desert ... Read More »

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation?

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation?

At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation? Michele Byrd-McPhee’s uncle was a DJ for the local black radio station in Philadelphia, where she was born. As a kid she was always dancing to the latest music, including a new form of powerful poetry laid over pulsing beats that was the beginning of what we now call hip hop. Byrd-McPhee became enamored of the form and went on to a career as a hip-hop dancer and ... Read More »

Paradise comes suddenly near

Paradise comes suddenly near

Paradise comes suddenly near Born on this day in 1920 actress Maureen O’Hara. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHE_Jko9fW8 Born on this day in 1686 composer Nicola Porpora. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-3Fs0xa6Kk On this day in 1876 Wagner&8217;s Götterdämmerung premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPmldLR3bJw Source: Music-2 Paradise comes suddenly near Read More »

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