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Jesus hopped the L train

Jesus hopped the L train

Jesus hopped the L train Just a few years back it would have been seen as ridiculous to put “Lyric Opera of Chicago” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the same sentence.  But the times they are a-changin’, and last night the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera opened for a month’s run, shaking up the staid Civic Opera House.   It’s the first non “American classic musical” that Broadway at Lyric has produced, and it ... Read More »

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That.

Dancers Are Choreographers, Too. It's Time for Dance Criticism to Reflect That. Dancers are more than just vessels performing set material. We make contributions to creative processes all the time. Some of these are obvious: We often improvise material or generate entire phrases to be incorporated into a work. Others are more innocuous: Dancers are sometimes asked to give feedback that ends up shaping the composition of a work. This is choreography. As working relationships ... Read More »

The human show

The human show

The human show On this day in 1902 Debussy’s Pelleas et Mellisande premiered in Paris. Vincent d&8217;Indy: “The composer has in fact simply felt and expressed the human feelings and human sufferings in human terms, despite the outward appearance the characters present of living in a dream.” //www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSzvx0upPMY Happy International Jazz Day! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy_uXNwWkYw Source: Music-2 The human show Read More »

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage

When It's Time To Speak Up For Your Safety Onstage Last month, Yann Arnaud, an aerialist with Cirque de Soleil, died after plummeting to the stage in VOLTA . He was performing an aerial straps routine in Tampa, Florida, when one of his hands slipped and he fell 20 feet. Professional dancers are often asked to perform stunts, some of them extremely dangerous. Even when the risks aren’t life-threatening, it’s important to listen to your ... Read More »

Mahler still grooves

Mahler still grooves Click on the photo to enlarge it. Zach Smith, who was responsible for a rash of Mahlerian graffiti in Washington, DC in the late seventies and early eighties, sent me this picture taken in the fall of 1977, showing his handiwork on the base of the Arizona Avenue Trestle. In a 1995 article for The New Yorker, I related how the graffiti caught my eye as I rode a school bus back ... Read More »

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 »

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