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2017 in review

2017 in review

2017 in review Call it The Year of the Cancellation. The top 25 most read parterre stories of the year follow the jump.  Among parterre’s more than three million pages viewed by the public (cher and otherwise) during 2017, the most clickable of all were: Apathy greets announcement of Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 season An authentically reactionary revival of Franco Zeffirelli‘s sacred production of Puccini’s Tosca is the highlight of the Met’s 2017-2018 season. The tragically ... Read More »

Dames and divas

Dames and divas

Dames and divas Since the unveiling of Claus Guth’s “One small step for man” La Boheme at the Paris Opera, which he had the audacity to set in space, opera fans of a certain era world wide have suffered a myriad of complaints including feigned coronary angina, pseudo ocular migraine, and apoplexies of every sort imaginable. I read one comments section on the interwebs where a veritable Cassandra of theatrical trend righteously swore that this ... Read More »

Gilding

Gilding

Gilding On this day in 1956 the Metropolitan Opera celebrated the 25th anniversary of the debut of soprano Lily Pons with a special gala performance. Rigoletto: Act I, Scene 2 Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2 Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest’anima Mignon: Je suis Titania Le Rossignol: Chant du Rossignol Lakmé: Bell Song Bachelet: Chère nuit (encore) Ponce: Estrellita (encore) Irving Kolodin in The Saturday Review of Literature: She looked indescribably well, ... Read More »

Patricia Barker Responds to All Those Royal New Zealand Ballet Rumors

Patricia Barker Responds to All Those Royal New Zealand Ballet Rumors

Patricia Barker Responds to All Those Royal New Zealand Ballet Rumors The past few months have brought on a media storm surrounding accusations about the culture and employment practices at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. But it turns out, much of the reported information doesn’t tell the whole story. Class at RNZB. Photo by Evan Li, via rnzb.org.nz Caught up in the rumors has been newly hired artistic director Patricia Barker . The former Pacific ... Read More »

Is It Time to Rethink Your Audition Approach?

Is It Time to Rethink Your Audition Approach?

Is It Time to Rethink Your Audition Approach? In your wellness workshop at The Ailey School, you suggested that a way to attend a lot of auditions after graduation (without getting depressed) was to see each one as a free class. It worked. I can’t remember how many jobs I’ve tried out for, but I managed to stay hopeful and finally landed a full-time position. Thank you! —Grateful Dancer, Newark, NJ Congratulations! It pays to ... Read More »

Peter Martins Has Retired from NYCB Amidst Misconduct Allegations

Peter Martins Has Retired from NYCB Amidst Misconduct Allegations

Peter Martins Has Retired from NYCB Amidst Misconduct Allegations Yesterday evening, Peter Martins announced his immediate retirement as New York City Ballet’s ballet master in chief through a letter to the company’s board. He had been solely in charge of the company’s artistic direction since 1989 and the School of American Ballet’s chairman of faculty since 1983. Since December 7, Martins had been on a self-requested leave , amidst an investigation of claims of sexual ... Read More »

3 Tips So You Don’t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes

3 Tips So You Don’t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes Mastering the watercolor wash takes a lot of practice. But we’ve put together three great tips for laying washes that are soft, diffuse and flowing. The post 3 Tips So You Don&8217;t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art 3 Tips So You Don’t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes Read More »

Audition Advice from Three Top Summer Intensive Directors

Audition Advice from Three Top Summer Intensive Directors

Audition Advice from Three Top Summer Intensive Directors For many students, attending a summer intensive can offer the chance of a lifetime to focus exclusively on dance and experience the rigorous lifestyle of a pre-professional dancer. But with so many options and increasing competition, auditions can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, we gathered insider tips from three top summer program directors. Tammy Cheney, Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program director “Take class with an open and curious ... Read More »

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