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Beloved Dance Historian, Writer and Archivist David Vaughan Has Passed Away

Beloved Dance Historian, Writer and Archivist David Vaughan Has Passed Away

Beloved Dance Historian, Writer and Archivist David Vaughan Has Passed Away Beloved dance historian, writer and archivist David Vaughan passed away today at the age of 93. H is extensive archival work for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company set a new standard for dance preservation. In tribute, we offer this profile, by Siobhan Burke, which appeared in our December 2015 issue to celebrate Vaughan’s Dance Magazine Award. Even then, at age 91, he was still ... Read More »

Untouched by an ‘Angel’

Untouched by an ‘Angel’

Untouched by an ‘Angel’ They’ve got plenty of mutton. Just because one can write an opera based on a film, does this necessarily indicate that one should? While watching the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera, I kept returning to this central question.  The opera is based on Luis Buñuel’s film El ángel exterminador, a staple of the surrealist canon and a clear work of genius. Filmed in Mexico ... Read More »

A 3-D Cunningham Movie? Yes, Please!

A 3-D Cunningham Movie? Yes, Please!

{$inline_image} A 3-D Cunningham Movie? Yes, Please! What would it be like to view a Merce Cunningham piece from the inside? CUNNINGHAM , a new dance film utilizing 3-D video technology, will allow audiences to find out, putting them in the midst of numerous dances ranging from iconic classics such as Summerspace (1958) and RainForest (1968) to early works like Totem Ancestor (1942). On the team is filmmaker Alla Kovgan, co-directors of choreography Robert Swinston ... Read More »

What Dancers Eat: Make This Trisha Brown Dancer's Egg Strata Recipe

What Dancers Eat: Make This Trisha Brown Dancer's Egg Strata Recipe

What Dancers Eat: Make This Trisha Brown Dancer's Egg Strata Recipe Growing up, Leah Ives always enjoyed preparing food—especially after-school snacks. So now, while she cooks to fuel her work with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, she always wants it to be “free-form in a casual, no-pressure way,” she says. That means she preps and eats whatever her body calls for. “I’ve gone through phases of cleanses and diets,” she says. “But that can take ... Read More »

Here am I; where are you?

Here am I; where are you?

Here am I; where are you? Happy 97th birthday actress Nanette Fabray.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-cjW1ig4aw Happy 90th birthday composer Dominick Argento. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZEBm1SoQnQ Happy 88th birthday mezzo-soprano Cora Canne-Meijer. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjtLvAO2O08 Happy 79th birthday soprano Edda Moser. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWVmWuWWNMc Happy 76th birthday countertenor Charles Brett. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-3dHPuc1dw Happy 73rd birthday tenor Stuart Kale. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWzaBpIiwUo Source: Music-2 Here am I; where are you? Read More »

Diana Vishneva on Why Americans Are Wrong About Russia & Contemporary Dance

Diana Vishneva on Why Americans Are Wrong About Russia & Contemporary Dance

Diana Vishneva on Why Americans Are Wrong About Russia & Contemporary Dance Part of the reason we chose international ballet star Diana Vishneva as one of our Dance Magazine Awardees this year is because she’s always been an innovator. Before it was normal for ballet dancers to travel the world guesting for numerous companies, Vishneva, who began at the Mariinsky Ballet and later became a principal at American Ballet Theatre, was doing it. Today, she’s ... Read More »

"Dance Isn't For Everyone"

"Dance Isn't For Everyone"

{$inline_image} "Dance Isn't For Everyone" When I wrote about my struggle with depression , and eventual departure from dance because of it, I expected criticism. I was prepared to be challenged. But much to my relief, and horror, dancers from all over the world responded with support and stories of solidarity. The most critical response I saw was this one: “Dance isn’t for everyone.” This may as well be a mantra in the dance world. ... Read More »

Start the revolution without me

Start the revolution without me

Start the revolution without me “Trove Thursday” commemorates Umberto Giordano’s 150th birthday with an unusual performance of his best-known opera Andrea Chenier where an unexpected Canadian star-tenor relishes beheading alongside a far less well-known Italian diva: Jon Vickers and Ilva Ligabue.  Born in 1867, Giordano composed Chenier before he was 30 and never had a lasting success to match it except perhaps Fedora which premiered two years later and is done here and there. The operas ... Read More »

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