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Yvonne Rainer's Mattress Dance That "Went Nowhere" Is Now Getting Somewhere

Yvonne Rainer's Mattress Dance That "Went Nowhere" Is Now Getting Somewhere

Yvonne Rainer's Mattress Dance That "Went Nowhere" Is Now Getting Somewhere Yvonne Rainer’s Parts of Some Sextets (AKA “the mattress dance”) hasn’t been revived since it premiered in 1965. Nor has Rainer had any wish to do it again, to ask performers to heave 10 mattresses around while carrying out 31 tasks that changed every 30 seconds. It was an unwieldy, difficult dance. (Even the title is unwieldy.) But Emily Coates, who has danced in ... Read More »

The West Side Story Revival Is Cutting Two Iconic Songs, and People Aren't Happy

The West Side Story Revival Is Cutting Two Iconic Songs, and People Aren't Happy

The West Side Story Revival Is Cutting Two Iconic Songs, and People Aren't Happy We knew that Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s production of West Side Story would challenge our preconceived notions about the show. But a recent Vogue story gives us a taste of just how nontraditional the Broadway revival will be. Most notably, van Hove is cutting “I Feel Pretty” and the “Somewhere” ballet, condensing the show into one act ... Read More »

Francesca Hayward Steps Into Hollywood's Spotlight

Francesca Hayward Steps Into Hollywood's Spotlight

Francesca Hayward Steps Into Hollywood's Spotlight It’s a much-repeated part of Francesca Hayward’s origin story that she discovered ballet at age 3, when her grandparents bought a video of The Nutcracker to keep her occupied and she immediately started dancing around the room. What’s less well-known is that there was another video lined up next to The Nutcracker that Hayward liked to dance along to: Cats. “I really just did the White Cat bit and ... Read More »

What It's Like to Understudy 3 Principal Roles in Broadway's Revolutionary Oklahoma! Revival

What It's Like to Understudy 3 Principal Roles in Broadway's Revolutionary Oklahoma! Revival

What It's Like to Understudy 3 Principal Roles in Broadway&039;s Revolutionary Oklahoma! Revival It’s one thing to understudy three different demanding principal roles in one show. But sometimes, Sasha Hutchings has to perform them all in one day. Hutchings, a Broadway dancer who originated an ensemble role in Hamilton and was recently seen in “Fosse/Verdon,” understudies both Laurey and Ado Annie in the current Broadway revival of Oklahoma!—plus the lead dancer, who performs the 13-minute ... Read More »

"I Think I Dance Because I Don't Like to Dance"

"I Think I Dance Because I Don't Like to Dance"

"I Think I Dance Because I Don't Like to Dance" I always ask myself: If my parents hadn’t been flamenco dancers, would I have danced? I certainly don’t have a calling for dancing. As a child I was no Billy Elliot—that kind of boy that would do anything to dance. In fact, I was the Anti-Billy Elliot. My parents were always forcing me to dance, and I pushed back as much as I could. I ... Read More »

Alberto Alonso's Carmen Suite Gets a Rare U.S. Revival

Alberto Alonso's Carmen Suite Gets a Rare U.S. Revival

Alberto Alonso's Carmen Suite Gets a Rare U.S. Revival A ballet once banned in the USSR is set for an historic revival this November in Gainesville, Florida. In 1948, Alberto Alonso, along with his brother Fernando and sister-in-law Alicia, co-founded what became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. During a 1966 company tour to Russia, legendary Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, impressed by Alonso’s choreography, asked him to create a Carmen-themed ballet for her. It was the ... Read More »

DM Editors Pick November's Can't-Miss Shows

DM Editors Pick November's Can't-Miss Shows

DM Editors Pick November's Can&039;t-Miss Shows Our editors’ performance picks this month are all about taking what’s expected and turning it on its head. Life After Romeo LONDON What if, instead of reaching for a dagger after finding Romeo dead beside her, Juliet got a life? & Juliet, a new pop musical hitting the West End this month, turns Shakespeare’s tale of woe on its head. To get over Romeo, the titular heroine takes off ... Read More »

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021 On Friday, National Ballet of Canada announced that artistic director Karen Kain will step down in January 2021 to become artistic director emeritus. Kain, who has served as artistic director since 2005, joined NBoC as a dancer in 1969 and went on to become one of the company’s most beloved stars, often dancing alongside Rudolf Nureyev. None During her tenure as artistic ... Read More »

How Hadestown's Patrick Page Overcame His Greatest Fear: Dancing

How Hadestown's Patrick Page Overcame His Greatest Fear: Dancing

How Hadestown's Patrick Page Overcame His Greatest Fear: Dancing There’s a rare moment in Broadway’s Hadestown where the audience is able to breathe a sigh of relief. The smash-hit success is not well-known for being light-hearted or easy-going; Hadestown is a show full of workers and walls and, well, the second act largely takes place in a slightly modernized version of hell. But deep into the second act, the show reaches a brief homeostasis of ... Read More »

Dancers Today Are Taking Cross-Training to Extremes. But What's the Artistic Benefit?

Dancers Today Are Taking Cross-Training to Extremes. But What's the Artistic Benefit?

Dancers Today Are Taking Cross-Training to Extremes. But What's the Artistic Benefit? New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns wasn’t sure she was strong enough. A ballerina who has danced many demanding full-length and contemporary roles, she was about to push herself physically more than she thought was possible. “I said, ‘I can’t. My body won’t,’ ” she says. “He told me, ‘Yes, it will.’ “ She wasn’t working with a ballet coach, but with ... Read More »

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