November 18, 2015 |
'This leg must be stretched all the way out. I have to see you struggling to get it all the way," choreographer Nicolo Fonte insists as he pulls Edgar Anido's leg up to demonstrate to the rest of the BalletX dancers. Such were the rigorous demands of rehearsal last week - fine-tuning every gesture, every facial expression. The Brooklyn native retired from dancing 15 years ago, once his now-international choreographic career began to soar. He last worked with BalletX in 2013, when he set Beautiful Decay , his first full-length evening, on the company.
November 9, 2015 |
The dance world has gained a lot of exposure in recent years from reality TV, YouTube, and social media. Shows like Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have led to more looks behind the curtain, with Breaking Pointe, the fictional Bunheads (both of which had loyal fans but have been canceled), and a host of Web series focusing on schools and ballet companies, plus tips and tricks from dancers. The latest dance show to land is Flesh and Bone , an eight-part limited series premiering Sunday night on Starz and starring Pennsylvania Ballet alum Sarah Hay, now a soloist with Germany's Dresden Semperoper Ballet.
November 3, 2015 |
MOIRA Walley-Beckett is "drawn to dark. " Which is why, after years of writing for "Breaking Bad" - winning an Emmy for the celebrated "Ozymandias" episode - she did the next logical thing. She formed a ballet company. And while you can't buy tickets to that 22-member troupe's one and only season, you can see it perform beginning Sunday, on Starz, in Walley-Beckett's "Flesh and Bone. " An eight-episode limited series that stars newcomer Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a troubled young dancer on the cusp of a brilliant career, "Flesh and Bone" is set in a world that its creator, a former actress and dancer, knows something about.
October 28, 2015 |
I don't put much stock in performing-arts retrospectives. A gallery can hold decades of paintings; an evening of dance lets us peer back at just a handful. Such is the case with Trisha Brown Dance Company's "Proscenium Works, 1979-2011," which features three of Brown's creations from the 1980s to 2003. To Bryn Mawr College's credit, the dance performance is one of many events for In the New Body , a yearlong celebration of Brown's artistry that includes lectures, master classes, and performances culminating in June, when the Pennsylvania Ballet presents O zlozony/O composite , the first American ballet company to stage one of Brown's works.
October 25, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season, the first entirely programed by Angel Corella, Thursday night at the Academy of Music, looking like a very different troupe from a year ago. The company added a new principal dancer, three new soloists, and several new dancers to the corps de ballet. The behind-the-scenes staff is mostly new. The evening included two company premieres, both quite modern - Wayne McGregor's Chroma and Christopher Wheeldon's DVG: Danse a Grande Vitesse . Most different and less tangible is the feel of the company, a lushness, a group confidence.
October 21, 2015 |
Is the Pennsylvania Ballet developing a Latin flavor? Since last year, fans of this 50-year-old institution have wondered what form the company would take under its new artistic director, Angel Corella. It's still early days, but the influence of Spain and of other Spanish-speaking nations is definitely on the rise. Meanwhile, the superstar dancer-turned-administrator-and-teacher already has fulfilled several of his promises. Corella has enlarged the company to 37 dancers, plus four apprentices.
October 11, 2015 |
Performing the dances of Trisha Brown is "a little bit like strapping yourself in on the roller coaster and going for a ride. " So says Philadelphia dancer, choreographer, writer, and editor Lisa Kraus about this icon of American postmodern dance. Kraus should know; she was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1977 to 1982 and for the last 30 years has been restaging Brown's works for other troupes. Now, Kraus has curated an ambitious season-long project called "Trisha Brown: In the New Body.
September 20, 2015 |
Community College TV show vies for Emmy Saturday night are the regional Emmys. Among the nominees is CCPTV, the Community College of Philadelphia TV station, for Drop the Mic , a spoken-word program hosted by poet and CCP associate prof Michelle Myers and featuring CCP students.CCPTV is the only college TV show to be so honored. Fingers crossed! Soca now Pa. Ballet principal Cuban dancer extraordinaire Arian Molina Soca , a guest artist with Pennsylvania Ballet since April, has been named a principal dancer with the company, artistic director Ángel Corella announced at a Q&A Thursday night at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia.
September 16, 2015 |
In his continuing efforts to turn Pennsylvania Ballet into a national powerhouse, artistic director Angel Corella announced Monday that he has hired two major stars as ballet masters, as well as five new dancers. Charles Askegard and Kyra Nichols will fill the positions held by retired Pennsylvania Ballet dancers Zachary Hench and Julie Diana, who have moved to Alaska to run a ballet school. Nichols, 57, was one of George Balanchine's muses and had a long career with the New York City Ballet, joining as a 15-year-old apprentice in 1974 and retiring in 2007.
July 20, 2015 |
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.