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#1 32tendu

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:06 PM

For centuries, ballet has captivated audiences the world over.  From its humble beginnings in the courtyards of Italy and France, to the great stages of the eastern and western worlds, ballet has secured its position among great paintings, literature, music and sculpture. 

Join Emmy Award winning producer Christian Cudnik for a look at this centuries old art form. Learn about it's traditions, etiquette, teaching and significant artists.

Here are a couple of excellent ways to listen on your smart phone and subscribe.

#1= iTunes.
Open iTunes. Go to the 'iTunes Store'. Click, 'Podcast' and search for 'Ballet Initiative'. Click the image to listen, and 'Subscribe'. It's FREE, and each new episode will come to you automatically when you subscribe. If you have an iPhone, you can get the podcast delivered on your phone, too. This way, you can listen on the go and anytime.

#2= Stitcher. http://www.stitcher.com/
For those of you who use an Android or another non- iPhone device, Stitcher is another popular distribution and listening service for podcasts. You can listen via their FREE phone app. See the link below. You can listen via the App on a phone.


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Contact us @ podcast@balletinitiative.org



#2 32tendu

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:55 AM

The Ballet Initiative podcast premiers today! Ep #1 features a conversation with principal dancer, Maria Chapman of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Maria joined us from Vail! To listen, go to: http://podcast.balletinitiative.org/

While you're there be sure to subscribe. It's easy and it's FREE! You can also subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Each service has an app to listen on your smart phone. Enjoy!



#3 pherank

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 06:49 PM

The Ballet Initiative podcast premiers today! Ep #1 features a conversation with principal dancer, Maria Chapman of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Maria joined us from Vail! To listen, go to: http://podcast.balletinitiative.org/

While you're there be sure to subscribe. It's easy and it's FREE! You can also subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher. Each service has an app to listen on your smart phone. Enjoy!

 Thanks 32Tendu - I enjoyed that. I saw Chapman for the first time live at the end of this last season.



#4 32tendu

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 04:44 AM

Thanks for listening, pherank! I am open to suggestions, too. I hope to grow the podcast into a show with features, news and teaching component.



#5 pherank

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for listening, pherank! I am open to suggestions, too. I hope to grow the podcast into a show with features, news and teaching component.

 

Well you've come to the right place - we can chuck lots of ideas at you.  ;)

We just need to get people noticing this thread. But I imagine the real issue for you is how to approach the various dancers, choreographers, directors, etc. and get them to talk to you. Not my particular forte, but it may be yours.

 

A couple of things off the top of my head:

 

1) Besides interviewing a single artist, you could also try talking with, say, 3 dancers from the same company, or 3 dancers from three different companies on a particular theme.

2) We recently started a thread talking about stage management, and I still think that it is really interesting to learn about how to put on a ballet - what goes into the production, and how the chaos is managed.

 

http://balletalert.i...e-managing-101/



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:22 AM

Excellent points and ideas. I appreciate this input. It's important to get a good mix of people and the production element of ballet is a certain interest to me. It's a very collaborative art form and this is often over looked. I know I really need to get the word out there. Anything you can do to help is appreciated. You can find me on Twitter: @christiancudnik.

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:48 PM

Episode 2 of the Ballet Initiative Podcast has been posted. Go to podcast.balletinitiative.org to listen and subscribe. It's totally free.

 

Joy Womack is the first American to be asked to join the historic Bolshoi Ballet.

 

This is the only audio podcast dedicated to the art of ballet, and we need your support. You can find us on iTunes and Stitcher, too.

 



#8 pherank

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:55 PM

Another very interesting interview, Christian - well done. And Joy Womack was an excellent choice. Everyone's background story is different and unique in its own way. I look forward to the next one...

 

I noticed the Sara Mearns interview disappeared - it's worth keeping in the list though.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:38 AM

I noticed that Joy Womack is not listed on the Bolshoi's website under any rank.  Her personal website says she currently dances with them: http://www.joywomack.com/?page_id=45.



#10 pherank

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:44 AM

I noticed that Joy Womack is not listed on the Bolshoi's website under any rank.  Her personal website says she currently dances with them: http://www.joywomack.com/?page_id=45.

 

Her status with the company is explained in the interview. Sounds like she's caught between a Russian and a hard spot. Unless one is an internationally recognized dancer, like Hallberg, it's going to be very difficult to make the long journey up through the hierarchy at the Bolshoi or Mariinsky. It's not an open society, and foreigners are not appreciated when they try to 'infiltrate' the Russian ballet. There's a whole lot of national pride bound up with ballet in Russia.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:31 AM

I'll guess I'll have to listen to it because I really want to understand why she wouldn't be listed if she's a company member.

 

Perhaps this next question would be better under a different thread, but if "there's a whole lot of national pride bound up with ballet in Russia" (and I agree with that), as why they don't like foreigner's in their companies, then why is the reverse OK - i.e. why is it acceptable to a Russian dancer for them to leave Russia and join another company in another country?  Wouldn't they be considered a traitor?  And, not just a traitor by their country and company but a traitor to themselves?  Not to mention hypocritical.  Forget "artistic expression" as a reason to leave a Russian ballet company.  I'm merely talking about national pride.

 

I pose these questions as honest questions.  Not as an attack on anyone or on Russia, so I hope no one reads it that way.  I'm really curious what the thought process and rationale is.  You know the phrase: "you can't have it both ways"......



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:09 PM

She is listed in the Corps on the Bolshoi site.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 01:21 PM

I'll guess I'll have to listen to it because I really want to understand why she wouldn't be listed if she's a company member.

 

Perhaps this next question would be better under a different thread, but if "there's a whole lot of national pride bound up with ballet in Russia" (and I agree with that), as why they don't like foreigner's in their companies, then why is the reverse OK - i.e. why is it acceptable to a Russian dancer for them to leave Russia and join another company in another country?  Wouldn't they be considered a traitor?  And, not just a traitor by their country and company but a traitor to themselves?  Not to mention hypocritical.  Forget "artistic expression" as a reason to leave a Russian ballet company.  I'm merely talking about national pride.

 

I pose these questions as honest questions.  Not as an attack on anyone or on Russia, so I hope no one reads it that way.  I'm really curious what the thought process and rationale is.  You know the phrase: "you can't have it both ways"......

 

I think it IS still difficult for dancers to leave Russia for more and different opportunities. But they can make the leap these days. Who knows? Maybe in 10 years it will be harder, not easier, to leave the country. This issue is known to SFB fans, for example, as Maria Kochetkova must live this kind of 'complicated' life. The sad thing is that it is even an issue for a Russian to dance in a foreign country.

 

I'm not sure what you mean by "hypocritical" in this context, so that could be explained more in another thread...



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

A question for Christian: what exactly are the technical requirements for your audio interviews? I know that you used Skype to talk to Joy Womack, but what are the other possibilities for remote interviews?



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 11:40 AM

On Monday, I'll post the new Ballet Initiative Podcast featuring my interview with principal dancers Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild of New York City Ballet.

It was really fun. They were really cool, and generous with their time.

You can listen and subscribe at podcast.balletinitiative.org

 

 




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