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Ballet Initiative PodcastPast Episodes (See Heads Up! for Recent Episodes)


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#61 32tendu

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:10 PM

So pleased to read this, Pherank. She was so fun to talk to. I hope to record with her again in the future.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:57 PM

All of your interviews have been great, and I so admire what you're doing.  Your questions and attitude are just wonderful.  The Watts interview surpassed everything IMO.  Wow so much territory covered, and she is so interesting and thoughtful.  Thank you, thank you.  I'd love to hear parts 3 & 4 of Heather Watts.  



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:01 PM

Thank you, Vipa! I appreciate you taking the time to listen. I'll ask her back!



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:35 PM

Thank you, Vipa! I appreciate you taking the time to listen. I'll ask her back!

It sounded like she'd want to continue the conversation.  I'm sincere when I say that it has lot to do with you.  You have great questions, show a genuine interest and go with the flow .  I've loved every podcast, but this is a particular favorite.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:53 PM

Vipa, I just noticed your suggestion. I'll look into connecting with Eliot Feld. Thank you.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:55 PM

Vipa, we spoke for 2 hours! 45 minutes was 'off the record'. I do plan another conversation with her.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:35 PM

Vipa, I just noticed your suggestion. I'll look into connecting with Eliot Feld. Thank you.

Thank you for looking into it.  I believe Mr. Feld was the young prince in the early years of the Balanchine Nutcracker, and was a teenager when he was Baby John in Robbins West Side Story.  There is a lot of history there.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

Vipa, we spoke for 2 hours! 45 minutes was 'off the record'. I do plan another conversation with her.

 

So great.  I am so in love with this video of her with Jock Soto 

 

Two wonderful dancers who have been around the block a few times, and have a lot to give emotionally.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

great partnership. wish it would have been explored deeper. but, life is complicated. thanks for listening and sharing!



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:42 PM

A couple of things that I really appreciated her mentioning were the Tanny Le Clercq documentary, and the effect of the AIDS epidemic on the arts/dance scene in the 1980s. And your conversation about Macaulay/critics and their attitudes in print was rather humorous.

 

Looking forward to the next one.  ;)

 

I hope that later on in the year you are able to speak with Mathilde Froustey or Simone Messmer at SFB. Or Tan, Kochetkova, Van Patten...

 

[EDIT] This reminds me, when you feel up to talking to another photographer - Erik Tomasson, son of SFB Director Helgi Tomasson, is the company’s photographer. And if that sounds like nepotism, you just have to see the quality of his photos to get why they would really want him. He may well have an interesting perspective on things.

http://www.eriktomasson.com/

“First, I never ask anybody to pose anything,” he says. “I don’t move around. I let dancers work. They’re more comfortable, more relaxed, and I get what I want, the more natural stuff.

“I see both the dancer and the environment: the lighting, the background, the shadows. I see it as a product. The dancer should look right and good as the focal point. The ‘look’ of my photographs, my signature, comes from the idea of ‘crushing the blacks’; of achieving the truest black background with no gradations, making the dancers really jump out.”



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:03 PM

Episode 20 & 21 of the Ballet Initiative Podcast features Wendy Perron. Wendy is the author of the new book, "Through the Eyes Of A Dancer". She's also the Editor at Large at Dance Magazine.

You can listen to the conversation here:

 

balletinitiative.com/podcast

 

On Twitter @balletinitiativ and @christiancudnik



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:01 AM

Pherank,

Thanks for the lead. I've been trying to connect a some of the dancers you've mention. But, to no avail. So, I'll reach out again.

Speaking of photographers, I'll have Steven Caras before too long.

 

All the best,

Christian



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:27 AM

Nancy Buirski is the Director of "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq". I should admit, I fell in love with 'Tanny' through photographs over decade ago. So, to see her move on screen truly deepened my intrigue/ crush.

 

This is a universal story of struggle and change. I feel that her story will appeal to more than our dance community. It's beautiful. Really well done, Ms. Buirski. Thank you. 

 

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http://balletinitiat...5/nancy-buirski

 

 



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:13 PM

One of my favorite ballet subjects, and another excellent interview from Christian. The Ballet Initiative library is really going strong.  ;)



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for listening! Working on SFB, too.




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