A brief piece on ballet in opera by Joan Acocella in the April 7 issue of The New Yorker.
Now the situation is changing again. Dance is being given a place in opera, not so much in the form of the big, happy intermezzi of yesteryear but as the thing that everyone said it couldn’t be: a plot advancement. At the Y, Henkel will show video clips and talk to two choreographers, Carolyn Choa and Doug Varone. Varone choreographed the seven-veils solo for Karita Mattila in the Met’s 2004 “Salome.” Because Mattila took everything off, and looked very nice naked, the latter was a sensation, but it was also a lesson. Dance can be an actor in opera.