A review of Maggie Shipstead's new novel "Astonish Me" by Maureen Corrigan for NPR.
Unlucky Joan had indulged in a quick fling with an old beau, while on the rebound from a masochistic affair with Arslan Rusakov, the Soviet ballet star she helped to defect to the West. Think Baryshnikov — and, in fact, while you're thinking Baryshnikov, you might know that 1977 film he starred in called The Turning Point. There's a certain resemblance here to that tale of a former ballerina (played in the movie by Shirley MacLaine) who's drawn back into the dance world she left because of an unplanned pregnancy, when her now-teenage child shows promise of being a prodigy. The same thing happens to Joan: Her son, Harry, grows up in California resolutely immune to soccer and baseball and, instead, nuts about ballet. His passion and talent pull Joan back into Arslan's fiery orbit.
An obituary for Marc Platt by Sarah Halzack in The Washington Post.
In a long balletic dream sequence choreographed by Agnes de Mille, Mr. Platt played the dancing alter ego of the cowboy hero (“Dream Curly”) opposite Katherine Sergava as the object of his affection (“Dream Laurey”). In the New York Times, dance critic John Martin praised Mr. Platt’s work in the “difficult assignment of sheer romantic maleness defeated by sinister forces.”
Bovim Ballet not only provides a platform for accomplished artists the calibre of Tanya Futter and James Bradley but for an impressive new generation of dancers to hone their stage craft. A main pitfall on opening night was the bland portrayal by the highly proficient Henk Opperman of Freddie M, a man oozing legendary bisexual charisma and unparalleled showmanship. This is a pivotal role around which spin the characters of Mercury’s lovers Jim (Devon Marshbank), Mary (Futter), Rosemary (Nicola van der Merwe and Elzanne Crause) and Barbara (Faye Dubinski).
Fans filled the seats at the Cowles Center on Sunday night to celebrate James Sewell Ballet co-founder Sally Rousse. “Sally Jubilee!” marked the dancer/choreographer’s 50th birthday and the end of an era as she is moving on from the company after 24 years. So it was only fitting that the evening began with a tongue-in-cheek eulogy from animator Bill Burnett, who created the cartoon "Tutu the Superina" for Nickelodeon with Rousse.
Justin Peck already has his own documentary. An interview with its director, Jody Lee Lipes.
What was so appealing about him at that point?
We got to capture him maybe at the last moment that he was sort of new at choreographing. He’s very confident and sure of himself, but at the same time, there are moments in this process where he’s tiptoeing and not knowing how he should behave. I think that’s a really precise time in someone’s creative career.
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