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  1. David Hallberg book tour

    Busy is good.
  2. I wouldn't want to disrupt your style -- I just want to make sure you don't end up with a soggy tie.
  3. Oh no -- don't let your tie drink your wine!
  4. Matthew Bourne "The Red Shoes"

    This comment caught my eye, in part because it seemed unusual. I had to think a bit to remember what I'd seen recently that was involved in "telling a story." Excluding work that is specifically abstract, I actually don't see that much purely narrative work -- in general, much of the "expressive" dance I see is designed to evoke a mood rather than build a character and a world for them to operate in. I have a feeling this might be a topic for a separate thread, but just a show of electronic hands -- how many people have seen a specifically narrative work in the last 6 months? (reaching back a bit since it was summer...)
  5. This just screened at the Twist Film Festival in Seattle (and I missed it, dammit). Am posting it here in case someone else in this group gets a look at it -- come back and report. REBELS ON POINTE Bobbi Jo Hart; 2017; Canada; 90 min.; in English, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-gay male ballet company founded over forty years ago. This cinéma vérité feature combines archival footage and conversations with the artistic director, critics, and family members for an affectionate look at “The Trocks.” Get to know them as we travel around the world and gain an inside look at their joyfully inspired performances, familial bonds, and intimate relationships. Throughout the years, from the difficulty of acquiring funding to the devastation of AIDS, their playful and humorous yet very serious dance techniques have propelled them into the spotlight as the rebel ambassadors of ballet. trailer website
  6. 'The Paris Opera' - New Documentary

    The dance historian in me was interested in this, though it does feel pretty grim. (saw excerpts, not the whole film)
  7. Mary Cochran 1963 - 2017

    A big loss for the dance community, as well as her family and friends.
  8. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    Lots of questions -- not many answers yet.
  9. Your lips to the gods' ears. Thanks for the link!
  10. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    I think that Martins has a mixed reputation in the dance community -- while he shows well here, many people will average that with other opinions, and make their own judgment.
  11. MacMillan "insight" evenings

    Thanks for this -- I also have a mixed history with MacMillan, but I'm always interested in learning more.
  12. Oh, this looks interesting -- bookmarking for later!
  13. "Karsar" (aka Corsaire) Coming Up at Bolshoy

    It's not a question of what the audience can tolerate, but what the theater can afford. Longer than three hours puts the production into overtime for artists and stagehands.
  14. 2017-18 Bolshoi cinema season

    For his ballets? Sure they do. Just as they listen to any guest choreographer about casting.
  15. This is actually a problem in many different contexts, and I wish someone with some power in DC would take it on and craft some solutions.
  16. 2017-18 Bolshoi cinema season

    Well, I'll be there, barring disasters -- I'm always curious to see what people do with this score/plot
  17. Thanks for the link!
  18. Ballet Arizona Promo Video

    Very zippy!
  19. This is often how it works at Pacific Northwest Ballet as well -- while the creative staff will offer suggestions to a choreographer who doesn't know the company, they often chose people who aren't always featured, or pair dancers that don't usually work together. It's a treat to see the company through that different lens. Crystal Pite is in residence this month, and is starting out her process with a workshop for everyone. She's a big favorite here, as she is almost everywhere she goes, and all I've heard for ages is "I'd really like to dance in the Pite."
  20. most popular composer for dance

    It's their new listener service -- aerobics!
  21. Mulling this over after responding to another comment (about upcoming work by Millepied to Phillip Glass) I'm wondering about who might be the most often used composers in dance. Some composers seem to come into play over and over again -- their works are dansant (one of my favorite French words). Without asking anyone to do a statistical analysis, who are the most frequently-used composers in dance? Why do you think they're so popular? And has that popularity waxed or waned over time?
  22. most popular composer for dance

    I would have caved right away with that kind of threat. Many years ago, when I first started dancing, a modern choreographer at my college made a lovely work to that score -- it just slays me that the music has become so overused that I can't even think of that dance without cringing. And I think one of the best pieces of music for a defile is the finale to Stravinsky's The Firebird. It's meant to be a procession, and it's easily repeatable.
  23. From Dance Books in the UK. Dear Customers, We've recently published a new book by Ann Hutchinson Guest - 'A selection from the Sigurd Leeder heritage', detailing in text and Labanotation ten of the great modern dancer and teacher's dance studies. A CD of music for the studies is included. And lurking in the depths of our warehouse we've discovered half a dozen hardback copies of the autobiography of the celebrated New York City Ballet dancer Allegra Kent. Currently on offer from Amazon at £22.50 in paperback, we're happy to offer these hardback copies for just £5.99. So don't delay - when these six copies are gone, that's it! You'll find details of these books and other recent publications on our web site, www.dancebooks.co.uk.
  24. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Hoping to see some rehearsal later in the month!
  25. most popular composer for dance

    Joplin's music is very danceable -- the soundtrack for The Sting really sparked an interest. I think we forget, now that we can hear almost anything online, how tricky it was to do music research even as recently as 20 years ago. But two words strike fear into my heart -- Pachelbel's Canon.