Tag: Dancing

At the Whitney Biennial, Flood Preparation as Social Dance

When the choreographer Madeline Hollander makes a site-specific work, she gets to know the site inside and out. On a recent afternoon, she stood at the base of a warehouse on 10th Avenue, around the corner from the gleaming glass entrance of the Whitney Museum of American Art. “All of the materials are stored in […]

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For Sean Spicer, the Revolving Door Led to a Dance Routine in a Lime Green Shirt

WASHINGTON — When Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, resigned from the Trump administration in 2017, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” saw a future for him on the show. At the time, Mr. Spicer, a little-known Republican Party spokesman before his short tenure at the White House, had more traditional paths he wanted […]

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Behind the Curtain at the Paris Opera

The most breathtaking subway exit in the world may be the one at Place de l’Opéra in Paris. Its final steps lead to a postcard-ready view of the sensational Palais Garnier, the love-it-or-hate-it theater with a Baroque, Renaissance and all-around garish pastiche that overwhelms and enchants at every turn. It was designed by Charles Garnier […]

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Want to Feel Like a Russian Ballerina? Start With the Tutu

Surfacing A trove of lush Soviet-era tutus can be found hidden in the back room of a small school near Chicago. ImageJulianne Pankau, a ballet student in Tatyana’s Mazur’s class. The gown she wears was brought from the Ukraine, originally made for a role in “La Esmeralda.”CreditWhitten Sabbatini for The New York Times Written by […]

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This Labor Day, We Salute the (Arts) Workers

Before you start loading up your fall culture calendar, take a moment this Labor Day Weekend to reflect on those people who make sure that the city’s cultural events — concerts, Broadway shows and art exhibitions — go off without a hitch. In a culture center like New York, that means there are thousands of […]

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For Dancers, the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

A body in motion tends to stay in motion, so summer can present a challenge for dancers. For those who work at ballet companies, the period after July 4 usually means a layoff of at least a few weeks. But free time doesn’t necessarily mean sloth. (Though, like all of us, dancers crave rest.) Summer […]

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When It Comes to Dance, ‘Pose’ Never Stands Still

The dance world doesn’t always escape the land of television without a bruise or two. There’s nothing the camera loves more than a bloody toenail. And then there’s “Pose,” on FX. This look at the ballroom scene in New York City is equal parts grit and glamour. Its horrifying moments don’t have anything to do […]

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Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time

Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of 2015. She was living in Harlem and had been performing for three years with Ballet Hispánico, a contemporary dance company in Manhattan. He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of […]

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Hey, Lara Spencer, Ballet Is for Boys

Maybe Lara Spencer hasn’t seen “Billy Elliot.” It was dismaying that Ms. Spencer, a host of “Good Morning America” on ABC, would openly laugh at the news that a 6-year-old boy had elected to study ballet. Listing Prince George’s curriculum on Thursday morning, she ticked off “religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet.” She pronounced […]

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The Man Behind Those Throbbing Warehouse Parties in Brooklyn

ImageRob Toma surveyed the techno rave scene that his company, Teksupport, held at a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.CreditChristopher Lee for The New York Times An army of young people swarmed through the darkened rectangles of industrial Brooklyn, orienteering by thudding beats and prismatic light to a former shipbuilding factory. They wore chokers and […]

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The Perfect Soundtrack for a Summer Dinner Party

Temperatures might be falling and the daylight hours dwindling, but summer doesn’t officially come to a close until Sept. 23; consider it a bonus month (or three weeks) to throw a small dinner party and share new, and old, music with friends. A good soundtrack to the night can inspire discussion, pad out quieter moments […]

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It Was ‘Cool Central’: Bill T. Jones Leads a Trip Through His Archive

“There are a lot of emotions in these stories,” the choreographer, dancer and director Bill T. Jones said one evening this summer as he rummaged through some of the hundreds of folders and document boxes that make up the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Archive, which had just been acquired by the New York Public […]

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In Cunningham Class, Physical Puzzles and Disciplined Energy

On a recent afternoon, in a big studio at New York City Center, the dancer Melissa Toogood presented her class with a puzzle. With the clear, direct energy of someone walking down the street, she performed a darting series of steps that folded back on itself, ending where it started. The challenge, beyond pairing sudden […]

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Henri Belolo, a Founder of the Village People, Dies at 82

Henri Belolo, a creator of the Village People, the disco group that found mainstream success by performing campy songs like “Y.M.C.A.” while attired as macho archetypes, died on Aug. 3 at his home in Paris. He was 82. His son Jonathan said the cause was pancreatic cancer. Mr. Belolo had been a music producer and […]

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Review: In Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ a Story of Even More Woe

LONDON — A bright red curtain flutters down. Prokofiev’s ominous chords thunder. The blood-drenched lovers lie entwined on a tombstone. Matthew Bourne shows us the end of the story at the beginning of his powerful, dark “Romeo and Juliet,” which opened at Sadler’s Wells here on Friday. And it’s not a pretty sight. This “Romeo […]

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