Tag: Dancing

As ‘Nutcracker’ Returns, Companies Rethink Depictions of Asians

A new character is featured in the Land of Sweets in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” this year: Green Tea Cricket, a springy, superhero-like figure meant to counter stereotypes of Chinese culture. Tulsa Ballet, hoping to dispel outdated portrayals of Asians, is infusing its production with elements of martial arts, choreographed by a Chinese-born dancer. And […]

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Ballroom Takes Root in Colombia. But Who Is It For?

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The theme was Met Gala — that is, if the Met Gala had vibrators and whips. On a Friday night in October, hundreds of attendees crammed into a second-floor dance studio near the northern edge of Bogotá adorned with flowers, chains, corsets and long flowing wigs, their carefully painted makeup smearing as […]

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Wakefield Poole, Pioneer in Gay Pornography, Dies at 85

One New York night in the early 1970s, a dancer and budding filmmaker named Wakefield Poole went to see a gay porn flick called “Highway Hustler” at a run-down theater in Times Square with his friends. As he settled into a tattered seat, he prepared to spend the next 45 minutes or so enjoyably aroused. […]

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This Year’s ‘Nutcracker’ Kids: Taller, Older and Savoring It All

They need to be at least 12. They need to be vaccinated. And they need new costumes. But what they don’t need to be? Short. If the kids in New York City Ballet’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” look more like teenagers this season, it’s because in many cases they are. When rehearsals began […]

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‘Everything Went Black’: The Children Caught in a Christmas Parade Tragedy

Facebook pages and GoFundMe appeals hinted at the damage: A multisport athlete at Waukesha South High School with “a broken femur, skull fracture, broken ribs, C4 vertebrae fracture, a bruised lung, and a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).” An 11-year-old girl with a fractured left leg and a head injury and in intensive care in a different […]

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‘West Side Story’ Star Ariana DeBose Is Always Ready for Her Next Role

Such a charmed arrival onto the New York theater scene is almost unheard of and, aware that her current wealth of opportunities is rare, DeBose is determined to prove herself worthy of them. “I don’t ever want anybody to look at my work and think, ‘Why does she have that when they could’ve hired someone […]

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Twyla Tharp: ‘Each One of the Dances Is My Hope for a Perfect World’

During the pandemic, Twyla Tharp did what most choreographers did: She worked on Zoom. A lot. “The whole time, I was wondering, well, when are we actually going to put bodies back into real places at real times?” she said in a recent interview. “And it was not possible until relatively very recently.” She wasn’t […]

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A New Kind of Native American Dance Troupe

One day in October, the dancer Kenneth Shirley got a message from Injury Reserve, a hip-hop group he had befriended in Phoenix, where he grew up and still lives. The band was performing in Manhattan and had noticed from Shirley’s Instagram posts that he was on the East Coast, too. Would he like to come […]

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New York’s Irish Arts Center Upgrades to a ‘Flagship Hub’

Irish Arts Center, a New York nonprofit devoted to championing the culture of Ireland and Irish Americans, is finally moving into a home as big as its aspirations. The organization, founded in the East Village in 1972, has been operating for decades out of a onetime tenement in Hell’s Kitchen. Now, wrapping up a pandemic-delayed […]

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Ballet Theater Gives the Stage to This Pianist’s Drag Persona

I didn’t leave the job completely, and I had enjoying working with Kenneth MacMillan. In 1985 Kenneth came back to stage “Romeo and Juliet.” In Los Angeles, there was an onstage rehearsal that Friends of A.B.T. could attend. The dancers were not in hair and makeup, and there was no orchestra; it was just going […]

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For This Artist, the Medium Is the Body

MANCHESTER, England — Rolling, scrubbing, shoving and stroking: The dance piece “Human Measure,” which premiered here earlier this month, is filled with bodies touching. Performed by the multimedia artist Cassils and five other mostly nude dancers, the choreography alternates between sensuously intimate and hedonistically frenetic. The tone set by low, red lighting and a droning, […]

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An Unassuming Prince Dons the Velvet Cloak at Ballet Theater

Behind the question of self-confidence, there was the challenge of gaining control over his tall, lanky body. “It’s not easy to be that tall and do the pyrotechnics,” McKenzie said. “It takes a compactness of the center to get the body coordinated and lifted.” The extreme flexibility of Forster’s joints made it even harder, and […]

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How ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Brought Step to the Met

Camille A. Brown had a lot of catching up to do. She wasn’t part of the original creative team behind Terence Blanchard’s opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” when it was presented in 2019 in St. Louis. But at the Metropolitan Opera, where the production runs through Saturday — the first time a work […]

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Rising Out of the Pandemic, City Ballet Ushers in a New Era

Dance, perhaps more than any art, is one of reinvention and renewal, and New York City Ballet’s fall season showed that inevitable generational shift with particular clarity. It can be painful. When Lauren Lovette, bowing at her gorgeous farewell performance on Oct. 9, offered a tiny wave to the cheering crowd and then gave a […]

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Dancing Cheek to Cheek Again: New York’s Tango Scene Rebounds

The concept of social distancing simply does not exist in tango. This dance born in the working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Montevideo is about intimacy, touch and the closeness of the abrazo, or embrace. There is no distance between bodies; partners lean into each other, faces and chests touching, an arm wrapped around the […]

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Farewell to a Ballerina With Borscht Belt Humor and ‘Legs of Life’

And who doesn’t want another chance to see her legs slice through “Slaughter” one last time? Wendy Whelan, the associate artistic director of City Ballet, remembers the first time she saw Kowroski — and those legs. Then a student at the City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet, Kowroski was at a bank across the street […]

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An ‘Allegory for Our Times’: The Royal Ballet’s ‘Dante Project’

LONDON — “Be like a jellyfish,” Wayne McGregor said, undulating his upper body expressively. The dancers on the darkened stage of the Royal Opera House on a recent afternoon looked at him for a moment. Then as one, they practiced being like jellyfish. McGregor, the resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, laughed. “Gorgeous!” he said, […]

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The Road Back: ‘How Am I Ever Going to Dance Again?’

August On Aug. 3, rehearsals began for the fall season, which included the creation of two new ballets: one by Sidra Bell, in which Fairchild has a leading role and Furlan is an understudy; and one by Andrea Miller, which features a part for Bradley. FURLAN I landed in New York at 7 a.m. on […]

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A Dance Show on a Cruise Ship? It’s Not What You Think.

On a late-summer night, three choreographers greeted friends at the New York opening of their latest show, exchanging hugs and chatting through masks over the blare of pop music. Neon projections in the theater, a nightclub-like space called the Red Room, exclaimed “Welcome to the Show!!” Cocktail servers wove efficiently through the crowd with trays […]

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‘I Feel an Abundance’: A Composer Dips Into the Dance World

“Arrghh, the pressure!” exclaimed the composer Lido Pimienta, after being told that she and the choreographer Andrea Miller were the first all-female team to be commissioned to create a piece for New York City Ballet. When that dance, “sky to hold,” with costumes by Esteban Cortázar, debuts at the company’s fall fashion gala on Thursday […]

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Verdon and Fosse: ‘She Gave Him Stuff. He Gave Her Stuff.’

Haberman, who performed in “Bob Fosse’s Dancin’” (she was in the original workshop) and “Pippin,” was an assistant choreographer to Fosse on the Broadway show “Big Deal.” In “Sweet Gwen,” the dances, which never had formal titles, are named after the music: “Cool Hand Luke,” “Mexican Shuffle” and “Mexican Breakfast,” which inspired the Beyoncé video. […]

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