Creating an original story ballet
Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet The Bright Stream was a highlight of American Ballet Theatre’s performance calendar in 2011. A welcome addition to the year’s full-length classics and mixed bills, it received rave reviews … Continue reading
Pennsylvania Ballet School reopens with a glamorous faculty member.
One of Roy Kaiser’s most indelible memories of Arantxa Ochoa is as the Sugarplum Fairy in Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Making her first entrance, she is flanked by a … Continue reading
When companies welcome disabled children into their holiday productions
In 1992, when the Joffrey held open auditions for children to be in its Nutcracker, a little boy named Leonard showed up in his wheelchair and asked if … Continue reading
Sorting the reality from the reality TV
“Girls, you’re wearing two-piece costumes. Either sit down and do a hundred sit-ups, or paint the abs on. One or the other. Let’s go,” barks Abby Lee Miller to … Continue reading
Eight dancers talk about how they teach contemporary dance—and why.
Whether you work in concert dance or in the commercial world, the question of the moment seems to be, “What is contemporary?” The answer is as … Continue reading