Ballet

Misty Copeland Buys Gowns off the Rack, Makes a Mean Key Lime Pie

“Well, it actually was all based on what Marcelo Gomes was wearing,” Misty Copeland said Monday evening of her blush Stella McCartney gown. “He’s …

Performing Arts

A Sweet Affair: Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, and More at American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala

blake-lively-katie-holmes-american-ballet-theatre-spring-gala<p>On a Monday in May, ballet patrons climbed the cantilevered staircase at the Metropolitan Opera House for American Ballet Theatre’s annual spring gala. The season opened with Alexei Ratmansky’s latest choreographed confection, <i>Whipped …

Fashion

Wendy Whelan: The First Time I Danced a Balanchine Ballet (the Day He Died)

My first performance in a Balanchine ballet took place 34 years ago, on April 30, 1983. It was a day that will forever be marked in the history books because it also happened to be the day Balanchine died.<p>I was given the sad news about the legendary choreographer around 11 a.m. as I was prepping to …

New York City Ballet

Review: Alexei Ratmansky’s Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Candyland Triumph

American Ballet Theater’s gala at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday was a triumph on many levels. Alexei Ratmansky’s two-act “Whipped Cream,” an exuberantly nutty piece, new this March, in which a candy shop coming to life is only the start of the tale’s subversive craziness — made its New …

Performing Arts

How Ballerina Wendy Whelan Overcame the Shame and Stigma of Aging in Dance

On October 18, 2014, the ballerina Wendy Whelan took her final bow as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, the company to which she belonged for three decades. She was 47 years old at the time—and, as she told the New York <i>Times</i> that year, “In ballet, if you’re over 40, you’re a …

New York City Ballet

"Her Kindness Is Always Something I Want To Celebrate"

I didn’t need to be listening to a Leonard Cohen song to write about the romance of Natalia Vodianova. She was born to be in front of a Zeiss camera lens; born to be an adoring mother, her five children backlit around her in a field of high grass; born to laugh at her own flirtatiousness; and born …

Performing Arts

How This Dance Lab Grooms the Tony-Winning Choreographers of Tomorrow

Shrek The Musical’s Josh Prince founded the dance think tank that gave space to Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, JoAnn M. Hunter, and more.<p>Following …

Ballet After Balanchine: 3 Choreographers Lead the Way

How do you get over George Balanchine? Supreme classicist, supreme modernist and still underrated as a superlative Romantic and dramatist, he remains ballet’s dominant figure.<p>This spring, during the four weeks of its Here/Now Festival that ended on Sunday, New York City Ballet presented 10 programs …

New York City Ballet

English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Live Stream 25 May 2017

This Thursday, the six finalists of English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer 2017 will each perform a pas de deux and contemporary solo in front of …

Dance

Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

In the early 1920s, before he became an icon of the American songbook, composer Cole Porter wrote the score for a protest ballet. The production, called <i>Within the Quota</i>, criticized restrictive immigration laws that had been passed by Congress. According to Princeton music professor Simon Morrison, …

Performing Arts

Symphonic Dances, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: The choreography is full of activity but lacks weight

The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill starts with two showstoppers, then wanders into aimlessness. Worse, it’s the company’s own new and recent …

Royal Ballet

Five reasons to check out Richmond Academy of Dance's 30th Anniversary Gala

<b>Richmond Academy of Dance’s 30th Anniversary Gala Performance</b><p><b>May 28, 7:30 p.m.</b> | <i>River Rock Show Theatre</i><p><b>Tickets:</b> $30 at ticketmaster.ca<p><b>1. Tomorrow’s</b> …

Swan Lake

Celebrating Carmelita Maracci, Who ‘Took the Girdle Off Ballet’

Pulling off as many as 13 perfect pirouettes on pointe is astonishingly hard, but was simply a matter of course for Carmelita Maracci. Still, the day she did 17, students in the ballet class she was teaching in Los Angeles hoisted her aloft and ran triumphantly down Hollywood Boulevard. Or so the …

New York City Ballet

Alexei Ratmansky Plans a New (Old) ‘Harlequinade’ for Ballet Theater

One of the 21st century’s greatest choreographers is taking another drink from the fount of classical ballet: Alexei Ratmansky plans to create a new “Harlequinade” next year for American Ballet Theater, a reconstruction of Marius Petipa’s ballet “Les Millions d’Arlequin.”<p>The ballet, which will get …

Performing Arts

Watch This Face: Mia Brammer

We meet the 18-year-old Brazilian beauty…<p>Every week, <i>Bazaar</i>'s booking team highlights one name to note, from the industry's best-known faces to girls …

In My Library: Wendy Whelan

What’s the expiration date for a dancer? That’s the underlying question behind “Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan.”<p>Out May 24, the documentary focuses …

New York City Ballet

How I kept my ballerina body... aged 54. By dancer Alessandra Ferri

How has Alessandra Ferri, 54, remained in-demand in the youth-worshipping world of ballet? She talks about willpower, six-hour workouts, and ageing exceptionally gracefully<p>On 3 June, Alessandra Ferri will appear in the ballet Marguerite and Armand at the Royal Opera House. As Marguerite Gautier, …

Performing Arts

Music Dance in Ancient Egypt

Music and dance were highly valued in ancient Egyptian culture, but they were more important than is generally thought: they were integral to …

Ancient History

A Lasting Sigh Made Flesh

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a two-act ballet to Mendelssohn’s music and based on Shakespeare’s play, stands out in the canon of George Balanchine (1904-1983) as his first wholly original, multiact work. First given by New York City Ballet in 1962, it remains something of a departure for the …

New York City Ballet

Sukanya; Don Carlo; L'Orfeo review – to hell and back

Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Royal Opera House; St John’s Smith Square, London Eastern and western classical traditions dance the night away in Ravi Shankar’s beautifully staged opera. Plus, mesmerising Monteverdi<p>No one can fill the gap left by Ravi Shankar. All his life he strove to unite eastern …

Royal Opera House

Tinder Date Coming Up? Here’s What to Talk About

<b>This is the right way to do Emmy campaigning.</b> <br>In a historic move, CBS’ “Mom” is foregoing an Emmy campaign this year and is instead donating it’s …

Planned Parenthood

On the Frivolities of Ballet, the Contradictory Art

Is ballet a serious art or a frivolous one? Very often, it’s both at the same time. Since frivolous means “lacking in seriousness” — also lightweight, flippant, of little weight or importance — that would seem a contradiction in terms.<p>But ballet abounds in self-contradictions. It continually shows …

Performing Arts

8 Iconic Dance History Moments—As Told Through Legos

Photo Courtesy Seet Dance<p>We're not ashamed to admit it: The <i>Dance Magazine</i> staff is a big bunch of dance history nerds. But we also know that, …

Dance

Whipped Cream, the “Billionaire’s Ballet,” Makes a Sweet Debut at the Metropolitan Opera House

Alexei Ratmansky and Mark Ryden fully reimagine Richard Strauss’s opulent yet dark fable about a boy who overeats at a confectioner’s shop.<p>Justifying the unabashed escapism of his opulent ballet, <i>Whipped Cream</i>, which premiered at Vienna’s Staatsoper in 1924, Richard Strauss wrote, “I cannot bear the …

Metropolitan Opera

Washington Ballet unrolls a season of world premieres and masterworks

The creative buzz of brand-new work returns in force for the Washington Ballet’s 2017-2018 season, which will feature three world premieres in a single evening, as well as enduring gems and company premieres by such luminaries as Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins and John Cranko.<p>Additionally, as a …

Performing Arts

Exclusive: Allow the New York City Ballet's New Campaign to Take Your Breath Away

For its 2017-18 visual campaign, the New York City Ballet tapped photographer and director Bon Duke for a gorgeous short film. The dancers, wearing an array of designers including Dries Van Noten, Chloé, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, and Maison Margiela, move artfully …

New York City Ballet

A craftsmanlike but chilly exercise in diva worship - Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, review

After a string of <b>narrative misfires</b>, it’s good to see that talented young choreographer <b>Liam Scarlett</b> is at least back on safer, abstract territory. Which is not, however, to say that his new piece isn’t a strange beast.<p>Set to and named after Rachmaninov’s soaring Symphonic Dances, and following …

Royal Ballet

For a Washington Ballet premiere: Dancers, spacesuits and Velcro. Lots of Velcro. ​

Ethan Stiefel’s new work for the Washington Ballet, “Frontier,” is about astronauts and space travel. The dancers wear spacesuits. They’re sleek, tailored, zip-up affairs, vaguely authentic looking, as though NASA and New York’s Seventh Avenue met and made a onesie.<p>In fact, that is what happened. …

Performing Arts

Inside the founding of Terminus by five ex-Atlanta Ballet dancers

On a sultry Thursday evening in late April, only three weeks before the Atlanta Ballet season finale, five current and former company dancers …

Atlanta

Ballet West’s inaugural National Choreographic Festival

Courtesy Ballet West, photo by Kelli Bramble<p>Ballet West will embark on a new annual tradition this weekend with the start of the National …

Performing Arts