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 …

Ballet

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 …

Ballet

Bette Midler Reveals Why She Took 50 Years to Return to Musical Theatre

“It is love. It’s joy.... You know that you’ve given them something that nourished their souls in a way.”<p>Current Tony nominee Bette Midler spoke with …

Musical Theatre

Broadway musical 'It Shoulda Been You' opens in Miami

As this steamy spring melts into a sweltering summer, Actors’ Playhouse is inviting theater lovers to a wedding — a big, fat Jewish-WASP wedding, …

Broadway Musical

24 Hours Left to Donate at Prizeo and Win the Ultimate Tony Awards Experience

Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving at any income level, has partnered with the 71st Annual Tony Awards, to host a special …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Review: Liam Scarlett’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ Celebrates a Ballerina

LONDON — A vast, cavernous space, dominated by a smoky cone of light. That’s the first image of Liam Scarlett’s new “Symphonic Dances,” an ambitious, large-scale work for the Royal Ballet that opened at the Royal Opera House here on Thursday, sharing a program with William Forsythe’s “The …

Royal Ballet

Sojourners and Her Portmanteau Extend at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop has announced a one-week extension for Mfoniso Udofia's <i>Sojourners & Her Portmanteau</i>, presented in repertory and directed by …

The Theatre

Roundabout, NY Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, and Samuel French Are Hiring

Call Board Roundabout, NY Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, and Samuel French Are Hiring<p>Playbill.com's Job Listings offers an extensive selection …

The Theatre

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

Tony Awards Close-Up: SIX DEGREES Star Corey Hawkins is Counting the Reasons for His Awards Season Joy

<b>Starring alongside acting greats like Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey, Tony nominee Corey Hawkins has held his own in one of the standout</b> …

Tony Awards

Glenda Jackson in Albee! Idina Menzel! King Kong! Summer Theater Begins. Week in NY Theater

Countdown to the Tonys is 20 days, but there is plenty happening in New York theater right now — other theater awards, news of forthcoming Broadway …

The Theatre

Why the Musical Theater Program at the University of Arizona Teaches Chekhov Alongside Rodgers and Hammerstein

Part four in my series exploring the different modalities of some of the most popular college musical theater programs brings us to the University of …

Musical Theatre

Royal Ballet mixed bill; Rambert review – Liam Scarlett's new ballet was worth the wait

Royal Opera House; Sadler’s Wells, London Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances is a fitting centrepiece to a top night at the Royal. And Aletta Collins makes a virtue of repetition<p>A fine and confident <b>Royal Ballet</b> quadruple bill crowned a resonant week of dance in London. The evening opens with William …

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, …

Ballet

Sally Yates v. Donald Trump

Ryan Lizza talks to Dorothy Wickenden about his recent interview with the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who described her tumultuous days in the Trump Administration and the constitutional hazards the President now confronts.<p>More Politics and More Podcast<p>02:45 P.M.<p>At the Public …

The Theatre

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 …

Dance

Review: High drama of the ballet 'Red Giselle' returns at the right time

"Control versus chaos — that formula came to define my Russian experience. My journey to Russia turned up all of the stereotypes — onion domes, stacking dolls, hammers and sickles, exasperating bureaucracy — but it also went well beyond the cliches," wrote travel writer Cameron Hewitt about his …

Ballet

What Can Culture Do In An Age Of Political Turmoil?

There may be trouble ahead – but in an age of political turmoil, what can (and should) culture do? Sarah Crompton investigates<p>When Peter Cook opened …

The Theatre

WKU's Center for Gifted Studies receives Holocaust grant

Each summer, when Ron Skillern teaches a course about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, he finds the best teaching moments come when he asks students …

Education

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 …

Dance

Royal Ballet mixed bill review at Royal Opera House, London

This rousing mixed bill from the Royal Ballet opens with William Forsythe’s notoriously demanding work The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.<p>From the …

Royal Ballet

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

Absurdly ever after Over-the-top and ‘Into the Woods:’ If Stomp met Sondheim

Here’s a sentence nobody has ever said before in reference to <i>Into the Woods</i>: “The cow gave the best performance.”<p>As any theater fan will know, the …

Broadway Theatre

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

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

From a ‘Super Bunhead’ to a Lead Dancer

Wearing a red print sundress and glamorous makeup, right down to her false eyelashes, Christine Shevchenko entered the media room at the Metropolitan Opera House looking as if she were en route to a garden party. Had she really just danced her first lead in a full-length ballet — the arduous, …

Ballet

Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture has completed the new Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center – a community resource that celebrates dance education in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Located in a former industrial building, JPDA developed a series of dramatic architectural …

Architecture

Pantone creator Larry Herbert to divorce wife of 30 years

The wealthy former chairman of color giant Pantone, Larry Herbert, 88, is divorcing his society fixture wife, Michele, after 30 years.<p>Larry, who …

New York City Ballet

Tristan & Yseult and Pepperland: this week’s best UK theatre and dance

Brighton festival hosts the offbeat retelling of a Cornish legend, while Mark Morris premieres a work set to songs from the Beatles’ album<p><b>Theatre</b><p><b>1 Tristan & Yseult</b><br>Brighton festival hosts the return of one of Kneehigh’s most glorious hits, a decidedly offbeat retelling of the ancient Cornish legend. …

The Theatre

Tony Awards Close-Up: Find Out Why Awards Season Makes OSLO's Jefferson Mays Giddy!

<b>Three years after taking Broadway by storm as the entire D'Ysquith clan (second Tony nomination), Jefferson Mays is back! His current role as Oslo's</b> …

Tony Awards