Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By Sara Fishko
Starting Thursday, the Mark Morris Dance Group is dancing for three nights to two fascinating musical works, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Virgil Thomson’s “Four Saints in Three Acts,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Learn more about the performances and listen to classic recordings of the music.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
The acclaimed Chinese dancer Jin Xing discusses her performances at the Joyce Theater January 31 – February 5. Xing Jing was born a man in China in 1967 and began dancing at age 6, later joining the national ballet company, traveling the world dancing and training with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Then Xing Jing decided to undergo a sex change. She founded the Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai and is dancing in New York the first time ever as a woman.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's executive director, Sharon Gersten Luckman, has announced she's leaving the company at the end of next year to pursue other endeavors, including working with other arts non-profit groups.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Acclaimed director Wim Wenders, of past successes like "The Buena Vista Social Club," and "Wings of Desire," talks about the process of creating "Pina," his new film about the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders was first inspired by Bausch 25 years ago when he watched her perform an emotional double-bill that made him cry. As a result, Wenders collaborated with Bausch for twenty years to develop the concept for the movie, but unfortunately the choreographer died before he ever began filming.
Monday, January 02, 2012
By Sarah Montague : Senior Producer
On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2011 passed into 2012. And with it passed one of the country’s most important cultural institutions. Learn more about the man behind the dance company here.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Roman Baca is an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company. He has toured veterans hospitals and military bases around the world with his ballet "The Homecoming," which is about service members dealing with homesickness and the experiences of their loved ones waiting at home. He is heading back to Iraq, but this time as a dance teacher.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Director Wim Wenders talks about his 3D documentary “Pina,” about the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders and Bausch had conceived a dance film like none seen before, but after her untimely death in 2009, Wenders continued with the project, turning it into a tribute, rendering the beauty and physicality of the dances and dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble. “Pina” opens in New York Friday, December 23, at the Walter Reade Theater, IFC Center, and BAM.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
By Josh Rogosin
The first thing you notice walking into Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory is its awesome scale. In a city where every nook and cranny seems to be spoken for, the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall looks like it might have landed from outer space. Completed in 1881, ...
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Choreographer Martha Clarke and writer Alfred Uhry discuss their latest collaboration, the dance/theater/music piece “Angel Reapers.” The work is suggested by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, and the plot is woven throughout with movement, song and dance to bring to life this extraordinary 18th-century woman and the singular world she created. “Angel Reapers” is playing at The Joyce Theater through December 11.
Monday, November 28, 2011
By WNYC Culture
Shen Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, brings his dance company to perform at the Park Avenue Armory this week. Then Elizabeth Streb's company, STREB Extreme Action, will take over the armory, followed by the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
On Tuesday, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive the Handel Medallion, the city's highest award for achievement in the arts.
Monday, October 24, 2011
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
Small to mid-sized Brooklyn performing arts dance companies can now apply for 14 free months of professional development through the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
At long last, a decades-old arts education group has a permanent home uptown. On Tuesday night, the National Dance Institute will inaugurate its first-ever headquarters in central Harlem, complete with studios and a 175-seat performance space.
Monday, October 10, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
For 27 years, a New York square dancing group has been kicking up its heels. It's weathered the various cultural changes in the city, but age may finally be catching up with the group.
Friday, October 07, 2011
By Tracie Hunte : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Like most New Yorkers, Mikhail Baryshnikov had a bit of a storage problem. So when the dancer and his wife were getting ready to move, Baryshnikov donated 35 boxes filled with videos, photos, letters and documents -- his archive -- to the New York Public Library.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Jock Soto, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet discusses his career and his place in ballet history. His memoir Every Step You Take weaves together the diverse strands of his life: being the child of a Puerto Rican–Navajo couple, the gay son of a fiercely macho man, a naive teenager moving to New York, and a driven artist. He shares recollections of working with dance icons and includes recipes.