Why are peeks at ballet companies' shoe rooms always so intriguing? We all wear pointe shoes; we know what they look like. But a dancer's shoes—especially when, as at the Royal, they're customized to her specifications—are incredibly personal. In a way, visiting a shoe room is like peering into so many artists' souls.
Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principals Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.
Colorado Ballet's latest promotional video is sure to become an instant classic. To get audiences geared up for its Nutcracker (which runs through December 28), the company put together a little day-in-the-life portrait of the Rat King. Turns out the world is not such a friendly place when you're a giant, cheese-loving, nutcracker-hating rat.
From the late 1930s through the '50s, leggy, vivacious Alexandra Danilova and versatile, magnetic Freddie Franklin had a great partnership at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where Léonide Massine's comedic Gaîté Parisienne was one of their signature ballets. (American Ballet Theatre is reviving the ballet this spring.) Here they are in a rare recording of the ballet's "Waltz Duet for the Baron and Glove Seller." Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
For dancers, a tutu signifies the culmination of months of hard work. For Bob and Linda Carey, it marked the beginningof a long journey. When Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob wanted to do anything to help his wife make light of her difficult chemo treatments. What would be funnier, he thought, than photographing his 200-pound self in a whimsical pink tutu—and not much else? The result is a collection of photos that are silly, ironic, joyous and intimate.
Last night, the Dance Magazine Awards at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City had more ballet candy than any DM Awards I can remember. The delightful Ashley Bouder opened with an excerpt from Balanchine's Square Dance, staged by awardee Patricia Wilde, once a New York City Ballet principal and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director. Then we got a video dose of the dagger-footed Sylvie Guillem dancing Mats Ek's work.
There are few things more captivating than the body of a great ballet dancer. Last year, director Ben Shirnian and National Ballet of Canada principal Guillaume Côté created "Lost In Motion," a short film exploring the full range of Côté's extraordinary abilities. This year, they've continued the series, in a new video featuring Côté's equally brilliant wife, NBC principal Heather Ogden. It just might hypnotize you.
Can't get enough of city.ballet.? Every Monday, we'll be posting a new interview with a different cast member from the AOL On docu-series about New York City Ballet. This week, we talk to principal Jared Angle.
Most of us have performance rituals that calm our nerves. (Mine includes lucky socks.) If you don't already do so, you might want to consider adding a playlist to your pre-show routine. A study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences found that listening to music can actually change the chemistry in your brain, lowering the levels of cortisol—the stress hormone—that your body produces. In one experiment, participants listened to music before undergoing surgery.
On February 2, 2014, dancers everywhere will have something to celebrate: World Tutu Day. And though it won't happen for a couple months (on 2/2—get it?), you can start declaring your love for tulle now. The project, a fundraiser for The Australian Ballet School, challenges you to get a team together to raise money—through a tutu-making event, astudio party or asponsored fitness challenge.