What is it that makes certain performers magnetic?
This past weekend I saw Pacific Northwest Ballet perform at the Joyce here in New York City. I was taken aback by the bevy of beautiful bodies onstage. Almost every female dancer had exquisitely long limbs, ideal ballet proportions, feet to die for and even model-worthy facial features. They were Ballerina Barbie come to life—if Ballerina Barbie had been designed by George Balanchine.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Mara Vinson Brand: Freed of LondonSize: 5XXXMaker: Mostly “key”Padding: None!Years wearing this shoe: Eight or nineBreak-in process: She removes the heel section of the shank and softens the box with herfingers, then applies glue to both the tip and shank.Number…more »
Although Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels—a cyclone of a contemporary ballet for two couples, set to a ferocious score for electric violin—premiered 15 years ago, it continues to enthrall audiences and inspire dancers. “When you’re dancing it, there is a sense of urgency, an infectiousness,” re…more »