"I don't do well with free time," admits Eric Trope.
So when Miami City Ballet pulled the plug on its season this spring, the corps member immediately started looking for something else to get involved in. Two friends, Kristin Guerin and Jessica Gutierrez, had just started a program they'd seen in other cities where those who were elderly, immunocompromised or without access to a car could be paired with neighbors who volunteered to pick up groceries and prescriptions for them. They called it Buddy System.
Have you ever wished you could pull back the curtain and watch some of our country's most beloved ballerinas being coached?
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping theaters closed for the foreseeable future, NYCC has moved its popular Studio 5 lecture/demonstration series online. Starting July 16, NYCC is launching a special 5-part event titled Great American Ballerinas. The series will feature live footage of primas Misty Copeland, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck being coached remotely by acclaimed dance artists including Nina Ananiashvili, Merrill Ashley, Alessandra Ferri, Stephanie Saland and Pam Tanowitz. The sessions will also include performance excerpts and live interviews facilitated by critic and historian Alastair Macaulay, who's curating and hosting the series.
Thursday, July 16 at 3 pm EDT<p>The series starts out strong with New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck being coached by former NYCB star and ballet master Merrill Ashley. The duo will explore a selection of Balanchine solos. </p>
Thursday, July 30 at 12 pm EDT<p>Watch two ballerinas known for the dual role of Odette-Odile explore <em>Swan Lake</em>'s iconic protagonist: The series' second installment features international star and State Ballet of Georgia artistic director Nina Ananiashvili coaching NYCB principal Sara Mearns. </p>
Wednesday, September 16 at 5 pm EDT<p>Peck returns alongside former NYCB dancer Stephanie Saland to dive into the world of Jerome Robbins. Saland will work with Peck on the "green solo" from <em>Dances at a Gathering</em>, a role Robbins himself coached her in.<del></del></p>
Wednesday, September 23 at 5 pm EDT<p>Here, Mearns will delve into her postmodern side with choreographer Pam Tanowitz to explore newly created solo material. </p>
Wednesday, September 30 at 5 pm EDT<p>The final installment of the series will feature American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland working with prima ballerina Alessandra Ferri on Juliet's Act III solo scenes from Kenneth MacMillan's <em>Romeo and Juliet.</em><del></del></p>
For the past three years, New York City Ballet dancers Emily Kikta and Peter Walker have created a series of site-specific dance films promoting the company's annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Although this summer's installment looks different due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kikta and Walker continue the tradition into its fourth year with SPAC Reimagined.
With quarantine restrictions in place and the company's SPAC residency cancelled due to the onset of COVID-19, Kikta and Walker decided to expand the series and shift its focus to the effects of the pandemic on the arts industry. As Walker describes, they hope to use the series to provide "a small offering of what could have been" for audiences who had been looking forward to seeing this summer's performances. The first of the five videos was released today, July 14, in recognition of what would have been NYCB's opening night at SPAC.