Tomorrow’s the big day! NBT will be joined in concert by Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Carla Korbes and Seth Orza and American Ballet Theater’s Herman Cornejo in celebration of NBT’s 40th year and its debut at the Smith Center. Pop musician Matt Goss will be accompanying a new work by Canfield to top off the evening.
“Red Angels,” a work by Ulysses Dove, is on the docket (PNB soloists Lucien Postlewaite and Sarah Ricard Orza will join in for that one), as is the infamous “Serenade” by George Balanchine. On KNPR’s “State of Nevada” program this morning, Canfield and Boal spoke of the Balanchine with a kind of reverence, and they both acknowledging the almost religious feeling that accompanies the number. Pair that with NBT dancers and live music and you’re good to go.
If this tease isn’t quite enough for you, drop by the KNPR website to listen to the full story. The concert is tomorrow, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center. Tickets range from $43-$128 and can be purchased online or by calling 702-749-2000.
A young man from the Mount Rushmore state will soon be premiering with a company that’s older than this country. David Hallberg joined the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet and will be part of the production of “Sleeping Beauty” shortly, and he’s the first American to join the troupe since American companies started recruiting Russian dancers 50 years ago.
The Washington Post ran a story from the Associated Press detailing Hallberg’s trajectory from South Dakota to American Ballet Theatre, then onto Moscow to dance with the company. Follow the link here to read more about Hallberg, his teachers and his journey to Russia.
American ballet companies have played host to Russian dancers for decades, with Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev leading the one-way exchange program beginning 50 years ago. David Hallberg, an American with American Ballet Theatre, is reversing this trend. The South Dakota-born dancer will be filling a principal spot with the Bolshoi Ballet beginning Nov. 4 and is the first American to enlist permanently with the company.
In an interview with the New York Times, Hallberg spoke about the ambassadorial aspect of joining the Bolshoi and about the “seriousness and depth” of ballet in Russia. For more, check out the full story from the Times here. For an interview with Hallberg from NPR’s Melissa Block, follow the link here.
Russia won’t be the only frontier that Hallberg will blaze with bold cabrioles. He’ll be joining Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central on Dec. 7 as the first ballet dancer to perform on the show. (Mikhail Baryshnikov — you might have heard of him — has also been on the show, but not to dance.) Hallberg will join the ranks of other performers that have been featured on “The Colbert Report,” including Savion Glover and members of the Broadway cast of “Fela.”
Long hair has been associated with such values as femininity and virtue for literary centuries. For dancers, though, hairstyles often carry more weight than just a headful of hairpins: appearances tend to be intricately tied to many dancers’ self-identity, so one dancer’s ‘do can be another dancer’s don’t. Couple this with the need to fit into a corps de ballet, to make a strong impression at an audition or to obtain approval from a company director, hair becomes about much more than Dippity-Do.
Gia Kourlas with the New York Times examined the implications of hair-style choices made by principal ballerinas in high-flying ballet companies. Ballet emphasizes both conformity and exceptional appearances, so ballet’s first ladies face challenges that are much more personal than just bad hair days. Find more details about the “bob or bun” debate at the link here.
Are you a bob-head or a bunhead? Let me know in the comments below.
Hey folks! Think of this post as a reader’s digest of the dance world. I’ve aggregated a few stories that were fun or interesting, so peruse at your leisure and see what others in Danceland are up to.
Warm fuzzies from American Ballet Theater: a slew of proposals at ABT might be giving those fairytale romances some credence. Find the story on Artsbeat here.
Cirque is heading to the Big Apple: An analytical look at Cirque du Soleil’s past and future is available from Jason Zinoman. Find the story here, with continuations coming next week.
A fantastic story about where burlesque came from and where it’s going was recently published by the good folks at the Las Vegas Weekly. Follow the link here and be sure to check out the photos.
Remember site-specific choreography from the 1980s? It’s back! A story published in the Wall Street Journal detailed a piece performed by Shen Wei Dance Arts performers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find the story, accompanied by photos and video, here.
Hanging from the ceiling isn’t just for Cirque artists … another Wall Street Journal story covers LAVA, a dance and acrobatic troupe in Brooklyn. Check out the full text here.
Pardon the third WSJ story, but this one is bringing it full circle with a clip about the “battling burlesque shows” in Las Vegas. Get the scoop here, and thanks for stopping by!