Friday, February 22, 2008

dance news roundup 2/22

Lately I've been getting press releases and hearing news things that I haven't been able to keep up with...so I think a new installment to this blog will be a weekly (or so) dance news roundup of interesting things going on in the dance world.

Let it be noted that I do not call myself a news blog, nor do I make an attempt to cover EVERYthing that's going on in dance. As much as I'd love to do that, I don't have the time - and until blogging starts paying somehow (aha) this is the best I can do...just to share some information...

*MORPHOSES, Christopher Wheeldon's company, was recently honored by The South Bank Show Awards, "one of Great Britains most prestigious awards for arts and culture." For their inaugural season at Sadler's Wells last fall, the company was named
Company winner of the Dance category. In addition, the Laurence Olivier
Awards announced that Wendy Whelan has been nominated for a 2008 award for
Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in Christopher Wheeldon's "Fools Paradise." Looks like the company is well on its way to success!

*NYCB recently launched a YouTube channel, thanks to the enterprising Kristin Sloan. It will feature interviews and behind the scenes coverage, similar to Kristin's videos for Romeo + Juliet last spring. They already have an intro video up, along with preview clips from their Winter Season. Kristin certainly is opening up the dance world for all to see!

*Also see Philip's account of last night's NYCB performance (mine will come soon on ExploreDance..promise!)

*Richmond Ballet (where I have a friend who is an apprentice!) is visiting New York to present 3 NYC premieres by Jessica Lang, with a Q&A with the choreographer to follow the one-night-only performance. The program is part of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' "New Work / New York" series, which "supports multidisciplinary artists in the creation of works that receive their New York and/or world premiere at Brooklyn Center."
I'm not able to make it, but it sounds like it's definitely worth seeing. Too bad it's only one night...
Richmond Ballet: Works by Jessica Lang at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8pm; Tickets $25

*Check out some Irish dance also at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts World Stages program in March...just in time for St. Patty's day, haha. They're an 8 member brother-sister act from Canada...
Leahy at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre
Friday, March 7, 8PM
Tickets: $40, $25.
Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500

*ABT recently concluded a 5 day long Alumni Teacher Training program, the first of several series in effort to codify the American ballet curriculum for young dancers. My teacher participated, along with 60-odd other company alumni.

More news etc to come soon...let me know if we like this little news addition, or if it's boring, or what?

1 comment:

Philip aka Oberon said...

I really wanted to get to see Jessica Lang's programme...I've seen her work before and really loved it. But there's just too much going on right now.