Ida Nevaseyneva (real name Paul Ghiselin) is the socialist real ballerina of the working peoples everywhere, comes flushed from her triumphs at the Varna Festival, where she was awarded a specially created plastic medal for Bad Taste. Continue reading
Natalia Makaova, and one of her favorite partners, Ivan Nagy, dancing the White Swan Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake.” They are accompanied on-stage by violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Lynn Harrell. Continue reading
RudduR Dance, an emerging contemporary ballet company will present Empowered, the company’s first single-billed performance on Friday May 11, 7:30pm at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx. The concert will showcase the world premiere of Witness: Part I – Yesterday, along with audience favorites The Place Between, A Night in the Life of Us, and Doubt of the Devout. From the physical to the spiritual, Empowered breaks visible and invisible chains that bind, while moving to greater strength.
The multi-talented creative team behind Empowered includes Jamaican-born Choreographer Christopher Rudd, acclaimed Vocalist and Composer Tariq Al-Sabir and Mathieu Leopoldo, Head of Rigging. The evening features a blend of contemporary ballet with theatricality and aerial artistry to create provocative experiences that address timely social and political landscapes. Performers crawl, fly, and leap as they move through aerial silk, bungee restraints, shackles, in search for freedom and a higher order. Empowerment is a partnership with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and the CUNY Dance Initiative. For more information and tickets call Box Office (718) 518-4455, or visit http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts/events/YEAR-2018/may/RudduR-Dance/RudduR%2 0Dance.shtml.
Words From Our Artists
Maya Plisetskaya, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet, danced Maurice Bejart’s Bolero set to the famous Ravel score in 1975. Plisetskaya created a stunning theatrical experience. What makes the piece so compelling is that although Plisetskaya may be accompanied by dozens of other dancers mirroring her movement, the first and only focus is on the prima ballerina herself. Continue reading
George Balanchine’s fun romp set to the music of George Gershwin performed by Het Nationale Ballet. Continue reading
In Afternoon Of A Faun (1953) Jerome Robbins‘ genius take on the old Debussy/Nijinsky ballet. A 1955 Canadian broadcast of the two legends of the NYC Ballet (and the original ballerina in this) Tanaquil LeClercq and Jacques d’Amboise (Francisco Moncion original danseur). Continue reading
Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) begins their four performance New York season tonight at New York City Center. One of the season highlights is the much-anticipated revival of choreographer/Renaissance Man Geoffrey Holder’s Dougla. Dougla captures the pageantry, beauty and ritual of a the wedding day of a young Dougla couple from Trinidad. They are the offspring of Africans who were brought to the Caribbean as slaves and Indians who were brought as low cost labor after the abolition of slavery. Continue reading
By Walter Rutledge
The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) begins their New York City season April 4th through 7th at New York City Center. The company will present a varied and diverse program including three New York premieres: George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, Harlem on My Mind by Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Christopher Wheeldon’s duet This Bitter Earth. The season highlight will be the much-anticipated return of Dougla by choreographer/Renaissance man Geoffrey Holder. Continue reading
Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed Afternoon of a Faun, using the music of Claude Debussy. In this interpretation, Leon Bakst’s scenery and costumes have been stunningly reconstructed by Ralph Holmes. The original choreography, designed to evoke the two-dimensional flatness of a Greek frieze, was reconstructed by Elizabeth Schooling and William Chappel. Continue reading
In celebration of Women’s History Month these are the 11 Prima Ballerinas of the Bolshoi Ballet. Continue reading