2/8/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Arthur Mitchell’s Barrier Breaking Creole Giselle

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Arthur Mitchell’s Creole Giselle performed by the Dance Theatre Of Harlem (DTH), and set the traditional story of Giselle in 1841 Louisiana broke barriers with this all African American adaptation.  Continue reading

2/1/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Bad Blood by Ulysses Dove

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Bad Blood received its World Premiere, in 1984 on Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Featuring music by Laurie Anderson (Gravity’s Angel and Walking and Falling) and Peter Gabriel (Excellent Birds) the work in an erotic tour de force battle of the sexes. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre premiered the work in 1986. It is one of seven Dove ballets in the Ailey Company repertoire.  Continue reading

2/1/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Serenade

Serenade, a beautifully filmed and danced performance of one of Balanchine’s most beautiful works. The leads are Darci Kistler, Kyra Nichols, Maria Calegari, Adam Luders, and Leonid Koslov. Continue reading

1/27/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks Act V- Mourning Place

The final act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks takes place after the death of Dr. King . John Jones (Dr Martin Luther King) Sheila Rohan (Rosa Parks) and James E. Murphy (Assassin). Continue reading

1/26/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks ( Act IV The Assassin)

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The Fourth Act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks starring John Jones as Dr. King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Park and James E. Murphy as the Assassin.

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1/24/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet by Gordon Parks Act II March On Selma

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Act II from Martin:A ballet by Gordon Parks depicts the violent encounter with police during the march on Selma. Continue reading

1/23/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin- A Ballet By John Parks (Act 1)

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Martin: A Ballet by Gordon Parks Act 1 Introduces John Jones as Martin Luther King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks and James E Murphy as the Assassin. Continue reading

1/18/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Infra – Final duet (The Royal Ballet)

Royal Ballet Principal dancers Edward Watson and Marianela Nuñez dance the final pas de deux in Wayne McGregor’s abstract ballet Infra, a moving exploration of emotion, set to Max Richter’s melancholic and beautiful score. Continue reading

1/12/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Nureyev Unzipped – A Brief Survey Of The Life And Career Of The Great Russian Dancer

Nureyev Unzipped is a short documentary that dates from 1998 and narrated by Terence Stamp. The programme includes interviews with friends and colleagues as well as film clips of Nureyev in action. Uploaded with all due acknowledgements to the programme makers of 20 years ago. Continue reading

1/11/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Interview with Gelsey Kirkland (60 Minutes 1987)

Former New York City Ballet dancer Gelsey Kirkland told “60 Minutes” in a 1987 interview. “[Balanchine] knocked on my chest and he said, ‘You know, dear, what is important is to see bones,”‘ … Down to the bone. That is what he believed was truly beautiful.” Continue reading