1/12/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY EXTRA: Yuri Soloviev and Natalia Makarova- Les Sylphides pas de deux (1964)


Natalia Makarova and Yuri Soloviev  perform Les Sylphides pas de deux from the 1964 Russian documentary The History of Russian Ballet. Continue reading

1/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Manon- The Royal Ballet- Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell (1982)

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Manon, choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMilan, was his second three-act ballet as artistic director of the Royal Ballet. He based his scenario on the 1731 novel by the Abbé Prévost, L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. MacMilan had chosen Antoinette Sibley as Manon and Anthony Dowell as Des Grieux, giving them both a copy of Prévost’s novel to read in preparation for their roles. Continue reading

1/2/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Akeelah And The Bee – Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fears, a poem by Marianne Williamson has been quoted by many humanitarians including Nelson Mandela. In the film Akeelah and The Bee Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) recites the poem at the request of for coach  Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne). Continue reading

1/1/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Quarantine featuring Kyle Abraham (Essential Dance Film)

Quarantine is the first film in Gabri Christa’s “Another Building” series, which features short narrative dance films that take place in and around historic buildings and sites connected to the Dutch History. An older man looks at his younger self (Kyle Abraham) explore an old quarantine building for enslaved Africans. Continue reading

12/25/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Nutcracker- New York City Ballet (1993)

The Nutcracker, also known as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, is a 1993 American Christmas musical film based on Peter Martin’s stage production and directed by Emile Ardolino.  The film stars Darci Kistler, Damain Woetzel, Kyra Nichols, Bart Robinson Cook, Macaulay Culkin, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Wendy Whelan, Margaret Tracey, Gen Horiuchi, Tom Gold and the New York City Ballet.  Continue reading

12/24/17 O&A NYC FILM: The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story is a 2006 biblical drama film based on the nativity of Jesus, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Isaac. The film was released on December 1, 2006 after it premiered in Vatican City November 27, 2006.

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11/11/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Paul Mooney- Jesus Is Black

Know Your History: Jesus Is Black; So Was Cleopatra, a 2007 stand-up comedy film starring comedian Paul Mooney and directed by Bart Phillips; was filmed live at The Laugh Factory. Continue reading

11/6/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Bill Bojangle Robinson – Stair Dance from Harlem Is Heaven (1932)

The Stair Dance featured in Harlem Is Heaven (1932): one of the first movies to ever feature an all-black cast, this film also boasts one of the earliest recorded versions of Bill Robinson’s famous stair dance routine, where he tapped up and down two flights of five steps joined by a shared platform. Continue reading

11/6/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: From Dusk Till Dawn – Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for her dance. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it. Rodriguez would later use the same tactic with Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005).  Continue reading

11/4/17 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Billie Jean Live 30th Anniversary 2001


Michael Jackson performs Billie Jean in Brazil on the South American leg of his 30th Anniversary tour (2001). Continue reading