10/9/18 O&A NYC Dance/Film: Rudolph Nureyev as Valentino in Tango Scene with Vaslav Nijinsky from Valentino

Valentino-PosterRudolph Nureyev as Valentino- the world’s greatest lover dances the tango with the world’s greatest male dancer.  Continue reading

3/1/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Rudolf Nureyev: Rudolph Valentino and Vaslav Nijinsky Tango Scene from the film Valentino

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Rudolph Nureyev as Valentino, a biographical drama film very loosely based on the life of Rudolph Valentino, directed by Ken Russell in 1977. In this scene former dance hall performer Rudolpho Valentino dances a tango with dance legend Ballet Russe star Vaslav Nijinsky. Continue reading

2/12/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: First Look At Misty Copeland Channeling Edgar Degas For Harper’s Bazaar

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Misty Copeland, principal dancer American Ballet Theatre, appears in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar to recreate iconic ballet inspired paintings and sculpture from impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Congratulations to Copeland for once again disrupting the historical whiteness of ballet. 

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Photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory captured the world-renowned dancer for the eye-catching editorial spread. The resemblance to Degas’ original works of dancers at the Paris Opéra Ballet is uncanny. Copeland nails the graceful poses while dressed in high fashion designs by Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta that look like they were literally plucked from each painting and sculpture.

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In the article, she explains why she love to dance. “I was drawn to ballet and performing for a reason that I think a lot of people can’t really understand or relate to,” she says. “People think it’s like, ‘You’re out there,’ or ‘You’re exposed.’ But I felt safe when I was on the stage, like no one could get to me. It was the first time in my life that I felt protected.”

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At 33, she’s in the midst of the most illuminating pas de deux with pop culture for a classical dancer since Mikhail Baryshnikov went toe-to-toe with Gregory Hines in White Nights.

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Degas’s ballet works, which the artist began creating in the 1860s and continued making until the years before his death, in 1917, were infused with a very modern sensibility.  He offered images of young girls congregating, practicing, laboring, dancing, training, and hanging around studios and the backstage areas of the theater. 

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Copeland is engaged to Olu Evans, an attorney, who she’s been with for more than a decade. They live together in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She admits to an “intensifying” designer-footwear addiction, and while she’s still working out the details of her nuptials, she confesses giddily that Christian Louboutin is making her shoes for the occasion.

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Misty Copeland- The Art Of Dance

Video shot by Sandy Chase

Photography by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of the NYC Dance Project

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1/9/16 O&A NYC Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Valentino Menswear Spring Summer 2016

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Valentino, Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Paris

For their spring/summer 2016 menswear collection at the helm of Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli infuse a youthful appeal into the whole offering, sending on the Parisian runway an army of young boys, dressed for success in eclectic looks.”Cultures become one culture—that’s what we find exciting,” said Chiuri . “At the end there is no real reference. We love to go around with our mind and our inspiration to create.” Continue reading

11/14/15 O&A NYC Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Valentino Fall Winter 2015/2016 Menswear Full Fashion Show

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“Geometry is a new form of decoration,” said Valentino co-designer Pierpaolo Piccioli. It certainly contributed to the strongest looks in this collection.  Continue reading

Rudolf Nureyev: Rudolpho Valentino and Vaslav Nijinsky Tango Scene from the film Valentino

Valentino-Poster

Rudolph Nureyev as Valentino. A biographical drama film very loosely based on the life of Rudolph Valentino, directed by Ken Russell in 1977. In this scene former dance hall performer Rudolpho Valentino dances a tango with dance legend Ballet Russe star Vaslav Nijinsky. Continue reading