When the ballet Giselle was created in 1841, it was not imagined to be performed by men and women of color, Black men and women. In 1984, Dance Theatre of Harlem Co-Founder Arthur Mitchell changed that. The acclaimed DTH production of this classic, Creole Giselle, was re-conceived by Arthur Mitchell and staged by Frederic Franklin, based on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland as the Sugar Plum Fairy with ABT’s Sterling Baca at the New England Dance Ensemble’s production of ‘the Nutcracker’, Windham, NH. Continue reading
New York City in October is a great time of year (well anytime is a great time in NYC). This week there is outdoor sculpture in Harlem, Jazz in Brooklyn, Pizza in the Bronx and Dance honors its own at The Bessies. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
The Kanneh-Masons family are rock stars in the classical world: Seven British brothers and sisters, ages 8 to 21, whose musical talents shine from TV competitions to a royal wedding. Lee Cowan interviews the Kanneh-Masons: Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata, and Mariatu.Continue reading
Black Violin, the hip hop duo from South Florida comprising two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, respectively.Continue reading
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
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