Stephen Manes spent a year at Pacific Northwest Ballet researching his 2011 book, Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet. He recently summarized one aspect of his findings in this holiday post, which we return to in this season of giving.
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September 23, 2014
The Mountain Empire Performance Collective explores ways
of making work beyond geographic limitations. Utilizing both
traditional and contemporary methods of communication, including video chats, telephone calls, letter writing, emails, and
traditional methods of working together face to face, they make works that test the limits of communication and technology. Read Eliza Larson and Rachel Rugh in a collaborative piece that replicates in written form how they choreographically merge ideas and movements across the country. Technology, initially a
means to an end, has become an integral part of the choreography, both in
process and in performance. Read how they do it here.
The past decade has seen the emergence of interesting hybrids between old and new technologies and aesthetics. An example is the evolving phenomenon of house concerts -- small, acoustic music and dance performances held in private homes. The ambiance is informal. Usually the audience is limited; anywhere from 10-20 people, who contribute a comparatively small fee for the privilege of hearing music up-close and personal. These events are rekindling what music must have been like when it was enjoyed socially in people’s homes, and yet they thrive in the era of social media, and are marketed via Facebook, and captured and shared using Instagram, Vine and other media outlets.
If there is a single question that bedevils nearly all the dance
communities I have encountered, it is the quest for authenticity. So
many of the dancers and musicians I have worked with talk about
“balancing tradition with innovation” that it feels a bit trite. Countless bios I have
read include some variation on that phrase. And the thing that strikes
me as weird about it is that there is an implicit assumption there that tradition and
innovation are somehow at odds. Read more about building a traditional dance career in the 21st century.
I spend a lot of time thinking about the transition from college to the professional field of dance and all the places that dance study can take you. So it was fun when a friend asked me to think about study skills for dancers just entering college. If you and I were to sit down for coffee, read on for some ideas I’d encourage you to think about and discuss with your new classmates.
March 02, 2014 · 1 Comment
Despite the daunting landscape for independent and freelance dance professionals, we’re seeing encouraging trends in how some dance companies regard the family lives of their employees.
George Balanchine didn't hide his disapproval of dancers having children. Doubtless, such overt pressure from a director would not fly anymore, but many issues that more indirectly discourage parenthood have not changed. Dancers still deal with issues like taking parental leave, juggling child care, physical recovery from childbirth, and health care.
I have been without health insurance for one year, three months, and
10 days as of today. I am 27 years old, physically active, have no
chronic health problems that require treatment or medication. I don’t
smoke. I only drink on occasion (and then in moderation), and as a
freelance dancer and part-time non-profit administrator in New York, I
make about $22,000 a year after taxes. I am at once exactly the kind of
person the Affordable Care Act was written for, and exactly the kind of
person they are afraid won’t sign up.
If I choose not to sign up I will be penalized $224 (1 percent of my income). Read on to find out more about the options Alexander Thompson faces.
The period between Black Friday and Boxing Day is
commonly the most financially rewarding for big and
small businesses alike. Ballet is no exception. During this period, ballet companies
across the country throw their biggest annual holiday party, which helps keep many a ballet company afloat, providing essential operating funds.
Just as big and small businesses benefit from holiday spending,
freelance dancers like Barry Kerollis benefit from The Nutcracker. Read on to see how this Philadelphia-based dancer navigates the ups and downs of Nutcracker madness.
I am passionately in love with being onstage. It’s terrible. The can’t-eat-can’t-sleep-euphoric kind of love. When you find that love early in life it’s hard for much of anything else to stand up in comparison. And when it does, you fall in deep because that’s the only way you know how.