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Articles Tagged as Mind of the Artist

Performing Tradition, part 2

September 10, 2014

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.

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Performing Tradition, part 1

September 09, 2014

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.

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Toward a New Definition of Arts Administrator

April 16, 2014

You might have heard the saying: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” In fact, if you’ve worked in the arts, not only have you most likely heard this, but you might also consider what I feel is the implied third part of this phrase, “Those who can’t do either, administrate.” This article is ultimately about arts administrators; read on for more.

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Ballet’s Biggest Annual Party: Freelancing ‘The Nutcracker’

December 19, 2013

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.

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What I Learned From Ballet

December 10, 2013

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.

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Symbiosis and Support

August 05, 2013

"Outside of change, the only constant in art is community," writes choreographer, dancer, and educator Helanius Wilkins. Read more about his thoughts on creating conducive artistic communities by working collaboratively and symbiotically with fellow members of the creative class.

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Dance/USA Honors a Legend: Philadanco’s Joan Myers Brown

June 07, 2013

Joan Myers Brown has had an extraordinary career. The founder of Philadanco!, one of Philadelphia's preeminent dance companies, as well as the driving force behind both the International Conference of Black Dance Companies and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Myers Brown has lent her artistic guidance, her nurturance of many dancers and choreographers, her visionary leadership and grace under fire to many in the dance field. On June 13, she will be honored by Dance/USA for her contributions to the field. Read this personal account about Joan from long-time Philadelphia dance critic Merilyn Jackson.

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Dance Visionary Barbara Weisberger Celebrates her Ernie Award and More

June 05, 2013

 On Thursday afternoon, June 13, during Dance/USA's 2013 conference in Philadelphia, Barbara Weisberger, respected doyenne of dance, will receive the Ernie from Dance/USA for her visionary leadership and contributions to the field. The prize, named for the first recipient, Ian Ernie Horvath, arts advocate, dancer, and founder of the Cleveland Ballet in his native city, is fitting for Weisberger as Horvath was both a colleague and a friend of hers. Read more about the woman who was Balanchine's first child student and later the founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet.  

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Diversifying Arts Institutions, Exploding the Canon, and Educating the Next Generation

May 31, 2013

Get to know Aaron Dworkin before he gives the opening plenary on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Dance/USA’s 2013 conference.

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How To Work With a Lighting Designer

May 20, 2013

The word “design” implies both planning and execution.

Many people think lighting design is created in the technical rehearsal. This is not so. Others see the myriad pieces of arcane drawings and paperwork that surround the professional designer and think that they constitute the design. Again, not so.

The lighting design is created in the designer’s head over the course of several weeks before the production loads into the theater. Read on for a perspective on working with lighting designers.

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