The Kennedy Center has announced “Any Given Child,” a new program to support K-8 arts education. School systems nationally can apply to have Kennedy Center staff evaluate their resources and then come work with local organizations to develop a customized plan.
But the biggest obstacle to arts education isn’t resources; it’s tacitly low Read More
Suzanne Farrell’s revival of Balanchine’s Don Quixote some months ago was a big (and successful) event, resurrecting that problematic full-evening work when everyone assumed it was dead and gone.
Now, again at the Kennedy Center in Washington, her home base, she’s back with another “lost” work of Balanchine’s, or at least part of another Read More
The other day, contemplating a couple of more or less recent news items, I had a thought. As we all know, the Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle of which the segments are variously designated as the Year of the Monkey, the Year of the Pig, the Year of the Snake and so on. Read More
Balanchine’s Don Quixote—that ambitious, mysterious work that fascinated and confused us all back when it was made in 1965—has just been restaged, by Suzanne Farrell, for the first time since it disappeared from the repertory in 1978. When it was made, Balanchine was 61, Farrell, his newest muse, was 19, and this extraordinary Read More
The Kirov-the world’s premier dance company, the company of
Petipa and Fokine, of Nijinsky and Pavlova, of Balanchine and Danilova and
Spessivtseva, of Nureyev and Makarova and Baryshnikov-is finally lurching into
the 20th century (forget the 21st). Having missed modernism and postmodernism,
and with the West now available both as inspiration and cash cow, it’s Read More