Tag: choreography

M.J. Harper’s Art is a Blend of Mediums

In melding passions for dance and fashion, Germany-based multimedia artist and dancer M.J. Harper stuns audiences across industries. Having worked with superstars like choreographer Wayne McGregor and designer Grace Wales Bonner, Harper has made a splash in both worlds—and is just getting started.  Harper’s first serious dive into dance began at JP Taravella High School […]

Dores André of San Francisco Ballet Shares What Motivates Her

In February, San Francisco Ballet principal Dores André will originate the 11th role of her 15-year professional career with Trey McIntyre’s highly anticipated new work, The Big Hunger. The work is inspired by the big hunger/little hunger philosophies of the bushmen in the Kalahari desert. “Little hunger” represents the superficial desires we focus on during […]

NYCB's Sara Mearns Looks for Cross-Genre Collaborations

Celebrated New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns has recently been exploring collaborative possibilities with dance artists outside ballet. Just this year she was guest artist with Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Company, and performed on Broadway in her husband Joshua Bergasse’s choreography for I Married an Angel. This summer she appeared in a […]

Beyond Rumors & Legends: What Jerome Robbins Was Really Like in Rehearsal

In a windowless subterranean studio under the New York State Theater, I pulled back an imaginary arrow and let it fly. “Good!” said ballet master Tommy Abbott. “I think you’re ready. Tomorrow you rehearse with Mr. Robbins.” I was slated to play Cupid in Jerome Robbins’ compilation of fairy tales called Mother Goose. It was […]

Choreographing on Your Friends? Follow These 5 Rules to Avoid Disaster

Once Adriana Pierce caught the choreography bug as a teenager, dancemaking came naturally. More difficult was navigating the tricky situations that would arise when choreographing on classmates and friends. “If a rehearsal didn’t go well, I’d worry that people didn’t respect me or didn’t like my work,” says Pierce, who went on to participate in […]

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