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Thursday, November 25, 2021

At the Kennedy Center (at last), Miami City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a perfect Thanksgiving story by Sarah L. Kaufman

After a non-“Nutcracker” year, the holiday ballet returns with a satisfying, traditional take.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM

Don’t share the lipstick! How ballet companies are planning covid-free ‘Nutcrackers.’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

No kids under 12? Virus-tested tykes in custom-designed masks? Protocols vary. But please don’t breathe on the musicians.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Friday, November 19, 2021

Akram Khan delivers a powerful indictment of war in ‘Xenos’ at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

The London-based choreographer is on his final tour of this searing solo performance.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

You know it feels good to dance. These scientists reveal why. by Sarah L. Kaufman

In “Dancing Is the Best Medicine,” two neuroscientists examine why dance is good for heart, brain and soul.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, October 29, 2021

The pandemic was the final blow for some dance companies. How do the survivors stay nimble? by Sarah L. Kaufman

Advocates see troubling signs that the art form, routinely under financial stress, may be shrinking and its structures drastically changing.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, October 22, 2021

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence rises to a spiritual level in performance at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

In “Grace” and “Mercy,” love and connection are central in unexpected ways.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Peloton’s Cody Rigsby is powerfully predictable on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

The fitness guru, who lacks a connection with his partner, could learn from the show’s same-sex couple, Jojo Siwa and Jenna Johnson.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM
Saturday, October 16, 2021

With MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, this 70-year-old choreographer has big plans for the future by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Age doesn’t matter if you keep evolving,” says Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the Urban Bush Women dance troupe.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Paul Taylor Dance Company makes a triumphant return to Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

First in-person dance performance at the arts complex since the pandemic feels like a celebration of perseverance through deprivation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Friday, October 1, 2021

She landed a job most dancers would kill for. Then she made an unthinkable pivot. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“The pandemic sped up the process,” Baltimore native Jessica Pinkett says of her decidion to leave Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to become a filmmaker.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

With 10-hour rehearsals and buckets of ice, dancers prepare to retake Broadway stage by Sarah L. Kaufman

Performers in such dance-centric shows as “The Lion King,” “Chicago” and “Hamilton” are flexing an inner strength while they relearn the steps they haven’t done in 18 months.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

In theaters or at home, dance is here to move you by Sarah L. Kaufman

Paul Taylor’s “Company B,” Akram Khan in his D.C. debut and new dance films fill stages and screens.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:36AM
Saturday, August 28, 2021

MacKenzie Scott’s multimillion-dollar message: Art is essential everywhere, not just in museums and theaters by Sarah L. Kaufman

By giving large sums to some arts groups you may not have heard of, the philanthropist links culture and social progress.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Black women are finally shattering the glass ceiling in dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

“In leadership, that door was closed”: Black dancers have long faced racism, but recent front-office hires in previously White-led groups show progress. Will it last?

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

The best dance, on your laptop: Young risk-takers are going outdoors to create short, raw films by Sarah L. Kaufman

In these films, dance feels more dangerous, and the open sky and open energy bring us even closer to the dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It wasn’t the Met, but for these two dancers finally back onstage, it was two minutes of amazing by Sarah L. Kaufman

Zoom technique classes, rehearsing with masks and then, at last, “Back to work!” for a performance at Kaatsbaan in New York

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:06AM
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Washington Ballet loses top executive, cancels ‘The Nutcracker’ and rest of 2020 season by Sarah L. Kaufman

Michael Pastreich’s exit and the season cancellation arrive on the heels of covid-19 cases after the ballet’s June gala.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ gets right about dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

In the absence of live performance, the competition show offers insights into the art — especially its human side.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32AM
Monday, July 13, 2020

The Washington Ballet thought a virtual fundraiser was safe. But it still may have put artists at risk. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The fallout is a lesson for other arts groups. They must build trust to reopen.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:18PM
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Washington Ballet director Julie Kent says she is recovering from covid-19 by Sarah L. Kaufman

Kent’s announcement comes in the wake of the ballet’s in-person gala after which multiple attendees were diagnosed with the virus.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:42PM
Monday, July 6, 2020

Some day, we’ll hit the dance floor again. And it will be glorious. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The joy of social dancing is now tempered by the fear of contagion.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020

The future of the performing arts is digital. Marquee TV has a major head start. by Sarah L. Kaufman

To survive this pandemic and beyond, dance, theater and opera need to get online fast, according to the new streaming platform for the arts.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM
Friday, June 5, 2020

The George Floyd protest dance that went viral by Sarah L. Kaufman

Krumper’s in-your-face stomping forges an unlikely connection with the LAPD.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:32PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How Natalia Makarova changed the ballet world with this landmark production by Sarah L. Kaufman

“It was exhausting,” the Russian ballerina recalls of her overhaul of “La Bayadere” for ABT in 1980.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:48PM
Monday, May 11, 2020

Inside one of the few places where dancers still perform, founded by a glamorous disco impresario by Sarah L. Kaufman

In southern India, a commune devoted to Odissi dance keeps a 2,000-year-old art alive despite the pandemic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:54AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Camels, monkeys and lions at the ballet: Marius Petipa was just getting started by Sarah L. Kaufman

A new documentary explores the savvy showman behind the art form’s most famous choreographer

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In ballet, conductors are the dancers’ guardian angels by Sarah L. Kaufman

“The dancer’s fate is in the hands of the conductor,” one ballerina says of the hidden heroes of the art form.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The first great Zoom music video has arrived by Sarah L. Kaufman

How the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down created “Phenom,” helping us get down while staying home.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24PM

4 ways to reconnect with dance, theater, opera — and joy — during your self-quarantine by Sarah L. Kaufman

These digital outlets offer the joys of organized, musical humanity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18AM
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mark Morris, one of the world’s leading choreographers, takes dance to Zoom by Sarah L. Kaufman

The dancemaker retools himself as a filmmaker as his dancers rehearse in their hallways, making entrances and exits through bathroom doors.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:32AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre