Feb 282012

Bod­ies Never Lie, “A blog about dance in New York”, has star­ted an intriguing new series of posts, kick­ing off with Eat­ing George Bal­anchine: The First Install­ment of the Bal­let Cook­book Din­ner Series. Here is how blog­ger Ryan Wen­zel intro­duces his superb idea: As both a bal­letomane and a bib­li­o­phile, I had little choice but to pur­chase The Bal­let Cook Book, by former baller­ina Tana­quil Le Clercq. Although out of print for dec­ades, the book has become legendary in dance circles. Cop­ies are like gold dust, but after …con­tinue reading.

Feb 252012

Today is car­ni­val day in Milan: Sabato Grasso. It comes later than all the other car­ni­val cel­eb­ra­tions, and this year Milan was blessed with a 20°C sunny day which gave the tour­ists a good excuse to get out their shorts and san­dals. As car­ni­val week also coin­cides this year with a fash­ion week, Mil­ano Moda Donna, the streets were crowded, espe­cially out­side one of the strangest cat­walk shows Milan has seen this week. The pro­du­cers of the musical Priscilla cap­it­al­ised on the big crowds to give Oscar-winning designer Lizzy Gardiner’s …con­tinue reading.

Feb 252012

Woody Allen’s 1994 film “Bul­lets Over Broad­way” explored the trav­ails of an aspir­ing play­wright strug­gling to bring his cre­ation to the Great White Way. And now, in a pos­sible case of art imit­at­ing, um, art, Allen is work­ing on a musical adapt­a­tion of the film, with a Broad­way première tent­at­ively slated for 2013, repor­ted Reu­ters. Allen will write the book for the musical, which will fea­ture exist­ing music from 1920s, in which “Bul­lets Over Broad­way” is set, said pro­du­cers Julian …con­tinue reading.

Feb 232012

Bar­bra Streis­and and Columbia Records have announced that Streisand’s record­ing con­tract with the label has been exten­ded. Begin­ning with “The Bar­bra Streis­and Album” in 1963 through the most recent, her 2012 Grammy nom­in­ated “What Mat­ters Most”, Bar­bra Streis­and sings the lyr­ics of Alan and Mar­ilyn Berg­man.” Columbia and Streis­and have enjoyed argu­ably the most suc­cess­ful con­sec­ut­ive col­lab­or­a­tion in the his­tory of recor­ded music, which includes num­ber one albums in five con­sec­ut­ive dec­ades; a feat unequaled by any other record­ing artist. From …con­tinue reading.

Feb 222012

At the begin­ning of 2011 an extraordin­ary hap­pen­ing occurred in the bal­let world… Sylvie Guillem, who had almost given up her pointe shoes and had been focus­ing on con­tem­por­ary dance, returned to one of her most cel­eb­rated roles, Manon. Ken­neth MacMillan’s bal­let had won her praise all over the world, so the 46 year-old was cer­tainly tak­ing a gamble, but one which paid off mag­ni­fi­cently. The three per­form­ances at Milan’s La Scala were a tri­umph. Here she dances with Massimo Murru the …con­tinue reading.