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 premiere 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 …continue reading.