It’s become an annual event in Rome – after the Christmas holidays and the last bite of panettone, comes the Daniele Cipriani Entertainment dance gala with some of the best and biggest names in ballet today.This year, in Renzo Piano’s beautiful Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the dates to jot in your dairy are 20 and 21 January. Cipriani says,I always choose dancers … [Read more...] about The world’s ballet Étoiles army arrives in Rome, conquering with its art
When Roberto Bolle popped out and in of the closet four years ago internet forums and gossip rags foamed at the mouth. Openly gay ballet dancers, like openly gay actors and singers, are few and far between.In 2005, after the British Navy introduced an advertising campaign aimed at recruiting gay men, Colin Richardson wrote in the Guardian, The Navy advert is yet another … [Read more...] about In and Out: Bolle, Gomes, Stiefel – how easy is it to be an openly gay ballet dancer?
Sergei Filin had been receiving intimidating phone calls for a while, and had had his tyres punctured and his email hacked, but the acid attack that has shocked the dance world is beyond all reasoning. While police are not ruling out a personal vendetta, it is almost certainly an attack by someone who wants him removed from his position as head of the prestigious Bolshoi … [Read more...] about Cruelty at the Bolshoi: acid attacks and smear campaigns. Tsiskaridze responds.
Michael Feinstein’s book on the Gershwins called, sensibly, “The Gershwins and Me” (Simon & Schuster) was published in October. While he was still working in piano bars, Feinstein got to know Ira Gershwin intimately, cataloguing his collection of records, unpublished sheet music and rare recordings in the Gershwin home over a period of six years.The gay or not gay … [Read more...] about The Man I Love – was George Gershwin gay?
Maurice Sendak, creator of Where the Wild Things Are, which has sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide, is 83 and walks with a stick (“It’s for hitting people”).Sendak has not published a book that he has written and illustrated in 30 years, but this week BumbleArdy is published - the story of a pig whose parents are dead who wants to have a ninth birthday party. He talked … [Read more...] about Maurice Sendak: Being gay in the old days was hard, being gay later was weird.