Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival announces 2013 season

[nggallery id=9133] By Tresca Weinstein Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blues. For the 2013 season at Jacob’s Pillow, Executive Director Ella Baff has put together a marriage of dance and theater, classical and contemporary, with each of the traditional wedding-gown elements in place.

Review: 60 Minutes on New York City Ballet

Meh. I often enjoy 60 Minutes for its hard-hitting and enlightening news segments, and I was especially looking forward this segment on New York City Ballet, which has had its summer home at Saratoga Performing Arts Center since it was founded, but will only be in residence for one week in 2013. Lesley Stahl providedContinue reading “Review: 60 Minutes on New York City Ballet”

Photos: Emily Johnson’s work-in-progress ‘Niicugni’

[nggallery id=8378] In what ways are we defined by the place we come from—and what happens to us when we leave that place? Dancer/choreographer Emily Johnson grew up in Alaska, of Yup’ik descent, and her work uses stories and movement to examine concepts of belonging, identity and environment. Her new piece, “Niicugni (Listen),” which hasContinue reading “Photos: Emily Johnson’s work-in-progress ‘Niicugni’”

Festival of Nations returns on Sunday, Oct. 28 (video of Tinikling)

Music, dancing, and foods from around the world are in the spotlight at the 41st annual Festival of Nations. The event, celebrating culture, art and diversity, will feature food, fun and festivities from 30 countries and Puerto Rico. The Festival kicks off with the Parade of Nations, followed by the crowning of Miss Festival ofContinue reading “Festival of Nations returns on Sunday, Oct. 28 (video of Tinikling)”

SPAC’s 2013 dance season a major win

By Tresca Weinstein Longtime supporters of the New York City Ballet may have gotten their feathers ruffled by SPAC Executive Director Marcia White’s recent announcement that, come summer, the company will no longer be the only ballet game in town. But no one should feel threatened — there’s room for lots more tutus in whatContinue reading “SPAC’s 2013 dance season a major win”

New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck talks about new work

[nggallery id=2981] By Dayelin Roman Justin Peck said his first inspiration was the power of male dancers. The 24-year-old New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer was 13 when he saw a performance of American Ballet Theatre in San Diego and began practicing plies afterward. On July 14, he will present his first choreographed balletContinue reading “New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck talks about new work”

No service fees today at SPAC box office for Live Nation shows

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center box office opens for the season at noon today (May 15, 2012). Today only, Live Nation is offering tickets to LiveNation shows at SPAC with no service charges during normal business hours — noon to 6 p.m. The SPAC box office is at the venue on Route 50 in SaratogaContinue reading “No service fees today at SPAC box office for Live Nation shows”

Kota Yamazaki fluid hug hug at EMPAC

[nggallery id=4156] In his new work, “(glowing),” onstage at EMPAC Friday, Japanese choreographer Kota Yamazaki creates minimalism out of information overload. His inspirations include, in no particular order: an essay by author Junichiro Tanizaki on the Japanese aesthetics of darkness and shadows; the moody, slo-mo dance form known as butoh; Japanese home design; traditional AfricanContinue reading “Kota Yamazaki fluid hug hug at EMPAC”