There has always been an important distinction between major ballet companies and major modern dance companies in America. The ballet companies that have survived for decades have done so as repertory companies. Even Balanchine—who was likely the most prolific choreographer in history—brought in other choreographers to create work or stage historical pieces on his dancers. […]
Had a great time at Washington & Lee University yesterday, thanks to the dance and anthropology programs. I taught a master class, and gave a lecture on Katherine Dunham’s interdisciplinary work as a choreographer and anthropologist. What a beautiful campus!
If I had to pick a theme for February here at JL/DP, it would have to be Interdisciplinarity. This month, I’ll participate in two separate events talking about that place where concert dance and the humanities intersect, and how the arts and humanities have both benefited from that convergence. Central to both events is Katherine […]