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Published: April 10, 2014
Category: review

The Martha Graham Company Gets an Update

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK-It’s a safe assumption that Nacho Duato’s Depak lne, which premiered March 20 with the Martha Graham Dance Company, takes its title from Depakine, a drug used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures. In the ballet’s second act, Graham dancer PeiJu Chien-Pott shuddered on the New York City Center stage with a []

Published: November 2, 2010
Category: history

Maurice Béjart

By Rachel Straus

The rock concert experience, with its mass appeal and raucous atmosphere, is not commonly associated with classical, opera house ballet. But in the 1960s, French choreographer Maurice Béjart (1927–2007) created grand theatrical spectacles that were performed in sports arenas and circus tents and spoke to a younger generation.

Over 45 years []

Published: November 1, 2010
Category: history

History Quiz: Maurice Béjart

By Rachel Straus

1. What aspects made Béjart’s work revolutionary?

2. Name one famous choreographer who he influenced.

3. With Mona Ingelsby’s International Ballet company, Béjart danced the role of _____ in _____ _____ 239 times.

4. True or False: Béjart’s reinterpretation of masterpieces like Stravinsky’s Rite of Springdisregarded the original story lines.

5. []

Published: September 2, 2010
Category: history

Introduction to Lucinda Childs'

By Rachel Straus When Dance by Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, and Sol LeWitt premiered in Amsterdam in 1979, it drew immediate controversy. Glass heard one disgruntled audience member say, “This is not dance!” Others just hissed and booed. Given conventional expectations about dance performances in high art theaters, these responses weren’t surprising. It wasn’t the []

Published: March 1, 2006
Category: career talk

Starting out: Dance program grads make the leap to professional life

By Rachel Straus Some call it tunnel vision. Others speak of good timing. Many describe it as a matter of hedging one’s bets. Bellamy F. Eure’s journey from student at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to professional dancer with Philadanco involved all of the above. Raised in a business minded family, Eure began weighing her []