A native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lauren is a graduate of Barnard College with degrees in Dance and English. She has performed works by Annie B Parson, Mark Dendy, Reggie Wilson and Karla Wolfangle, and has danced with with e r a dance collective and TREES. While at Barnard/Columbia she choreographed and collaborated on several original musical theater works, among them the 120th Annual Varsity Show. She now serves as a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee.
Mary Cochran, longtime Paul Taylor dancer and beloved teacher, passed away this week in her 50s.
Cochran began her professional dance career with Alwin Nikolais in 1981, and several years later joined the Taylor Company. There, she originated countless memorable roles such as the "Rum and Coca-Cola" woman in Company B and the Daughter in Speaking in Tongues.
And if that statement rubs you the wrong way—particularly coming from a highly acclaimed white male choreographer—you're not alone.
On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre artist in residence and international ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky posted this on his Facebook page:
Obviously, there's a lot to unpack here. And many of the comments did the unpacking for us:
Most ads promoting upcoming ballets don't feature blood streaming from a gruesome wound. But that doesn't mean companies shouldn't be able to take risks with their campaigns. Right?
Last week, we heard that an ad for Montreal-based Les Grands Ballets Canadiens' upcoming production of Edward Clug's Stabat Mater was banned by the Société de transports de Montréal (STM) because they feared the image could "incite violence."
Before too long, dancers and choreographers will get to create on the luxurious 170-acre property in rural Connecticut that is currently home to legendary visual artist Jasper Johns.
If you think that sounds far more glamorous than your average choreographic retreat, you're right. Though there are some seriously generous opportunities out there, this one seems particularly lavish.
We've known for a while now that Galen Hooks is basically superwoman. She choreographs for huge stars, teaches mesmerizing class videos that go viral and somehow still finds time to give back to the dance community.
But her new short dance film, "Wait for Me," shows just what a powerhouse talent she is. Featuring a star-studded cast including tapper Melinda Sullivan and "Single Lady" Ashley Everett, the film follows a series of couples who've been separated due to war. And Hooks pretty much single-handedly made the gorgeous film come together: she wrote, directed, choreographed, produced and edited it, and composed the haunting music.
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The day we've been dreading for a while now has come: Robert Fairchild has officially announced that he is leaving New York City Ballet, the company where he's been a principal since 2009.
Fairchild has been spending more and more time away from the company in recent years, starring in An American in Paris in three cities and taking on a variety of other musical theater projects. In the meantime, he's established himself as a bonafide triple threat, earning a Tony nomination for his role in AAIP and landing gigs like playing Ted Shawn in the upcoming PBS film, The Chaperone.
One of the ballet world's busiest superstars is adding another role to his resume, and it's a big one. American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin is joining Staatsballett Berlin as a principal beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Though he will be based in Berlin, the virtuoso will maintain his position at ABT, performing with the company as often as his schedule will allow.
In some ways, the move makes perfect sense: Simkin, who grew up in Germany, has been performing all over the world as a guest artist for years, and will get to tackle contemporary work that he doesn't have the opportunity to dance at ABT. Plus, he'll be joined by a very familiar face: ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky will create a new La Bayadère for the company in the 2018-19 season.