Among the flurry of ballet retirements in the past year, some dancers have been able to jump straight into leadership positions. Carla Körbesbecame associate artistic director of L.A. Dance Project. Julie Kent took charge of American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive program. But San Francisco Ballet'sGennadi Nedvigin didn't even have a chance to announce his retirement before news broke today that he will become the new artistic director of Atlanta Ballet. The Bolshoi-trained principal dancer, who joined SFB in 1997 and was promoted to principal in 2000, has recently begun teaching, coaching and staging works (particularly those of SFB resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov), around the world. In 2014, he set Possokhov's Classical Symphony on Atlanta Ballet. Now, he'll take charge of the company, joining the Joffrey's Ashley Wheater and Boston Ballet's Mikko Nissinen as the third former SFB dancer currently leading a major American company.
Gennadi Nedvigin rehearsing Classical Symphony at Atlanta Ballet. Photo by Charlie McCullers, courtesy Atlanta Ballet.
Atlanta Ballet's current director, John McFall, announced his retirement seven months ago after a 20-year tenure. He will leave after the close of the season on June 1st, and Nedvigin will take over on August 1st, after retiring from SFB with a performance of John Cranko's Onegin in May. As a dancer known for building dramatic tension in roles like Lensky and Albrecht, it will be interesting to see where he takes a company whose repertory is less focused on these heavy classics.
Nedvigin with Maria Kochetkova & Clara Blanco in Cranko's Onegin. Photo by Erik Tomasson.
Essential oils sometimes get a bad rap.Between the aggressive social media marketing for the products and the sometimes magical-sounding claims about their healing properties, it's easy to forget what they can actually do.But if you look beyond the pyramid schemes and exaggerations, experts believe they have legit benefits to offer both mind and body.
How can dancers take advantage of their medicinal properties? We asked Amy Galper, certified aromatherapist and co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies:
Karen Azenberg, a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, stumbled on something peculiar before the union's 2015 move to new offices: a 52-year-old sealed envelope with a handwritten note attached. It was from Agnes de Mille, the groundbreaking choreographer of Oklahoma! and Rodeo. De Mille, a founding member of SDC, had sealed the envelope with gold wax before mailing it to the union and asking, in a separate note, that it not be opened. The reason? "It is the outline for a play, and I have no means of copyrighting…The material is eminently stealable."