Turnout is such an integral part of ballet. You'd assume the best dancers would have the best rotation, right? Not according to a new study published by the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Australian Ballet's Amber Scott and ABT's David Hallberg may be beautiful dancers, but it doesn't mean they're turnout's any better.Photo by Kate Longley via Instagram
After measuring the external rotation of 45 dancers in all ranks at The Australian Ballet, researchers found no difference between degrees of passive or active turnout in corps members, soloists and principals.
Of course, all the dancers studied had enough rotation to make it to a professional level. But when you're struggling with yours, it's nice to remember that turnout isn't what makes a great dancer.
The cast of Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise in rehearsal. Photo by Stephanie Berger, Courtesy The Shed
Akram Khan loves to dive into genres he is unfamiliar with. While his own movement vocabulary is a hybrid of kathak and contemporary dance, he has choreographed a new Giselle for English National Ballet, collaborated with flamenco artist Israel Galván and made a dance theater duet with film star Juliette Binoche. Now, in between touring Xenos, his final full-length solo, and several other projects, he's found time to tackle kung fu. Khan is part of the collaborative team behind Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a blockbuster musical based on themes of migration and the fight for survival, running June 22–July 27. Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and featuring a score that remixes songs by Sia, it's part of the inaugural season of The Shed, a new venue in New York City.