Above: Photos of McGregor by Erik Tomasson.
Above left: Headshot of Perron by Matthew Karas.
Although he’s basically a modern dancer, having studied Limón technique and been influenced by Trisha Brown, McGregor has upped the ante for ballet on an international scale. From San Francisco Ballet to New York City Ballet to the Bolshoi and other companies, his exploding of the ballet vocabulary points a direction toward the future. Concerned less with making beautiful ballets than with stimulating bodies and minds, he surges ahead on all fronts, and ultimately the bracing quality of his movement is a kind of beauty in itself.
For our Choreography Issue, we also bring you dancemakers who are stimulating in a different way: They find it intriguing—or necessary—to bring words into their stage picture. In “Word Play” we interview seven choreographers who are especially adept at the dance-and-text genre. Some would call their work “dance theater,” but others would not answer to that term. These dance artists who grapple with the relation of words to movement include Annie-B Parson, an acclaimed master of the form; Ralph Lemon, a hero of experimental dance; and Sean Dorsey, a 2010 “25 to Watch” in the Bay Area.
And just for fun, Adam Hendrickson, former soloist with New York City Ballet, gripes about the razor touch of the tutu’s edge in “Terrible Tulle.” From the audience, we don’t see the hazards the male dancer faces to make his ballerina look elegant. Ah, the hard life of a cavalier.
By the Sunday evening of a long convention weekend, you can expect to be thoroughly exhausted and a little sore. But you shouldn't leave the hotel ballroom actually hurt. Although conventions can be filled with magical opportunities, the potential for injury is higher than usual.
Keep your body safe: Watch out for these four common hazards.
For a Broadway dancer, few opportunities are more exciting than being part of the creation of an original show. But if that show goes on to become wildly successful, who reaps the benefits? Thanks to a new deal between Actors' Equity Association and The Broadway League, performers involved in a production's development will now receive their own cut of the earnings.
Jellicle obsessives, rejoice: There's a new video out that offers a (surprisingly substantive) look at the dancing that went down on the set of the new CATS movie.
When Dr. Mae Jemison was growing up, she was obsessed with space. But she didn't see any astronauts who looked like her.
"I said, Wait a minute. Why are all the astronauts white males?" she recounts in a CNN video. "What if the aliens saw them and said, Are these the only people on Earth?"