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Ana Maria Alvarez. Photo by Tyrone Domingo, Courtesy Alvarez

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Just Awarded Four Dance Artists $275,000 Each

At a time when many artists are feeling more financially strained than ever before, one of the most coveted grants in the arts is expanding. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has responded to the economic crisis by handing out eight Doris Duke Artist Awards, up from six in 2019.

What's more, half of those have gone to dance artists: Ana María Alvarez of CONTRA-TIEMPO in Los Angeles, Sean Dorsey of San Francisco's Sean Dorsey Dance and Fresh Meat Festival, Rennie Harris of Philadelphia's Rennie Harris Puremovement and New York City contemporary choreographer Pam Tanowitz.

Photo by Emil Cohen, Courtesy of Cohen

Al Blackstone Opens Up About Being Nominated for an Emmy at Such a Bittersweet Time

Al Blackstone was sitting on his couch in Queens, New York, when he found out he'd been nominated for an Emmy. Hot, sweaty and exhausted from shooting the first ever dance video he's both choreographed and directed, he was telling his partner about his day when a barrage of texts came pouring in to congratulate him. "I knew nominations were being announced, but I was on such a high from this project that I wasn't thinking about it," Blackstone says. "I looked at my partner and said, 'I think I got the nomination!' "

The recognition is a cumulative nod for three of his numbers on Season 16 of "So You Think You Can Dance": "I'll Be Seeing You," "Mambo Italiano" and "The Girl From Ipanema." Ahead of the awards ceremony this Sunday, he spoke to Dance Magazine about the nominations, what he's been up to during lockdown and his plans for the immediate future.

Sarah Lozoff, right, in rehearsal with Vilma Silva and Brooke Parks for Bring Down the House at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Kim Budd, courtesy Lozoff

What Intimacy Coordinators Could Bring to How Love and Sex Are Portrayed in Dance

In October 2018, HBO made news with an announcement that it would engage specialists to ensure sex scenes in every movie and series it produced were handled safely and professionally. Some characterized the network's new policy as a move to stem the tide of #MeToo allegations in entertainment, proof themselves that the industry had failed to self-regulate.

In the two years since, intimacy coordinators have become increasingly present behind the camera; performers have grown more comfortable stipulating they be hired proactively, too.

The circumstances that require intimacy coordination on set—called "intimacy direction" in live theater—tend to be self-evident. "We're talking about any instance of nudity, simulated sex or deep physical intimacy," says Claire Warden, creative team member at leading industry group Intimacy Directors and Coordinators.

Dance, however, is an art form that frequently involves the kind of bodily contact that, in a nondance context, would be watched extremely closely, perhaps nervously. "Deep physical intimacy" is simply the dancer's stock-in-trade.


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