Losing a dance company can be like losing part of your family. Photo by Thinkstock.
My life is in complete chaos since my dance company disbanded. I have a day job, so money isn't the issue. It's the loss of my world that stings the most. What can I do?
—Lost Career, Washington, DC
Being a member of a dance company is like having a second family, so grief is a natural response to losing it. Give yourself time to adjust by acknowledging this difficulty, while staying close to family and dance friends.
Remember: Many dancers perform in more than one company, so try to think of this as a temporary setback while you network and audition for other gigs.
As you build new friendships outside of this group, keep your eyes open for opportunities to express your feelings in a creative way, whether it's through regular classes, a different dance company or a new hobby, such as photography. Connecting with other artists will help lessen the void caused by your company's closure.
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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.