David Hallberg's Latest Role? Author
Let's recap David Hallberg's very busy May, shall we? Last week, we announced the American Ballet Theatre principal as our June cover star.
On Monday, he starred as Prince Coffee in the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream.
And today, news broke that he's written a memoir.
This. Man. Is. On. Fiyah.
His memoir, titled A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, will be released November 7 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. According to a statement from his publishers, Hallberg has written about everything from his pre-ABT days to his early New York fame, his acclaim at the Bolshoi Ballet, his devastating injury and—the cherry on top—his triumphant return to dance.
Though The New York Times reported that Hallberg began writing about his life when he joined the Bolshoi several years ago, clearly, much his happened since then. "The ensuing struggle to find myself again, as an artist and a person, to not give up after two and a half years of complications, is what the book is really about," he told theTimes.
We want to know everything. But until then, you can get a taste of Hallberg's path in our feature story, including details about his rigorous recovery journey at The Australian Ballet, where he recouped his ankle. Hallberg seems busy these days—but, boy, are we glad.
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: