Kultur's New Streaming Service: Netflix for the Performing Arts
For the past 30 years, Kultur International Films has been a leading distributor of performing arts videos, dominating the dance and opera shelves at libraries, as well as the virtual shelves of Amazon.com. Now the company is joining the likes of Netflix and Hulu: Last month, it launched Kultur.com, a subscription-based digital streaming service. Kultur, which owns thousands of hours of performing arts programming, is still in the process of uploading more dance videos to its digital library online. It currently offers a collection of rarely seen classics featuring yesteryear’s mega-stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland and Marianna Tcherkassky in Baryshnikov Live at Wolftrap; Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn inThe Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet; Maya Plisetskya in Plisetskya Dances; Virginia Johnson in Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle; and Fernando Bujones inThe Sleeping Beauty, among others.Kultur also acquired the licensing rights to Riverdance.
The first 30 days are free, then $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming to home theater, computer and mobile devices. In addition to performing arts videos, Kultur is broadening its offerings into educational programming, historical documentaries and lifestyle shows. Click here to check it out.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.