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 in The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet; Maya Plisetskya in Plisetskya Dances; Virginia Johnson in Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle; and Fernando Bujones in The 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.

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The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2019

What were the dance moments that defined 2019? The stories that kept us talking, week after week? According to our top-clicked articles of the year, they ranged from explorations of dance medicine and dance history, takedowns of Lara Spencer and companies who still charge dancers to audition, and, of course, our list of expert tips on how to succeed in dance today.

We compiled our 10 biggest hits of the year, and broke down why we think they struck a chord:

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I Am a Black Dancer Who Was Dressed Up in Blackface to Perform in La Bayadère

On Instagram this week, Misty Copeland reposted a picture of two Russian ballerinas covered head to toe in black, exposing the Bolshoi's practice of using blackface in the classical ballet La Bayadère. The post has already received over 60,000 likes and 2,000 comments, starting a long overdue conversation.

Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.


Here's the First Trailer for the "In the Heights" Movie

Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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