Janis Claxton Dance in POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Roy Campbell-Moore, Courtesy The Corner Shop PR

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in December 2019

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month.


Comings & Goings

Bradley Shelver has been appointed artistic director of the newly formed Brooklyn Festival Dance Company.

Hanna Kiel has been named choreographer in residence at Canada's Ballet Jörgen.

At Paris Opéra Ballet, Silvia Saint-Martin, Francesco Mura and Pablo Legasa have been promoted to premiers danseurs.

Calmels, in brown tights and a sleeveless, armor-like top, leaps with both legs bent and arms outstretched to either side, face contorted in an anguished grimace.

Fabrice Calmels in Lar Lubovitch's Othello

Cheryl Mann Photography, Courtesy Larisa Elizondo

Fabrice Calmels has left The Joffrey Ballet.

Amy Wood has retired from Sarasota Ballet. She remains with the company as a finance/office manager.

Sheri "Sparkle" Williams has retired from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Janis Claxton Dance closed following the final performances of the late Claxton's POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) in Hong Kong.

Awards & Honors

Shen Wei will be presented with the 2020 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in July, which comes with a $50,000 prize.

Lighting designer Jennifer Tipton has been named Baryshnikov Arts Center's 2019–20 Cage Cunningham Fellow. The fellowship includes a $50,000 prize distributed over two years, plus studio space and administrative support.

David Bintley was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours. Other dance artists recognized include Shobana Jeyasingh (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), Stephen Mear (CBE), Mirella Bartrip (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), David Toole (OBE), Judith Palmer (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and Ashley Wheater (MBE).

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Something magical happens when Jovani Furlan smiles at another dancer onstage. Whether it's a warm acknowledgment between sections of Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering or an infectious grin delivered in the midst of a puzzle box of a sequence in Justin Peck's Everywhere We Go, whoever is on the receiving end brightens.

"I could stare at him forever," says New York City Ballet principal Megan Fairchild. "He's just that kind of open spirit. He's not judging anything. It's like he's looking at you with his arms wide open and a big smile—even if he's not smiling, that's the energy he's giving you."

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