Mark Your Calendars: October's Must-See Shows, According to Our Editors
From an indie rock collaboration to major anniversary celebrations to yet another retelling of the Orpheus myth, the fall performance season has fully hit its stride. Here are the six shows we have on our calendars.
Orchestrating the Underworld
Wayne McGregor and his company in rehearsal
Camilla Greenwell, Courtesy McGregor
LONDON Wayne McGregor will be spending a lot of time in the underworld this season. Inferno, the first act of his next full-length for The Royal Ballet, based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, debuted this summer in Los Angeles. (The complete ballet will premiere next spring.) This fall, he follows another piece of literature beneath the earth: the Greek myth of Orpheus, who descends to the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice. McGregor will be directing and choreographing English National Opera's new production of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice. Thirteen dancers from Company Wayne McGregor join the cast. The production is part of ENO's Orpheus Series, featuring four different operas interpreting the myth. Oct. 1–Nov. 19. eno.org. —Caroline Shadle
Delight and Decay
Agustin Hernandez, Courtesy Wallich
SEATTLE Choreographer Kate Wallich is known for stripping down the saccharine sweetness of pop culture. Indie rock musician Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) has a penchant for giving physical expression to the emotional veracity of his songs through experimental movement. Together with Wallich's company The YC, they've created The Sun Still Burns Here, an exploration of spiritual unraveling and redemption. To Hadreas' original score, bodies and voices descend into decay and lift toward transcendence. Premieres in Seattle Oct. 4–5, before touring to New York City, Minneapolis and Boston. katewallich.com. —Camille LeFevre
Chicago Salutes Lubovitch
Ballet Austin in Lar Lubovitch's Dvořák Serenade
Anne Marie Bloodgood, Courtesy Harris Theater
CHICAGO The lineup for A Celebration of Lar Lubovitch at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance is reminiscent of the now-defunct Chicago Dancing Festival—fitting, since Lubovitch helped found it. Dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Austin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company come together for a program saluting the choreographer's 50-year career. Oct. 5–6. harristheaterchicago.org. —Courtney Escoyne
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Ohad Naharin's Decadance Gothenburg
Mats Backer, Courtesy GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN Roni Haver and Guy Weizman have long had a knack for taking unlikely source material and spinning it into offbeat, ecstatic works of dance theater. Their latest creation, Love, takes inspiration from Wim Wenders' near-universally panned film The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez as it examines the paradox of love in the millennial generation. Also on GöteborgsOperans Danskompani's Virus/Love program is the company premiere of Naharin's Virus, marking the first time Ohad Naharin has allowed it to be performed by a troupe other than Batsheva. Oct. 11, 15, 24, 27 and 29; Nov. 2, 10 and 14. en.opera.se. —CE
A Toast to Herman
Herman Cornejo in Alexei Ratmansky's Serenade After Plato's Symposium
Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT
NEW YORK CITY American Ballet Theatre's Oct. 26 performance will be a salute to its most senior male principal, Herman Cornejo. To celebrate his 20th anniversary with the company, he'll dance Balanchine's Apollo and a featured role in a premiere by Twyla Tharp (set to debut Oct. 16 at the fall gala). Catch the indomitable technician throughout ABT's fall season Oct. 16–27, which also includes former corps member Gemma Bond's first ballet created for ABT and the New York debuts of Jessica Lang's Let Me Sing Forevermore, created for soloists Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell's entry into the Erik Bruhn Competition earlier this year, and principal James Whiteside's New American Romance, transplanted from this summer's Vail Dance Festival. abt.org. —CE
Curiouser and Curiouser
AXIS Dance Company in Arthur Pita's Alice in Californiland
David DeSilva, Courtesy AXIS
SAN FRANCISCO The wildly imaginative London-based choreographer Arthur Pita is not known for his subtlety. But his sensitivity will come to the fore in Alice in Californiland, a new work for Oakland's physically integrated AXIS Dance Company that reflects on the extreme homelessness in the Bay Area. When Pita and AXIS artistic director Marc Brew volunteered with San Francisco's Martin de Porres House of Hospitality and the Coalition on Homelessness last spring, the choreographer sensed a parallel between Alice's surreal experiences in Wonderland and the distress of living without shelter. "We will try to delicately find our way into both those portholes with these characters," says Pita. "I see it as a psychedelic tragedy." The program also includes a new piece by Jennifer Archibald and Robert Dekkers' Flutter. Oct. 25–27. axisdance.org. —Claudia Bauer
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?
Inside a bustling television studio in Los Angeles, Lindsay Arnold Cusick hears the words "Five minutes to showtime." While dancers and celebrities covered head to toe in sequins whirl around preparing for their live performances on "Dancing with the Stars," Cusick pauses to say a prayer to God and express her gratitude.
"I know that it's not a given, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to do what I love for a living," says Cusick, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For her, prayer is a ritualized expression of her faith that she has maintained since she was a girl in Provo, Utah. Even with her seven-plus years of industry experience, she always takes a moment to steady herself and close her prayer in Christ's name before rushing onto the stage.
The hotly-debated Michael Jackson biomusical is back on. Not that it was ever officially off, but after its pre-Broadway Chicago run was canceled in February, its future seemed shaky.
Now, the show has secured a Broadway theater, with previews starting July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater.
In the October 1969 issue of Dance Magazine, we spoke with Jacques d'Amboise, then 20 years into his career with New York City Ballet. Though he became a principal dancer in 1953, the star admitted that it hadn't all been smooth sailing.