These Are the Performances Our Readers Loved the Most This Year
We asked you for nominations, compiled your suggestions and had you vote on your favorites. Here's what you chose:
Best Viral Video
Winner: "Kids Meet a Ballerina," featuring Pacific Northwest Ballet's Elle Macy
• Syncopated Ladies' "Everybody Mad" Beychella cover
• Ballet Nacional de España's performance at Oteyza fashion show
• "Doomed," featuring RubberLegz and James Gregg
Most Moving Performance
DESCENT. Photo by Jay Newman, courtesy Kinetic Light
Winner: Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light in DESCENT
• Dance Theatre of Harlem and artists from Collage Dance Collective in
Geoffrey Holder's Dougla
• National Ballet of Canada in John Neumeier's Nijinsky
• The Royal Ballet in Liam Scarlett's Swan Lake
Winner: TU Dance and Bon Iver's Come Through
• Menil Collection, Houston Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Trust's Merce Cunningham Dance and Concert, Arrivals and Departures: Cage, Cunningham, and Johns
• Sonya Tayeh and The Bengsons' you'll still call me by name
• The Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orphée et Eurydice
Best Dance Documentary
Winner: Ballet Now, directed by Steven Cantor
• Gravity Hero, directed by Trey McIntyre
• Bobbi Jene, directed by Elvira Lind
Most Inventive New Work
Winner: Odeon, by Ephrat Asherie Dance
• GAY GUERRILLA/for julius, by MADBOOTS DANCE
• Paramodernities, by Netta Yerushalmy
• Silent Scream, by Olivier Wevers; performed by Whim W'Him
• Keone and Mari Madrid's e-book, Ruth
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Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.