Sorry Dancers, But We Love When You Get Stuck in Airports
Getting stuck at the airport is the worst, but we're not gonna lie: When it happens to dance companies and they make videos of themselves dancing through their flight delays, it's kind of our favorite thing. Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ingrid Silva took to Instagram last night to document what happened when the company got stuck at the airport on their way home from sharing the stage with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. And it was amazing.
A post shared by Ingrid Silva™ (@ingridsilva) on Mar 26, 2017 at 6:11pm PDT
Favorite thing: ballet master Keith Saunders' port de bras (and general bemusement).
Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen dancers get creative during their layovers. Remember last year, when members of Beijing Dance Theater had some time to kill?
Or when State Street Ballet decided to do barre at Denver International Airport?
Happy Monday, everybody.
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: