Mentorship amongst choreographers is nothing new: Jose Limón had Doris Humphrey, and Alvin Ailey had Lester Horton. But in a career where there is often scarce training (most college programs still primarily train dancers, not choreographers, for instance) and that can be competitive and isolating, mentorship opportunities that are formalized rather than happenstance are becoming increasingly needed.
Generating feedback that feels aligned with the goals of your work can be a challenge—as can knowing what to do with that information once you get it.
“What the Body Holds” is the final film in SKETCH FILMS: Red Thread, a four-part documentary series by contemporary ballet company Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. A collaboration between choreographer Ben Needham-Wood and filmmaker Matthew McKee, the film makes the case for movement as a healing tool for survivors of trauma and abuse. In addition to featuring […]
The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another ballet casualty on July 24, when Sacramento Ballet announced it was cancelling its 2020-21 season and laying off artistic director Amy Seiwert after just two years. In a statement, the company cited “public health concerns and the widespread economic impact” of the virus, including the loss of ticket sales from […]