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Étoile Léonore Baulac on Feminist Ballet, Hygge and Not Dancing Too "Safe"

“Women are often presented as soft, fragile little creatures in ballet,” says Léonore Baulac. “We’re not.” The Paris Opéra Ballet’s newest female étoile is discussing her unease at some of the 19th-century narratives she portrays. “It was real acting,” she says with a laugh of La Sylphide. “James kills her by taking away her wings, […]

Abraham.In.Motion: Passion, Purpose & a Quirky New Setup

It’s the end of a long rehearsal day for the dancers of Abraham.In.Motion. They’re reviewing phrases of a new work, Dearest Home. It’s a pretty typical rehearsal scene. Some dancers cluster around a laptop trying to piece together steps learned long ago. Others review choreography together, working to figure out who remembered which arms correctly. […]

Meet the Ballerina Who's Also a Quantum Physicist

Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that – but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her […]