Shura Baryshnikov on the Role of Dance in the New Cinematic Opera She Directed

In the new, dance-centric film version of the opera Svadba, director Shura Baryshnikov, screenwriter Hannah Shepard and conductor Daniela Candillari tell a powerful wedding story using Serbian-born, Montréal-based composer Ana Sokolović’s a cappella music and text. Throughout, the film uses dance to enact various prenuptial rituals for the bride-to-be and her attendants. Baryshnikov (a daughter […]

What It Takes to Choreograph an Opera in a Soup Kitchen

During the holidays, many Americans make a tradition out of volunteering in a soup kitchen. But there’s a group of artists taking this idea one step further: They’re putting on an opera in a soup kitchen. New York City’s On Site Opera, known for staging works in non-traditional spaces, is presenting Amahl and the Night […]

Burning Question: Is Nutcracker Racist?

Many productions feature the traditional Act II dances that have been challenged as negative stereotypes. We asked three directors their opinions. Ronald Alexander Program director of the professional training programs at Steps on Broadway and the director of Harlem School of the Arts Prep Program. The whole ballet tradition is inherently racist, so the traditional […]

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