Tag: patricia barker

'Tis the Season for New Nutcrackers

Gennadi Nedvigin is not the only early tenure director breaking out a new production of The Nutcracker this season. Sacramento Ballet The Sacramento Ballet on Instagram: “What is different about this year’s “The Nutcracker?” In the original E.T.A. Hoffman story of “The Nutcracker,” the narrative follows…” Amy Seiwert is putting her own stamp on the […]

What It's Like to Choreograph The Nutcracker Four Different Times

Choreographer Val Caniparoli started his ballet career by performing in Lew Christensen’s The Nutcracker with San Francisco Ballet in 1971. Today, he still performs with SFB as Drosselmeir, in the company’s current version by Helgi Tomasson. It takes Caniparoli a lot of concentration to stick to the choreography. “I have the four versions that I […]

Editors' Picks: Five Must-See Performances This August

Summer’s end is in sight, and while it might seem like everyone is on layoff (or at Jacob’s Pillow or Vail), there’s still plenty of dance to see before the fall season starts in earnest. Here are our top five performance picks for August. Natalia Osipova Bewitches as Isadora Duncan Natalia Osipova as Isadora Duncan. […]

Patricia Barker Responds to All Those Royal New Zealand Ballet Rumors

The past few months have brought on a media storm surrounding accusations about the culture and employment practices at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. But it turns out, much of the reported information doesn’t tell the whole story. Caught up in the rumors has been newly hired artistic director Patricia Barker. The former Pacific Northwest […]

3 Directors on How to Ace Your Audition Interview

Even if you make it through to the final round of an audition, that doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed a spot on the roster. Before handing out contracts, many companies also require prospective dancers to complete an interview with staff. How can you impress your potential employer with your words as much as your dancing? […]