Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet Tackle Debussy

Claude Debussy’s only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, emphasizes clarity and subtlety over high-flung drama as a deadly love triangle unfolds. Opera Vlaanderen and Royal Ballet of Flanders are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death with a new production of the landmark opera that is sure to be anything but traditional: Sidi Larbi […]

Your Most Ironic Dream Is Coming True: An Alanis Morrisette Musical

She may have ruined the word “ironic” forever, but we can’t help loving Alanis Morrisette for channeling all our 90s-era angst. So we were super excited to hear rumors a few years ago that someone was making a musical out of her Grammy-winning album “Jagged Little Pill.” This week we learned even better news: There’s […]

The Latest: Redefining Ballet in Belgium

Can a contemporary choreographer save the Royal Ballet of Flanders? That’s what many questioned when the company announced that Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui would take over in September as the new artistic director. The organization’s future has seemed increasingly bleak since Kathryn Bennetts resigned in 2012 over the merger of Antwerp’s ballet and opera companies. The […]

Inside DM

What makes a great choreographer? The elements can sound like a collection of superpowers: The ability to evoke the most intense human emotions with just a simple gesture. A gift for “seeing the music.” A creativity that can transform how audiences perceive their world. A talent for turning dreams into onstage realities.   Left: Sara […]

Performances Onstage this Month

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani rehearsing Noetic. Photo by Tilo Stengel.   The Grass Is Always Greener… GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN   Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s newest work takes on a familiar theme: the need to understand the rules in order to break them. The Belgian choreographer’s Noetic, for Sweden’s GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, explores the human desire to find order, only to […]

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