Director’s Notes: Repertoire Revamp

Aaron S. Watkin’s tie with Forsythe brings renewed vitality to Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Every once in a while, a ballet company will come out of left field and reinvent itself in a matter of years. Until Aaron S. Watkin took over as artistic director in 2006, Dresden’s Semperoper Ballett was mainly known as a midsizeMore »

Company Life: First-Year Fumbles

During my years as a principal with San Francisco Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, it made me cringe if new corps members pulled out their phones to text or tweet. It felt unprofessional in the middle of class, but it was especially disrespectful during rehearsal, even if they weren’t involved in the scene being danced. SomethingMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Nicola Curry

A boxing ring inside a large warehouse during New York’s Fashion Week last spring was the set for Nicola Curry’s latest choreographic adventure. Donning the ornate necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings of the design team DANNIJO, Curry and her American Ballet Theatre/Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School cast performed a ballet surrounded by models, buyers and fashionMore »

Director’s Notes: A Perfect Paradox

At Stuttgart Ballet, Reid Anderson embraces the traditional and the avant-garde. Name the most prominent choreographers and directors in continental Europe, and the list reads like a who’s who of Stuttgart Ballet alumni. John Neumeier, Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe all came up through the ranks of the German company. Four decades after the deathMore »

Company Life: Helping Hands—and Feet

One evening in November, after a long day of Nutcracker rehearsals, I turned on the news to images of Typhoon Haiyan, which had just struck the Philippines. I found myself extremely upset by the devastation—the sight of the wreckage was heartbreaking. I wondered how many of my Filipino friends were missing family members and askedMore »

Director’s Notes: The Little Company That Could

Iain Webb is bringing international recognition to Sarasota Ballet. Iain Webb describes himself as “a total bunhead.” To prove it, he takes out his iPhone and brings up a photo of Michel Fokine’s death mask, explaining that it’s part of his personal ballet library in his home. Also in that collection? A photograph of WebbMore »

Company Life: The Immersive Audition

Open calls or taking company class used to be the audition standard. But today, getting a job can be a more involved process. Instead of a single morning at a company, you might be invited to spend days there, working on repertoire and partnering. This approach has become especially popular among smaller troupes where aMore »