Why Aren’t We Teaching Aspiring Ballerinas How to Choreograph?

Crystal Pite

In February, I attended the Prix de Lausanne, where I moderated a series of panel discussions that were open to the competing students, their teachers and parents, and the public. One topic I was particularly excited about concerned women in leadership roles, and how the ballet world can better nurture leadership qualities in female dancers. MyMore »

NYCB Is (Still) Taking Over Broadway

Justin Peck

Is there any stopping Justin Peck? In less than a decade, the 29-year-old New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer has made over 30 ballets, quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after dancemakers. Now he can add another milestone to the list: Broadway. This week, The New York Times reported that Peck will choreograph the Broadway revival ofMore »

Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must have a production of Nutcracker as part of its holiday season repertoire. And for nearly three decades, through its final performance at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in December 2015, the Joffrey Ballet was well served by its uniquely Victorian-American setting of theMore »

Catch Joffrey Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon in Nutcracker Live Stream

Amanda Assucena and Alberto Velazquez

Though it’s not quite fall, the Joffrey Ballet is in full holiday mode, prepping for the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker. In fact, you can catch a live-streamed rehearsal with Wheeldon and the company tomorrow (Thursday, September 8, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central) on the company’s YouTube channel. Pointe spoke with company dancer Amanda Assucena about this reimagined holidayMore »

Saturday Night Plans? Catch Free Ballet at Chicago Dancing Festival

This week, there’s a whirlwind of dance in the Windy City. The annual Chicago Dancing Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, opened last night at the Auditorium Theater with glittering performances by the Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet and Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet. The festival continues through Saturday, withMore »

When One American in Paris Show Closes, Many More Open

If you haven’t seen Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony Award winning musical An American in Paris yet, you better hop to it. The hugely successful Broadway production closes on January 1, 2017 after a nearly two-year long run. Don’t panic if you can’t drop everything and buy a plane ticket to New York, though: The show willMore »

This is How You Turn Shakespeare’s Writing Into Ballet

(Photo by Emma Kauldhar)

William Shakespeare’s plays have provided inspiration to dozens of choreographers, but have you ever wondered how dance-makers translate his complex writing into beautiful dancing? This video from The Royal Ballet (a company full of natural dance-actors) provides an amazing illustration. Christopher Wheeldon’s latest full-length ballet, The Winter’s Tale, features Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson asMore »

Christopher Wheeldon on 60 Minutes

If you had plans for Sunday night, you may want to cancel. This week on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” host Lesley Stahl will interview Christopher Wheeldon. This master choreographer’s career—which has given us stunning story ballets and hauntingly beautiful pas de deux—provides a lot of material for 60 minutes worth of intimate conversation. But one hotMore »

Christopher Wheeldon’s Strapless Premieres Tonight at The Royal Ballet

Biographical ballets are having a moment, finding success in the real-life stories of famous women. Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works, which premiered at The Royal Ballet last May, and John Neumeier’s Duse, which premiered at Hamburg Ballet in December, were both explorations of complex personal histories. Christopher Wheeldon’s Strapless for The Royal Ballet, inspired by MadameMore »