Art that Dances
2013 marks a big dance world anniversary: The Ballets Russes premiered Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, 100 years ago. And if you think ballet isn't exciting, think again: The work was so controversial it actually caused a riot to break out in the theater on its opening night. Seriously—a bona fide riot!
Run by legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes was famous not only for pushing the dance world's envelope, but also for engineering collaborations with artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. When the company disbanded in 1929, it left behind a treasure trove of beautiful work—costumes, sets, posters, programs—created by some of the art world's greatest. And partly in tribute to Rite of Spring's hundredth birthday, Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art will play host to some of those riches in "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced With Music."
The exhibit, which runs from May 12 to September 2, has 135 pieces of Ballets Russes artwork, everything from set designs to film clips. It also includes the two largest objects ever to be displayed at the museum: a backdrop from the 1926 production of The Firebird, and a front curtain designed by Pablo Picasso.
The Washington Post got a sneak peek at some of the awesome art. Take a look!
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Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
For 14-year-old Averi Hodgson, focusing on her ballet training while growing up was never easy: She's suffered from epilepsy since she was in first grade, and later, she was also diagnosed with scoliosis. Here, she tells her story of perseverance—and how her determination earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet's 2017 summer intensive.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.