Matthew Bourne's dramatic ballet The Red Shoes, which earned rave reviews in England last year, is heading stateside this month. Based on the Academy Award–winning 1948 movie of the same name, the show follows the passionate aspiring ballerina Victoria Page as she tries to dance her way to the top, but ultimately must choose between her love of dance and the love of her life. Joining Bourne's company, New Adventures, as guest artists are New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns, who will perform the role of Victoria for select performances at New York City Center; and American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, who will tour with the company, dancing the role of Julian Craster in select cities. DS chatted with Mearns to see what the rehearsal process has been like, and how it's been different from preparing for a typical NYCB season.
Youth America Grand Prix has big news: They're currently working on an exciting new documentary, Ballet's Greatest Hits—and you can be part of it!
But first a little background. Earlier this year, YAGP held a "Ballet's Greatest Hits" gala that boasted performances from some of ballet's top dancers and was filmed by Emmy-winning Clemente D'Alessio.Now, they'll be using the footage, along with dancer interviews, to create a documentary-style flick.
Here's where you come in. They're asking you to vote for your Top Three favorite (current) dancers in the following roles:
- Basilio and Kitri (Don Quixote)
- The couples who perform the Flames of Paris pas de deux
- Myrtha, Prince and Giselle (Giselle)
- Gamzatti, Nikia, Solor, and Bronze Idol (La Bayadere)
- Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince (The Nutcracker)
- Odette/Odile and Siegfried (Swan Lake)
And they'll interview the winners for the flick!
There are a few ways you can vote:
1. Post your vote on YAGP's Facebook page
2. Tweet your vote to @YAGPtweets with #yagpbgh
I know this is all a bit confusing, but when it comes together it's going to be awesome! For the full scoop, click here.