At Dance Spirit, we're all about choreographers finding inspiration in unusual places. (Like when we learned that a "Monty Python" comedic recording sparked a piece by Gallim Dance's Andrea Miller, or that Justin Peck's ideas sometimes come to him while he's bike riding.) So when we heard iconic contemporary ballet choreographer Karole Armitage was creating a new work to be performed in the American Museum of Natural History, we were pretty intrigued.
Set among the wildlife dioramas in the museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, Armitage's On the Nature of Things tackles the topic of climate change and its effects on our planet. It's a heavy subject, but it's not the first time the choreographer has turned to science. Three Theories, a 2010 work for her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, touched on quantum mechanics, String Theory and the Theory of Relativity. And Armitage's Four Seasons—a Spinning Planet (2014) was a call to protect nature and the animals that inhabit it. (As it turns out, Armitage spent her childhood summers in the Colorado Mountains, often attending lectures with her father—a biologist—at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Loving nature is basically in her DNA.)
Armitage Gone! Dance in Three Theories (via armitagegonedance.org)
Ahead of the site-specific work's March 25th debut, Armitage Gone! released several chilling images from a photo shoot held in the AMNH. Check out the photos below, and visit the museum's website for more details and to get tickets.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.