RENEWING DANCE?

“How many choreographers today are thinking about telling new tales, new tragedies, in dance? Almost all new ballets today are supine rewrites of past classics or great tomes of literature painted onto the stage with a leaden thud. The mystery is that there’s so little genuine inspiration by our own world. We hear every day of events whose imagery and emotional resonance seize us, and novelists rush to their keyboards and artists to their scalpels and camcorders, as Janacek rushed to his desk. But ballet? Nothing.” – The Telegraph (London)

OUTSIDE INFLUENCE

Before Washington Ballet’s recent visit, It had been 40 years since an American dance company had performed in Cuba. “I knew the kind of development we’ve seen in the United States, melding contemporary ideas and modern dance and ballet techniques, hasn’t existed in Cuba. I think the repertoire we brought expressed a lot of elements of our own lives and maybe will contribute to how they’ll view or make dance in the future.” – New York Times

ROBBINS REVEALED

“At Jerome Robbins’ death in 1998 at 79, he had all the awards that movies, theater and dance could offer, with an unequaled record of ballets and Broadway shows. Yet he carried with him a shame that would not go away. In 1953, he named names before the House Un-American Activities Committee, earning the enmity of many of his fellow artists who were blacklisted for their membership, however brief or desultory, in the Communist Party.” – Chicago Tribune