happy to be so... June 19, 2008 | redpal | More on General
It is a documentary about Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane, former principal dancers, renowned ballet…and a dynamic duet for more than 50 years. Briansky, of White Russian descent, and Briane, a Parisian, met in Paris, both principal dancers in different European companies. He, born to dance, and she, born to teach. A great, well-known artist, Briansky was hailed as “the most sought after male dancer in the world,” at the time, by Ballet magazine and partnered many ballet luminaries such as Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn. Later in life, he and Princess Grace of Monaco, planned to establish a ballet school in Monte Carlo. In 1963, Briansky’s meteoric career was cut short by injuries. Soon after, the couple relocated to New York and established the Briansky Saratoga Ballet School, one of the most distinguished summer ballet academies in America and abroad.Read More
Performing Martha Graham at Eugene Lang College June 18, 2008 | ljmordis | More on Modern
In 2006, a group of Lang students were given a remarkable opportunity: to dance under…direction of Yuriko Kikuchi, former soloist and rehearsal director for Martha Graham. In this rehearsal, Yuriko helps students understand the emotions as well as the complex choreography of “Steps in the Street,” an excerpt from Martha Graham’s work Chronicle, which premiered in 1936. In addition to rehearsing with Yuriko, students studied the Martha Graham technique and influences on Graham’s work with Ellen Graff, director of programs at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. “Steps in the Street” was performed in the 2006 Lang Spring Dance Concert.Read More
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