Dancer Ida Rubenstein performs in the original production of Boléro, 1928.
It’s repetitive — playing the same drum rhythm like a heartbeat — with two simple melodies entwined. But this masterful composition shifts just when it needs to.
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In the 1930s, it was modern dance that taught Melburnians how to perform personal hygiene. There are still lessons to be learnt from this history and the legacy of Sonia Revid.
Many boys are taught they shouldn’t do ‘girl things’ like ballet.
Mattel created a new line of dolls because of research suggesting kids don’t want toys ‘dictated by gender norms’ – but supplanting those norms will take a lot more than that.
Ballet should not need to be linked to narrow male stereotypes to appeal to boys. Pictured: UK company BalletBoyz.
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While male dancers in the US and Australia seek to combat bullying with #boysdancetoo, Japanese culture accepts and embraces male ballet dancing.
Natalia Osipova in Meryl Tankard’s recreated Two Feet, which premiered as part of this year’s Adelaide Festival.
Acclaimed dance choreographer Meryl Tankard’s show Two Feet premiered in 1988. Now it returns to the Adelaide Festival, recreated for one of today’s most brilliant dancers.
Dada Masilo’s Giselle follows the ballet’s original story outline but changes it in clever ways.
An unconventional take on Giselle is playing as part of this year’s Perth Festival.
A self-portrait of George Platt Lynes from 1952.
Gelatin silver print, 7-5/8 × 9 in. From the Collections of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. © Estate of George Platt Lynes.
Lynes was a highly sought-after commercial and fashion photographer in the 1930s and 1940s. But he had to keep his most important body of work hidden away.
Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks and Ty King Wall in the Australian Ballet’s production of Spartacus.
When Spartacus and 70 or so of his comrades revolted and escaped from their gladiatorial school near Capua in 73 BC, everyone imagined the matter would soon be dealt with. But his rebellion has continued to inspire political movements.
The Atlantic Ballet Theatre will soon premier Alien, a new piece that explores the immigrant experience. Of the ballet’s 21 full-time employees, 12 are immigrants who come from nine different countries.
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Atlantic Canada has thousands of available jobs with no one to fill them. Here’s what various companies, big and small, are doing to attract and retain immigrant workers.
Livecasting in cinemas is only part of the solution in the struggle to attract larger and younger audiences.
Tade Biesinger as Billy Elliot in the West End musical.
Dance isn’t just for girls - but boys need more support and inspiration to get them moving.
Ballet dancers can apply their intensive training to tasks they haven’t practiced.
Highly trained dancers provide insights for researchers helping design improved rehab programs for people with mobility impairments. The next step could include rehab robots as dance partners.
The Red Detachment of Women was one of just eight model theatrical pieces approved for performance during the Cultural Revolution.
The staging in Melbourne of this classic of the Cultural Revolution has attracted controversy. And amid Bermuda shorts and weapons galore, this political ballet has contemporary resonances.
Late maturing girls tend to be privileged in ballet training. This doesn’t have to be the case.
Take a bow.
The violence of the Royal Opera House’s production of William Tell should shock us - but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Fearne Cotton photographed for a Wonderland-inspired magazine shoot, 2006.
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Meet four women who have lived, breathed and worked to actually become Alice.
Swift is privileged, as only apex predators are, with the ability to pick and choose from any (cultural) food source.
In the same week American rapper Nicki Minaj released Anaconda, a music video dedicated to celebrating “the butt”, US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released a video, Shake It Off, accidentally dedicated…
Reinforcing the association between “elite” art forms and class privilege does nobody any favours.
The Australian Ballet preview of Art to Sky. AAP/ Nikki Short
An episode of the ABC TV comedy series Upper Middle Bogan, recently re-aired, explores the perceived class divide between high and low art forms. Edwina Bright, the daughter of a well-to-do family, who…