Be sublime! says ballet mistress Susan Jones, who coached ABT’s ‘Bayadere’

Architecture & Design · Dance
It was nice to hear from Susan Jones, the impassioned ballet mistress of American Ballet Theatre who lately admits to a special job indeed. “For weeks we have worked on every detail of La Bayadère Act 2 Shades,” she shares on Facebook, referring to the famous sequence that opens the second act of “Bayadère,” originally ...

The Juilliard School tells you everything you always wanted to know about Swan Lake but were afraid to ask

Dance · Language & ideas · Music
The survival, let alone the mystique, of the ballet, Swan Lake, is a phenomenon few would have predicted at its premiere in Moscow in 1877 — which was a flop. Wikipedia notes [with added commentary]: The premiere of Swan Lake on March 4, 1877, was given as a benefit performance for the ballerina Pelageya Karpakova ...