David Hallberg at work

Through the bustle of Manhattan’s busy streets, down a nondescript hallway and into American Ballet Theater’s bright NYC studios, one of the world’s preeminent male dancers, David Hallberg, invites us into his fervid world in this dynamic short by director Eric K. Yue. “It’s less about the dance or context of a story, but rather a state of mind,” says Yue of his glimpse into the dancer’s tender preparation. “David makes the most difficult and complex moves seem effortless and elegant.” Contemporary Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds’ track “Brim” taken from From Now I am Winter accompanies the progressive movement as Hallberg leaps through the space, twisting and contorting to original choreography created specifically for this film, by friend and fellow ABT dancer Marcelo Gomes. “There was no preconceived notion of how a role has been portrayed in the past, like Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty,” says Hallberg of performing for the short, which was produced by Forever Pictures. “It is really intimate because the camera is so close, whereas at the Met you have to project to an audience hundreds of feet away.” Principal dancer at New York’s American Ballet Theater, the Dakotan bridged the transatlantic gap in a historic milestone as the first American to join Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in 2011, now spanning the distance as leading man at both. The cultural polymath dominated the pages of April’s American Vogue, shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz in a dramatic editorial, and he also featured in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, now seating him firmly in the eye-line of the fashion masses, and dance enthusiasts, alike. [Source]



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Opening Friday April 19th, the San Jose Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s “Duets”

Here is a Nathaniel Tileston photo from the original cast–Merce dancing with Cathy Kerr in 1980.

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Another photo of “Duets,” having its San Jose Ballet premiere this weekend–Here are American Ballet Theatre’s Robert La Fosse and Christine Spizzo in 1982.

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The Bullfighter and the Ballerina

Curtis Wenzel in Minneapolis just tipped us on this wonderful Kickstarter project:

An edition of hand-made books about a ballerina who fell in love with the bullfighter-comedian Cantinflas in Mexico City. “El Toreador y La Bailarina” is a hand-typed, hand-built, hand-bound love story. It’s an artist’s book about the romance between my ballerina mother and the Mexican actor, bullfighter and comedian Cantinflas in Mexico City, 1941.

Read more about the project on Kickstarter here.

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