The Mark Morris Dance Group is simultaneously going west and east from mid-October through November, as for the first time in the company’s 34-year history, it splits into two groups.
Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the pre-professional performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School, will depart on October 10 on its first tour to the People’s Republic of China.
After three years of training by American dancers, a group of Shanghai students put on a dance performance for teachers and parents last Wednesday, according to CCTV. The event was part of a three-year pilot program set up by the National Dance Institute, the U.S. nonprofit organization that introduces children to the arts.
In China, there is a new group stirring up controversy: middle-aged and retired city dwellers dancing together in parks and squares.
Jack Mitchell photographed artists and icons from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Alfred Hitchcock for top publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vogue. But a visit to Jacob’s Pillow in 1949 convinced Mitchell that dancers, with their molded bodies and willing minds, made stellar subjects. During his five-decade career he took thousands of shots of dancers, more than 160 of which became Dance Magazine covers.
Atlanta Ballet will begin its upcoming season with a two-week tour to China—the first major international tour in more than 10 years for the 84-year-old company.
Yang Meiqi, who pioneered modern dance in her native China, will be awarded the 2010 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching by the American Dance Festival in a ceremony July 18 at Duke University’s West Campus in Durham, North Carolina. Choreographer Shen Wei, founder of Shen Wei Dance Arts and a former student of Yang Meiqi, will speak at the ceremony.