After more than 20 years at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, director Judith Jamison is preparing to step down. In a profile by Jeffrey Brown, Jamison discusses how a mantra of “pray, prepare, and proceed” had guided her both on and off the dance floor. Continue reading
Bill T. Jones has long been recognized as one of this country’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers, known for his mix of athleticism and his willingness to take on big subjects from the world around him.
Jeffrey Brown profiles American artistic director, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. He has created more than 100 original works for his own company, in addition to countless others around the world. Continue reading
Director Frederick Wiseman has documented a wide range of people’s everyday routines and the goings-on inside institutions. A “big ballet fan,” and a sometimes-resident of Paris, Wiseman recently turned his camera to one of France’s most important cultural institutions: the Paris Opera Ballet.
After battling pancreatic cancer for 15 months, actor Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57. An accomplished ballet dancer and classically trained Broadway performer whose physique landed him both romantic and action roles throughout his 20-year career, Swayze is perhaps best remembered for his heart-throb role as Johnny Castle in 1987’s “Dirty Dancing.”
Before the re-release of Whit Stillman’s “The Last Days of Disco,” obscure copies of the cult auteur’s film were selling on the Internet for as much as $150.
Now Stillman’s 1998 movie (and his latest to date) is now being re-issued by Criterion Collection in a deluxe edition.