for your friday

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It’s been a busy week in PVD with the start of our season at the ballet and a brand new semester at Providence College.  There are some fun posts lined up for you next week, but for now, a few reads from ’round the web…

10 Questions for New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns (in which she tells us what it’s like to date a Broadway choreographer…ooh lala!)

Effort vs. Efforting (why being kind to yourself mentally actually pays off physically.)

“It can transcend and break through many barriers that other things cannot do. It can be political, religious and has a social connection.  Art is desperately needed right now.” What do you guys think of choreographer Akram Khan’s thoughts on the importance of dance education? I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Khan and Sylvie Guillem in their collaborative project Sacred Monsters several summers ago in Paris.  This man can move in awe-inspiring ways.  Simply stunning.

gwenyth made a BRA, you guys!  It’s a beaut and I cannot wait to share it with you.

Looking forward to carving out some time to watch this documentary as soon as possible. (ps- have you seen this one yet? you can hear my 16-year-old voice talking about injuries around the 1 hour mark, hehe!)

Loving this skirt from the genius ladies of Danseuse.

…speaking of Danseuse, also swooning over this autumn-ready outfit on Miss Michelle.  Get at me, chilly nights!

and since we’re talking style, Rubiawear just added a bunch of new fabrics and they are good gooood.

snow day education

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Growing up, I didn’t know much about “the ballet world”.  Sure, I had heard of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and the Bolshoi, but I couldn’t tell any of them apart and the name Balanchine didn’t mean a whole lot to me.  In my mind, the ultimate principals were Cooper Nielson and the Kathleen Donahue, but no one was cooler than underdog Jody Sawyer.  Fast forward 10 years and the baby bunhead in me is making up for lost time with some borderline obsessive fan-girling tendencies, re: hours of youtube-ing on a lonely snow day (I didn’t say I was proud of it!).

Yesterday I dove in hard to the New York City Ballet’s online presence, which is rather extensive, I might add.  I thought I would share some of the beautiful content I uncovered during the NYCB-themed cyber stalk sesh…

Some gorgeous photos from the impossibly chic, talented and well-spoken Garance Doré, taking us along on her visit behind the scenes with the New York City Ballet.  (part II here)

Ever wonder how NYCB principal Sara Mearns creates that just-tossed-it-up-real-quick twist/bun hybrid thing she’s always sporting?  Ponder no more, here’s a tutorial from the master herself.  And ps, she just replaced Jody as ballet’s resident “cool girl”.  Sorry, Sawyer…

I never considered that a person actually holds the job title of “official shoe sprayer to the New York City Ballet”, but it’s pretty rad.

Take a peak inside the NYCB costume shop and follow the recreation of the Theme & Variations tutus.

The euphoric purgatory of being promoted to Soloist in the New York City Ballet.

 

photo by Garance Doré