Mixed Rep-February 5

Jenifer Ringer Interview

Jenifer Ringer of the New York City Ballet will retire after Sunday’s performance. Here is an interesting interview by Gia Kourlas in TimeOut New York. The wide-ranging article discusses Jenifer’s life in ballet, struggles with eating disorders that forced her to quit dance for a year, and her faith. It also touches on a high-profile Nutcracker review from New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay in which he wrote that Jenifer looked like “she’d eaten one sugarplum too many.” Also, the recent attack on her husband, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer James Fayette and son by a scissor-wielding maniac in Riverside Park. She will move to Los Angeles in March where Fayette has taken over as managing director of L.A. Dance Project.

Jenifer has written a book about her life in ballet, Dancing Through It. From the interview:

“I took it on because I felt like I had gone through so much in terms of identity and self-esteem issues. That all played out with eating disorders. My hope is that the book will help other young women—whether they’re in the dance world or not—deal with some of those issues that I think a lot of people face nowadays with being told what is beautiful and what is not beautiful and how they can be beautiful. It’s my hope that this book might help them sort out some of their own feelings about identity and self-esteem and self-worth. That’s why I wrote it.”

Flesh and Bones in 2015

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Ethan Stiefel’s final ABT performance, July 7, 2012. Click for more photos.

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Irina Dvorovenko’s final ABT performance, May 18, 2013. Click for more photos.

The LA Times has an article on Flesh and Bones, a new drama series set in the world of professional ballet expected to begin airing in 2015 on the Starz cable network. Sarah Hay, an American dancer who has performed with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, will play the part of Claire, a disturbed young performer who joins a New York ballet company. The show has an ABT flavor as former Principal Dancer Ethan Stiefel will serve as choreographer and consultant; former Principal Dancer Irina Dvorovenko and Soloist Sascha Radetsky will be cast members. “Former “Breaking Bad” producer Moira Walley-Beckett is the creative force behind the show. Lawrence Bender, who has produced many of Quentin Tarantino’s movies and who is a former dancer himself, is serving as an executive producer for the series.”

Carlos Acosta Interview

Christiane Amanpour of CNN interviews Carlos Acosta of The Royal Ballet. He says that he only has a year left dancing leading roles; classical ballet takes its toll and he doesn’t want to be a 70-year old man in a wheelchair. She interviewed him for a 60 Minutes segment back in 1999.

Ailey and Boston Ballet at Koch Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Boston Ballet will perform at Koch Theater Lincoln Center this summer according to the New York Times.

Ailey has 15 performances slated from June 11-22. The company is undertaking a 23-city North American tour, which begins on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., and ends on May 11 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Boston Ballet’s program is scheduled to run from June 25-29 and will include a new work by José Martinez; Alexander Ekman’s Cacti; Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail and George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements. Performances at Koch Theater will be the grand finale of the company’s 50th season.