We would love to hear from you about how you're celebrating! Having a dance party? Taking a class? Seeing a concert? Donating to your favorite arts organization? Tell us all about it!
N: What is your favorite memory from last year's festival?
ODC: There were so many favorite memories from last year. Just the experience of spending that much crazy quality time with my dancers was a real treat. But at one point one of our dancers was teaching us a really complex Bollywood-inspired movement phrase that was a challenge for the rest of us. The moment we all nailed it, we screamed so loud in celebration. It was a high-point of the night!
N: What have you been up to in the last year?
ODC: We have been up to so much this year! We've wrapped two performance seasons since our last ChoreoFest, expanded our Repertory group, created a Residency program at our studio, and have help hundreds of classes. OnStage is on a roll!
N: Where can people see you/your work these days? Any upcoming performances?
ODC: We've had a ton of performances over the past few months but our next ones are: The Festival of Us, You, We & Them, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, The OnStage | Repertory Fall Showcase and the 12th Season of OnStage begins in October.
A few years ago our then intern David Makransky wrote a short article about Edgar Degas in celebration of his birthday. We wanted to move the article over to our new blog in celebration today!
Happy Birthday to Edgas Degas
by David Makranasky
Edgar Degas was a French painter and sculptor, largely credited as a founder of the Impressionism movement of the mid-1800s. Though his work bore many of the characteristics of Impressionistic art, Degas preferred to refer to his style as Realism, and often degraded the art of other Impressionistic painters of the time. He specialized in painting contemporary life from the point of view of the laborer, and often chose unusual croppings or viewpoints for his work. Hat-makers and laundresses were common subjects, allowing him to present psychological paintings of working women who were otherwise unnoticed by those around them.
A particular focus of Degas' was dance and ballet, but he never strayed from his psychological, working-man style. The vast majority of Degas' paintings of dancers depict rehearsals and preparations for rehearsals, emphasizing their roles as professionals in a job. His juxtaposition of art and work closely paralleled his own situation as a working painter, a connection often highlighted by art historians. Yet Degas was clearly excited by the beauty of dance, even as he portrayed dancers as workers in a profession. He spent large expanses of time at the Paris Opera and Ballet, attempting to capture their classical beauty on the canvas. The ballet presented him with the opportunity to depict fluidity and suppleness of motion just as art was adjusting to the modern technologies of electricity and photography, guaranteeing that painting would continue as an appreciated art form in the modern era. The pale beauty of the ballerinas also allowed Degas to work in pastel, a style he returned to life in France. Many of his works featuring dancers, including "Danseuse Assise" and "L'etoile" can be found on display in art museums in Paris, St. Petersburg, and across America.
Wed, July 13 - Sat, July 16 @ 8 pm
Thurs, Sat & Sun, July 14, 16 & 17 @ 2 pm
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO
Presented by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Ted Shawn Theater at Jacob's Pillow, MA
"Chicago-based with a world-class reputation, Hubbard Street brings exquisite dancers and breathtaking contemporary works, including Solo Echo by Jacob's Pillow Dance Award-winner Crystal Pite.".Hubbard Street has two performances in the same week, one of which is all-ages friendly, so definitely check out Jacob's Pillow event page if you've got some little ones you'd like to take to a dance!
Thurs, July 14 - Sun, July 17
OUTSIDE THE BOX
Presented by Capital One
Boston Common, Boston
This festival is all completely free and features over a hundred different performances over the course of the weekend, including A TON of local and national dance companies! The dance stage (supplied by the BDA) has a jam packed line up that includes Boston Ballet II, Sinha Capoeira, Luminarium, North Atlantic Dance Theater, Back Pocket Dancers, and the list just goes on and on. Check out the website for full details!
Tue, July 12 - Sun, August 7
7 FINGERS: CUISINE AND CONFESSIONS
Presented by ArtsEmerson
Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing The 7 Fingers perform a few years ago and it was absolute magic. This is the US premiere of Cuisine and Confessions, mixing in fully prepared feasts and confessional story telling to their circus choreography.
Wed, July 27 - Sat, July 30 @ 8 pm
Sat & Sun, July 30 & 31 @ 2 pm
"SOME OF A THOUSAND WORDS"
Ted Shawn Theater at Jacob's Pillow, MA
Choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan return to Jacob's Pillow with new dances, full of elegance and electricity, accompanied by the remarkable music of string quartet Brooklyn Rider.