I have long been fascinated with the Ballets Russes USA tours in 1916 and 1917. Last year for Arts+Culture Texas I researched the week the company spent in Texas. The following article is reproduced with permission from Arts + Culture. In early December 1916 Vaslav Nijinsky, the greatest dancer alive, spent a week in Texas.… Continue reading The week Nijinsky spent in Texas
Dance We Must is designed to highlight the careers of Modern Dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, utilising many unseen items from the extensive archive at Jacob’s Pillow.
So to get to Chicago I decided to take historical research to a new level and in a bid to relive the Ballets Russes tour I got the train. The 18 hour from D.C. to Chicago. While train travel may have been glamorous in 1916 - it is not now. It was however a lot… Continue reading Adventures of a Travelling Historian – Chicago
The Ballets Russes visited Washington D.C. twice in 1916. The first time was in March from the 23rd - 25th when the company performed at the National Theatre. They performed Cleopatra, Le Spectre de la Rose, Midnight Sun, Carnaval, Les Sylphides, L'après-midi d'un faune, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Scheherazade. The company returned… Continue reading Finding Nijinsky in Washington D.C.
After a week in New York City I hit the road once more and made my way to Washington D.C. I really like this city and not just because it has a huge amount of museums and the they are pretty much all free - but that is certainly a big factor! Here are a… Continue reading Adventures of a Travelling Historian – Washington D.C.
One week ago the 85th season at Jacob's Pillow, in woods of Massachusetts, came to a close. The last event of the action packed 10 weeks was a film screening of Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature and a Q&A with the great dancer herself - by 7 o'clock it was all over. That evening the production… Continue reading Summer at the Pillow