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Break Dancing Will Be An Olympic Sport In 2024
12/20/2020
NPR/wNYC
Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Raphael Xavier, professional breakdancer and professor of hip-hop dance at Princeton, about break dancing becoming an Olympic sport. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Forget ice skating. Breakdancing is the coolest new Olympic sport. The International Olympic Committee has officially announced it will add breakdancing to the Games under the name...

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Editor’s Picks: A (non-exhaustive) list of our favorite TED Talks of 2020
12/17/2020
TED Blog
As we usher out 2020 — the (enter superlative of your choice) year — let’s take a moment to look back before we close the door for good. What captured our imaginations, reflected our emotions and sparked our hope for a better tomorrow? From the wisdom of Dolly Parton to...

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s Career Presents a Syllabus for Change
12/07/2020
DANCE Magazine
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a conundrum, a puzzle whose pieces must be mixed to match. It’s appropriate that Chameleon is the title of his most recent project. Like the old-world lizard of the same name, the Nigerian-American performance artist/poet/curator/educator changes colors—moods, modes—and shakes things up, right before your eyes....

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Faye Driscoll Awarded New York Live Arts Residency
12/02/2020
The New York Times
The choreographer will receive practical and financial support to create new work — and two years of full-time salary and health care benefits. The choreographer Faye Driscoll is the next recipient of New York Live Arts’ robust biennial residency award, the organization announced on Wednesday. The award, the Randjelovic/Stryker...

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Look Back at Fela! on Broadway With Sahr Ngaujah, Lillias White, and More
11/23/2020
Playbill
The musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and more, opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The original Broadway production of Fela! opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre November 23, 2009. The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, played 34 previews and 463...

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Bessies to Forgo Individual Awards This Year
11/19/2020
The New York Times
The organizers decided to recognize equally all the nominees for work they presented before the performing arts shut down in March. The New York Dance and Performance Awards, better known as the Bessies, will not bestow individual prizes this year. Instead each of the nominees announced on Thursday will receive $500...

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The 2020 Bessie Nominations
11/19/2020
The Bessies
The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, today announced the nominees for the 2019–20 season. This year, all of the nominees will be honored. Each nomination will be recognized with a $500 honorarium, courtesy of a...

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Managing the Mid-Career: What Happens After "Emerging"
11/17/2020
Dance Magazine
For choreographers, leaving the “emerging” status comes with its own set of ups and downs. Luck, location and access to gatekeepers all factor into how the doors of opportunity open to arrive in that elusive middle place known as “mid-career.” Whether one works a decade to get there...

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Bill T. Jones: STAND UP STRONGER
10/28/2020
APAP - Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Over the years, I’ve learned that a conversation with the dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones can go just about anywhere. I called him this month to talk about the state of the performing arts field, and he was game for that. As always, the conversation took many turns, from...

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Running Live Dance Drills at the Armory
10/22/2020
The New York Times
Bill T. Jones and David Byrne are preparing to make use of the Armory’s vast space now. One hitch: Theaters still can’t open in New York State. A few days ago, I attended the premiere of an hourlong dance performance. In New York City. Indoors. With more than 100 other people. Let...

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