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National Ballet of Canadas most senior ballerinas on their dance evolution

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the crumbling artery into the city’s downtown core runs alongside the National Ballet of Canada headquarters. In a window overlooking the Gardiner Expressway, the company’s three most senior ballerinas are quick with suggestions on how to pose. Time for a Globe and Mail photo shoot is scarce, an occupational norm in the ballet world. Sonia Rodriguez is in rehearsal for the Canadian premiere of John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which opens Saturday night and in which she’ll be dancing the canonical role of Blanche DuBois. Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu are both preparing repertoire for the company’s annual gala on June 6 – Hodgkinson will be performing in Jiri Kylian’s Nuages and Yu in a premiere by choreographic associate Robert Binet.When the photographer is enthusiastic about what Yu has done with her arms, the statuesque ballerina instructs the others with playful high-handedness, “Do you see what I’m doing!?” As Rodriguez balances inside the window ledge, Hodgkinson keeps reminding her to be careful about slipping. There’s a lot of laughter, wryness and warmth; after all, these women have been working together for the better part of their lives. It’s Yu’s 20th anniversary with the company, Hodgkinson’s 25th and Rodriguez’s 27th. All three have been in the company since they were teenagers.There is a popular misconception that dancers, like athletes, peak in their twenties and retire soon after that. The averages reflect this – a 2004 study from the Columbia University Teachers College stated that the average age for American dancers to retire was 34.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

People On The Move

first_img Mashable just made a big investment in its own efforts there, hiring Eric Korsh to run Mashable Studios, a new unit at the company. Korsh, who comes to Mashable from his role as senior vice president of brand social and content at DigitasLBI Studios, will head up efforts to create cross-platform branded content, with a focus on video. Custom content studios continue to be all the rage in publishing. James R. Gaines has joined The Atlantic as director of content for the company’s creative marketing group, Atlantic Re:think. Gaines had previously served as global editor-at-large and editor of the Americas for Reuters. Down East Enterprise has hired Jeff Howland and Ian Rothwell to its marketing department. Howland comes to the company as digital strategist, and Rothwell as marketing designer. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: ESPN’s Grantland named Chris Connelly interim editor-in-chief of the site. Connelly currently serves as a reporter for ESPN and ABC News. Jenny Anderson was named reporter for Quartz’s London bureau. Anderson had been a finance reporter in London for The New York Times. The move follows Mashable’s $17-million funding round earlier this year, and comes as part of a larger strategy to boost premium video content offerings. GQ named Lucy Armstrong fashion editor. Armstrong had previously been a senior stylist for Mr. Porter and had been working as a freelance men’s stylist. “We see branded video entertainment as core to our long-term strategy, and Eric brings a tremendous track record of both innovating for clients and creating original programming that resonates with audiences like ours,” Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s chief strategy officer, says in a statement. Mic had named Madhulika Sikka its executive editor. Sikka had served as executive editor for NPR since 2006.last_img read more