Story: Polly and Walter’s living room sofa doubles as a bed in their tiny and cramped New York City loft apartment. Space is at a premium because Walter, a seldom-employed actor whose glory days are behind him, has filled their dwelling with costumes from his many performances through the years as well as outfits he’s purchased along the way.
The ‘ballet barre’ used to be just for dancers. And it was no coincidence that those dancers had amazing bodies. Now, an increasing number of women and men are discovering ‘barre workouts,’ which bring the principles of dance movement to an exercise-class environment. Yet experts emphasize that barre workouts are not just for people with dance experience.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
Dance St. Louis
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
From contemporary art to opera, you could say St. Louis is packed to the rafters—or rather, to the top of the Arch—with art. The organizations behind these creative spaces and spectacles need financial support. Luckily for them, the terms 'Susan Sherman' and 'arts fundraiser' are practically synonymous in St. Louis.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Story: An infant boy, shipwrecked in the early 20th century with his parents off the west coast of Africa, is left alone after the boy’s parents are killed by a leopard. A nurturing gorilla named Kala, whose own infant is carried off by the same leopard, finds the boy and takes care of him as her own child.
After more than a decade, the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem is making its return to St. Louis as part of Dance St. Louis’ 2014-2015 season.
Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.
Story: Poverty is a way of life in northeastern England, where the dirty and dangerous occupation of coal mining has been the main source of income to the locals for centuries. In 1984, though, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has sworn to shut down the government-operated coal industry, threatening to take away the livelihood of 300,000 miners.
Some big names will be headed to St. Louis later this year by way of the J. Scheidegger Center at Lindenwood University. The venue's 2014-2015 season opens with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Sept. 12.
I don't know this for sure, but I doubt the purpose of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is to fill the pupil with deafening, blood-boiling rage. I must have done it wrong.
Story: Maymay is dropped off by her daughter, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, so that she can tend to some “unfinished business.” With her new cell phone as her mode of communication, she makes her way to an old cattle station in western Australia where she toiled half a century earlier.
Ballet, jazz and hip-hop to clogging, flamenco and modern dance will take centerstage during the 15th annual St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase from May 2 to 4 at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.
Dance patrons recently enjoyed a kickoff party at the home of Susan and David Sherman to learn more about this month's St. Louis Ballet Love is in the Air gala. Funds raised from the dinner and performance will support the Ballet and its educational programs. Pictured: Miran Halen, Susan Sherman, Shane Petyko, Paula Reed, Anjali Kamra and Tania Beasley-Jolly
St. Louis Ballet Love is in the Air
2013 Ballet Ball
MISSION: The name says it all—Dance St. Louis is focused on bringing dance performances and education to area audiences. In addition to presenting shows by acclaimed touring companies, Dance St. Louis provides dance-related programs like pre-show discussions, master classes and youth outreach.
Missouri Ballet Theatre
Missouri Ballet Theatre, Joe Edwards
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.