Monday, October 20, 2008

Another Hello at the DNB, Part 2

Just a PS...

Have you looked at the DNB's staff listing lately?

Go to the DNB's About the DNB page and then click "Board and Staff."

Look at the staff listing.

That's a lot of people.

With a whole lot of credentials.

And a ton of energy.

And an insane amount of talent.

Just one more metric by which the DNB is doing really well. Not just surviving. Nope. Thriving.


Another Hello at the DNB

Another new face at the DNB!

The Dance Notation Bureau is very pleased to announce that Oona Haaranen has joined our staff as Director of Education. Oona is a choreographer, educator, and writer -- and she has a BFA from Juilliard, an MA from City College of New York, and is currently pursuing her PhD in dance. We are excited about working with Oona and look forward to a productive future.
Actually, Oona's not really a new face. She's been involved with the DNB for many years, and she's been writing the DNBulletin for a couple of years. But this is a new position for her -- and for the DNB. It will be exciting to see what happens at the DNB now that there's a Director of Education!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Starting on the Queue of Things I've Been Meaning to Post

A few days ago, Leonard Lopate interviewed Suzanne Farrell on WNYC. Most of the interview concerned Suzanne's reconstruction of the Balanchine ballet Pithoprakta, a "lost" Balanchine ballet from 1968. The recreation of this ballet was especially challenging because Suzanne only had an incomplete film and fuzzy memories to rely on. And the film wasn't just incomplete, it was seriously incomplete: it was shot one day when Arthur Mitchell was out, so it's missing all of the male lead's parts!

Yet again, the perils of recording dances on film only!

Suzanne also said fascinating things about the music, but I was making lunch while I listened, and the sink and the stove drowned out some of the details. I should listen to it again. And you should listen too!

Click here to listen.

Farewell to Nancy, Hello to Kristin

A major announcement from the DNB:
As of September 1, 2008, Nancy Allison, our Director of Programs, has departed from the DNB staff to pursue personal projects . We thank Nancy for her outstanding contributions and energetic presence and wish her well. Kristin Jackson is the new Director of Programs. Ms. Jackson is a former member of Laura Dean's Dance Company and has staged Dean's works (including one piece that was notated). She has taught ballet, modern, choreography and kinesiology and has connections to university dance departments in the US and Asia. She earned a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University. We welcome her addition to our staff.
Good luck to Nancy! And welcome to Kristin!

And a big old scolding to Jill, who has not been keeping up with the blog. I have a long mental queue of things to post, but I've just been so busybusybusybusybusy. Workworkwork, eateateat, sleepsleepsleep. But I really need to blogblogblog.

Soon, I hope!