Plugged In: Dance on TV (Dance Magazine, October 2011)
October 21, 2011
Dance on TV
While PBS has been beaming dance into living rooms through its Great Performances series since the 1970s, it debuts what it calls its PBS Arts Fall Festival this month. Every Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. beginning Oct. 14, a performing arts group from a region across the country is spotlighted. Kicking off the dance portion on Oct. 28 is Miami City Ballet, which recently returned from a smashingly successful three-week tour to Paris. The triple bill, directed by Matthew Diamond (who also directed the Paul Taylor documentary Dancemaker), is about as all-American as you can get. Jeanette Delgado and 2011 Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” Renan Cerdeiro lead Balanchine’s fiendishly difficult Square Dance. For more contemporary flavor, the company tackles Twyla Tharp’s athletic "The Golden Section." Then the full company canters through all four movements of Balanchine’s Western Symphony, with no curtain coming down to save the dancers from the showstopping finale of pirouettes (corps member Rebecca King reported on her blog, www.tendusunderapalmtree.com, that the dancers had to film the turn sequence seven times—that’s a lot of relevés!). The evening will be hosted, naturally, by artistic director Edward Villella. Future programs include Bill T. Jones’ documentary A Good Man, airing Nov. 11, and San Francisco Ballet in John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid Dec. 16. Check local listings. —K. P.