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Shaking her hair out of its tight bun to further suit the casting breakdown (“Italian bombshell, busty, curvaceous, Sophia Loren type”), she unbuttons the red receptionist uniform to reveal a low-cut strapless dress.
Urban Moves, Manchester’s summer festival of live professional dance performance outdoors, has reported huge successes in 2008.
The deadline is approaching for talented performance artists to take part in the 2009 decibel Performing Arts Showcase.
The Israeli treasury approved in December an increase in the culture budget of 16m shekels (£3m) over three years.
Beginning in 2010 there will be a major new adventure, and the artistic programme for the 2009 festival looks to be the strongest yet.
They have performed with wheelchairs and crutches, but Candoco's groundbreaking performers refuse to be dismissed as 'disabled dancers'.
Art is its own reward, but it has always helped to have a generous patron.
The urge goes well beyond a mere lowering of expectations, and it has more to do with protecting self-image than with psychological conflicts rooted in early development, in the Freudian sense. Recent research has helped clarify not just who is prone to self-handicapping but also its consequences — and its possible benefits.
Broadway sales last year hit $940,871,190, a calendar-year record - but just barely. Ditto attendance, which squeaked out a record of 12.32 million.
"Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" are also, in very different ways, revelatory examples of how certain themes, emotions and truths simply cannot be fully and effectively transferred from stage to screen.
The first Sunday of 2009 saw the closing of nine Broadway shows. It’s a safe bet that no performance was more raucous than the “Hairspray” finale after 6 1/2 years at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Practitioners are concerned that their old English folk tradition is about to disappear from the national heritage.
It's musical learning at the highest level at the downtown Los Angeles school.
It had 7,000 events, involving 10,000 artists and 60 premieres. But was Liverpool's year of culture a success? Alfred Hickling gives his verdict.
The Arts Council, the Government agency for funding and developing the arts, has made its major grant allocations for 2009, distributing almost €60 million.
Carl Orff's famous Carmina Burana has an ugly history: it was a Nazi favourite. But a new film reveals that the composer's own story was even uglier.
A 19th Century colliery explosion which killed nine men has inspired a ballet.
In the past few months, dozens of opera companies, theater companies, dance organizations, museums and symphonies have either closed or suffered major cash crises.
A small but growing number of American Indian musicians are embracing classical music.
Cambodian monks have persuaded authorities to ban the country's first rock opera, which features actors dressed as clergy who break into song and dance, saying it insults Buddhism.
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