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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.
The French government has allocated an extra €100m to the ministry of culture to spend on arts and museums.
The federal cultural budget of Germany has been increased—the fourth time in a row—by 3.5%, reaching €1.14bn in 2009.
Stonehenge was built as a dance arena for prehistoric "samba-style" raves, according to a study of the acoustics of the 5,000-year-old stone circle.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim said fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has prompted the cancellation of two concerts by his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra planned for Cairo and the Qatari capital Doha.
In the 19th century, the venue played host to minstrel and magic shows. In the 1970s, it served as a porn cinema. Now Leeds' Victorian assembly rooms have been reinvented once again - as a new space for Opera North.
Dance on film can exist as an art form quite different from dance onstage. When a director makes us see or think about movement in new ways, or uses a camera as a choreographic tool to amplify our senses, dance and film can seem a perfect fit.
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.
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