Tag Archives: Ballet

Adding Flesh to Bone to the Accompaniment of Flesh and Bone


It’s funny how you find yourself drawn to collect without a clear idea in mind of what you’re going to do with the goodies.  You find you just have to wait for a future to turn up that  reveals all.   … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Singing: Le Spectre de la Rose: Les Nuits d’Eté: Berlioz


I had a first-time try last Friday at singing some of the songs from Hector Berlioz’ song cycle Les Nuits d’Eté (Summer Nights) the texts for which came from six poems composed by Theophile Gautier.

I’ve had a CD for some years of the song cycle recorded by the late great Janet Baker, so I was not entirely unfamiliar with it. I never thought at the time that I’d one day be singing it.

The theme of the cycle is love, its progress from innocence to loss and renewal. The second song of the cycle, Le Spectre de la Rose, began as a work for piano – Afforderung zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance) – written, in 1819, by Carl Maria von Weber. Continue reading

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Artist Review: Daevid Mendivil


I was recently commissioned (wearing my freelance writing hat) to write a review of the work of the young New York City based multi-disciplined artist Daevid Mendivil.  His disciplines include dance, painting, photography, film & design. As a dancer, Daevid Mendivil … Continue reading

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