Catch up on culture with these daily inspiration posts

May 22, 2020

After a few weeks of themed content, this week’s Daily Inspirations moved back to a variety of recommendations. We at Northrop hope you are continuing to stay moving, listen broadly, and be inspired by dance and the people who make it.

Of all of the dance classes available online, one of the most enduring is a ballet barre taught by my friend and colleague Terry Marling. Terry and I worked together for years at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and he now leads Common Conservatory. Every Monday through Saturday at 11:00 am, Terry teaches on Instagram Live; classes stay on the Instagram story for 24 hours. Whether you have always wanted to try ballet or want to restart or keep up your practice, Terry is there for us.

We were pleased to share this video from our partners at Minnesota Orchestra. These talented artists and production staff worked from home, with their frequent collaborator Dessa, to record and produce a brilliant version of the song Skeleton Key.

I recently re-read Twyla Tharp’s The Collaborative Habit, so I wanted to share a glimpse of Twyla's brilliance from the Jacob's Pillow archives. Here she is, leading Pillow Community members, who I must say are all dangerously close to one another, in a piece titled The One Hundreds.

How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run isn't a PE class, it's a Merce Cunningham work that the American Dance Festival is screening for the month of May. The cast for this performance is a company of ADF students who learned the work as part of their Footprints program. Fun fact: this cast performed the work both at ADF and also at the last Lumina Festival I programmed in Wilmington, N.C., before moving to the Twin Cities.

For your holiday weekend viewing pleasure, Lincoln Center has made this gorgeous film version of San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet available through Mon, May 25. You can watch it on your balcony, or in your chamber, or in your garden...

Enjoy the long holiday weekend, and I hope that you’re safe at home.

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