Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.
Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's work came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died in 1983, but his work survived thanks to his disciples who have taken his dances to ballet companies around the world.
This season, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Over the years, Jones has created more than 140 works for the company and in 2010, the dance troupe merged with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts.
In the early 1900s, the company shed the tutus and toeshoes and took a radically different approach to dance. A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., explores how the Ballets Russes shocked audiences and married avant-garde music and art.
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