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Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

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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New Plays Turn Passive Audience Members Into Participants

Several productions in New York's smaller theaters aren't content with providing passive experiences — the audience is asked to participate. Here Lies Love, a new David Byrne musical about Imelda Marcos at the Public Theater, is set in a disco and the audience moves around, from scene to scene, dancing all the while. Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812, is an electronic pop opera based on a portion of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and is set in a Russian restaurant where audiences are served a meal and vodka as part of the performance. And the audience explores a run-down hotel in Sleep No More, a dance/theater experience based loosely on Macbeth, following actors up and down floors and into different rooms.
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Supernova Performance Art Festival

With a performance art festival in June, Rosslyn, Virginia hopes to add "arts destination" to its list of reasons to spend time in its corporate downtown spaces.

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Time For Three (Rebroadcast)

We hear from Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians who bend genres, incorporating jazz, pop and bluegrass into their music.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo: "The Alley Of Love And Yellow Jasmines"

Emmy Award-winning Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo reflects on her personal journey from Tehran to Hollywood.

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Michigan LGBT Youth Center Does Outreach With A Dance 'Hook'

The Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, Mich., is making an effort to meet its clients where they are — on the dance floor, specifically with the dance form known as "vogue." From there, the center can connect them with counseling, health services, tutoring and clean clothes.
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From The Heart Of Egypt's Revolt, The Pulse Of Artistic Life

Egypt's capital has been associated with protest and political upheaval. But an arts festival attempts to clear away the dust and revitalize a once-glorious cultural hub.
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Wolf Trap's New President

Arvind Manocha spent more than a decade growing the audiences for the L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, two of the West Coast's most iconic music venues. He's now leading Wolf Trap, the country's only national park for the performing arts.

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'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

A revival of the Hammerstein-Kern classic showcases once again the rich tapestry and timeless themes of an American saga that changed the course of musical theater — and confronted audiences with painful truths about our history.
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Time For Three

We hear from Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians who bend genres, incorporating jazz, pop and bluegrass into their music.

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