Contributors: Wendy Perron, Kristin Schwab
After directing and
choreographing the warmly received
opera Dido and Aeneas at Opera
Saratoga last summer, Karole Armitage
returns this year to lead The Witches
of Venice, composed by Philip Glass.
The libretto, by Beni Montresor, is
about a boy grown from a magical plant
who is looking for a companion—and
encounters many adventures on the way.
Members of Armitage Gone! Dance
will join Opera Saratoga’s professional
singers as well as members of its Young
Artist Program and the Capital District
Youth Chorale onstage. July 2, 11 and 17,
Opera Saratoga. operasaratoga.org.
Good-bye to France
PAR When word got out that Benjamin Millepied was leaving
the Paris Opéra Ballet, we also learned that William Forsythe,
who had been appointed associate choreographer under
Millepied, was leaving his post, too. This doesn’t mean he’ll
never return, but his presence will certainly be limited. His final
premiere as an official staffer is a collaboration with the soulful
singer-songwriter James Blake. Restagings of Approximate
Sonata and Of Any If And round out the all-Forsythe program.
July 4–16 at the Palais Garnier. operadeparis.fr/en.
Osipova and Polunin Team Up
LONDON International ballerina Natalia Osipova has recently been exploring of-the-moment contemporary work, and her current project pairs her with another big gig-hopping name, Sergei Polunin. At Sadler’s Wells, June 29–July 3, the two will premiere
duets by Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita. Also on the program is a new trio for
Osipova and freelance dancers Jason Kittleberger and James O’Hara, by Sidi Larbi
James O’Hara and
in Sidi Larbi
last project for
Dido and Aeneas