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Before you ask your adjuncts to teach online this fall, prepare to pay them this summer

By on April 15, 2020

Universities’ quick action—abruptly closing campuses in March as a necessary response to COVID-19’s rapid spread across the United States—understandably resulted in a sloppy transition to distance learning. Most faculty had less than three weeks to get up and running and reimagine their courses online. The standard right now is not how to do this well, […]

Moving is important. What if we took the hint, and actually paused?

By on March 26, 2020

NORMAL, IL—My feed is filled with virtual dance classes and obituaries. As COVID-19 continues to tear through this country and redefine ways of life, indefinitely, I find myself busier than ever. It shouldn’t be this way. I spend the majority of my time watching and writing about dance. Now, there are no shows to write […]

Beyond ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ new film takes a deeper dive on Petipa

By on March 8, 2020

Icarus Films—the independent film producer that has created documentaries on Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch and Trisha Brown—has a new dance film making its way to your laptops and living rooms. Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet is currently available for use by academic institutions and libraries, and will be released on home video […]

Illinois Symphony hits all the right notes—and there were a lot of them—in V-Day program

By on February 16, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, IL—Love was in the air at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Friday, which had big pink hearts projected onto the Illinois Symphony’s white bandshell set onstage. Indeed, many couples braved frigid temperatures and icy roads for this Valentine’s Day engagement called Love Notes, with the ISO offering a smattering of compositions from […]

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