Since following her on Twitter, I’ve been waiting for magnificent ballerina Drew Jacoby’s DancePulp to launch. (photo of her above taken from here) And I just received a press release that it has — on Hulu, via TenduTv. DancePulp is a series of interviews with movers and shakers in the world of dance — don’t know when it’ll air but remember her tweeting that she was interviewing David Hallberg — conducted with Jacoby herself. Click on the “continue” link below to read the full press release.
TenduTV is pleased to announce the premiere of DancePulp, now available on Hulu at www.hulu.com/dancepulp. Hosted by internationally-renowned ballerina Drew Jacoby, DancePulp features frank and candid video interviews with well-known, well-loved dancers and dance professionals. DancePulp provides front-row insight into the lives of professional dancers and choreographers and explores the most important issues facing the dance field today.
The first season of DancePulp will include a total of 13 interviews, many focusing on the state of dance in Europe versus the United States. The first five interviews feature Lourdes Lopez, former Principal dancer with New York City Ballet and current Executive Director of Morphoses, and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, filmed prior to the latter’s departure from Morphoses. Interviews with Dutch National Ballet (DNB) Artistic Director Ted Brandsen, choreographer and Forsythe alumnus Jill Johnson, former DNB soloist and Complexions dancer Rubinald Pronk, Netherlands Dance Theater alumnae Andrea Schermoly, and “So You Think You Can Dance” veteran William Wingfield will go live throughout the next eight weeks, one per week on Fridays beginning April 30, 2010. A second season of 26 interviews has already been filmed and will begin airing in the fall.
“The DancePulp interviews are incredibly candid and honest, made possible by the fact that the subjects aren’t talking to a staff writer, but to Drew, a peer,” said Marc Kirschner, General Manager of TenduTV. “DancePulp will be an important resource for audiences, professionals and scholars for decades to come.”
Christopher Wheeldon: It Began with a Vacuum
Christopher Wheeldon: Becoming a Choreographer
Christopher Wheeldon: On Morphoses
Lourdes Lopez: Pigeon Toes to Pointe Shoes
Lourdes Lopez: On Being a Balanchine Dancer
“At DancePulp, we plan to educate, enlighten, and enrich the dance community, bringing insider knowledge to audience members and the general public through candid video interviews with high profile dance industry professionals. Viewers are given an intimate look into the lives, paths, and points of views of a large variety of experienced artists. We’re excited to partner with TenduTV, as our common goal and combined efforts of bringing exposure to dance has great potential to be achieved on a large scale. We consider our relationship with TenduTV paramount in our efforts to carry out our mission,” said host Drew Jacoby.
Drew Jacoby, hailed as a “guest dance goddess” by Ballet-Dance Magazine, began her professional career at age 17 in San Francisco with Lines Ballet, where she was a principal dancer and had numerous original works created on her by award-winning choreographer Alonzo King. She was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2005 and was voted Dance Magazine‘s “It Girl” in 2006. She has performed works and been created on by acclaimed choreographers including George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Mia Michaels, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Lightfoot Leon. In 2008, Jacoby, along with former Dutch National Ballet and Complexions star Rubinald Pronk co-founded the partnership Jacoby & Pronk. Jacoby & Pronk were featured on the August 2009 cover of Dance Magazine and have performed multiple seasons with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. In July 2010, Jacoby & Pronk will have their own week of performances at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Founded in 2008, TenduTV seeks to deliver dance to audiences through the highest quality digital distribution network available to the art form today. Through TenduTV’s platform partners, dance artists and organizations will be able to transport their vision beyond the physical theater and engage audiences through computers and 200 million digital devices including internet-enabled televisions, portable video players and mobile devices. By empowering artists to connect with audiences on a global scale, TenduTV believes that the dance field can be as strong financially as it is creatively.
For more information, visit www.tendu.tv.