Performing Arts News, interviews, and commentary on theater, the arts, music, and dance.

Performing Arts

Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance is the founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance/New York. She has been dancing since she was 4. Christopher Lane/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

toggle caption
Christopher Lane/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Michelle Dorrance: 'I Just Knew I Would Never Stop Tap Dancing'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/444437486/444527550" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

From Ingenue To Antigone: Juliette Binoche Discusses Acting, Aging And Family

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/443484430/444214669" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov poses for a portrait at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City in July. The center, a multidisciplinary practice and performance space, opened in 2005. Bryan Derballa for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Bryan Derballa for NPR

No Vanity Project: At Art Center, Baryshnikov Tells Artists, 'You're The Boss'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/442523821/444092393" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Actor and illustionist Geoff Sobelle calls his one-man show The Object Lesson a "meditation on our relationship to things, and to objects and stuff." Craig Schwartz/Courtesy of The Center Theatre Group hide caption

toggle caption
Craig Schwartz/Courtesy of The Center Theatre Group

Out Of 'The Object Lesson,' An Education In The Power Of Kept Things

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/443200222/443991829" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/443410875/443463617" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Camille Brown performs a solo from Black Girl: Linguistic Play at a 2015 TED talk. Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

toggle caption
Ryan Lash/TED

Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/442536371/442582526" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Elizabethan Theatre — shown above during a production of Henry V in 2012 — seats 1,200 people under the open sky. With wildfires raging in Washington state, the festival has installed air quality monitors for the safety of the audience, staff and performers. T Charles Erickson/Oregon Shakespeare Festival hide caption

toggle caption
T Charles Erickson/Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Wildfire Smoke Can Be A Show Stopper At Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/439511230/441936868" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Set In Los Angeles, Greek Tragedy 'Medea' Gets A Modern Twist

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/441701784/441701785" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Monty Python's John Cleese, Eric Idle Reunite In 'Together Again At Last'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/440621391/440621392" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club Considers Adding 1st Female Performers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/440327648/440327649" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In 2011, Frank Gilroy attends the Writers Guild Awards in New York. Gilroy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Subject Was Roses died Saturday in Monroe, N.Y. He was 89. Peter Kramer/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Peter Kramer/AP

Stephen Van Cleef, a fictional Seneca Village resident played by Billy Eugene Jones (left), meets a New York City police officer, played by Andy Truschinski, in The People Before the Park at Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, N.J. Mike Peters/Premiere Stages hide caption

toggle caption
Mike Peters/Premiere Stages

Lives Displaced By Central Park Take Center Stage In New Play

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/436938527/437597073" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/435189228/435243237" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Finn Miller Vaughan, 8, practices at the barre at Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins. He is the only boy in his ballet class. Stacy Nick/KUNC hide caption

toggle caption
Stacy Nick/KUNC

Ballet Programs Look For More Boys To Step Up To The Barre

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/433264225/433735972" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript