As Dancing Pina opens, a camera towers over a performer lying face down on a studio floor. Delicately inching her forearm along the ground, the dancer is scrutinized by Malou Airaudo, who intervenes with agitated intensity.
Marisa C. Hayes
Marisa C. Hayes is a Franco-American arts writer, curator, and educator based in Paris. She contributes to a variety of print and electronic media in French and English, including Dance International (Canada), Dance Magazine (USA), Alternatives Théâtrales (Belgium), and CurioCity (France). She is editor in chief of the dance journal Repères, cahier de danse at La Briqueterie - National Choreographic Development Center in France and serves as board member for the International Journal of Screendance. Marisa also coordinates the Franco-Irish Erasmus+ contemporary summer dance program in Paris and co-directs the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne.
How do dancers in the world of classical ballet obtain a promotion? The question is rarely asked because most often it is assumed that a dancer’s rank is determined by a company’s Artistic Director. Not so at the Paris Opera Ballet...