Ballet Stars Now Twitter as Well as Flutter

In the rarefied world of ballet, where dancers are expected to speak with their bodies, sometimes it seems that aloofness is something to aspire to. Lately, though, the ribbons are loosening. Courtesy of Twitter, dancers are starting to make themselves heard. It isn’t always dainty.

“Hi, I’m Devin and I’m an MRI-aholic.”

“Once again I took 2 days off this week. My body is wrecked. At the chiropractor now getting fixed.”

“What you didn’t know- fell in my dress reh. Fri, tweaked my foot, and couldn’t finish! Thurs was the first time I did the whole ballet!”

“Don’t let me be fat.”

Tweets — like these by the New York City Ballet dancers Devin Alberda, Ashley Bouder, Kathryn Morgan and Mr. Alberda again — are starting to change the public face of ballet. They may never amass the number of followers of, say, the prolific tweeter Ashton Kutcher, but Twitter is making ballet dancers human. (A simple Google search of a name plus Twitter is generally all that is needed to find them.)

Read the full article in the New York Times here.

Classical 2.0 with Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn, the American violinist, is about to release a new cd of music by JS Bach, called “Bach: Violin and Voice.”

We’ve talked about Hilary Hahn before on the show. After all, she’s one of the most new-media savvy classical performers out there. (Remember when her “violin case” started its own twitter feed? She was definitely ahead of the curve on that one.)

Anyway, in honor of this new release, Hilary Hahn is offering to answer questions from her fans, via YouTube.

She’s set up a special email address, and she’s promising to record her answers on video, and post them on her YouTube channel, this coming Monday, January 11th.

Oh, and she’s also holding a “Bach Party” at the very cool New York nightclub le Poisson Rouge.

So if you’d like to interact with Hilary Hahn, electronically, send her an email to the following address: this week.

The album comes out in the US this Tuesday; the Canadian release is a week later, January 19th, on the Deutsche Grammophon label, but we’ve snagged an advance copy, which we’ll share with you today on In Tune!