The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside

The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside

American Ballet Theatre's Principal Dancer James Whiteside takes you backstage for ABT's 8 week performance season at the Metropolitan Theatre, providing an exclusive peek into his world as he brings us interviews directly from his dressing room. On this 8 week series,expect the unexpected as you never know who James will be chatting with next. From dancers, to choreographers to wardrobe, theatre crew and anyone who makes the production a success. Tune in each Thursday....Stage Rightside.... Show More

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June 5, 2020
James chats with costume and set designer Jean-Marc Puissant about his early work and creating the designs for Alexei Ratmansky’s “Of Love and Rage” which was slated to make its NYC debut at the Metropolitan Opera with ABT this spring. They discuss the joys of difficulties of working on this epic full length ballet.   Premier Dance Network website   James on Instagram JamesWhiteside.org Upcoming Performances
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James chats with British dancer Xander Parish about his rise to principal dancer at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. They discuss hot topics such as Russian culture, Sergei Polunin, and more.   Premier Dance Network website   James on Instagram JamesWhiteside.org Upcoming Performances
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Royal Ballet principal dancer, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, discusses self expression and the so-called ballerina mystique. She and James test out their Australian accents to mixed success.    Premier Dance Network website   James on Instagram JamesWhiteside.org Upcoming Performances  

 

 

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James chats with choreographer Arthur Pita, with whom he had worked on the horror dance play “The Tenant”. They discuss “Showgirls”, disco dancing, and working in theatre and film.   Premier Dance Network website

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James chats with Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Marcelino Sambé about his rise to principality, his injury and how to find beauty in a bleak world.   Premier Dance Network website

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James chats with Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters LIVE on Instagram in this special quarantined edition of The Stage Rightside. They talk about coming out, being different, and family acceptance.    Premier Dance Network website

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October 11, 2019
NYCB Soloist, Megan LeCrone, drives James home from rehearsal and an impromptu Stage Rightside ensues.   Premier Dance Network website

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James grills dance maker Mark Morris on music, nail clippings, New York City, queer life, and more on The Stage Rightside. Prepare to be entertained by Mark's wit and stunned by his obvious, logical genius.

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James kicks off Season 3 of the Stage Rightside with ABT's Artistic Director of 25 years, Kevin McKenzie. They chat training, directorship, and having the hard conversations. This is Kevin as you've never known him. What a way to start Season 3!
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James chats with fellow ABT principal dancer, David Hallberg. They babble on about Arizona iced tea, returning from injury, mild insanity, and Dear Evan Hansen. C'mon week 7!

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June 30, 2017

James gets the T from ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. They chat about feminism, ABT in the digital age, the Tonys, and the future of American Ballet Theatre.

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June 23, 2017

Kyle Pickles and Ashley Baer are ABT's Company Managers. They have the difficult task of wrangling these cats! They chat with James about touring the world, their favorite TV shows, and staying safe in cities with vastly differing cultures. Get into it!

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June 16, 2017

James kikis with Principal Ballet Mistress, Susan Jones. They chat about the ideal corps de ballet woman, her favorite ballets to stage, working with every director of ABT, and becoming an airline pilot.

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James sits down with Alvin Ailey's Jamar Roberts. They discuss Mariah Carey, being a competition kid, Revelations, and protein powder. Not to mention "Hidge or not hidge"!

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James sits down with longtime friend, Matthew Poppe of les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the drag ballet company. They dish on pointe shoes, technique vs. comedy, and homosexuality. There's another guest appearance by (you guessed it) Isabella and a mysterious dairy queen.      Premier Dance Network website

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May 18, 2017
  James returns to the Stage Rightside in the first episode of Season 2. He interviews fellow ABT principal dancer, Cory Stearns on Youth America Grand Prix, girlfriends, Cheez Doodles, and more! The only side you'll want to be on is the Stage Rightside with James Whiteside!   Premier Dance Network website

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July 8, 2016
James sits down with American prima ballerina-turned-directress, Julie Kent. They wax poetic about humble beginnings, the future, Mikhail Baryshnikov, & Kevin McKenzie. Don't miss it!   Premier Dance Network website

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James speaks with ABT Corps de Ballet member, Gemma Bond about the Corps, choreography, coasters, and girls vs. women.

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June 17, 2016
James speaks with ABT's head of wigs and makeup department, Rena Most. They dish on theater makeup, haunted houses, and their makeup/hair pet peeves.    Premier Dance Network website

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